Archive for August, 2015

AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

Between them Rick Johnson and Craig Gerhke have several decades of advocacy work on the books to protect the Boulder White Cloud mountains of Central Idaho. On August 7th, their work culminated with witnessing President Obama signing a new wilderness bill in the oval office. The bill sailed through both houses of Congress via unanimous consent on a “hotline” procedure after years of negotiations and compromise about management of the area both in Idaho and in Congress.

East-Fork-Salmon-River Ed Cannady

East Fork Salmon- Ed Cannady

Tuesday, September 1st at 3pm I speak with Craig Gehrke of The Wilderness Society and Rick Johnson
from the Idaho Conservation League about how this central Idaho gem of a landscape came to be protected as wilderness. From the days of Castle Peak being threatened by an open pit mine, to years of local collaboration and compromising, to coalition building around a National Monument campaign, Craig and Rick share their journey to protect this remarkable place.

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Sunny Genz has long thought that there are more conscientious ways to live than the average American lifestyle. Perhaps is stems from her upbringing with a mom who was environmentally aware. Perhaps it’s just part of who she is. Either way, the Treasure Valley benefits from her motivation to support sustainable living.

Sunny became fascinated with the Ecovillage concept after learning about sustainable Earthship buildings. She then made it her mission to establish the first urban Ecovillage in the Boise area. So what exactly is an Ecovillage? From the Boise Ecovillage website – An Ecovillage is a sustainable community living in harmony with the earth and with each other through green building, renewable energy, shared governance, and permaculture principles.

Through her interests in developing an Ecovillage, Genz made contact with Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage founder and sustainable living guru Ma’ikwe Ludwig. Ma’ikwe is currently on a speaking tour, and Sunny and the Boise State University Sustainability Club have arranged a stop for her in Boise. Ludwig will speak at the Sustainable is Possible event hosted at Boise State September 4th and 5th. There will be a free public presentation and film, as well as two in depth workshops. You can find out more about the Sustainable is possible event on Facebook, and register to attend online.

Sunny Genz 8-20-15

Sunny Genz Promoting the Boise Ecovillage Project

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. Our interview with Sunny aired on Radio Boise 8-18-2015. Use the player below to listen to a podcast of the show.

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

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BUGS Director Erin Guerricabeitia

Erin Guerricabeitia (say that 3 times fast you non Basquos!) has impacted many kids, adults and neighborhoods across the Boise area in the last 4 years as the Boise Urban Garden School Director. Now she and her organization are poised to grow (no pun intended) and advance local food production, garden literacy, and healthy eating habits through a new partnership with Boise Parks and Recreation.

As part of Boise’s overall goal of creating the most livable city in the country and to do it with the triple bottom line in mind, together BUGS and Parks and Rec saw an opportunity to advance their common goals through a new partnership.

Tuesday, August 4th at 3 pm I speak with Erin about the history of BUGS and the evolution of the organization as she carries the mission forward to “grow healthy communities and inquiring minds”. Tune in to hear about the exciting projects, programs, and opportunities Erin and BUGS have to build a greener Idaho.

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