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Group discussion at Moving People First Summit

What’s LOVE got to do with roads and building healthy communities? Well according to Dr. Richard Jackson and Gary Toth love plays an important role. Tune in to part two – today, May 10th at 3pm– of our conversation with these two national experts on creating places that people want to be and attacking some of America’s health and environmental issues through collaboration on designing healthy communities.

As always tune in to Building a Greener Idaho on Radio Boise Tuesdays @ 3 PM on 89.9 FM or 93.5 FM in the Treasure Valley. Or stream online @ http://www.radioboise.org. Part 1 and Part 2 of this interview will be uploaded here soon after they air.

A pediatrician and a transportation engineer walk into a bar…do they hit it off or do they blame each other for ruining the health of our society?

Tune in to Building a Greener Idaho May 3rd at 3pm for part one of the conversation between two very passionate and knowledgeable advocates for building healthy communities who come from very different backgrounds. We discuss the history of transportation planning and town and city building, based mostly around the convenience of automobiles, that has led our country (in part) to a massive health epidemic- namely diabetes. Dr. Richard Jackson has literally written the book about “building healthy communities” and was the host of the PBS series Designing Healthy CommunitiesGary Toth with the Project for Public Spaces is a transportation engineer with decades of experience in that profession and in working with communities across the country to plan and implement multi-modal transportation projects and create great places for people. Both have been guests on the show before, but this time they go head to head!

As always tune in to Building a Greener Idaho on Radio Boise Tuesdays @ 3 PM on 89.9 FM or 93.5 FM in the Treasure Valley. Or stream online @ http://www.radioboise.org. Podcast recordings are uploaded here after they air.

Silicon crystals have long been the primary component in solar PV panels. But not for long if Matty Jones and other researchers have anything to say about it. A new form of carbon based solar panel technology could potentially disrupt the solar industry with a more cost effective alternative. Although carbon based or organic photovoltaic technology is not likely to every achieve the same efficiency as silicon panels, their cost to produce is significantly lower and  the flexible nature of organic solar panels allows them to be mounted on a variety of surface.

As with all new technologies, carbon based solar panels require research and development to create a competitive, market ready product. My interview with Matty Jones, Physicist and Post Doctoral Researcher at the Boise State University Material Science and Engineering Department dives into the details of organic photovoltaics and how he is using computer modelling to improve the efficiency of the panels. Listen to the podcast of our show to learn more.

My interview with Matty aired on Radio Boise Tuesday 2-23-2016. 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.

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

Who’s Land?

Kahle Becker, former Deputy Attorney General for the Idaho Department of Lands, has been fighting hard to protect Idaho’s public lands from what he (and the Idaho State Attorney General) thinks is misguided legislation. House bill 582, the public lands multiple use sustained yield act, seeks to move ownership and management of the federal lands in the state of Idaho to the state. Among Becker’s many concerns with the bill are loss of public access, sale of public lands to private interests, and state budget shortfalls from the costs required to manage the lands. Becker notes that one severe fire year can result in hundreds of millions of dollars in fire fighting costs, a figure that would decimate Idaho’s current budget. Becker also expresses concern with the expedited path of the bill which has precluded sufficient public comment for a proposal with such far reaching impacts in a state that is 63% federal lands.

The bill made it past it’s first hurdle today as it was voted 12-3 in favor in the House Resources Committee. But the bill is still a long ways to go before being passed as law. If that does happen, so begins a costly legal battle between the state of Idaho and the Federal Government.

Use the player below to listen to the interview with Kahle Becker and learn more.

My interview with Kahle aired on Radio Boise Tuesday 3-15-2016. 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.

 

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

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