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Peak Moment: Plug-In Hybrids Power the Grid

24 Apr 2008 | |
View all related to Energy | Peak Moment Television | plug-in hybrids | solar power | Transportation

Professor Andy Frank, Director of the UC Davis Hybrid Vehicle Research Center, has a plan to power more than just our cars. In his vision, plug-in hybrid vehicles can be used as mobile batteries, contributing solar power to the grid, and helping to "load balance" the demand. Roofs built over our parking lots contain solar panels that charge the cars' batteries in daytime. At home, the same batteries can help power ahouse, or feed energy back to the grid. The result: fewer power plants. Episode 107.

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Peak Moment: Community Gardens Grow Communities

01 May 2008 | |
View all related to activism | cities | community | community gardens | gardening | Peak Moment Television | post carbon cities | urban agriculture
Patrick Marcus and other motivated citizens sprouted a community garden on city land slated to be a park in Ashland, Oregon. When the garden was threatened by plans to develop the park, they got active. Their research and advocacy led to official policy supporting community gardens in city parks. As the volunteer garden manager, Patrick affirms gardening isn't just for leisure -- it helps build community. It creates bonds among people from diverse social spheres -- through shared work, classes, potlucks and, most of all, shared passion. Episode 106.
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Peak Moment: For the Love of Trees

13 Apr 2008 | |
View all related to Forests | Land Trust | Peak Moment Television | Water
Though born and raised elsewhere, Jerry Becker is now a de facto indigenous member of Oregon's Elk River watershed. The credo he lives by is Respect. He and his family have lived lightly "long before it was cool." An ecoforester, Jerry manages the woods sensitively with an eye to its wholeness. For the past thirty years he has worked with Friends of Elk River to protect wilderness regions in the watershed. In the last decade he formed the Elk River Land Trust, working with privatelandowners to protect agricultural and forest lands from development. Ripples of his gentle respectfulness permeate an entire watershed. (www.foer.org, www.erlt.org.) Episode 105.
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Peak Moment: A Green Built, Solar Powered, Biofuels Station

05 Apr 2008 | |
View all related to biodiesel | biofuel | ethanol | green building | Peak Moment Television | solar
From an early start producing biodiesel from used cooking oil in his garage, Ian Hill was instrumental in creating a market for biofuels in the state of Oregon. Now Managing Partner of SeQuential Biofuels in Eugene, he has gone on to build the first retail biofuels station in the state -- and it's not an ordinary fueling station: A solar panel canopy provides 50% of the needed electricity. The convenience store is a passive solar design to help with heating and cooling, and stocks as much locally produced food as possible. Its "living roof", of mostly native plants, helps cool the building in summer, and slow and filter stormwater runoff. This optimistic enteprenuer says he and his family have found that consuming less can bring greater happiness. Episode 104.
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Peak Moment: Building an Ecologically Sensible Home

29 Mar 2008 | |
View all related to cob | green building | humanure | natural | off the grid | Peak Moment Television | simple living | Sustainability
Wanting to live a "reasonable, comfortable life" in tune with nature, Ann and Gord Baird are building a "net zero energy" home on rural Vancouver Island. Their plans: a thick-walled cob house with passive solar heating. Wind and solar panels to provide electricity. Solar thermal hot water for domestic use and radiant heating. Composting toilets to enrich the earth for orchard, gardens and chickens. Rainwater catchment and a well for domestic and irrigation water. Episode 103.
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Peak Moment: How Much Food Can I Grow Around My House?

11 Dec 2007 | |
View all related to compost | Food Security | Local Food | Peak Moment Television | Sustainable Growing | vermiculture | Water
Read this article in: English

In summer 2006 Judy Alexander embarked on an experiment to see how much food she could grow, and how many neighbors could benefit, from the garden around her house. Check out her homegrown rainwater collection and irrigation system -- watering her 60+ edible crops. Meet the bees, the chickens and the worms. And catch her joy in producing so much food for so little effort. Episode 87. Now with transcript.

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Peak Moment: To Be of Use - Serving the Community

20 Mar 2008 | |
View all related to community | local | Peak Moment Television | Sustainability
A vocal proponent of going local, Dave Smith co-founded the BriarPatch cooperative market, co-owned "Smith and Hawken" and now owns a used book store he can walk to. His book To Be Of Use: The Seven Seeds of Meaningful Work honors "creative action heros" who meet real needs rather than just desires. He suggests judging others not by their stated values but by their virtues -- their character and actions. (www.grizzlegritz.com, briarpatchnetwork.wordpress.com) Episode 102.
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Peak Moment: Energy and Climate Initiatives in Santa Barbara

13 Mar 2008 | |
View all related to cities | Climate Change | Energy | government | Peak Moment Television | post carbon cities | Shelter | Transportation
Santa Barbara is lowering carbon emissions starting with a greenhouse gas emissions study; adding solar panels to city buildings; requiring lower energy usage for new buildings; converting vehicles to biodiesel and/or hybrids; giving free bus passes to downtown workers. City councilmember Das Williams urges citizens to push officials to make substantive (i.e., funded) changes to mitigate the effects of peak oil and climate change. (www.santabarbaraca.gov) Episode 101.
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Peak Moment: Suburban Permaculture with Janet Barocco and Richard Heinberg

06 Mar 2008 | |
View all related to gardening | Peak Moment Television | Permaculture | rainwater catchment | Suburbia | Sustainability
View all related to Richard Heinberg
Tour Janet and Richard's quarter acre for an example of what's possiblein suburbia. Their front yard of edible plants also provides habitatfor birds and insects. The backyard radiates out from an herb andkitchen garden to vegetable beds and containers; 25 fruit and nuttrees; and a restful Zen garden. Near a future pond is a "threesisters" spiral of corn, beans and squashes. Check out their rainwatercatchment barrels system, solar ovens, grid-tied photovoltaics withbackup batteries, a low-energy house, solar-heated garden room, and acomfortable "summer palace" of natural & salvaged materials. (www.richardheinberg.com) Episode 100!
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Peak Moment: Hope Dances Eternal for This Media Maven

28 Feb 2008 | |
View all related to localization | media | Peak Moment Television
View all related to Radio New Zealand's Nine To Noon
For over a decade, Bob Banner has brought documentary films to hisregion, and published a bimonthly tabloid HopeDance, "Radical solutionsinspiring hope." Ahead of many, he brings "disturbing" information aswell as solutions and positive visions. Bob discusses the massivefailure of media, spiritual films, relocalization, peak oil, and myriadother topics. (www.hopedance.org) Episode 99.