Archive for June, 2014

Gary FULLTuesday, July 1st at 3pm on Building a Greener Idaho we talk with Gary Toth the Senior Director for Transportation Initiatives for the Project for Public Spaces. Are our streets, roads and highways simply there to move people and goods from point A to point B? Or do we need to view our transportation infrastructure through the lenses of economic development, creating community, and welcoming to multiple modes of transportation including bicycles and pedestrians? What are the greater societal goals for our transportation infrastructure and how can we have productive dialogue between the diverse stakeholders to achieve solutions that meet the greater good through transportation planning? Gary is a transportation “geek” who has spent a career as a transportation engineer with the New Jersey Department of Transportation and his wealth of experience provides a unique perspective into transportation planning in the 21st century.

Gary led a dialogue with leaders from the Idaho Transportation Department, the Ada County Highway District and business and civic leaders as part of the Context Sensitive Solutions collaborative happening across the country to help deal with challenging transportation infrastructure issues.

I am joined by Mr. Scot Oliver, Executive Director of Idaho Smart Growth, for this conversation with Mr. Toth. Tune in as usual at 3pm on Tuesdays in the Treasure Valley at 93.5 FM, 89.9 FM or stream the show online at www.radioboise.org. The podcast of our full interview will be available on this blog shortly after the interview airs on Radio Boise.



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“We don’t need a law against McDonald’s or a law against slaughterhouse abuse. We ask too much salvation by legislation. All we need to do is empower individuals with the right philosophy and the right information to opt out en masse.”  -Joel Salatin, Keynote Speaker for the 2014 Idaho Sustainable Agriculture Symposium



We came together on the airwaves with Pete Pearson & Seann Sweeney of the Idaho Center for Sustainable Agriculture to discuss what they do to support sustainable agriculture in the Gem State.

Listen and learn about the new “Seed Library”, Boise’s initiative to increase local food production, support for emerging agricultural entrepreneurs & the Sustainable Agriculture Symposium which will be hosted in Nampa on November 18, 2014. The Symposium will feature special guest Joel Salatin, a sustainable agriculture expert who has appeared in many food documentaries.

The Idaho Center for Sustainable Agriculture interview podcast is available below:


Listen to live shows by tuning in to Radio Boise @ 3 PM on Tuesdays on 89.9 FM or 93.5 FM in the Treasure Valley, or stream us through Radio Boise 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

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Karuna House

Karuna House photo via Hammer and Hand

Today’s guest is Skylar Swinford who is a practicing Certified Passive House Consultant who holds both European and North American certifications. He has been directly involved with over a dozen single-family residential, multi-family, and commercial Passivhaus projects that have been certified by the Passive House Institute. His first Passivhaus Certified project was a small high performance office space retrofit in a 100 year old building called the Glasswood project. I’m glad to have Skylar with me today to discuss high performance building, his path in this industry, and trends he’s seeing in Idaho and across the region.

Listen to our interview with Skylar on mixcloud.

Skylar Swinford Passive House by Building A Greener Idaho on Mixcloud

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In space, Astronauts aboard the international space station capture, recycle and reuse all the water available to them.

We’re not THAT advanced with water recycling yet in Idaho, but water recycling in different forms is already occurring here in state.

Tune in today at 3pm for a conversation between Remington and Chas Ariss and Tressa Nicholas from Idaho DEQ’s Water Quality Division and learn about purple pipes, TMDLs, NPDES primacy and beneficial reuses of water in Idaho.

We’re talking water reuse and what everyone should know about how communities can re-engineer waste water for reuse to help build a greener Idaho.

Click the link below to listen to the 30 minute podcast.

Recycled Water in Idaho by Building A Greener Idaho on Mixcloud

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