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Green Sense Radio
22 minutes | Jan 24, 2023
Building physical technologies that will change the physical world. This week we spoke with Kim Blomquist, Director of Marketing and Communications, at mHUB, an innovation center for all things hard tech. Kim discusses how mHUB’s prototyping labs, industry partnerships, and a commitment to U.S. manufacturing (the mHUB ecosystem) are changing the landscape of hard tech development. Hear what resources mHub has to offer startups that make things.
23 minutes | Jan 17, 2023
WWF building a future where people live in harmony with nature
This week we are joined by Julia Kurnik, the Director of Innovation Startups at World Wildlife Funds. WWF is the world’s leading conversation organization, working in nearly 100 countries to develop and deliver innovative solutions that protect communities, wildlife, and the places in which they live. Julia discusses how climate change is impacting crop production in the US. There recent research suggests alternative locations to grow crops more sustainably.
19 minutes | Jan 10, 2023
EV technology coming in 2023
This week a chat with Tom Appel, publisher of Consumer Guide Automotive, to look back at the many new green transportation innovations we saw in 2022 and look forward to what to expect in 2023. Tom also shares his thoughts on oil changes: synthetic vs. traditional and how many miles can you go between changes.
17 minutes | Jan 3, 2023
Carbon from Liability to Feedstock
Prince William of Wales launched the Earthshot Prize Awards last year, an international contest to fund the world's most promising projects in five categories: protect and restore nature, clean our air, revive our oceans, build a waste-free world, and fix our climate". This week we spoke with Zara Summers, Lanza tech’s Vice President of Science, the only American finalist, about their unique solution to change the way people think about carbon from a “liability” to a valuable feedstock for a wide range of sustainable new products.
23 minutes | Dec 27, 2022
The Greening of Young Hearts and Minds
This week we are joined by Mike Bryson, Roosevelt University’s Professor of Sustainability Studies and co-leader in developing the university's first Strategic Sustainability Plan. The plan positions the school as a leader in driving the greening of American higher education institutions. Mike discusses the plan’s goal of creating an environment that is focused on key issues and challenges in sustainability with courses focused on climate and energy, education and outreach, waste and natural resources, and economics and governance.
14 minutes | Dec 20, 2022
Is Hydrogen the silver bullet when it comes to a clean energy fuel?
Hydrogen is abundant, but is it really the clean energy fuel of the future? This week Tom Appel, publisher of Consumer Guide Automotive, joins us to discuss the pros and cons of hydrogen and his thoughts on applications for where it can become the fuel of the future.
21 minutes | Dec 13, 2022
Clean energy options for your home
This week we spoke with a master of many trades, Ron Cowgill. Ron is a contractor in the Chicago area and the host of Mighty House Radio Show. With winter coming and power outages a possibility, we reviewed home generator options, including - solar, to learn which is most cost-effective. We also discussed what’s involved with home solar panel installation - is it a DIY project or something best left to professional installers?
24 minutes | Dec 6, 2022
Take - Make -Waste- Rethinking our relationship with stuff!
This week we explore the circular economy, a practical approach to sustainability, with our guest Sandra Goldmark who is a professor, author, and entre- and intrapreneur with deep expertise in circularity and the need for radical collaboration for climate action. Sandra discusses her experience in theatre design and how it opened her eyes to the vast and entrenched systems that control how we make, obtain, and dispose of our stuff and how they are harmful to both people and the planet.
21 minutes | Nov 29, 2022
Campaign to Make Illinois a leader in the use of EVs
Brian Urbaszewski, Director of Environmental Health at the Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago, joins us again with an update on their Clean Air Initiative RHA is working to reduce air pollution from diesel fuel, supporting efforts to increase the use of clean nonpolluting sources of energy, and increasing the use of electric vehicles. The Respiratory Health Association is on a mission to prevent lung disease, promote clean air and help people live better through education, research, and policy change. Listen to our previous episode with Brian to learn more about RHA and its mission to prevent lung disease, promote clean air and help people live better through education, research, and policy change. Listen Now
23 minutes | Nov 22, 2022
Will the US Run Out of Diesel Fuel: Fact or Fiction?
This week Tom Appeal, Publisher of Consumer Guide Automotive, joins us to discuss the current diesel crisis. The US reserve is reported to have a 25-day supply, lows that have not been seen since 2008. During our interview, Tom provides a factual analysis of how gasoline and diesel are produced, the demand for each, who are the largest users of diesel, what it means to have a low diesel supply, how diesel shortages can affect the supply chain, and what’s the bottom line for consumers.
23 minutes | Nov 15, 2022
The farm of tomorrow is here today!
The Chicago Tribune in 1961, ran a series of articles on the world of tomorrow. They talked about how agriculture will be so mechanized that farms will resemble factories with automation control devices performing precision agriculture. Artificial Intelligence (AI) will replace human judgment for optimizing crop production and harvesting, packing, and shipping will all be done with robots. Eric Adamson is the Co-founder and CEO at Tortuga AgTech, and he is transforming the agriculture world of tomorrow today! Tortuga has developed a robotic strawberry harvester that is picking strawberries as we speak. Tortuga AgTech aims to build a healthier society and a thriving planet through smarter farming and helps farms be more resilient, sustainable, and successful with technology. In our interview, Eric shares insights on how these robotics work, robotic harvesting challenges, and the pros and cons of using robots instead of manual labor.
16 minutes | Nov 8, 2022
What’s part car, part SUV and goes 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds?
This week Host Robert Colangelo shares his thoughts with Tom Appel, publisher of Consumer Guide Automotive, after test-driving the 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT, including a rundown of its performance and features. The all-knowing Guru of Gears also talks about the current state of charging stations and if they will be a limiting factor to increased vehicle sales as EVs become more popular.
26 minutes | Nov 1, 2022
How Zoning Broke the American City
Are zoning codes stopping cities from being vibrant, equitable, and sustainable? This week we spoke with M. Nolan Gray, the Research Director for California YIMBY (Yes in My Backyard) and author of “Arbitrary Lines: How Zoning Broke the American City and How to Fix It.” During the interview, Nolan discusses how flawed policies are a major reason many US cities cannot address housing shortages, stunted growth and innovation, persistent racial and economic segregation, and car-dependent development. Nolan shares his proactive ideas for making our cities better.
22 minutes | Oct 26, 2022
Making Chicago’s Water infrastructure resilient to climate change
This week we spoke with Josina Morita, Commissioner for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD). The MWRD, one of the largest water districts in the country, employs 2,000 people, and has been providing clean drinking water and managing wastewater for Chicagoans since 1889. Commissioner Morita talks about historical engineering feats (reversal of the Chicago River and TARP- Tunnel and Reservoir Plan) the district has completed, the challenges a big City faces in hardening its water infrastructure to be more resilient to climate events and why protecting local freshwater sources is more important now than ever.
19 minutes | Oct 19, 2022
Growing a cure in the City
The Farm on Ogden, a multi-use facility in an underserved area on the west side of Chicago, supports and sustains a healthy urban community by bringing food, health, and jobs together in one location. The farm is run by Windy City Harvest, the Chicago Botanic Garden’s urban agriculture education and jobs-training initiative that offers the Veggie RX program, which provides a prescription of fresh produce (a weekly box of fresh greens) to food-insecure patients with diet-related diseases, such as obesity and diabetes. This week we spoke to two members of the Windy City Harvest Team, Brittany Calendo, the Program Director, and Ketaurah James, Veggie RX Manager, to learn more about how these programs are helping build a local food system, healthier communities, and a greener economy.
14 minutes | Oct 11, 2022
Ford F-150 Lightning sets the bar for manufacturers of EV pickup trucks
This week we spoke to the all-knowing Guru of Gears, Tom Appel, publisher of Consumer Guide Automotive, to review our test drive of the Ford F-150 Lightening (I’m still smiling). We also discussed the load EVs put on the CA electrical grid to see if they are the reason for the brownouts and blackouts from the record-setting temperatures experienced throughout the state this summer.
20 minutes | Oct 4, 2022
The unintended consequences of lighting up indoor farms!
Feeding a growing global population using less land, water, and energy is a big goal. It’s even more challenging when you are looking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, with rising input costs and supply chain shortages. This week we are joined by Chris Higgins, President and co-Founder of Hort Americas and founder of Urban Ag News. Chris gives us an update on new state legislation designed to regulate electricity use at indoor farms and the unintended consequences these policies can have on indoor vegetable grow operations.
23 minutes | Sep 27, 2022
Are climate scientists’ predictions finally coming true?
Historical climate data models are important for anticipating future risks, predicting the cause and effect, guiding adaptation decisions, and setting mitigation targets for now and future generations.
28 minutes | Sep 20, 2022
A Coronal Mass Ejection is coming; we just don’t know when!
Our guest this week is Geza Gyuk, Director of Astronomy at Chicago’s Adler Planetarium. The 1859 Carrington Event, also known as the perfect solar superstorm, was the most intense Coronal Mass Ejection (large expulsions of plasma and magnetic fields from the Sun's corona) in recorded history. These fast-moving geomagnetic waves wreaked havoc with technology and telegraph communications worldwide. With current society so heavily dependent on technology and electricity, Geza discusses just how detrimental it would be if a similar storm hit Earth today, what systems are in place to detect these storms and how you can be prepared.
15 minutes | Sep 13, 2022
Battery life is the new odometer for EVs
Traditionally mileage has been a key factor in determining a car’s value, but that is not the case for electric vehicles. This week we spoke to our Guru of Gears, Tom Appel, the publisher of Consumer Guide Automotive and the host of the podcast Car Stuff, to take a look at how EVs are valued and resold as they age.
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