Show: Sustainable Today

Episode: 0807 Best of Sustainable Today


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Total Episode Runtime (hh:mm:ss): 00:58:35

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Special Show videotaped at Atkinson Park in Oregon City. Marking the 20th Episode of Sustainable Today.

NEWS: Price of Energy dominates the news this month. Points out that energy underpins everything in the economy. Good news is we are starting to do something about it. Ridership on mass transit has increased, migration from suburbs back to the city (from the Wall Street Journal)
Portland held a “Carless” event blocking of 6 mile loop of urban streets to car traffic allowing only pedestrians and bicycles for about 4 hours on a Sunday.
Time magazine reports about the growth of bike sharing. Very popular in Europe, Paris has 20,000 bikes that you can pick up and drop off anywhere
Turning waste into energy is becoming more widespread, “Sustainable Industries” reports that waste plants in Europe are clean and are located in urban areas. By contrast Seattle sends a mile long train to the Eastern Oregon landfill every day. But in Marion county a waste to energy plant processes 500 tons of waste and produces 13 megawatts of electricity earning $4.5 million per year.

BIOFUELS: ST Follows the trail of Biodiesel production from the farm (Madison Farms in Eco Oregon) To the processing plant (SeQuential Pacific Biofuels in Salem, OR) To the distributor (Star Oilco Portland, OR) to the pump (Jays Garage Portland)

Miss Earth pageant contestants help with removal of invasive species from the park. Atkinson park is a pesticide and herbicide free park maintained by volunteers and organized by the Center for a Sustainable Today.

SALMON: Portland General Electrics decision to remove Marmot dam on the Sand and Little Sandy rivers and restore those watersheds to free flowing natural streams after 95 years of blockage for power generation.

ORGANIC SEED ALLIANCE: The Organic Seed Supply Industry. ST visits the Wild Garden Seed Company and explores the role of the Organic Seed Alliance. The goal is to preserve organic resources for use by farmers to develop the open source market for organic seed.

INTERVIEW: Winners of the 2007 Miss Earth International and Miss Earth USA talk about their organization and the purpose of the contest called “Beauties with a Cause.” National winners compete in the Phillippines for the title of Miss Earth International, all the while calling attention to environmental concerns and pitching in to alleviate some of the problems.

ELECTRONIC WASTE: CTL (Computer Technology Link) Computer company in Portland that produces recyclable and energy efficient computers and their companion company Retronics that takes in, disassembles and properly disposes of a variety of electronic products.

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