Cool Solutions

8 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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Stopping the Gentrification Train

January 10th, 2019


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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