Archive for September, 2014

Ken Miller Ken Miller, Clean Energy Programs Director with the Snake River Alliance discusses the impact of the New EPA Carbon Pollution Standards. On June 2, 2014, the EPA proposed the Clean Power Plan to cut carbon emissions from existing power plants.  EPA is using its authority under section 111 of the Clean Air Act to issue standards, regulations or guidelines, as appropriate that address carbon pollution from new and existing power plants, including modifications of those plants. Section 111 (b) is the federal program to address new, modified and reconstructed sources by establishing standards. Section 111 (d) is a state-based program for existing sources. The EPA establishes guidelines. The states then design programs that fit in those guidelines and get the needed reductions. During our discussion, Ken explains that 111 (d) will have the greatest impact in Idaho as there are no plans to construct new coal powered plants at this time. Mr. Miller goes on to explain how to state of Idaho is working towards meeting the new standards, and the opportunity that our listeners have to be involved in the process by providing input to the EPA during the public comment period for the new regulation. Note that since time of our interview, the comment period has been extended to December 1, 2014. This show aired 9-16-2014. Due to the time sensitive nature of the content and public comment period. The show will air again on 9-30-2014. You can also stream the podcast of the interview below.

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Jenn Ellis, Green Schools Advocate

Jenn Ellis, US Green Building Idaho Green Schools Advocate & Bekah Spille with the Boise  School District discuss the Idaho Green School Challenge. A program of the US Green Building Council Idaho Chapter, the Idaho Green School Challenge engages k-12 students and staff and volunteer community mentors to brainstorm projects that positively impact the school and the environment. Green Schools Challenge projects lead to lower energy and water and other resource consumption and  good stewards of their own environments. Listen to our conversation via the player below to learn more about the Green Schools Challenge and how the program contributes to building a greener Idaho. If you are an interested educator or mentor, please contact greenschools@usgbcidaho.org or visit http://www.usgbcidaho.org/green-schools-challenge/

Bekah and Charlie

Bekah Spille receives the cash award for her classroom’s winning 2014 Green Schools Challenge project









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John Weber is on to a new home project after completing a super efficient, net zero home a few years ago that he built from the ground up. This time around he is retrofitting a typical Boise home built in the 70’s to make it as efficient as possible and go net zero again. The most important goal of this project is to keep the upgrades as affordable as possible to show people they can achieve near net zero energy living even in a very inefficient existing home.

Tune in to my conversation with John to learn about this very cool home retrofit project and how he has reduced the energy demand of the home and coupled that with a solar pv system and his plug-in electric car named Ice Storm. As always you can listen on air at 93.5 FM or 89.9 FM or stream the show via www.radioboise.org.

John’s Small Footprint new home project 2011

Check back on this blog post for pictures of John’s house including some of the features we’ll discuss on the show and some tips on where to find products and services he utilized for his home.

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