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Inland-Crane-Inc-Boise-Machine-Market-678x381Construction cranes and lane closures everywhere you look- it’s hard not to notice the growth and development occurring across the valley these days. Like it or not our population here in southwestern Idaho is expanding rapidly. But how did we get to this point?

Todd-Shallat-200x300Dr. Todd Shallat, tenured professor of Urban Studies and Community Development at BSU and prolific author (his latest work is “Half the World: Refugees Transform the City of Trees” was released this spring) guides us through the development of the valley’s land, economy and culture over the past 30 years.

Join us Tuesdays at 3pm on Radio Boise at 89.9 FM or 93.5 FM in the Treasure Valley. Or stream us online at http://www.radioboise.org.

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

change1marker-anthonyChange is all around us and as we dive into a two month theme of “Change in the Valley” we wanted to set the stage and discuss how we deal with change with a local expert on the topic. Laura and I spoke with Dr. Tony Marker a professor of Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning at BSU about the types of
change and how people adapt to changes (or not) depending upon the circumstances and change factors.

Our producer Laura came out from the shadows to join me behind the mic to have a conversation with Dr. Marker and what a great topic to jump into the fray on!

Join us Tuesdays at 3pm on Radio Boise at 89.9 FM or 93.5 FM in the Treasure Valley. Or stream us online at http://www.radioboise.org.

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

Many listeners will recall the negative news associated with Volkswagen vehicles and U.S. emissions testing. In case you missed it, in 2016 Volkswagen was found guilty of installing  emissions software on diesel vehicles sold in the U.S. that enables the vehicles to sense an active emissions control test, turn on certain emissions control devices during the tests, and render them inactive during normal use. In other words, Volkswagen was found guilty of mass producing vehicles that autonomously cheat on emissions tests.

In 2016, Volkswagen was court ordered to provide billions of dollars to create trust funds to offset the damage caused by the emissions that exceeded EPA standards. As part of the settlement, Volkswagen is funding the $2.9 billion Environmental Mitigation Trust. The Environmental Mitigation Trust is divided between states based on the number of affected vehicles registered in the state. Idaho is set to receive $17.3 from the Environmental Trust and will soon be finalizing the plan for how to use the funds to improve air quality in the Gem State. Volkswagen also funded two other trusts as part of the ongoing settlement –

  • Buyback, Lease Termination, Vehicle Modification, and Emissions Compliant Recall Program
  • National Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Investment Plan

Our guests Michael  Brown with the Idaho DEQ and Beth Baird with the Treasure Valley Clean Cities Coalition give our listeners an overview of the issue and a look at how the funds are likely to be applied in Idaho. To learn more about the status of the funding in Idaho and provide your ideas for how to make use of the settlement funds, visit the Idaho DEQ Volkswagen Diesel Settlement website.

Michael Brown Idaho DEQ Airshed and Diesel Emissions Project Manager

VW Court ordered to fund billions in response to emissions falsification.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tune into the show every Tuesday at 3pm on Radio Boise at 89.9 FM or 93.5 FM in the Treasure Valley. Or stream us online at http://www.radioboise.org.

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

rialin_2016Today I talk with Rialin Flores, the Legislative Associate for Conservation Voters for Idaho, about air quality issues, effective grassroots political engagement, holding elected leaders accountable, and electing people who care about things like clean air and water.

With all of the excitement around politics these days it’s a timely conversation to have about how policy and politics are being played here in Idaho around conservation issues. Air quality is our theme this month, but Rialin and I will also touch on CVI’s broader work and insights around Idaho’s political process. Speaking of the political process… democracy is at work today and you should participate. The Greater Boise Auditorium District election is today so get your VOTE on! Find details and polling locations for Ada County

Pre-show quiz (no cheating by googling it): What is Coal Rolling and did the Idaho Legislature address it in the 2017 session? Tune in to find out!

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

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