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Piper Foster worked for the Sopris Foundation then spent a year in Germany studying the links between civic planning and energy use. Now she works for Amatis Controls, an Aspen-based company making affordable control systems that could revive interest in the lowly solar thermal panel. Earlier this year, Piper returned to Germany with a group of 12 to learn more about energy policy across the pond. On this episode of NRG with MG, Piper Foster tells KDNK's Marilyn Gleason what she learned, and the US could learn, from the Germans.
Geology affects the lives of Coloradoans, whether it's the mountain lifestyle of skiing, hiking and whitewater sports, or proximity to resources that are mined or drilled. On this episode of NRG with MG, the Colorado State Geologist joins KDNK's Marilyn Gleason to talk about the links between geology and energy. We start with snow and ice. Arapahoe Glacier near Boulder is the southernmost glacier in the US, and one of a possibly dozen or so in the state, says Colorado Geological Survey's Vince Matthews.
On this episode of NRG with MG, we dig into the archives with Carbondale energy expert Randy Udall. KDNK's Marilyn Gleason asked Randy Udall to explore some unconventional ideas for greening energy, and to reflect on how, for once, competing interests found common ground.
In Garfield County we have CLEER - Clean Energy Economy for the Region. It's a sort of clearinghouse for efficiency programs and incentives. Some neighboring counties have pooled their efforts and shared millions in grant money from the Department of Energy. Adam Palmer is the Energy Smart program manager in Eagle County. On this episode of NRG with MG, Adam Palmer tells KDNK's Marilyn Gleason how efficiency is improving home economics in the region.
For more than a century, the Shoshone power plant has transformed flowing water into electricity for towns as near as Glenwood Springs and as far as Denver. Hydropower is an old technology that today still produces clean energy. On this episode of NRG with MG, we'll tour the hydroplant with an oldtimer. Gary Verdieck told KDNK's Marilyn Gleason just how long he's worked at the Shoshone Hydroelectric Plant.
Almost a decade ago Roaring Fork Valley resident Chip Comins took his passion for the environment into action by founding ARE Day, a public exposition and discussion of renewable energy in Aspen. Over the years it has grown in size and stature. On this episode of NRG with MG, Chip Comins tells KDNK's Marilyn Gleason what the US military and natural gas have to do with renewable energy.
Local energy expert Randy Udall is back to discuss solar energy for this week's edition of NRG with MG. KDNK's Marilyn Gleason asked Randy Udall how governments help or hinder the economic viability of solar power.
In 2008, Tim DeChristopher rose to prominence among environmentalists and protesters when he ingeniously scuttled a BLM gas leasing auction of scenic lands surrounding Utah National Parks. The story of his impromptu civil disobedience is told in the new documentary film "Bidder 70" by Telluride filmmakers George and Beth Gage. Today on NRG with MG, the couple tells KDNK's Marilyn Gleason how his commitment to stopping climate change guided Tim DeChristopher to take action that led to fame and jail time.
As vice president of sustainability for the Aspen Skiing Company, Auden Schendler thinks a lot about climate change. He thinks it's the number one problem we face, linked to most other big issues, and our chance to save the world. Today Auden Schendler is back with KDNK's Marilyn Gleason to talk about why business should be on the right side of the climate change argument and how it can be part of the new activism that made "the protester" Time magazine's Person of the Year.
A Health Impact Assessment initiated by Garfield County Commissioners and residents of Battlement Mesa, where Antero plans to drill 200 gas wells, was dropped before completion. The study by the Colorado School of Public Health was caught up in a swirl of controversy and politics propelled by the agendas of industry, opponents, residents and county commissioners. The assessment and county air monitoring systems are of themselves groundbreaking. Today on NRG with MG, we'll revisit the study with its author, Dr, Roxana Witter of the Colorado School of Public Health, in conversation with KDNK's Marilyn Gleason.