"Issues of the Environment" Radio Show

WEMU - 89.1 FM

Every Wednesday morning from 8:20-8:30am, the Washtenaw County Environmental Health Division introduces a special guest speaker on the "Issues of the Environment" Radio Show, hosted by David Fair on WEMU (89.1 FM). Tune in each week to hear about environmental issues, programs and news impacting our community! 

We are always looking for guest speakers to talk about projects and environmental issues relevant to the residents of Washtenaw County. Please contact Mary Mathias if you have ideas for upcoming shows! 


 

 

Archived Calendar 2006-2013:

December 18, 2013
The importance of environmental stewardship in the process of creating more development in downtown Ann Arbor.
Guest:  Susan Pollay, Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority

December 11, 2013
Public transportation initiatives in Washtenaw County.
Guest:  John Hieftje, Mayor of Ann Arbor

December 4, 2013
New programs Recycle Ann Arbor has rolled out benefit all Washtenaw County residents, not just those in Ann Arbor.
Guest:  Christine Chessler-Stull, Recycle Ann Arbor

November 27, 2013
The City of Ann Arbor's efforts to adopt a pro-active Climate Action Plan.
Guest:  Matt Naud, City of Ann Arbor

November 20, 2013
The future of Ypsilanti's Water Street projects, including the environmental factors related to developing the property.
Guest:  Teresa Gillotti, City of Ypsilanti

November 13, 2013
A discussion surrounding the concerns of a global helium shortage, which could impact medical, defense, aeronautical and electronics manufacturing industries.
Guest:  Dr. Gregg Wilmes, Eastern Michigan University 

November 6, 2013
A conversation with Washtenaw County's Water Resources Commissioner on what is being done to combat, and prevent, sewage overflows.
Guest:  Evan Pratt, Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner

October 30, 2013
The future of solar power in Ypsilanti looks bright, as a local group works toward the goal of 1,000 solar roofs by the year 2020.
Guest:  Dave Strenski, Solar Ypsi

October 23, 2013
The potential environmental consequences the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug may have on Washtenaw County.
Guest:  Dr. Jamin Eisenbach, Eastern Michigan University

October 16, 2013 - Fundraising Week

October 9, 2013
The “March Against Monsanto” is taking place in Ann Arbor on October 12, 2013.
Guest:  Tia Lebhertz, Food and Water Watch

October 2, 2013
A discussion with the Mayor of Ypsilanti about the financial and environmental impacts of the City's conversion to LED streetlights.
Guest:  Paul Schreiber, City of Ypsilanti Mayor

September 25, 2013
State Senator Rebekah Warren talks about the environmental issues on the agenda for the fall legislative session.
Guest:  Rebekah Warren (D - Ann Arbor), State Senator 

September 18, 2013
A discussion of the University of Michigan's Planet Blue Ambassador Program at the Graham Sustainability Institute.
Guest:  Nicole Berg,  University of Michigan Planet Blue

September 11, 2013
House Bill 4841 would allow Michigan residents to register with the state and be notified when pesticides are applied near their properties.
Guest:  State Rep. Jeff Irwin, D-Ann Arbor

September 4, 2013
Local foods and the 6th annual Homegrown Festival.
Guest:  Jason Frenzel, Homegrown Festival & Huron River Watershed Council

August 28, 2013
Groups in Ann Arbor are partnering to form a community bike sharing program - the first of its kind in Michigan.
Guest:  Heather Seyfarth, Clean Energy Coalition

August 21, 2013
Surveying the butterfly population in Washtenaw County, as these winged beauties can serve as an indicator of ecological health.
Guest:  John Swales, North American Butterfly Association (and U of M Professor Emeritus of Linguistics)

August 14, 2013
Exploring the current health status of Ann Arbor's tree population and the city policies aimed at maintaining its lush canopy.
Guest:  Lynn Borset, The Ann Arbor Tree Conservancy

August 7, 2013
Ypsilanti is continuing to explore integrating urban farms into the community.
Guest:  Amanda Edmonds, Growing Hope 

July 31, 2013
Taking a closer look at stormwater and wastewater infrastructure in Ann Arbor, as 10,000 gallons of untreated sewage were released into the Huron River this June.
Guests:  Earl Kenzie, Ann Arbor Wastewater Treatment Plant & Jennifer Lawson, City of Ann Arbor

July 24, 2013
Tracking cattle from farm to plate can help regionalize food systems, increase revenue for small and mid-sized farms and better connect consumers with farmers.
Guest:  Dr. Daniel Buskirk, Michigan State University

July 3, 2013
Protecting yourself from Lyme disease, the most common vector-borne illness in the United States and increasingly found in parts of Michigan.
Guest:  Erik Foster, MIchigan Department of Community Health

June 26, 2013
With Pall Life Sciences leaving Washtenaw County, many are concerned about the ongoing remediation of 1,4-Dioxane contamination.
Guest:  Michael Gebhard, Washtenaw County

June 5, 2013
Environmental initiatives underway at the public golf courses in Ann Arbor.
Guest:  Scott Spooner, City of Ann Arbor Golf Courses

May 29, 2013
Ann Arbor's PACE Program aims to promote energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide cost savings in the city's commercial sector.
Guest:  Rebecca Filbey, Clean Energy Coalition
 

May 22, 2013
Discussing the importance of prescribed ecological burns in our area parks.
Guest:  David Borneman, City of Ann Arbor 

May 15, 2013
New technology from a Washtenaw County start-up company may help spare the lives of birds around windmill farms, and better map delicate ecosystems.
Guest:  
Russell Conard, Ornicept

May 8, 2013
Restoring the habitat of the eastern massasauga rattlesnake in Washtenaw County.
Guest:  Steven Parrish, Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum 

May 1, 2013
Hidden dangers of underground oil pipelines, and the potential impact on the Huron River.
Guest:  Laura Rubin, Huron River Watershed Council

April 24, 2013
"Safe Routes to School" encourages kids to walk or ride bikes to school, rather than traveling by vehicle.
Guest:  Sabra Briere, Ann Arbor City Council

April 10, 2013 - Fundraising Week

April 3, 2013
Washtenaw Community College's efforts at waste reduction, recycling and composting.
Guest:  Barry Wilkens,  Washtenaw Community College Facilities Management

March 27, 2013
Ensuring access to affordable, healthy, sustainable food for all.
Guest:  Dr. Oran Hesterman, Fair Food Network

March 20, 2013
Assessing Michigan's readiness for the widespread use of electric vehicles.

Guest:  Mark Rabinsky, Plug-in Ready Michigan, Clean Energy Coalition

March 13, 2013
Controversy surrounds the recent addition of large solar arrays in the northeast section of Ann Arbor.
Guest:  Jane Lumm, Ann Arbor City Council (Independant-2nd Ward)

 March 6, 2013
The second interview in our series on hydraulic fracturing.
Guest:  Jim Peters, Northstar Energy and the Michigan Oil and Gas Producers Educational Foundation

February 27, 2013
The first of two discussions on 'fracking,' or hydraulic fracturing, in Washtenaw County.  
Guest:  John Callewaert, University of Michigan's Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute

February 20, 2013
Establishing hearty plants outdoors during the winter, known as "winter seed sowing."
Guest:  Monica Milla, Master Gardener and Instructor at Washtenaw Community College

February 13, 2013
The future of public transportation in Washtenaw County.
Guest:  Yousef Rabhi, Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners 

February 6, 2013
Another take on incentive-based energy programs, from a representative of the energy industry.
Guest:  Scott Simons, DTE Energy

January 30, 2013
Weighing the pros and cons of incentive-based energy programs.
Guest:  David Wright, Ecology Center

January 23, 2013
A look into the aquaculture industry, including the benefits, concerns, and potential for expansion.
Guest:  Dr. Jim Diana, University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and the Environment

January 16, 2013
Washtenaw County homes are at an increased risk of having high levels of radon, a cancer-causing gas.
Guest:  Angela Parsons, Washtenaw County Environmental Health Division

January 9, 2013
Washtenaw County's new Water Resources Commissioner talks about his vision for the position, previously held by Janis Bobrin for 24 years.
Guest:  Evan Pratt, Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner

January 2, 2012 - Holiday Break

December 26, 2012
Tips on enjoying the outdoors in the Ann Arbor area, even during the cold winter months.
Guest:  Brenda Bentley, Author, "River Walks Ann Arbor"

December 19, 2012
Ann Arbor's City Council has unanimously passed an ambitious Climate Action Plan.
Guest:  Wayne Appleyard, Ann Arbor Energy Commission

December 12, 2012
The pros and cons of real and artificial Christmas trees, from an environmental perspective.
Guest:  Dr. Bert Cregg, Michigan State University

December 5, 2012
Determining the most environmentally-friendly way to travel for the holidays.
Guest:  Dr. John DeCicco, University of Michigan

November 28, 2012
Helpful tips on "going green" this holiday season.
Guest:  Nancy Stone, City of Ann Arbor

November 21, 2012
A look into Dawn Farm's "Green Farm Project," part of their effort to become the greenest chemical dependency treatment center in the world.
Guest:  Ted Thiry, Dawn Farms

November 14, 2012
A fungus known as "white nose syndrome" is threatening Michigan's bat population.
Guest:  Dr. Allen Kurta, Eastern Michigan University

November 7, 2012
Now that Proposal 3 has failed to win voter approval, what's next for renewable energy in Michigan?
Guest:  Hugh McDiarmid, Michigan Environmental Council

October 31, 2012
The Sierra Club's support of Proposal 3, otherwise known as 25x25.
Guest:  Anne Woiwode, Sierra Club's Michigan Chapter

October 24, 2012
A representative of Clean Affordable Renewable Energy, or CARE, explains the group's opposition to proposal 3, the 25x25 renewable energy proposal on Michigan's November ballot.
Guest:  Megan Brown, Clean Affordable Renewable Energy (CARE)

October 17, 2012 - Fundraising Week

October 10, 2012
The City of Ann Arbor's plans for improving its solid waste management include the goal of achieving "zero waste," with an array of waste diversion strategies. 
Guest:  Jim Frey, Resource Recycling Systems

October 3, 2012
Keeping tabs on the health of the trees in the City of Ann Arbor.
Guest:  Kerry Gray, City of Ann Arbor

September 26, 2012
The potential impacts of climate change on the Great Lakes region, including crop damage, increased heat-related illness, and the taxing of our infrastructure.
Guest:  
Evan Mallen, GLISA (Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments), University of Michigan

September 19, 2012
The "pros" of the upcoming 25X25 ballot proposal, which would require utilities to produce 25% of the state's electricity from renewable resources by 2025.
Guest:  Dr. Mike Shriberg, University of Michigan

September 12, 2012
The upcoming ballot proposal requiring utilities to produce 25% of the state's electricity from renewable resources by 2025, known as "25X25," has many supporters, as well as opponents.
Guest:  Jeff Gibbs, Documentary Filmmaker

September 5, 2012
Planning is underway for a new park and greenway for Ann Arbor's Allen Creek corridor.
Guest:  Bob Galardi, The Allen Creek Greenway Conservancy

August 29, 2012
Fishing is great for all ages, and helps people connect with nature.
Guest:  Jim Kaercher, Spring Valley Trout Farm

August 22, 2012
An update on Ann Arbor's Greenbelt, established to preserve farmland and combat urban sprawl, as we approach the program's 10th anniversary.
Guest:  Dan Ezekiel,The Greenbelt Advisory Commission

August 15, 2012
A deeper look into the reasons vegans choose not to consume animal-based products, including ethical and environmental concerns.
Guest:  Paul Krause, VegMichigan

August 8, 2012
The quest for local, sustainable, and healthy food in Washtenaw County.
Guest:  Jane Pacheco, Lunasa Market

August 1, 2012
A grassroots group is pushing for the open space on top of the new Library Lane parking structure in downtown Ann Arbor to be kept as greenspace.
Guest:  Will Hathaway, Library Green Conservancy

July 25, 2012
A local company's quest to build two-wheeled electric vehicles (EVs) that are environmentally responsible, quiet, and able to match the performance of their fossil fuel counterparts.
Guest:  
Nikolas Klopf, Current Motor Company

July 18, 2012
Dexter's Mill Creek Park is set to open soon, helping to fulfill the environmental, recreational, and downtown development goals of the Village.
Guest:  Allison Bishop, Village of Dexter

July 11, 2012
Diesel emissions abatements and recent federal, state, and local legislative actions promoting clean construction, diesel engine retrofits and limiting engine idling.
Guest:  Susan E. Harley, J.D., Clean Water Action

July 4, 2012
The Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies connects students from Christian backgrounds with environmental education and research opportunities at the University of Michigan and elsewhere.
Guest: Dieter Bouma, The Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies

June 27, 2012
The Safe Chemicals Act (S. 847), proposed in 2011 and awaiting a vote in the Senate, provides meaningful reform to the outdated Toxic Substances Control Act.
Guest:  Rebecca Muenink, The Ecology Center

June 20, 2012
A local artist writes and performs rap music about the virtues of sustainable food systems in order to educate others about the importance of environmentally sustainable agriculture.
Guest:  Lucas DiGia (aka "Homegrown"), Rap for Food

June 13, 2012
An update on transportation initiatives in Washtenaw County, including the Complete Streets Plan and how it will support the Countywide Transit Plan for Washtenaw County, as well as the upcoming Long Range Plan.
Guest:  Terri Blackmore, Executive Director of the Washtenaw Area Transportation Study (WATS)

June 6, 2012
Net Zero--what it is and how to achieve it.
Guest:  Matt Grocoff, Greenovation TV

May 30, 2012
Sustainability in higher education and its role in preparing Michigan's workforce for the "green economy."
Guest:  Dr. Debra Rowe, Oakland University

May 23, 2012
The climate change debate and academic freedom.
Guest:  Dr. Michael Mann, Penn State University

May 16, 2012
Protective coatings on products - their dangers, and the new technologies under development to make them safer and more sustainable.
Guest:  Dr. Vijay Mannari, Eastern Michigan University's Coatings Research Institute

May 9, 2012
The benefits of butterflies, and tips for making an urban yard attractive to them.
Guest:  Brenda Dziedzic, Southeast Michigan Butterfly Association

May 2, 2012
DTE Energy's plans for cleaning up the contaminated MichCon site on Broadway Street in Ann Arbor.
Guest: Shayne Wiesemann, DTE Energy

April 25, 2012
Current legislation is attempting to repeal Michigan's ban of yard waste in landfills.
Guest:  Jeff Irwin, Michigan State Representative

April 18, 2012
Studying the health of reptiles and amphibians can reveal the overall health of our ecosystem.
Guest:  David Mifsud, City of Ann Arbor

April 11, 2012
Advanced meters are being installed by DTE to facilitate the development of a "smart grid."
Guest:  Nick Helmholdt, Clean Energy Coalition

April 4, 2012
Rethinking biofuels - Are they really better for the environment?
Guest: Dr. John DeCicco, University of Michigan  

March 28, 2012
Reducing waste and energy use on Eastern Michigan University's campus.
Guest: Stephen Moore, Manager of Energy and Sustainability, Eastern Michigan University

March 21, 2012 - Fundraising Week

March 14, 2012
Rain gardens are beautiful and beneficial to our rivers, lakes and streams.
Guest: Susan Bryan, Washtenaw County Water Resource Commissioner's Office

March 7, 2012
Post-harvest food waste and its impact on our environment.
Guest:  Catherine Badgley, University of Michigan 

February 22, 2012
How federal agricultural policy can impact our food, and our environment.
Guest:  Alexandra Beautyman, Food and Water Watch

February 15, 2012
Purchasing locally-grown food has environmental benefits, and food hubs help overcome the problems inherent with connecting small, local farms with their customers.
Guest:  Jane Bush, The Washtenaw Food Hub

February 8, 2012
The issues and concerns surrounding oil and gas exploration in Washtenaw County, from a gas industry spokesperson's perspective.
Guest:  Jeffrey Cook, the Michigan Oil and Gas Producers Education Foundation

February 1, 2012
The new CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) standards.
Guest:  Charles Griffith, the Ecology Center

January 25, 2012
The Reskilling movement: relearning the skills of our forebearers for a less energy-intensive lifestyle.
Guest:  Laura Smith, The Ann Arbor Reskilling Festival, www.a2reskilling.com

January 18, 2012
The issues and concerns surrounding oil and gas exploration in Washtenaw County, from a Lodi Township land owner's perspective.
Guest:  Mitchell Rhode, www.nopaxton.com

January 11, 2012
Finding new uses for the things you no longer want, rather than just throwing them away.
Guest:  Gary Urick, Recycle Ann Arbor's Re-Use Center 

January 4, 2012
Reducing energy use by saving water.
Guest:  Pam Labadie, Huron River Watershed Council

December 28, 2011
The impact of deer on our natural ecosystems.
Guest:  Randy Baker, Naturalist Endeavors 

December 21, 2011
Environmental issues related to homelessness.
Guest:  Ellen Schulmeister, The Shelter Association of Washtenaw County

December 14, 2011
Taking the consumerism out of the holidays.
Guest:  Jayin Rhodenhiser, Ann Arbor 

December 7, 2011
Energy-efficient holiday lights and gift ideas.
Guest:  Nick Helmholdt, Clean Energy Coalition 

November 30, 2011
GMOs (genetically modified organisms) in our food supply.
Guest:  Frances Farmer, Ann Arbor GMO Truth in Labeling

November 23, 2011
Climate change and the media.
Guest:  Roger Harrabin, BBC

November 9, 2011
Exploring the trend of returning to wood burning stoves to not only save money, but also increase energy efficiency.
Guest:  Kevon Binder, Owner of Dr. Flue, Inc.

November 2, 2011
The Michigan Student Assembly has passed a resolution asking the university to ban the sale of bottled water on campus. 
Guest: Maggie Oliver, the University of Michigan

October 26, 2011
UM president Mary Sue Coleman has announced sweeping initiatives to make the university more environmentally sustainable.
Guest: Terry Alexander, the University of Michigan

October 19, 2011 - Fundraising Week

October 12, 2011
The City of Ann Arbor's Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program aims to increase alternative energy and energy efficiency upgrades in local commercial and multi-family residential properties. 
Guest: Matt Naud, the City of Ann Arbor

October 5, 2011
The environmentally sustainable components of the City of Ann Arbor's new $750,000 public art water sculpture.
Guest: Herbert Drieseitl, Sculptor/Designer

September 28, 2011
Traditional varieties of "heirloom" apples are dying out, causing concern for those who value genetic diversity in our food supply.
Guest: Michael Dority, Michigan Nut Growers Association

September 21, 2011
Ann Arbor City Council is considering an ordinance to limit unnecessary engine idling.
Guest: John German, International Council on Clean Transportation

September 14, 2011
Efforts in the Miller Creek Watershed set an example for what citizens can do to keep waterways clean, and to monitor water quality.
Guest: Jason Frenzel, Huron River Watershed Council

September 7, 2011
Seeking the elusive Chimney Swift bird, whose numbers are dwindling.
Guest: Sherri Smith, Washtenaw Audubon Society

August 31, 2011
Energy Works Michigan implements energy efficiency and renewable energy measures at schools, saving schools money at a time when cost savings are crucial.
Guest: Emile Lauzzana, Executive Director of Energy Works

August 24, 2011
University researchers are working to improve the process which turns algae into biofuel. 
Guest: Bobby Levine, Ph.D. student in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Michigan.

August 17, 2011
How will climate change impact your health?
Guest: Susan Cerniglia, Washtenaw County Public Health

August 10, 2011
A rainy spring has caused changes to Washtenaw County's mosquito population.
Guest: Dr. Ned Walker, Professor of Entomology and Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Michigan State University

August 3, 2011
"Green" Practices of Golf Courses - More than just green grass
Guest: Corbin Todd, General Manager of UM's Radrick Farms Golf Course 

July 27, 2011
Environmental Impact of Data Centers- Does checking your email pollute the planet?
Guest: Dr. Thomas Wenisch, Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan

July 20, 2011
Promoting Electric Vehicles in Michigan
Guest: Charles Griffith, Ecology Center

July 13, 2011
New report shows that MIchigan's oldest coal plants cost residents billions in healthcare.
Guest: James Clift, Michigan Environmental Council

July 6, 2011
New "fuel economy and environment" labels required for all 2013 vehicles.
Guest: Greg Schroeder, Research Analyst of the Manufacturing & Technology Group at the Center for Automotive Research

 

June 29, 2011
Clean Sweep Program will dispose of citizens' pesticides.
Guest:  Abby Eaton, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

June 22, 2011
How the Michigan State Rail Plan will affect the local community.
Guest:  Mayor John Hieftje, City of Ann Arbor

June 15, 2011
Past and present land conservation in Washtenaw County.
Guest:  Barry Lonik, Huron River Watershed Council

June 8, 2011
Living a zero-waste lifestyle.
Guest:  Darshan Karwat, Ph.D. student at the University of Michigan

June 1, 2011
What is the connection between Girl Scout cookies and endangered orangutans?
Guests:  Rhiannon Tomtishen and Madison Vorva, Greenhills School 

May 25, 2011
Environmentally-friendly materials used in furniture-making and remodeling.
Guest:  Paul Hickman, Urban Ashes

May 18, 2011
Ozone--its effect on the environment and human health.
Guest:  Dr. Harvey Leo, University of Michigan

May 11, 2011
A look at local birds of prey at the Leslie Science and Nature Center.
Guest:  Francie Krawcke, Director of the Raptor Program at the Leslie Science and Nature Center

May 4, 2011
"Fracking" to extract natural gas from the earth is being proposed for Michigan.
Guest:  Marc Smith, the National Wildlife Federation

April 27, 2011
Proper disposal of medications and other water quality issues.
Guest:  Jennifer Lawson, the City of Ann Arbor

April 20, 2011
Local-food activists are reducing food miles through year-round food production in hoop houses.
Guest:  Jeff McCabe, the SELMA Cafe

April 13, 2011
New report on climate change adaption in the Great Lakes region.
Guest:  Melinda Koslow, the National Wildlife Federation

April 6, 2011
Predation by cats is one of the biggest threats to songbirds, dwarfing the threat posed by wind turbines.
Guest:  Will O'Neil,  Bird Center of Washtenaw County

March 30, 2011
New standards have been approved for the 1,4 Dioxane clean-up at the Pall Gelman contamination site in Ann Arbor.
Guest:  Roger Rayle, Scio Residents for Safe Water

March 23, 2011 - Spring Fundraiser Week

March 16, 2011
The City's "Energy Challenge" to encourage Ann Arbor residents to save energy.
Guest:  Andrew Brix, the City of Ann Arbor Energy Office

March 9, 2011
An update on Green Chemistry efforts in Michigan and beyond.
Guest:  Tracey Easthope, the Ecology Center

March 2, 2011
Preserving old barns saves cultural, historical, AND natural resources.
Guest:  Tim Wiles, Michigan Barn Preservation Network

February 23, 2011
Building Energy Star rated homes and giving a second life to construction materials helps both the environment and our citizens in need.
Guest:  Rob Nissley, Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley

February 16, 2011
Melting snow and ice is speeding up global warming at an escalating rate.
Guest:  Mark Flanner, University of Michigan Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences 

February 9, 2011
Mercury caused by coal-fired power plants.
Guest:  Nicole Lowen, Environment Michigan. 

February 2, 2011
Latest developments regarding the threat of Asian carp in the Great Lakes.
Guest:  Andy Buschbaum, National Wildlife Foundation

January 26, 2011
Reducing e-waste through reuse and refurbishing of discarded electronic devices.
Guest:  Mike Csapo, Resource Recovery and Recycling Authority of Southwest Oakland County

January 12, 2011
Toxins in consumer products.
Guest:  Jennifer Canvasser, the Ecology Center

December 29, 2010
Reducing and recycling holiday waste.
Guest:  Nancy Stone, City of Ann Arbor

December 22, 2010
Water pollution from CAFOs and the new Snyder administration.
Guest:  Lynn Henning, the Michigan Sierra Club

December 15, 2010
The best and safest ways to help our feathered friends through the cold months.
Guest:  Dea Armstrong, Washtenaw Audubon Society

December 8, 2010
Environmental and public health hazards of mercury, and proper clean-up of a small mercury spill.
Guest:  Jeff Krcmarik, Washtenaw County Environmental Health Division

December 1, 2010
Problems with Canada geese populations and humane methods of control.
Guest:  Kirk Mehlhaff, Gooseworks of South Lyon

November 24, 2010
Can organic agriculture feed the world?
Guest:  Catherine Badgely, the University of Michigan

November 17, 2010
Monarch butterflies and new research regarding their potential value to medicine. 
Guest:  Mark Hunter, the University of Michigan

November 10, 2010
Current prospects for "Green Jobs" development in light of Michigan's environmental justice issues and the midterm election results.
Guest:  Brad van Guilder, the Ecology Center

November 3, 2010
Problems threatening our native bat populations.
Guest:  Dr. Allen Kurta, Eastern Michigan University

October 27, 2010 - Fundraiser Week

October 20, 2010
Washtenaw County's Natural Areas Preservation Program.
Guest:  Tom Freeman, Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation

October 13, 2010
Environmental justice issues--are we making progress?
Guest:  Brad van Guilder, the Ecology Center

October 6, 2010
More home gardens a goal of the 350.org Global Work Day.
Guest:  Monica Patel, the Ecology Center

September 27, 2010
The proposed removal of the Huron River's Argo Dam.
Guest:  Jonathan Bulkley, the University of Michigan

September 22, 2010
The Sustainable Business Forum of Southeast Michigan.
Guest:  Daniel Jacobs, A3C Architectural Collaborative

September 15, 2010
The recent oil pipeline leak in the Kalamazoo River.
Guest:  Anne Woiwode, Michigan Sierra Club

September 8, 2010
The City of Ann Arbor's partnership with RecycleBank offers residents rewards for recycling.
Guest:  Tom McMurtrie, City of Ann Arbor

September 1, 2010
The Clean Energy Coalition's "X-Seed" energy project at the Michigan Theatre involves the installation of solar panels on the historic building.
Guest:  Bonnie Bona, Clean Energy Coalition

August 25, 2010
They're back!  Bedbugs, thought by many to be just a bedtime saying, are once again wreaking havoc in epidemic proportions.
Guest:  Erik Foster, Michigan Department of Community Health

August 18, 2010
Efforts to create and improve pedestrian and bicycling routes, including "Complete Streets" legislation.
Guest:  Kris Talley, Washtenaw Bicycling and Walking Coalition

August 4, 2010
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital’s efforts at providing healthy, locally-grown food to patients through the use of hoop houses.
Guests:  Lisa McDowell, Head of Nutrition & Dan Bair, Farm Manager, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital

July 28, 2010
The pursuit of the paperless office.
Guest:  Marisa Smith, The Whole Brain Group

July 21, 2010
Threats to our inland lakes and streams from aquatic invasive species.
Guest:  Gary Crawford, Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc.

July 14, 2010
An update on the City of Ann Arbor's Fuller Road Transit Center project.
Guest:  Eli Cooper, Transportation Program Manager, City of Ann Arbor

July 7, 2010
In response to the BP oil spill, State Representatives introduce legislation that would enhance the ban on drilling in the Great Lakes.
Guest:  Rep. Rebekah Warren, Michigan House of Representatives

June 30, 2010
Concerns regarding the height and flow fluctuations of the Huron River.
Guest:  Laura Rubin, Huron River Watershed Council

June 23, 2010
Sustainable design concepts, including the benefits and options for "green" roofs.
Guest:  Dan Jacobs, Senior and Founding Principal of A3C

June 16, 2010
Ford Motor Company's sustainable initiatives.
Guest:  John Viera, Director of Sustainability and Environmental Policy at Ford

June 9, 2010
Changes to the EPA's lead paint rules.
Guest:  Wes Priem, Michigan Department of Community Health

June 2, 2010
The recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico reminds us of the need for alternative energy vehicles.
Guest:  Larry Tuttle, President of the Michigan Electric Auto Association

May 26, 2010
Biofuels are being given a big push statewide by the Clean Energy Coalition's Green Fleets program, thanks to a $31 million grant from the U.S. Dept of Energy.
Guest:  Lisa Warshaw, Clean Energy Coalition

May 19, 2010
Washtenaw County's Border-to-Border Trail.
Guest:  Tom Freeman, Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation

May 12, 2010
Urban farming and its potential in Southeast Michigan.
Guest:  Michael Score, Hantz Farms

May 5, 2010
Michigan's new smoking ban and our indoor environment.
Guest:  Kristen Schweighofer, Washtenaw County Envrionmental Health Division

April 28, 2010
Ann Arbor's tree cover survey results and analysis.
Guest:  Kerry Grey, City of Ann Arbor Forestry

April 21, 2010
Memories of the first Earth Day in Ann Arbor (forty years ago) from one of its original organizers.
Guest:  John Russell, Ann Arbor

April 14, 2010
Restoring the diversity of native species in our local natural areas.
Guest:  Lisa Brush, The Stewardship Network

April 7, 2010
Getting the yard and garden ready for a "low-impact" growing season.
Guest:  Robert Bricault, MSU Extension Service

March 31, 2010
Opportunities to both learn about and promote the health of the river through the "Adopt-a-Stream" program.
Guest:  Joan Martin, Huron River Watershed Council

March 17, 2010
Alternative energy in action in Scio Township.
Guest:  David Read, Scio Township Trustee

March 10, 2010
Biological controls for Emerald Ash borer are on the horizon.
Guest:  Leah Bauer, USDA Forest Service

March 3, 2010
Michigan's budget crisis--Proposed solutions and its effects on our environmental programs.
Guest:  Cyndi Roper, A Better Michigan Future

February 24, 2010
The "Permaculture" movement.
Guest:  Nathan Ayers, Transition Town Ann Arbor

February 17, 2010
Green kitchen remodelling.
Guest:  Bruce Curtis, Washtenaw Woodwrights

February 10, 2010
Renewable wood.
Guest:  Daniel Jacobs, A3C Collaborative Architecture

February 3, 2010
The City of Ann Arbor's State of the Environment Report.
Guest:  Carsten Hohnke, Ann Arbor City Council

January 27, 2010
Financial incentives for energy conservation improvements being offered by federal, state, and utilities.
Guest:  Deb Heed, The Clean Energy Coalition

January 20, 2010
The "green" offerings at the North American International Auto Show.
Guest:  Charles Griffith, The Ecology Center

January 13, 2010
The City of Ann Arbor's venture into single-stream recycling.
Guest:  Tom McMurtrie, City of Ann Arbor

January 6, 2010
The proposed Michigan Children's Safe Products Act.
Guest:  Mike Schriberg, The Ecology Center

December 23, 2009
What can kids do to have fun in nature during the winter break?
Guest:  Dave Szczygiel, Ann Arbor Public Schools

December 16, 2009
Current threats to our Great Lakes fisheries posed by Asian Carp and VHS (Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia).
Guest:  Jim Diana, the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment

December 9, 2009
The legislative proposal to overturn the ban on yard waste in Michigan landfills.
Guest:  Gayle Miller, the Sierra Club

December 2, 2009
The healing power of nature and how a local retreat helps a variety of community groups.
Guest:  Tom Egan, the Grass Lake Sanctuary

November 25, 2009
Federal stimulus money helps locals save energy.
Guest:  Sean Reed, Clean Energy Coalition

November 18, 2009
"A World Without Ice"--the effects of climate change.
Guest:  Henry Pollack, University of Michigan

November 11, 2009
The importance of our local natural areas.
Guest:  John Copley, Cherry Hill Nature Preserve

November 4, 2009
Effects of the state's budget cuts on Michigan's environmental programs.
Guest:  Rep. Rebekah Warren, Michigan House of Representatives

October 28, 2009
Changes to the City of Ypsilanti's leaf collection program.
Guest:  Chris Simmons, Environmental Services Supervisor, City of Ypsilanti.

October 21, 2009 - Fundraising Week

October 14, 2009
Leaving less of a "footprint" as we leave this world by using environmentally-friendly alternatives to traditional burial methods.
Guest:  Merilynne Rush, Green Burial advocate

October 7, 2009
When money is scarce, what can we do to make our homes more energy efficient?
Guest:  Matt Grocoff, Greenovation TV

September 30, 2009
The State of Michigan's budget crisis and the effect of the cuts on environmental programs.
Guest:  Senator Patty Birkholz, Michigan Senate

September 23, 2009
More unintended consequences of home foreclosures and abandoned properties--negative effects on our local environment.
Guest:  Leon Moore, Environmental Supervisor, Washtenaw County Environmental Health Division

September 16, 2009
Experiential education - while teaching Tappan Middle School students about growing food, the kids also learn math, science, social studies, and other skills.  
Guest:  Elissa Trumbull, President, Agrarian Adventure

September 9, 2009
Local food and the 2nd Annual Homegrown Festival.
Guest:  Jason Frenzel, City of Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation

September 2, 2009
The developing disconnect between children and the natural environment, termed "nature defiicit disorder."
Guest:  Susan Hutton, Leslie Science Center

August 26, 2009
Changes to the Washtenaw County Sewage Regulation.
Guest:  Leon Moore, Environmental Supervisor, Washtenaw County Environmental Health Division

August 19, 2009
Sustainable initiatives of the salon industry.
Guest:  John Coy, Owner of Fran Coy's Salon

August 12, 2009
Certification programs for sustainable products and suppliers.
Guest:  Petie Davis, Business Unit Manager for Sustainable Services, NSF

August 5, 2009
The effort to make sure abandoned automotive and supplier plants don't become bigger barriers to environmental health.
Guest:  Mitch Adelman, Jackson District Supervisor, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Remediation & Redevelopment Division

July 22, 2009
Erosion of the night sky from light pollution.
Guest:  Norbert Vance, Astronomy Professor and Director of the Sherzer Observatory, Eastern Michigan University

July 15, 2009
The "Zero Waste" Initiative of The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, The Original.
Guest:  Shary Brown, Executive Director, The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, The Original

July 8, 2009
The City of Chelsea's proposal to ban the use of plastic shopping bags.
Guest:  Frank Hammer, Chelsea City Council Member

July 1, 2009
Washtenaw Avenue Talent Center Project - The plan for improving Washtenaw Avenue from Ann Arbor to Ypsilanti through rezoning, new housing, and improved public transit.
Guest:  Anya Dale, Planner, Washtenaw County Office of Strategic Planning

June 24, 2009
Washtenaw County's Weatherization Assistance Program - helping low-income residents reduce their utility bills through energy-saving home improvements.
Guest:  Aaron Kraft, Coordinator, Washtenaw County Weatherization Assistance Program

June 17, 2009
Wondering what to do to help that baby bird that fell out of its nest in your yard? The Bird Center has the answer to that and many more questions.
Guest:  T. Will O'Neill, Bird Center of Washtenaw County, Inc.

June 10, 2009
"EcoBroker"- certified realtors can help clients buy or sell houses with environmentally-friendly features.
Guest:  Laura Shope, Prudential Snyder & Co.

June 3, 2009
Canoeing Michigan's rivers.
Guest:  Doc Fletcher, author of "Michigan Rivers Less Paddled"

May 27, 2009
Hearing on Pall Life Sciences proposed changes to dioxane cleanup plan is tonight.
Guest: Michael Gebhard, Environmental Analyst, Washtenaw County Environmental Health Division

May 20, 2009
The decline in pollinators and what people can do in their yards to help bees.
Guest:  Barbara Danielson, TwoBees Candles, Inc.

May 13, 2009
Urban agriculture in action in Ypsilanti.
Guest:  Amanda Edmonds, Growing Hope

May 6, 2009
Encouraging scientists to invent less hazardous products--prevention at the source--instead of focusing on clean-up AFTER pollution is produced.
Guest:  John Warner, Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry

April 29, 2009
Legislative proposal to fund state parks through license plate fees.
Guest:  Ron Olson, State of Michigan Parks and Recreation

April 22, 2009
Connecting youth to practical examples of environmental sustainability in their local community. 
Guest:  David Allan, University of Michigan "TIES" program (Teaching and Inspiring Environmental Leadership)

April 15, 2009
The controversies surrounding native landscaping on urban/suburban lots.
Guest:  Michael Kielb, Eastern Michigan University

April 8, 2009
The environmental impact of feral swine.
Guest:  Greg Peter, Chelsea, Michigan

March 25, 2009
Hazards encountered by migratory birds and what we can do about it.
Guest:  Will Weber, Project Safe Passage, Washtenaw Audubon Society

March 18, 2009
Environmental factors to consider when purchasing lighting.
Guest:  Laurie Gross, Gross Electric

March 11, 2009
The impact of the economic crisis on the future of mass transit in Michigan.
Guest:  Rep. Pam Byrnes, Michigan House of Representatives

March 4, 2009
Bottled water vs. municipal water:  Solid waste, health, and cost considerations.
Guest:  Molly Wade, City of Ann Arbor

February 25, 2009
Concerns over radon resurface after the cancer-causing gas is found in Ann Arbor's police department building.
Guest:  Angela Parsons, Environmental Educator, Washtenaw County Environmental Health Division

February 18, 2009
Nuclear Power in Michigan:  A necessary antidote to the climate change crisis, or not worth the risk?
Guest:  Michael Keegan, Don't Waste Michigan

February 11, 2009
Prices being paid for recycled materials are fluctuating rapidly, creating challenges for recycling programs.
Guest:  Jim Frey, Resource Recycling Systems, Ann Arbor

February 4, 2009
Should the dams in the Huron River be removed? A community dialogue is in progress.
Guest:  Matt Naud, the City of Ann Arbor

January 28, 2009
Road salt damages the environment--can more environmentally-friendly deicing practices be followed?
Guest:  Robert Doletsky, University of Michigan Buildings and Grounds

January 21, 2009
Not all biofuels are alike--adopting a "low-carbon fuel standard" would encourage the development of biofuels that minimize greenhouse gases.
Guest:  Charles Griffith, the Ecology Center of Ann Arbor

January 14, 2009
The proposals to build four new coal-fired power plants in Michigan are generating controversy.
Guest:  Abbey Rubley, Michigan League of Conservation Voters

January 7, 2009
Former EPA manager says automakers are doing a good job of complying with emissions regulations, but still have work to do on increasing mileage.
Guest:  Dan Harrison, former manager of the light-duty vehicle group at the EPA lab in Ann Arbor

December 17, 2008
Local innovators are working to support sustainability in underdeveloped parts of the world.
Guest:  John Barrie, the Appropriate Technnology Collaborative, Ann Arbor

December 10, 2008
Lead poisoning continues to harm our children.
Guest: Rep. Alma Wheeler-Smith, Michigan House of Representatives

December 3, 2008
Renewing America through energy conservation, renewable energy, and "green jobs."
Guest:  Shelley Vineyard, Environment Michigan

November 26, 2008
The status of regional transit proposals in light of the current political and economic situation.
Guest: Megan Owens, Transportation Riders United

November 19, 2008
The pros and cons of expanding Michigan's bottle deposit law to include water and juice containers.
Guests: Mary Dechow, Spartan Stores, and Michael Garfield, the Ecology Center

November 12, 2008
The effect of the fragile economy on donations to local land trusts.
Guest: Susan Lackey, the Washtenaw Land Trust

November 5, 2008
"Climate Savers Computing Initiative" is a national campaign to cut energy consumption by computers. 
Guest: Bill Wrobleski, University of Michigan

October 29, 2008
The local ballot initiatives regarding parkland preservation--a regional perspective.
Guest: Conan Smith, Michigan Suburbs Alliance Director & Washtenaw County Commissioner

October 22, 2008 - Fundraiser Week

October 15, 2008
"Green" remodeling and its benefits--saving money is not the only reason for environmentally-friendly renovations.
Guest:  Dawn Zuber, National Association of the Remodeling Industry

October 8, 2008
Michigan's new Renewable Energy legislation--what does it mean to us?
Guest:  Rep. Rebekah Warren, Michigan House of Representatives

October 1, 2008
Mass transit "Connectors" will allow better access to the commuter rail being proposed in our area.
Guest:  Roger Hewitt, Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority

September 24, 2008
How can we help bikes and cars to share the road safely?
Guest:  Linda Diane Feldt, Ann Arbor

September 17, 2008
A report by the 1Sky Initiative advocating the creation of "Green Jobs" and a new, low-carbon economy.
Guest:  Steve Gutterman, 1Sky & Clean Water Action

September 10, 2008
Series continues on what automakers are doing to 'go green'.
Guest: Dr. Deborah Mielewski, Ford Motor Company

September 3, 2008
Series continues on what automakers are really doing to 'go green'. This time, the view from an independent research group.
Guest: Brett Smith, Assistant Director of the Manufacturing and Technology Group at the Center for Automotive Research

August 28, 2008
Series continues on what automakers are really doing to 'go green' in both manufacturing and the cars they produce.
Guest: Max Gates, Chrysler's Office of Safety and Regulatory Communications

August 20, 2008
What automakers are really doing to back their claims of 'going green'.
Guest: Lora Herron, General Motors

August 13, 2008
Michigan utilities need to get on board with net metering to encourage greater use of renewable energy sources.
Guest: Joshua Barclay, Proprietor of the 'Dream Farm'

August 6, 2008
A non-motorized transportation plan has been developed for Washtenaw County.
Guest: Terri Blackmore, Executive Director, Washtenaw Area Transportation Study

July 30, 2008
Removing old, deteriorated dams from the Huron River and its tributaries.
Guest: Laura Rubin, Huron River Watershed Council

July 23, 2008
New discoveries in e-coli bacteria contamination of Michigan's lakes.
Guest: Douglas Pullman, Aquest Corporation

July 16, 2008
Protecting natural areas within the Huron River watershed.
Guest: Kriss Olson, Huron River Watershed Council

July 9, 2008
Helping local businesses reduce their carbon footprints.
Guest: Ramsey Zimmerman, Shepherd Advisors

July 2, 2008
Information on the upcoming pharmaceutical take-back program.
Guest:  Jeff Krcmarik, Washtenaw County Planning and Environment

June 25, 2008
Cement kiln air quality.
Guest:  Jeff Gearhart, Ecology Center

June 18, 2008
Living a "car-less" lifestyle.
Guest:  Jeff Gaynor, Clague Middle School 

June 11, 2008
Economics of historic preservation.
Guest:  Donovan Rypkema, PlaceEconomics

June 4, 2008
Michigan "Green Schools" program.
Guest:  Tina Ezekiel, Bach Elementary School

May 28, 2008
Geothermal heating and cooling systems, for both new homes and retrofits, can offer faster payback than other forms of alternative energy.
Guest:  Doug Selby, Meadowlark Builders

May 21, 2008
An update on ballast water regulations to prevent ships from bringing invasive species into the Great Lakes.
Guest:  Andy Buchsbaum, National Wildlife Federation

May 14, 2008
A conversation with the illustrator of a new children's publication from the Sleeping Bear Press of Chelsea.
Guest:  John Megahan, University of Michigan

May 7, 2008
"Place-based" environmental education helps kids to problem-solve community issues and encourages them to be stewards of their local resources.
Guest:  Rebecca Martusewicz, Eastern Michigan University Dept. of Teacher Education

April 30, 2008
The Michigan Climate Council will be issuing its report at the end of April with recommendations for a regional cap-and-trade program. 
Guest:  Michael Garfield, the Ecology Center and member of the Climate Council

April 23, 2008
Contaminated "brownfields" contribute to urban blight--what is happening locally to encourage their redevelopment?
Guest:  Jeremy McCallion, Washtenaw County Department of Planning and Environment

April 16, 2008 
The environmental pros and cons of various types of space heating such as electric, wood, gas and pellet.
Guest:  Jason Bing, Recycle Ann Arbor's Environmental House

April 9, 2008 - Fundraiser Week

April 2, 2008
A conversation with the author of "Exposed:  The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products and What's at Stake for American Power."
Guest:  Mark Schapiro, Center for Investigative Reporting, San Francisco

March 26, 2008
Financial assistance is available for low-income homeowners to make energy-efficiency ugrades in their homes.
Guest:  Alvin Nunn, The Office of Community Development, the City of Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County

March 19, 2008
Animal waste from pets and urban wildlife--its effect on water quality and what we can do about it.
Guest:  Janis Bobrin, Washtenaw County Drain Commissioner

March 12, 2008
Proposed legislation to phase out toxic flame retardants, and the "feed-in tariff" proposal which would allow individual generators of renewable energy to sell surpluses back to the utilities.
Guest:  Rep. Kathleen Law, Michigan House of Representatives

March 5, 2008
An update on the Greenbelt Program and other local efforts to preserve open space and agricultural land.
Guest:  Laura Rubin, the Huron River Watershed Council and the Ann Arbor Greenbelt Advisory Commission

Feb. 27, 2008
The Kellog Foundation is helping people of all abilities to enjoy Michigan's natural resources by increasing universal access.
Guest:  Cindy Burkhour, Access to Recreation

Feb. 20, 2008
What is the Granholm administration doing for the environment?
Guest:  Lisa Wozniack, Michigan League of Conservation Voters

Feb. 13, 2008
Ann Arbor was awarded Solar City USA status by the US Dept. of Energy!  An update on Ann Arbor's progress towards meeting its renewable energy goals. 
Guest:  Mayor Hieftje, City of Ann Arbor

Feb. 6, 2008
Building "green," energy-efficient homes:  How is it a good choice for both our environment and our pocketbook?
Guest:  Bob Burnside, Fireside Home Construction

Jan. 30, 2008
Greenway update:  The Allen Creek Greenway Conservancy has received non-profit status and can now raise money for the liinear park which would run through downtown Ann Arbor.
Guest:  Joe O'Neal, the Allen Creek Greenway Conservancy

Jan. 23, 2008
DTE's "Green Currents" renewable energy program.
Guest:  Trevor Lauer, DTE Energy

Jan. 16, 2008
A comparison of renewable energy programs offered by utility companies.
Guest:  David Wright, the City of Ann Arbor Energy Commission

Jan. 9, 2008
"Dead zones" in our Great Lakes are areas without oxygen and that support no plant or animal life.  Can the ethanol boom be contributing, through an increase in fertilizer run-off?
Guest:  Dr. Don Scavia, University of Michigan

Jan. 2, 2008
Issues re: home insulating--different types of energy audits and insulation materials, what you can do to maintain proper ventilation after insulating, Dingell's proposal to eliminate the mortgage interest deduction for homes over 3,000 sq. feet, etc.
Guest:  Jack Griffith, Infrared Energy Analysis

Dec. 19, 2007
The low lake levels in our Great Lakes and inland lakes--possible causes and solutions.
Guest:  Tim Eder, The Great Lakes Commission

Dec. 12, 2007
Sustainability in higher education:  What are local universities doing to lessen their impact on the planet?
Guest:  Dr. Chris Mayda, Eastern Michigan University

Dec. 5, 2007
LED lighting is far more efficient than even fluorescent lighting, and is being widely offered in products ranging from strings of holiday lights to track lighting.  Ann Arbor is changing over all street lighting to LEDs.
Guest:  Todd Howland, LED Lighting Studio

Nov. 28, 2007
The Haehnle Bird Sanctuary is the site of one our our area's most remarkable wildlife spectacles:  the yearly Sandhill crane migration.  This year record numbers passed through.
Guest:  Gary Seigrest, the Michigan Audubon Society

Nov. 21, 2007
Food waste has environmental as well as societal impacts that can be reduced through collection and redistribution programs.
Guest:  Eileen Spring, Food Gatherers

Nov. 14, 2007
Local inventor/engineer has been using principles of nanotechnology for over 50 years to develop alternatives to fossil fuels.
Guest:  Stanford Ovshinsky, EDC Ovonics

Nov. 7, 2007
The new "Growing Cooler" report concludes that efforts to curb global warming by increasing auto fuel efficiency are being undermined by sprawl. What is happening locally to reduce the miles we drive?
Guest:  Conan Smith, Washtenaw County Commissioner

Oct. 31, 2007
Walking to school has many benefits to both the environment and personal health, and efforts to encourage "Safe Routes to School" are under way locally.
Guest:  Lily Guzman, Washtenaw County Department of Public Health

Oct. 24, 2007
What we can do to protect our wildlife habitat and recreational resources from invasive phragmites, which is rapidly degrading our coastal and wetland ecosystems.
Guest:  Gary Crawford, Superior Environmental and Aquatic Services

Oct. 17, 2007 - Fundraiser Week

Oct. 10, 2007
Stewardship of the earth is part of many faiths.  What are local religious groups doing about climate change?
Guest:  Reverend Charles Morris, Michigan Interfaith Power and Light

Oct. 3, 2007
Childrens play and time spent in naturehow can we get kids outside?
Guest: Liz Goodenough, Residential College, University of Michigan

Sept. 26, 2007
The engines of lawn mowers, leaf blowers, boats, etc. are far more polluting than cars.  The EPA's new small engines emissions rule will help--what can we do in the meantime?
Guest:  Glenn Passavant, US Environmental Protection Agency, Ann Arbor

Sept. 19, 2007
The impact of severe weather and high oil prices on area farmers.
Guest:  Ned Birkey, MSU Extension Service

Sept. 12, 2007
Windmills and bats - can they coexist?
Guest: Allen Kurta, Department of Biology, Eastern Michigan University

Sept. 5, 2007
"Food miles" and how we can reduce them by buying local farm products.
Guest:  Jennifer Fike, Food System Economic Partnership

Aug. 29, 2007
Ann Arbor's new stormwater rates are based on amount of impermeable surfaces.
Guest:  Tom McMurtrie, City of Ann Arbor Public Services

August 22, 2007
Bill to ban use pharmaceutical use of Lindane, a neurotoxin used to treat head lice and scabies.
Guest: Representative Ted Hammon

August 15, 2007
Local air quality and mobile tailpipe emissions testing in Washtenaw County.
Guest: Chuck Hersey, South East Michigan Council of Governments

August 8, 2007
Challenges inherent in the push for Bio-fuels.
Guest: Mark Beyer, NextEnergy, Detroit

August 1, 2007
Environmentally-friendly materials (recycled, recyclable, or non-toxic) used in making cars. 
Guest: Claudette Juska, the Ecology Center

July 25, 2007
The environmental impact of Ann Arbors new Skyline High School.
Guest: Randy Trent, Ann Arbor Public Schools

July 18, 2007
Recycling of construction waste, which nationally takes up a quarter of our landfill space. 
Guest: Bob Osterhout, Calverts Roll-offs/Recycle Ann Arbor

July 11, 2007 
Research studying possible solutions to the overgrowth of algae in local lakes. 
Guest: John Lehman, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 

July 4, 2007 
Nuclear/alternative energies being pursued by the new Energy Institute at the University of Michigan.
Guest: Gary Was, UM Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute 

June 27, 2007
Update on the Pall-Gelman dioxane plume that is slowly spreading under Ann Arbor.
Guest: Michael Gebhard, Environmental Analyst, Washtenaw County Dept of Planning and Environment

June 20, 2007
In 2009, all analog television broadcasts will switch to digital. What can you do to prepare?
Guest: Linda McFarland, President of Classic Computer Recovery

June 6, 2007
Alternative transportation and what the University of Michigan does to reduce the need for cars for its employees and students.
Guest: David Miller, Executive Director for Parking and Transportation Services

May 30, 2007
Mercury spills--thermometers are a common cause.  What should you do to keep your family and our environment safe?
Guest:  Dan Moody, Solid Waste Coordinator, Washtenaw County Dept of Planning and Environment

May 22, 2007
The "Wind Power Washtenaw" project is studying the feasibility of generating wind power in our area.
Guest:  Joshua Long, Washtenaw County Department of Planning and Environment

May 16, 2007
The new Whitmore Lake High School is a model of green building, and benefits are showing up in many different ways.
Guest:  Superintendent Scott Menzel, Whitmore Lake Public School District

May 9, 2007
The Michigan legislature is considering adoption of a Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard, requiring energy companies to derive a certain percentage of their energy from renewable sources.
Guest:  Dr. Barry Rabe, University of Michigan and Brookings Institution

May 2, 2007
Honeybees and native pollinators are experiencing a rapid decline--what is "colony collapse disorder" and what can we do about it?
Guest:  Roger Sutherland, Southeast Michigan Beekeepers Association

April 25, 2007
The average American home produces as much greenhouse gases as two cars--what can people do to reduce their home's energy use? 
Guest:  Sean Reed, Ann Arbor Clean Cities Coalition

April 18, 2007
The proposed $20 billion Great Lakes Collaboration Implementation Act, a comprehensive plan to modernize sewage treatment, clean-up polluted harbors, restore wetlands, and prevent unwanted, new species from invading the lakes.
Guest:  U.S. Representative Tim Walberg (R), 7th District.

April 11, 2007
The proposed north-south rail line and other options for reducing the number of cars along the U.S. 23 corridor.
Guest:  Mike Cicchella, Northfield Township Supervisor.

April 4, 2007
Washtenaw County's "River Safe Homes" campaign to promote best management practices for surface water protection.
Guest:  Janis Bobrin, Washtenaw County Drain Commissioner

March 21, 2007
The need for planting a high biodiversity of tree species to help our urban forests buffer against  invasive pests, diseases, and climate change.
Guest:  Kay Sicheneder, Ann Arbor City Forester

March 14, 2007
The "Zero Waste" campaign, a front-end approach to dealing with solid waste problems by making less trash in the first place.
Guest:  Lacey Doucet, the Ecology Center of Ann Arbor

March 7, 2007
Solid waste proposals being considered by the Michigan Senate's Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs Committee.
Guest:  Senator Patricia Birkholz (R) District 24

February 28, 2007
Solid waste proposals being considered by the Michigan House Committee for Great Lakes and the Environment.
Guest:  Representative Rebekah Warren (D) District 53

February 21, 2007
"Energizing" Michigan's economy with energy efficiency and renewable electric power.
Guest:  Michael Shriberg, Environment Michigan Research and Policy Center

February 14, 2007
What is the current and projected use of energy derived from coal in the Washtenaw County area?
Guest:  Skyles Boyd, DTE Energy

February 7, 2007
Asthma is affected by both the indoor and outdoor environment.  Asthma rates in Washtenaw County are high--what can we do about it?
Guest:  Karla Grossman, Pediatric Asthma Disease Management Program, University of Michigan Hospital

January 31, 2007
An update on the hazardous waste injection wells of Romulus and Taylor. 
Guests:  Bob McCann, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and R. P. Lilley, RECAP (Romulus Environmentalists Care About People)

January 24, 2007
Ann Arbor businesses produce 60% of the city's waste but recycle at a rate of only 15%.  The City is exploring the possibility of a recycling program for businesses.
Guest:  David Stead, Ann Arbor City Council Commercial Recycling Committee

January 17, 2007
Michigan's new Renewable Fuels Commission and "green" innovations at the Detroit Auto Show.
Guest:  Charles Griffith, the Ecology Center Auto Project

January 10, 2007
Environmental issues at our airport, such as recycling of deicing chemicals, wetlands mitigation, and preventing bird collisions.
Guest:  Michael Conway, Detroit Metropolitan Airport

December 20, 2006
Michigan's Green Chemistry Executive Directive is the first of its kind in the country, promoting the design, manufacture and use of safe and environmentally friendly chemical products and processes.
Guest:  Tracey Easthope, the Ecology Center

December 13, 2006
In addition to destroying health and lives, methamphatamine labs pollute the environment with highly toxic materials.  Clean-up of meth labs in our county is supervised by the Solid Waste Department.
Guest:  Dan Moody, Washtenaw County Department of Planning and Environment

December 6, 2006
Leaks, spills, and vehicle accidents in transport of hazardous materials are dealt with by our HAZMAT team.
Guest:  Victor Chevrette,  Washtenaw County Hazardous Materials Response Team

November 29, 2006
Human sludge dumping has been discontinued at Carleton Farms Landfill.
Guest:  Kurt Heise, Wayne County Department of Environment

November 22, 2006
"Walkability" is being incorporated into local municipal master planning, for both personal and environmental health.
Guest:  Adreanne Waller, the Washtenaw County Health Department

November 15, 2006
Some things we commonly think are OK to put down the drain are definitely not--this is causing pollution downstream and costing taxpayers money.
Guest:  Earl Kenzie, the City of Ann Arbor Wastewater Treatment Plant

November 1, 2006
Ordinary citizens can successfully lobby large companies to make energy-saving changes in their businesses.
Guest:  Frank Zaski, the Sierra Club

October 25, 2006
Funding for the Michigan state park system comes from user fees vs. general funds.  How does this affect their ability to maintain services?
Guest:  Ron Olsen, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources

October 11, 2006
Streams are delicate resouces that empty into to our sources of drinking water and wildlife habitat--raising awareness of their importance is the goal of a new stream crossing signage campaign.
Guest:  Brian Shorkey,  Washtenaw County Road Commission

October 4, 2006
Closing the loop on the Emerald Ash Borer--What is being done with all that lumber?
Guest: Jessica Simons: SE Michigan Resource Conservation & Development Council

September 27, 2006
Ann Arbor's Phosphorus Ordinance--How banning the use of phosphorus in lawn fertilizers will improve water quality.
Guest: Matt Naud, City of Ann Arbor

September 20, 2006
Solar powered cars--Will these be the alternative energy vehicles of the future?
Guest: Tom Carroll, UM Solar Car Team

September 13, 2006
Find out what the new local non-profit, Clean Energy Coalition, is doing to address energy issues in Washtenaw County
Guest: Sean Reed, Clean Energy Coalition

September 6, 2006
Buying local in Washtenaw County--Why supporting your neighborhood farmers' market is more important than you think.
Guest: Amanda Edmonds, Growing Hope

August 30, 2006
Survey results reflect environmental issues of concern in Washtenaw County
Guest: Dennis Rice, Washtenaw County Conservation District

August 23, 2006
Public Health Preparedness--How to protect yourself from West Nile Virus, Avian Flu, and other public health threats.
Guest: Cindra James, Washtenaw County Public Health

August 16, 2006
Renewable energy for your home
Guest: John Wakeman, SUR Energy Systems

August 9, 2006
Washtenaw County landowners curb sprawl by choosing to protect their land permanently.
Guests: Susan Lackey, Washtenaw Land Trust and Carol Peacock, Bridgewater Township resident that donated 40 acres of her land for conservation

August 2, 2006
Mayoral candidate discusses environmental issues facing the City of Ann Arbor.
Guest: Mayor John Hieftje

July 26, 2006
Mayoral candidate discusses environmental issues facing the City of Ann Arbor.
Guest: Councilwoman Wendy Woods

July 19, 2006
Sierra Club's vision of the proposed Allen Creek Greenway
Guest: Doug Cowherd, Huron Valley Group of the Sierra Club

July 12, 2006
Ann Arbor Parks--Funding recommendation to replace two park millages set to expire in 2007.
Guest: Jayne Miller, City of Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation

July 5, 2006
Michigan's Golden Spike--Land use planning along the Ann Arbor to Detroit transportation corridor.
Guest: Conan Smith, Washtenaw County Commissioner

June 28, 2006
Aquatic Invasive Species--How are they affecting our lakes?
Guest: Dr. Doug Pullman, Aquest Corporation

June 21, 2006
Commerical bus run on biodiesel serves as a community classroom.
Guest: Amy Grettum, The Conscientious Cruiser.

June 14, 2006
Grant will help create natural borders along the Huron River
Guest: Elizabeth Riggs, Huron River Watershed Council

June 7, 2006
Environmental Education--A look at the Leslie Science Center's new raptor center and opportunities to get outdoors for the summer.
Guest: Francie Krawcke, Leslie Science Center

May 31, 2006
A long-term look at transportation in Washtenaw County
Guest: Terri Blackmore, Washtenaw Area Transportation Study

May 24, 2006
Proposed expansion of Carleton Farms Landfill and the issue of Canadian and out-of-state waste.
Guest: State Representative Kathleen Law

May 17, 2006
New Resource for Washtenaw County Residents--Green Info Guide: A Toolbox for Environmental Best Practices in Washtenaw County. Including CD give-away!!
Guest: Jeff Krcmarik, Washtenaw County Solid Waste Program

May 10, 2006
Ann Arbor's Curb Your Car Month and Commuter Challenge 
Guest:  Erica Briggs, getDowntown

May 3, 2006
Dexter's sewer capacity issues--how do they impact future development?
Guest:  Rhett Gronevelt, OHM Consultants

April 26, 2006
Geocaching--the environmental impacts of this new hobby. 
Guest:  Mike Landis, Ann Arbor's Geocaching Chapter

April 19, 2006
Plans to build the new Mott Hospital according to LEED "green" construction guidelines.
Guest:  Aparna Bole, the University of Michigan Medical School

April 12, 2006
A Journalist's Search for Sustainability, from the Amazon to the Arctic.
Guest:  Andrew Revkin, The New York Times

March 29, 2006
Pros and cons of removing Argo Dam.
Guest:  Ati Tislerics, the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources

March 22, 2006
Ann Arbor's plans to remove ash trees killed by the Emerald ash borer.
Guest:  Kay Sicheneder, Ann Arbor City Forester

 

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