“Dream Green” Presents Radio Series’ Wrap Up: Green Horizons

 A Summary of Findings and Forward Look at the Possibilities

to Air 7 p.m., October 13th on KRUU-FM

Contact: James Moore,

Station Manager, KRUU-FM

Phone: 641.233.1617

Email: james@kruufm.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Fairfield, IA, October 12, 2011—In this final week of the 20-part “Dream Green” radio series, co-hosts Stuart Tanner and James Moore sum up what they've found in their journey of discovery across the state highlighting success stories, cutting edge communities and best practices in energy efficiency. They'll talk about where Iowa is at, what they've learned, and where the state heading, sustainability-wise at this exciting and challenging time for the green industry. Tune in online at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 13th at www.kruufm.com. (Rebroadcast Monday, October 18th at 7 a.m. Archives of series available at www.greeniowa.org.)

 

“This has been a fascinating journey,” said co-host James Moore. “It began when I interviewed a spokesperson from the Office of Energy Independence who mentioned that some funding remained in the state’s community grant program for educational outreach, and a lightbulb went off in my mind. ‘Hey, that’s right up our alley at solar-powered KRUU-FM.’ We threw it out to our community, raising money enough, matched by the Power Fund, to create this 6-month series, a grassroots effort all the way.”

 

From discussions with community leaders in Des Moines, Davenport, Dubuque and Fairfield, to visits with schools like the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa State University in Ames, University of Iowa in Iowa City and Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, to walking tours of Powerfilm, Inc, a thin solar film company near Ames, Access Energy, a utility company in Mount Pleasant, the anaerobic generators at the Amana Colonies, a community wind farm near Jamaica, Francis Thicke’s organic dairy farm, BioCentury Research Farm in Boone, Biomass Energy Conversion facility in Nevada, to LEED certified buildings across the state [IBM building in Dubuque, police headquarters in Davenport, HyVee store in Fairfield, and the Center for Energy and Environmental Education at UNI and Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities, both designed by Kevin Normeyer, current director of the Iowa Energy Center, to events like the Solar Splash, an annual solar boat race this year at George Wyth State Park, to insights from Leopold Center’s Fred Kirschenmann, Iowa Policy Project’s David Osterberg and soil microbiologist Elaine Ingham, chief scientist of the Rodale Institute, to name a few.

 

“We have reached the end of our journey,” said series’ co-host Stuart Tanner. “I know Iowa a great deal better than before. It is a state that is far more progressive than I think many people would imagine. It is full of people who are creating the sustainable models for the future. There are city mayors, companies, universities, government bodies and organizations all working towards a future that is more sustainable and uses far more renewable energy. The changes are underway. They may not be as fast as we would want, or even as fast as we might need, but when you put all the great work of the people featured in the 20-part series, and some others we didn't have time to include, it adds up to a very positive picture, an impressive movement for a future that is better for us now and better for future generations. It’s been a great privilege for James and I to meet so many of the state’s leaders in this area. I'd like to thank the Office of Energy Independence, solar-powered KRUU-FM and all the individuals and companies that have sponsored the “Dream Green” series. We hope it will be a valuable resource for many years. Please make use of it. The website is www.greeniowa.org.”