“Dream Green” Radio Series Shines Spotlight on Davenport’s Sustainability Renaissance

Mayoral Interview, Walking Tours, and More to Air on KRUU-FM, August 18

 

Fairfield, IA, August 17, 2011—Solar-powered KRUU-FM’s “Dream Green” series travels to Davenport, Iowa this week to meet with city officials and discuss some of the ecological initiatives that helped garner the community a City Livability Award. The broadcast airs Thursday, August 18 at 7 p.m. and can be heard online at www.kruufm.com. (Rebroadcast Monday, August 22 at 7a.m.)

 

“Davenport is really taking the initiative on sustainability, and Mayor Bill Gluba is eager to discuss the benefits of going green,” said show co-host Stuart Tanner. “It’s not just about saving money for the taxpayer through hybrid cars, LED traffic lights, and LEED buildings, it’s also about creating green jobs and improving the quality of life for citizens. Companies and young people have been attracted to Davenport because of its sustainable policies.”

 

Founded in 1836, Davenport is the largest of the Quad Cities. With a population of almost 100,000, it is Iowa's third-largest city. In 2007, Davenport, along with neighboring Rock Island, won the City Livability Award in the small-city category from the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

 

Highlights from this week’s “Dream Green” broadcast include a walking tour of Davenport’s LEED-certified police station, where co-host James Moore remarked, “If I ever get arrested, I hope it’s here!” James and Stuart also tour Davenport’s award-winning compost facility; its wastewater facility which reprocesses methane gas, saving the city $800,000-$1,000,000 annually; and the beautiful Nahant Marsh nature preserve.

 

Fresh installments of the “Dream Green” series air Thursdays at 7 p.m. online at www.kruufm.com. (Rebroadcast Mondays at 7 a.m.) Archives and transcripts are available at www.greeniowa.org.

 

Next week: Thursday, August 25 at 7p,m., “Dream Green” travels to Mount Pleasant to speak with Access Energy’s CEO Bob Swindell and to report on the company’s annual meeting.

 

About:

 

Funded by nearly 70 individuals, businesses and organizations with a $50,000 matching community grant from the Iowa Power Fund’s Office of Energy Independence, the “Dream Green” series is being released under a Creative Commons license. City administrators, radio stations, schools, and organizations involved in energy efficiency and sustainable practices are being offered free use of the series.

 

“Dream Green” is produced by the popular hosts of KRUU-FM’s Tanner & Moore, Stuart Tanner and James Moore, with the creative guidance of Maharishi University of Management faculty.

 

Stuart Tanner is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work has appeared on BBC, Channel 4, and National Geographic. He is an assistant professor in the Media & Communications Department at Maharishi University of Management.

 

James Moore is co-founder and has served as executive director of KRUU-FM since its inception in 2006. A published poet and gifted musician, he serves on adjunct faculty at MUM where he teaches Radio & Web Broadcasting.

 

KRUU became the Midwest's first solar-powered radio station on September 9, 2009. “A business on the forefront of sustainability,” wrote then Governor Chet Culver. “With this project, KRUU-LP is contributing to a greener, safer Iowa.” Featuring 80 locally-produced weekly programs broadcasting to the greater Fairfield area, KRUU streams online at www.kruufm.com. You can follow the journey of discovery at www.greeniowa.org.

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