GreenState, a podcast from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. DEQ protects air, land and water. The podcast covers all things environmental in Oregon. Host is Dylan Darling, a public affairs specialist with the agency in Eugene.
27. All About Asbestos
Homeowners, potential homebuyers, and renters, if you plan on renovating or demolishing a home in Oregon you need to think about asbestos – a natural mineral that might be in your building materials. Hillarie and Dylan help make asbestos regulations relatable by talking with two inspectors from DEQ, and an Oregon Health Authority toxicologist explains why asbestos is a health concern in the first place.
26. A New Future for Old Mattresses
Dylan and Katie visit a mattress recycling facility in Eugene run by the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County. DEQ's new Mattress Stewardship Program is set to ramp up in 2024, so such facilities will soon be more common around Oregon. Learn all about the program from the agency's mattress stewardship expert and hear perspective from St. Vinnie's emeritus director.
25. Waste Not, Want Not: Food Planning and Shopping Tips for the Holidays
Dylan and Katie catch up with two DEQ food waste prevention experts to learn how to better plan and shop ahead of holiday meals. The advice is good year round and taking on food waste is an easy way to help protect the environment.
24. Conversation with new DEQ Director Leah Feldon
New DEQ Director Leah Feldon joins Harry and Dylan for a conversation, which includes Feldon’s thoughts on the direction of the agency, and how she wants to prioritize antiracism and environmental justice in its mission to protect and enhance Oregon’s environment and public health. This episode was recorded at the University of Oregon's School of Journalism and Communication podcast studio.
23. Sounds of Water: DEQ Hydrologists Teach at Outdoor School in Eastern Oregon
For more than 20 years a pair of DEQ hydrologists have been sharing their knowledge of surface water and groundwater with outdoor school students in Eastern Oregon. Laura Gleim, DEQ's Eastern Region public affairs specialist, visited outdoor school to learn along with the kids. Laura then catches up with Dylan to talk about her trip into the field. Be ready for some camp songs.
22. Wildfire Season, Air Quality Monitoring and Advisories
May is Wildfire Awareness Month, and recent summery weather in Oregon has us thinking about wildfire season. So, Susan and Dylan talk about air monitoring and air quality advisories. They learn what's new with the Air Quality Index (AQI) from Hillarie Sales, who does outreach for the DEQ lab, and talk with KGW Meteorologist Chris McGinness about how the media uses the AQI and advisories.
A lot of great detailed science and information
This is a “must listen” for any West coast person. I’m new to OR and the West coast but I did have some smoke/air pollution knowledge from 7yrs living in Colorado. The first episode was produced and edited well and can educate everyone on this important issue.
Dylan Darling and the crew dispense much needed information in a well produced podcast. I’ll be checking back to hear more about how I can prepare for the future!