“Dream Green” Series Features BECON of Hope & ISU Clean Water Expert

Contact: James Moore,

Station Manager, KRUU-FM

Phone: 641.233.1617

Email: james@kruufm.com




Fairfield, IA, August 9, 2011—This week, KRUU-FM’s “Dream Green” series features two Iowa advocates for ecological innovation. On Thursday, August 11 at 7 p.m., Fairfield’s solar-powered community radio station will air interviews with Norm Olson, executive director of the Iowa Energy Center’s Biomass Energy Conversion Facility (BECON) in Nevada, IA; and Matt Helmers, Assistant Professor at ISU’s Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering.


“BECON is dedicated to research on new fuels created from biomass,” says show host Stuart Tanner. “Norm Olson takes us in new directions in this program and makes a case for anhydrous ammonia as an alternative fuel for transportation. We also meet up with Matt Helmers for a walking tour of the ISU sustainable agriculture research fields. Matt talks about the latest progress in finding methods to reduce fertilizer use, improve soil, and hold more water in the ground, thus helping to avoid run off from the crop fields.”


Norm Olson, a professional engineer, has been a project manager for the Iowa Energy Center since 1992. He developed the concept and led the implementaion of the BECON facility which  bridges the gap between lab research and real-world applications, providing a focal point for developing value-added products from Iowa’s abundant biomass resources. It provides credible information on biomass technologies to create fuels and chemicals, as well as demonstrations of pilot-scale biomass conversion systems.


Matt Helmers is an Iowa Sate University Extension water resources engineer. His research and extension activities focus on water quality and the hydrologic effects of agricultural best management practices—including strategic placement and design of buffer systems and methods to improve water quality in tile drained landscapes.


“Matt Helmers is a research scientist who’s outstanding in his field--and so were we!” said co-host James Moore with a smile. “Seriously, it’s great to learn about the significance and potential that prairie grass and switch grass might offer going forward, as well as understanding how critical water retention and drainage issues are in the state.”


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: The spotlight is on Davenport including a visit to Mayor Bill Gluba's office and tours of Davenport’s LEED-certified police department, remarkable compost and wastewater facilities, and even a trip to the Nahant Marsh Education Center.




Funded by nearly 70 individuals, businesses and organizations with a $50,000 matching grant from the Iowa Power Fund, 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 Deprttment at Maharishi University of Management.


James Moore is co-founder and executive director of KRUU 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.” Features 80 locally produced weekly programs broadcasting to the greater Fairfield area and streaming online at www.kruufm.com. The dedicated website is www.greeniowa.org.