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Continuing our September back to school theme, I discuss the genesis and current status of sustainability education at Boise State University with Professor Scott Lowe. Our conversation covers the history of sustainability in higher education and Boise State’ three primary sustainability programs, the Environmental Studies undergraduate degree, the Sustainability Minor in the Department of Economics, and the Responsible Business Initiative.

Scott Lowe, Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies Program Director at Boise State University

Scott Lowe, Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies Program Director at Boise State University

My interview with Professor Lowe aired on Radio Boise Tuesday September 27th. You can listen to current shows by tuning in 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 our interview is available below.

 

 

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We continue our Back to School theme today with a conversation with Blake Schnebly from SustainingUS a local sustainability consulting firm. Blake has been working with Riverstone International School to develop and evolve their sustainability programming and has had quite a few successes. We’ll discuss everything from native plantings to energy savings, to systemic img_2956sustainability.

As always you can catch the show by tuning in Tuesdays @ 3 PM on 89.9 FM or 93.5 FM in the
Treasure Valley. Or stream us online @ http://www.radioboise.org.

Green Apple Day of Service is a catalyst for people who want to take action, organize community resources and complete a service project that will have a positive impact on their local school environment and beyond. Today, I speak with Brady Barkdull, Project Manager with Snake River Builders and Board Member with USGBC Wyoming. Brady shares his experience using the Green Apple Day of Service online platform and resources to organize successful school improvement projects in Eastern Idaho and Western Wyoming.

My interview with Brady aired on Radio Boise Tuesday September 6th. You can listen to current shows by tuning in 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 our interview is available using the player below.

 

 

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Eric Corey Freed to Keynote U.S. Green Building Council Innovate Conference in Jackson, Wyoming.

#USGBCWYInnovate

The U.S. Green Building Council Biennial Conference in Jackson, Wyoming October 19-21st is sure to draw an interesting mix of leaders from the green building field. Perhaps most notable among these leaders will be Keynote Speaker Eric Corey Freed, a nationally known architect, author, speaker and thought-leader based in Portland Oregon with 25 years of experience in crafting innovative, deep green buildings. The conference theme is Innovate, and Eric’s keynote address is most certainly focused on an innovative green building topic. 

When asked to design an XPrize for green building by the XPrize foundation, Eric drew on his lifelong experience with green buildings and organic architecture. He also looked outside the box. Way outside the box. Eric had noted research scientists’ increasing ability to grow organs from tissue samples and hatched the big audacious idea that perhaps we can grow entire buildings. That’s right, grow our buildings. Far fetched? Yes. But there are potential merits – no more toxic building materials or shipping raw materials from far away sources to a processing plant then to the building site. How about walls that heal themselves when you take your picture fasteners down? Sign me up. And the timing for this idea might be right – we can now grow entire organs and living cells of many varieties that were never before possible. Add these considerations to the fact that although modern buildings are safer and more energy efficient than they were 100 years ago, the fundamental “stick and brick” building techniques have not changed and you get the sense that Eric is on to something.

Has the time come for a truly innovative and disruptive approach that renders our existing model of constructing buildings obsolete? Maybe. Is is worth exploring alternatives to the long iterative path towards creating better buildings that we are currently on? Definitely.

My interview with Eric Corey Freed aired on Radio Boise Tuesday August 30th. You can listen to current shows by tuning in Tuesdays @ 3 PM on 89.9 FM or 93.5 FM in the Treasure Valley. Or stream online @ http://www.radioboise.org. You can listen to a podcast of my interview with Eric using the player below.

If you are looking for a deeper dive into this topic, consider attending the USGBC Wyoming Innovate conference October 19-21st in Jackson, Wyoming. Professional development CEU’s are available and after hearing Eric Corey Freed speak, you may just find yourself inspired to #Innovate.

Eric Corey Freed - XPrize developer and USGBC WY Conference Keynote Speaker

Eric Corey Freed – XPrize developer and USGBC Wyoming Conference Keynote Speaker

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