The biggest energy users in America are not cars and trucks - they're buildings.
Buildings use about forty percent of the nation's energy.
In 2000, the US Green Building Council introduced a program to certify "green" buildings, called LEED.
That stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.
A new version of the LEED standards was released yesrterday.
But as the environment report’s Samara Freemark found, some critics see serious flaws in the program.
Today is the Final Day of the Indigenous People’s Summit on Climate Change in Anchorage, Alaska.
All week, Indigenous People from around the World have been sharing their experiences and debating solutions to climate change.
The Summit aims to produce a document to bring to a United Nations Climate Change Conference this winter.
Over the course of the week, Summit participants have broken into groups to discuss different aspects of climate change.
Each group has recommended language for the final document.
Regional caucuses have made their recommendations.
Jeff Goodell, author of "Big Coal: The Dirty Secret Behind America's Energy Future" and contributing editor at "Rolling Stone" discusses the importance of ending America's overreliance on coal-fired power. Also Cesia Kearns, Regional Representative of the Beyond Coal Compaign of the Sierra Club talks about their event tonight (4/29/09) at the Sierra Club office at 1821 SE Ankeny St in Portland.
A look at the most local way to eat - growing your own food in backyard or community gardens
It's time to plant your garden and this morning we talk with two Portland gardening proponents who work to make gardening accessible and enjoyable to everyone. We'll talk with Renee Moog, the coordinator for the SE Natural Techniques Demonstrations Garden at 57th and Cooper (sponsored by the Metro Natural Gardening Program), and Leslie Pohl-Kosbau who founded and still directs Portland's community garden program. Learn why gardening is a revolutionary act and how growing your own vegetables doesn't just improve your own life - it helps make the planet a better place to live.
Host Dr. Helen Caldicott interviews activist Jacqueline Cabasso, who has been promoting nuclear weapons abolition for decades. She is the Executive Director of the Western States Legal Foundation, a non-profit which monitors and analyzes U.S. nuclear weapons programs and policies with a focus on the national nuclear weapons laboratories.
Clent Manich from Medford, Oregon had a goal in January 2008 to lose over 200 lbs. in one year while switching to a raw foods diet. He had almost attained his goal last September when, just after climbing Mt. Whitney (the highest point in the continental U.S.), Manich spoke with KBOO's Mel Reslor.
On March 1st 2009 Portland Brit Tzedek V’Shalom, Congregation Shir Tikvah and the Bridgeport UCC co-sponsored an event, The Politics of Water in the Middle East & the Developing World.
Speaking that afternoon were Congressman Earl Blumenauer, Dr. Jeff Albert, and Mousa Diabat. The topics discussed included water scarcity in the third world, and the effect of water scarcity on the Arab-Israeli peace.
Due to time limitations for today’s broadcast we will only air today the comments by Congressman Blumenauer on water issues globally, and two of the questions for the panel from the audience.