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The US is a water hog - scientists say conservation is a must listen

05/24/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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People in the United States use about twice as much water as other countries. That’s one of the many problems mulled over today by a team of researchers at an annual water conference at the USF Patel College of Global Sustainability.

“About 40% of the water that we use in the region is for outdoor water use.”

That’s Christine Owen, the senior manager for regulatory compliance for Tampa Bay Water.

“And each government calculates what their per capita is. But if you look ...

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St. Pete groups ready to lobby officials for improved curbside recycling program listen

04/16/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The city of St. Petersburg doesn’t offer free curbside recycling to residents; some community-based groups are pulling together to change that. The League of Women Voters of St. Petersburg has hired a consultant to look into the feasibility of universal curbside recycling in the city. The group’s president, Karen Coale, announced the results during a press conference in front of City Hall Tuesday morning.

“Curbside recycling is the norm throughout all of the other 49 populated ci...

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Cleaning up dirty water can create energy listen

03/27/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Researchers at the University of South Florida showed off their work with waste water and other testing technologies to officials from the Environmental Protection Agency. During lab tours today, Professor Daniel Yeh demonstrated how the water that gets dumped, flushed or otherwise thrown out can be put to better use.

“If you can just re-route the electrodes that’s built into the waste organic matter, we can actually turn the waste organic matter into methane which is basically natur...

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St. Pete group wants city to offer free curbside recycling listen

03/25/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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St. Petersburg residents have to pay $45 a year if they want their recyclables picked up curbside. The League of Women Voters of St. Petersburg wants to change that. Karen Coale, the chapter’s president, will kick off an effort called the People’s Trash Monday night at Studio@620 in downtown.

"It is a new campaign for this year that's kicking off tonight. The League of Women Voter's is probably most known for our voter registration and voter education but we also look at issues; n...

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Beyond Sustainability conference creates links between communities in Tampa Bay listen

02/28/13 Lenka Davis
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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One of the greatest myths of today´s economy is that sustainability cannot be profitable. In fact , sustainable strategies are getting more necessary to remain competitive. Today and tomorrow, the Institute of Florida Studies at Hillsborough Community College is hosting a conference called Beyond Sustainability. It focuses on the three Es: education, ecosystems and economics.

Sudeep Vyapari, the host of the conference and the director of the Institute of Florida Studies decided to enrich...

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Eco-Smart architectural salvage

11/12/12 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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On today’s Sustainable Living program our guests were Mike Evans with Eco-Smart, a company that markets healthy, efficient products for sustainable living; and Jesse White, the owner of Sarasota Architectural Salvage; they’re all about historic preservation, restoration, and adaptive reuses. Jesse talked about his path to creating a green business and its challenges. He usually just buys the salvage rights before a house is d...

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Group wants a switch to compressed natural gas to help clean up Tampa Bay air listen

08/14/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A trio of public and private groups in the Tampa Bay area is joining forces to reduce dependence on petroleum. The University of South Florida, the Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County and TECO Energy committed funding to the Clean Cities Coalition this morning at USF’s Patel Center for Global Sustainability. USF president Judy Genshaft said transportation accounts for more than 71% of the nation’s petroleum consumption.

“Vehicles are major sources of greenh...

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Local groups promoting sustainability

08/06/12 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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On today’s program we talked with three groups about their efforts to promote sustainability here in the Tampa Bay area. We had the founder of The Bridge Tampa, a non-profit organization that promotes ecocentric living, social justice and personal development, Rebecca Blanco. With her was one of their board members John Arnaldi. He’s a Life Coach with a PhD in counselor education and recently co-authored “Ethic Efficacy of the Global War on Terrorism." ...

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Local farmers featured at 2012 Small Farm Conference

07/09/12 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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We started today’s Sustainable Living Program with Susan Kelly, the publicity chair for this year’s Florida Small Farms & Alternative Enterprises Conference July 27 to July 29th in Kissimmee. Also joining us was one of the Innovative Farms Award winners for this year, Pam Sindlinger. She and her husband Hank are owners of Gateway Organic Farm a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) in Pinellas County. Gateway is one of the two organic farms in our ar...

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Home solar electric systems

06/25/12 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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On today’s Sustainable Living program we spent the hour talking about home solar electric systems. Our first guest, Paul Spencer, is the founder of The Clean Energy Collective located in Colorado. Paul’s business is setting up community solar power and other forms of renewable energy systems (wind, hydro, etc) that you can buy into for the long term, off-setting part or all of your power consumption to renewable. You can visit his website to find out m...

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