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In November a diverse coalition of industry leaders, environmental groups and universities hosted the Idaho Climate Summit: Safeguarding Idaho’s Economy in a Changing Climate. While conversations about climate change in Idaho have been happening within various sectors and constituencies for quite some time, the summit was the first successful attempt to bring together a wide array of business, academic, public and environmental representatives with a focus on economic opportunities in addition to the very real impacts to our environment and way of life.

I had the chance to talk with a few of the speakers from the conference about their perspectives on why climate change is an important reality to make business decisions around and what opportunities exist for innovation that will help grow the Gem State’s economic vibrancy due to the climate reality.

We hope you enjoy this conversation with Julia Kertz Grant from Micron Technology, David Eichberg from HP Inc, Kate Gordon from the Risky Business Project and the Paulson Institute, and Aimee Christensen from the Sun Valley Institute for Resilience.

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

 

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Our theme of From Snow to Flow continues this week with a conversation about the Boise River with Idaho Fish and Game Regional Fisheries Manager Joe Kozfkay and Freshwater Trust Idaho Program Manager Christy Meyer. Our beloved Boise River brings life to the high desert and flows through the heart of the city on it’s way to meet the Snake. The Boise River is an incredible asset that has been taken for granted in the past. These days many individuals and groups are working hard to protect and improve its health and vitality.

We’ll talk with Joe about the Boise River fishery, how the river ran dry one day, and his favorite fish to catch. Christy will share the great work the Boise River Enhancement Network (BREN) is doing to continually improve its health and protect it from threats like the encroachment of development. BREN recently helped complete an in-stream aquatic habitat enhancement project that might just be helping little brown trout babies find shelter from these recent high flows.

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jenpierceOur two month series on Fire & Ice continues with a look at more extreme fires in our region due to human caused climate change and the associated risks for debris flows after the fires which can damage infrastructure, personal property, and fish habitat. Today I speak with Associate Professor of Geosciences Jen Pierce from Boise State University. I will talk with her about the ways in which our landscape is changing due to high intensity fires, how to prevent human caused fires and how all of this relates in the context of climate change.
pioneer fire burn scar.JPGJoin us for the continuation of our series on Fire & Ice today at 3pm on Radio Boise at 89.9 FM or 93.5 FM in the Treasure Valley. Or stream us online at http://www.radioboise.org

A podcast of our interview will be available here after the show airs.

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greenbelt fallBoise and it’s civic leaders have a long history of conserving open space, cleaning up and protecting the Boise River, and providing a wide range of recreation opportunities that many people believe make this small northwest city one of the most desirable places to live. That history goes back decades with countless individuals working collectively to create the Boise we know today.

On October 21st Boise lost one of the civic leaders who had a great influence in creating the Boise River Greenbelt and in preserving the Boise Foothills when Ken Pursley passed away in a boating accident pursuing one of his passions in the Amazon Basin. My guest is Jeff Fereday, one of Ken’s long time friends and colleagues, and we discuss Ken’s efforts to preserve what he loved about Boise and Idaho.

Boise, Idaho. Skyline with foothills beyond in the spring.I also speak with Martin Balben, a representative of the Boise Clean Water and Open Space Campaign on which Boise citizens are voting on November 3rd at the polls. We discuss the ballot measure and how the $10 million will be administered on behalf of Boise citizens if it does pass.

Check out our conversation about Boise’s history of open space preservation, one of it’s influential champions, and the current proposal to continue that work with a new levy.

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