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Building a Greener Idaho and Eyes on Conservation host Matthew Podolsky team up to interview Carolyn Volk and Karen Viskupic regarding Boise’s GK-12 program. The GK-12 program was made possible with funding from the National Science Foundation and connected Boise State University graduate student fellows with local environmental education facilities including the Foothills Learning Center. This unique program enhanced university/community relations and provided an enthusiastic pool of knowledgeable educators to teach local children about Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) concepts. The partnership with local environmental education centers allowed for learning to take place outside of the classroom setting which helped to spark interest in environmental protection. Carolyn and Karen inform the listener about the legacy from this program and how they are working to reactivate it.

Guest Co-host Matthew Podolsky from Eyes on Conservation

Guest Co-host Matthew Podolsky from Eyes on Conservation

Karen Viskupic, Assistant Research Professor & Education Programs Manager Department of Geosciences Boise State University

Karen Viskupic, Assistant Research Professor & Education Programs Manager Department of Geosciences Boise State University

Carolyn Volk, Environmental Education Coordinator, Foothills Learning Center

Carolyn Volk, Environmental Education Coordinator, Foothills Learning Center

 

 

Our interview will air on Radio Boise 2-10-2015. You can listen to live shows by tuning in to Radio Boise Tuesdays @ 3 PM on 89.9 FM or 93.5 FM in the Treasure Valley. Or stream online @ http://www.radioboise.org. A podcast of this show will be available following the radio broadcast.

Got an idea for a show? We’d love to hear about it! Contact us at buildingagreeneridaho@gmail.com

Gk-12 with Carolyn Volk, Karen Viskupic and Guest Host Matthew Podolsky by Building A Greener Idaho on Mixcloud

Today’s conversation is with Dr. Susan Mason Associate Professor and founding director ofphoto BSU’s Community and Regional Planning graduate program.

NW GB reportDr. Mason has authored many articles and papers on trends in green building, community engagement, and change management and has spoken at conferences in the US and overseas. She co-authored the first report for the Northwest on trends in green building and has published follow up papers and articles since.

Listen to the podcast of the interview with the player below.

Dr. Susan Mason- Community and Regional Planning- Trends in Green Building by Building A Greener Idaho on Mixcloud

Mike BrownToday I speak with Mike Brown co-president of Local Construct who partnered recently to redevelop The Owyhee in downtown Boise and is planning a new mixed use apartment project in the Central Addition. Local Construct specializes in redevelopment and infill development across the west and has a particular interest in emerging markets like Boise that are on the early part of the urbanization curve. I’ll be speaking with Mike about his path into real estate development and some of the challenges and opportunities in doing downtown Boise housing projects.

Listen to the podcast of our conversation with the player below:

 

Mike Brown from Local Construct- Downtown Boise Living by Building A Greener Idaho on Mixcloud

Residential buildings account for approximately 21% of U.S. primary energy use. Not surprisingly, energy efficiency experts are focusing more efforts on reducing the energy consumption of our dwellings. My guests today examine this important topic as we discuss green home trends and valuation and residential energy codes.

Fiona Douglas-Hamilton

Fiona Douglas-Hamilton, Principal at SEEC Solutions.

Fiona Douglas-Hamilton, Principal at SEEC solutions in Rainier Washington, was a pioneering green builder in the mid 2000’s. Fiona’s experience embracing green building practices as a builder and early adopter have provided her with a unique and informed perspective. Our discussion focuses on the sales and valuation side of residential buildings. Fiona explains how she came to understand the importance of an informed appraisal and sales force for increasing the adoption of green building practices. “Early on, I understood that one of the most important groups we can train is appraisers and real estate brokers” explains Douglas-Hamilton.

Sharon Patterson Grant

Sharon Patterson Grant, Owner at Eco Edge

Sharon Patterson Grant, owner at Eco Edge in Ketchum Idaho, is an energy efficiency and sustainability expert and green building consultant. Our conversation focuses on residential energy codes in Idaho. First, we discuss a recent survey that Sharon helped design and implement. The first of it’s kind, the 2013 Idaho Home Owner Survey on Energy Efficiency identifies Idaho homeowner values towards residential energy codes and efficiency. The big takeaway, 65% of Idaho home owners support keeping Idaho residential building codes consistent with national standards.

Next we discuss the current state of energy codes in Idaho and the energy code adoption process at the state and local levels. Patterson Grant explains that the State is responsible for setting the minimum standards that all new construction most comply with. Individual cities and jurisdictions have the option to adopt higher performance standards. She goes on to inform the listener that three municipalities in Idaho, Ketchum, Idaho Falls and Ammon are currently in the process of adopting residential energy codes above the current State mandate.

 

Our interview will air on Radio Boise 12-16-2014. You can listen to live shows by tuning in to Radio Boise Tuesdays @ 3 PM on 89.9 FM or 93.5 FM in the Treasure Valley. Or stream online @ http://www.radioboise.org. A podcast of this show will be available following the radio broadcast.

Got an idea for a show? We’d love to hear about it! Contact us at buildingagreeneridaho@gmail.com

 

Fiona Douglas-Hamilton, The Value of Green Homes by Building A Greener Idaho on Mixcloud

 

Idaho Residential Building Codes With Sharon Patterson Grant by Building A Greener Idaho on Mixcloud

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