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Shades of Green is Austin's local environmental talk radio show. Each week cohosts John Hoffner, Stacy Savage, Reed Sternberg, and Amy Stansbury come together to interview guests on a whole host of topics ... all centered around Austin and the environment. We hope you listen and enjoy!
 
In this podcast Lauren Derrett from Wear Em Out introduces us to the thought that from eco curious to eco warrior there really are 50 shades of green. Lauren considers herself to be eco curious, trying to wade through the often overwhelming and contradictory information surrounding sustainable living whilst also trying to edge up the green spectrum in a way that works for her and her family.A mixture of solo shows and interviews Lauren will be introducing a number of eco hacks and eco produc ...
 
A young girl frantically summons a gentleman walking by on the street to come in and help her grandfather. Arthur Outhwaite answers her cry for help only to find himself as the last person to see her grandfather alive and left with the admonishment from the dying man to deliver a letter to someone, and to that person only. Unfortunately, he dies before he can inform Outhwaite who that particular person is. Being in a house of strangers, Outhwaite is thrust into the mystery of not only findin ...
 
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Today was a long day but I just had to come on and chat to you about big brands bringing out sustainable products alongside their non-eco products, and why it’s so important that we as consumers need to be really savvy with where we invest our hard earned cash when we’re shopping The power is in our purse and many of the big brands know that and ar…
 
In Part 2 we prepare for the CleanTX annual GridNext conference scheduled to be online April 20 and 21, 2021. CleanTX Board member Ken Donohoo, and Executive Director Brandon Cosinteno discuss the conference and some of the new clean energy technologies and energy policies that will be presented during the on-line sessions.…
 
In this episode I answer all those questions you may have around reusable period pads. If reusable period products are a new concept to you, and the idea freaks you out a little bit, no shame, it’s a pretty weird idea if you’ve not tried it before BUT I am here for you, I’m answering all the questions that you may not have even been able to put int…
 
Bunmi is founder of It's All About You an online and physical store selling all things sustainable. Their products range from cotton buds to Easter eggs (get yourself stocked up ahead of time), from yoga mats to sunglasses, the range really is everything you’d need for sustainable living In our chat we talk about how Bunmi found herself in a time-p…
 
Our guests on Shades of Green discuss the new energy future, the 2021 electric grid failure in February, and what is in store for our energy future. Our guest for Part 1 is Renewable and Clean Energy Technology expert Peter Kelly-Detwiler. In Part 2 we prepare for the CleanTX annual GridNext conference scheduled to be online April 20 and 21, 2021. …
 
Todays episode is a solo one from me, I wanted to dip further into the problem with Fast Fashion look at why it’s such a huge contributor to the Climate Change crisis. Did you know that Fast Fashion contributes to 10% of greenhouse gas emissions? For perspective, flying and shipping equate to 2-4%. I certainly didn’t know how bad fast fashion was t…
 
In this episode I’m really excited to chat to Jen Gale. Jen is a font of all knowledge in the Sustainable(ish) world, having written two books on the topic The Sustainable(ish) Living Guide and her new book The Sustainablie(ish) Living Guide to Green Parenting Jen is clear on the idea that something is better than nothing and that we are all waling…
 
In todays episode I’m chatting with celebrity & TV makeup artist and founder of Beauty Reorganised, Anna Thompson. Anna chats about how she has created a completely zero waste, ecological, circular, non-toxic and 100% renewable energy sustainable organiser caddy. Down to the glue and the chemical-free ink on the packaging, Beauty Reorganised proudl…
 
Jools Oliver is a mum of 5, the face behind the brand Little Bird and married to some guy who's good in the kitchen. In this episode I chat to Jools about where she sits on the eco spectrum, how she finds the time to make sustainable switches whilst running a business and a family, and the influence she hopes to have on her kids meaning they choose…
 
In this trailer episode Lauren introduces you to what she hopes to achieve with this podcast. From green washing to premium products causing confusion to finding the right balance for you personally. This is an honest account from a no judgement zone bringing tips about how to offset and speaking to guests about how they are finding their way throu…
 
This week on Shades of Green we discuss the environmental stresses on our oceans throughout the world. What can we do to help relieve the stress. Our guests are George Cummings, Ocean Activist and Mad Ocean Scientist, and Prasad Jaladi, Founder and Chief Facilitator for Suraksha.על ידי Shades of Green
 
What does in mean now that the United States is back in the Paris Climate Agreement of 2015? The day after his inauguration, President Biden re-entered our country into the agreement. Our guest on Shades of Green discuss how this will affect the United States and the rest of the world. Adrian Shelly is the Texas Director for Texas Public Citizen, S…
 
Roger Duncan, Former General Manager at Austin Energy and Michael Webber a professor at the University of Texas at Austin co-authored a new book. It is called “The Future of Buildings, Transportation and Power.” Roger joined us on Shades of Green to share his many years of experience in local Austin advocacy, energy issues, and politics. He is a lo…
 
Local Austin film makers Karen Kocher and Monica Flores produce a new documentary on the history of our Barton Springs jewel. It is called: “Origins of a Green Identity” and it has featured on PBS and is available streaming on the Web. Karen and Monica are also known for “Living Springs: An Interactive Documentary About Barton Springs.” They are ou…
 
The award-winning curbside composting program for residences has expanded by 54,000 households in Austin, Texas. The program now covers all residences in the Austin service area. Our guest on Shades of Green is Ken Snipes, the Director of Austin Resource Recovery. He shares details about the composting program, how to participate, and what is next …
 
Our first Shades of Green program was aired on KOOP radio on November 8, 2006. The original founders of the show were Programmer Ken McKenzie, and co-hosts John Hoffner and Jenny Nazak. Over the 14-year running of the show every Thursday we covered many topics with many varying co-hosts. On our retrospective show today, we are joined by several of …
 
The iconic Austin Environmental Directory is now online and in print. Paul Robbins the editor, producer and founder of the Directory is our guest on Shades of Green. Paul shares with us the history of the Directory which has been part of the Austin environmental community for 25 years. This years is the 10th edition of the Austin Environmental Dire…
 
Texan by Nature is an organization formed in 2011 by Mrs. Laura Bush with the idea to unite land conservation and business leaders who believe Texas’ prosperity depends on the conservation of our wonderful natural resources. Our guests on Shades of Green from Texan by Nature are:Joni Carswell – CEO and President, and a fourth generation TexanTaylor…
 
The 24th annual Cool House Tour is in Austin Texas on September 27 from 2-4 PM. Although you will not be able to physically visit the sites, you will have an enriching and enlightening virtual experience on-line. There will be tours of the exciting Green Building facilities, open discussions, and presentations by experts in the industry. You will b…
 
It is time for the annual Trash Makeover Challenge fundraiser for Texas Campaign for the Environment (TCE). The Trash Makeover Challenge is a fun, and high energy contest for fashion designers, stylists, and models to create original high fashion pieces out of recycled and recovered materials. This year celebrates Texas Campaign for the Environment…
 
Can you see stars at night where you live? Or, do you live in an area where the streetlights and other light sources obscure the night stars? The Hill Country Alliance is working to protect and preserve our view of the night skies in the wonderful Texas Hill Country. Our guest on Shades of Green is Cliff Kaplan, the Night Sky and Community Program …
 
A new algal bloom has invaded Austin’s Lade Bird Lake killing four dogs and affecting recreational activities and could potentially affect our drinking water. Our guest, Dr. Brent Bellinger, Senior Environmental Scientist with the City of Austin Watershed Protection Department explains the issue, and how we can be mindful of it and be safe. He also…
 
Public Citizen has sued the Texas Railroad Commission, the state's oil and gas regulator, over emergency orders in May that waived fees and relaxed regulations for the storage of crude oil. The the agency's three commissioners voted May 5 to enact orders that waived fees and charges for construction of new oil storage projects through the end of th…
 
Our guest on Shades of Green is Peter Kelly-Detwiler, Principle of North Bridge Energy Partners and author of a forth coming book called “The Energy Switch”. Through his weekly 4-minute videos, blogs and social media outreach, Peter focuses on the fast pace of global change in energy and technology. Electric utilities are moving toward a decentrali…
 
BioIntegrity started in 2015 as a for-profit focused on connecting altruistic donors to the most economically efficient environmental solutions in the world. Its mission is to help the world's most impactful, global environmental solutions succeed as fast as possible. It endeavors to make the world a better place by promoting partnered solutions th…
 
TexPIRG is an advocate for the public interest. They speak out for a healthier, safer world in which we’re freer to pursue individual well-being and the common good. As part of a national network, TexPIRG advocates for improved public transportation and safer streets for walking and biking here in Texas. Our guest is Bay Scoggin, the Director of Te…
 
EcoRise inspires a new generation of leaders to design a sustainable future for all. Its school-based program empowers youth to tackle real-world challenges in their schools and communities by teaching sustainability, design innovation, and social entrepreneurship.Our EcoRise guests are Abby Randall, Deputy Director, and Jaynell Nicholson, Project …
 
Partners for Education Agriculture and Sustainability (PEAS) is an educational non-profit. “Our mission is to cultivate joyful connection with the natural world through outdoor learning and edible education!”PEAS runs 30 programs in 19 schools in Austin and Pflugerville ISDs during the 2019-2020 school-year! Our guest on Shades of Green is PEAS Exe…
 
Our oceans continue to be threatened by human interaction, climate change, and contamination from toxic wastes. World Ocean Week was June 8 – 12, 2020. This year, the UN Environment Program (UNEP) has issued a call to action in its latest campaign to remind everyone that human health is intricately linked to the planet’s health – from the air that …
 
The non-profit environmental organization, The Hill Country Alliance plays a vital role in preserving the beauty of the hill country of Texas. Their mission is:“The mission of the Hill Country Alliance is to bring together an ever-expanding alliance of groups throughout a multi- county region of Central Texas with the long-term objective of preserv…
 
Amy Stansbury, Shades of Green Co-host and Director of the Austin Common breaks down the upcoming run-off elections that will be on July 14, 2020. Although this is a runoff election, it has major importance for local Travis County places such as the race to fill Senator Kirk Watson’s seat, and other seat for the Texas Legislature, local judges, etc…
 
Clean tech and renewable energy are now combined into CleanTX, a non-profit with the goal of accelerating growth in Texas. The 30-year old Texas Renewable Energy Industry Alliance (TREIA) has merged with CleanTX founded in 2006, to form a broader network in Texas. Our guests on Shades of Green are the leaders of the newly merged association:Brandon…
 
Our topic on Shades of Green radio is the Texas Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program. Our guests are Charlene Heydinger, President of the Texas PACE Authority, and Bruce Elfant the Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector and Voter Registrar. Texas PACE is an innovative program that incentivizes Texas’ property owners to upgrade facility infra…
 
Listen to our latest episode about the 2020 US Census! Our guest helps break down why it's important and how it impacts all of us living in Austin.Our guest on Shades of Green is John Lawler - Census Program Manager for the City of Austin and Travis County.על ידי Shades of Green
 
The growth of electric vehicles (EV’s) on Texas roads and highways is accelerating. It is only a matter of time when electric vehicles become a majority, and the fossil fuel guzzling, air polluting combustion engine cars and trucks become an anachronism. Our guest on Shades of Green is Tom “Smitty” Smith, Executive Director for the Texas Electric T…
 
Basic necessities such as water and electricity are critical, particularly during the time of a pandemic such as COVID-19. We spoke with local advocates that are ensuring that utilities in Texas are not cutting off these necessities as people have difficulty making payments. Our guests for the remote broadcast are:Kaiba White, Climate Policy and Ou…
 
The Texas Campaign for the Environment (TCE) has a mission to empower all Texans to fight pollution through sustained grassroots organizing campaigns that shift corporate and government policy. With offices in Austin, Houston, and Dallas-Forth Worth, they envision a Texas free from pollution. Their main form of communication and organizing is throu…
 
The shutdown and shelter-at-home orders throughout the United States have affected all industries. Wind power continues to grow and expand as it become more of a mainstream supply of electrical power. Our guest on Shades of Green is Susan Sloan, the Vice President of State Affair at the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). Susan gives us an upd…
 
The shutdown and shelter-at-home orders throughout the United States have affected all industries. The solar power industry in Texas is still strong and adapting to the new ways of doing business. Our guest on Shades of Green is Charlie Hemmeline the Executive Director of the Texas Solar Power Association. He gives us an update on the solar industr…
 
The Advanced Power Alliance is the industry trade association created to promote the development of wind, solar, and storage: resources that are clean, reliable, affordable, and infinite sources of power. The Alliance is the advanced power industry’s voice within the fourteen states including Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, …
 
We discuss the intersection of messaging around the Green New Deal, Earth Day Austin, and local Austin Sunrise Movement initiatives. Now more than ever we see the urgent state of affairs as our US government dismantles environmental protections.Our guests on our remote broadcast are:Janis Bookout, Executive Director of Earth Day Austin, and Vice Ch…
 
The City of Austin releases its “Austin Energy Resource, Generation and Climate Protection Plan” for providing affordable, clean energy over the next 15 years. The plan calls for 86% of Austin Energy’s electricity generation to be carbon-free by year-end 2025, 93% will be carbon-free by year-end 2030, and all generation resources will be carbon-fre…
 
Solar Austin, a local non-profit has teamed up with Huston-Tillotson University to provide training and mentoring for minorities interested in entering the solar energy field. Despite the issues associated with COVID-19 the solar mentoring program is forging forward. Our guests for our remote broad cast on KOOP were the following:Kaiba White, Presi…
 
Shades of Green host Amy Stansbury talks with community organizer Angelica Erazo about the importance of considering communities of color during this dire time of Coronavirus. Angelica stressed the importance of keeping people informed and connected. Rather than relying on possible disinformation from the government or corporate America, Angelica a…
 
How are CBD, Hemp and Marijuana similar, and how are they different; and what is legal? Our guest unpacked the details regarding CBD, Hemp and Marijuana. What makes them similar, what makes them different and what is legal in Texas and other parts of the United States? Our lively discussion in the KOOP studio included our guests:Daulton O’Neill, Pr…
 
Sustainability was part of the plan for the SXSW Conference, which was canceled this year because of the threat of the COVID-19 virus. Our guests were part of a panel session that had been scheduled for the SWSW event. The panel participants were to present and discuss opportunities for making conferences and events more sustainable and environment…
 
Taelor Monroe is the Co-director of the Austin Texas Permaculture Guild. She studied under Caroline Riley, at the Whole Life Learning Center from 2014-2015, where she worked to transform the space into a full functioning permaculture design. She received her permaculture teacher training certificate from Theron Beaudreau in the Fall of 2014. Taelor…
 
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