22 episodes

Stories about climate action from the bottom up.

Cool Solutions Wendy Ring

    • Society & Culture

Stories about climate action from the bottom up.

    Cool Pavings

    Cool Pavings

    Streets that reflect light, streets made of plastic, LA is trying them out. For people to walk, bike, and use transit, cities have to keep their streets comfortable for people, and hot pavement from melting under heavy bus wheels.
    We can't just wait for cooler building materials to come along. Los Angeles lends its buying power and its streets as a laboratory to develop good products and get them to market.

    • 28 min
    School Bus Plus

    School Bus Plus

    1500 electric school buses in Virginia will power the grid when parked, in the first US commercial application of vehicle to grid technology.
     
     
     

    • 28 min
    Depaving Portland

    Depaving Portland

    In the face of rising temperatures and heavier rain, citizens wielding pry bars and thermometers turn parking lots into rain gardens and change city building standards to favor green space over asphalt.  

    The lower income east side of Portland is the hottest part of town. Citizen action is making it cooler. 
    Part 1.  We follow DePave Portland on one of their projects as they pry up asphalt and install a rain garden on 122nd Street.

    Part 2.  Citizens using an urban heat mapping tool developed at Portland State University gather data which led cooler building standards in East Portland.

    • 28 min
    Cities Declare Climate Emergency

    Cities Declare Climate Emergency

    Two men treat their fear of climate change by sharing it with their entire cities.  They got their towns of Hoboken and Gainesville to declare a climate emergency. We hear the stories of their journeys from anxiety to activism, and explore the psychology of climate apathy and the limits of asking nicely.  
     

    • 28 min
    Minnesota, the Solar Garden State

    Minnesota, the Solar Garden State

    For the 3 out of 4 Americans who can't put solar panels on their roofs, community solar gardens are a way to save money now and be part of building our clean energy future.

    When Minnesota enacted policy to promote solar gardens, it became the national leader, unleashing 600 megawatts of community solar development, but obstacles persist in parts of the state where those policies don't apply.

    We compare what it takes to create a solar garden in both regions and ensure low income access, by looking at two programs: solar cooperatives in rural southern MN, and solar gardens on the Leech Lake Reservation, the first  in the country to integrate community solar with low income energy assistance.  

    • 28 min
    Sprouting from the Rooftops: Coops help neighbors go solar together

    Sprouting from the Rooftops: Coops help neighbors go solar together

    The solar cooperative movement began with two teenagers going door to door in their neighborhood in Washington DC. Their work grew into a national organization helping neighbors around the country go solar together, and building a grassroots movement for clean energy for all.
    Solar United Neighbors works alongside community organizations, providing the technical expertise to simplify solar for property owners and the political savvy to overcome obstacles. 
    The League of Women Voters is SUN's main collaborator in Florida, where the two groups together have organized more than 50 solar cooperatives around the state. 
    We talk with Anya Schoolman, Director of Solar United Neighbors, Mary Dipboye of the Florida League of Women Voters, and Warren Clark of the St Johns County Solar Cooperative. 

    • 28 min

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