Cool Solutions

14 EpisodesProduced by Wendy Ring

Stories about regular Americans taking climate action where they live. What they're doing, how they're succeeding, and why their solutions are so cool. There's lots that communities can do about climate. Tune in and get inspired.

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The Healing Power of Trees

July 10th, 2019

28:01

Trees may be better than doctors at preventing cardiac deaths but they are themselves dying. Urban tree canopies are shrinking and cities lack resources to stop it.  A research partnership of health professionals and …

So Good to Not Feel Alone Anymore

June 10th, 2019

28:01

Our own preconceptions of who is "on our side" and the mistaken idea that we are alone may be one of the biggest obstacles to climate action. That's the big takeaway from this story about how neighbors, longshoremen, …

Small Town Whups Big Oil : "You Don't Threaten Mainers"

May 9th, 2019

28:01

Story of how residents of South Portland Maine, a town of 25,000, stopped the export of tar sands from their port. We follow the story from a few …

Street Lights, Unplugged

April 11th, 2019

28:01

Solar streetlights are hyperlocal clean energy that can help US cities survive extreme weather events and break free of utility monopolies. We visit …

A Quiet Clean Energy Revolution

March 11th, 2019

28:01

How many people does it take to change what runs a city's light bulbs? In Norman Oklahoma and Hanover New Hampshire, they started with 12 and ended …

People Over Parking Lots

February 10th, 2019

27:58

We already have too much parking. Getting rid of requirements to build more is something any town can do. It cuts carbon, boosts business, and helps affordable housing. Here's the story of 2 cities that did it.   …

Stopping the Gentrification Train

January 10th, 2019

28:01

Transit expansion leads to gentrification so often that some folks have started calling new light rail, the "Gentrification Train". A community land …

Riding into the Future: Macon's DIY Bike Lanes Lead to Change

December 10th, 2018

28:01

People in Macon, GA got tired of waiting and made their own bike lanes. Progress ensued. Josh Rogers of New Town Macon and Rachel Hollar of Bike Walk …

Taming Energy Vampires: Find and subdue your zombie electronic devices

October 30th, 2018

23:22

The average household has more than 40 electronic appliances that suck energy when they're off. We help you find and tame yours. Along the way: the …

Rising Green from the Ashes: Zero Carbon Homes

October 13th, 2018

28:01

Two California counties help wildfire victims rebuild zero carbon homes.  Its more affordable than you think. Hear one family's story, meet super efficient appliances, and learn something about your gas stove that will …

The Animals' Day Off: Meatless Mondays Go To School

October 8th, 2018

26:34

Meet Food Service Directors from 2 public school districts serving vegetarian lunches once a week and producing long lasting benefit in students' …

From Scraps to Riches: Community composters start with a few empty buckets and turn your garbage into gold

September 28th, 2018

29:13

Small entrepreneurs across the country are creating jobs and local food by composting food waste locally. We get down to the nitty gritty with eco-entrepreneurs in Boston, Chicago, and San Diego,  talk with a soil …

Clean Rides for Kids: Electric School Buses

September 25th, 2018

28:10

Diesel exhaust is bad for child and planetary health, but change is on the way.  We talk with the transportation director of Twin Rivers Unified …

Batteries Save the Day: Solar Storage

September 24th, 2018

28:23

Stories of 3 cities where battery stored solar beat out power plants.  An environmental justice victory in Oxnard, CA; an economic boon in Sterling, …

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