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Are you concerned about the Earth's future? Are you interested in what is being done in Northern California and the world to address environmental issues? Do you want to act? Then tune in every other Sunday to "Sustainability Now!" on to hear interviews with scientists, scholars, activists … read more

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Being in the World with Bees (or, What is it to Be a Bee?) with Professor Eve Bratman

December 1st, 2021


Bees are in danger; what can we do? Tune into Sustainability Now! to hear a conversation with Eve Bratman, an Assistant Professor of Environmental …

W(h)ither Water? with Sierra Ryan, County Water Resources Manager

November 15th, 2021


Central California just experienced one of the three most intense storms since the 1950s, but was that prelude to feast or famine this coming water year?  No one knows, but planning for the worst-case scenario is the …

Oil and Water Don’t Mix! with Fred Keeley

October 31st, 2021


Join hosts Ronnie Lipschutz and Brooke Wright for a conversation with Fred Keeley, a well-known political person about town and across the Monterey …

What’s slough? I don’t know, what’s slough with you? with Dr. Kerstin Wasson, Elkhorn Slough

October 23rd, 2021


Have you ever wondered what is going on upstream when you cross the Highway 1 bridge over Elkhorn Slough?  Or why there are marshes on both sides of the highway?  Or where all the birds and kayakers come from?

Join SN! …

There's Fungus Among Us--Mycopermaculture, Mycomimicry, and Mycopsychology, with Maya Elson of CoRenewal

October 4th, 2021


Join hosts Ronnie Lipschutz and Brooke Wright for a conversation with Maya Elson, Executive Director of CoREnewal (formerly known as the Amazon …

The Sustainable Systems Research Foundation: Who are those guys?

September 20th, 2021


Sustainability Now! is underwritten by the Sustainable Systems Research Foundation.  But what is SSRF?  Join host Ronnie Lipschutz and new co-host …

Clean Energy Now! with Shaina Nanavati of Reclaim Our Power

September 6th, 2021


Join host Ronnie Lipschutz for a conversation with Shaina Nanavati, a research organizer for the Reclaim Our Power Utility Justice Campaign and staff member of the Local Clean Energy Alliance. Reclaim Our Power is an …

An SN! Revisit with Dr. Rupa Basu. Climate Change and Public Health

September 6th, 2021


Planetary heating and climate change are in the news more and more, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has just issued a very pessimistic report on humanity’s and the world’s prospects. In a revisit of a …

An SN! Revisit: Can Solar Energy provide a basic income for everyone on earth? A conversation with Robert Stayton

September 6th, 2021


In this SN! Revisit from 2019, host Ronnie Lipschutz welcomes Robert Stayton, physicist and author of Solar Dividends: How Solar Energy Can Generate …

That’s the Last Straw! with Jackie Nuñez, founder of The Last Plastic Straw

July 26th, 2021


Plastic is ubiquitous: it rains down on us, it fouls land, streams and oceans, it even turns up in our bodies. And the big oil companies are looking …

Give Me Land, Lots of Land in the Santa Clara Valley with Andrea Mackenzie of the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority

July 12th, 2021


Host Ronnie Lipschutz speaks with Andrea Mackenzie, General Manager of the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority. For more than 25 years, Ms. Mackenzie has worked in the fields of land use planning, conservation …

Fighting Fires with Fire, with Dr. Sasha Berleman, Wildland Fire Scientist

July 1st, 2021


California is dry, dry, dry and that probably means we are in for a  wild wildfire season. Since the beginning of January, there have been  more than 10,000 wildfires across the state.  So, what are we to do?  Hear from …

Making Solar Law and Solar Sausages: How It’s Done in California, with Allie Detrio, Chief Strategist of Reimagine Power

June 14th, 2021


There is an old saying attributed to the 19th century German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck: “Laws, like sausages, cease to inspire respect in …

Finding the Mother Tree with Professor Suzanne Simard, University of British Columbia

May 27th, 2021


Join host Ronnie Lipschutz as he speaks with Dr. Suzanne Simard, Professor of Forestry and Conservation Sciences about the social life of trees.   Her new book, Finding the Mother Tree--Discovering the Wisdom of the …

“Are we the cows of the future?” The digital management of nature and humans with Professor Esther Leslie, Birkbeck University, London

May 17th, 2021


Join host Ronnie Lipschutz and Dr. Esther Leslie, Professor of Political Aesthetics at Birkbeck University in London.  “Political Aesthetics

What’s that bug up to, anyway? Insect socioecology in urban gardens, with Azucena Lucatero

May 3rd, 2021


Gosh, I never realized there was a social ecology in my backyard!”

Find out just what those bugs are up to in your garden, as host Ronnie Lipschutz …

Getting Back to the (Alan Chadwick) Garden, with Orin Martin, Master Gardener, Horticulturalist and Teacher

April 19th, 2021


UCSC’s Agroecology Farm is known around the world for innovation, training and inspiration.  But before there was a Farm, there was a Garden: the

The Green Business Program in California & the Monterey Bay Region, with Brooke Wright, Green Business Expert

April 5th, 2021


These days, we are hearing a lot about plans to transform the country’s energy infrastructure from one based on fossil fuels to one based on renewable energy resources.  President Biden appears to be making this …

Water in California’s Future, with Dr. Ruth Langridge

March 24th, 2021


It’s beginning to look as though California is headed into another  multi-year drought. The snowpack is meager and contracted water supplies  through …

There Otter be a Law! Will the Southern Sea Otter Survive? A conversation with James Estes

March 24th, 2021


The southern sea otter is a keystone species in kelp forest  communities, acting to increase the species diversity and providing  ecosystem services. Despite federal protection since 1977, the southern  sea otter …

Environmental Literacy for K-12 Students, with Amity Sandage, Santa Cruz County Office of Education

February 24th, 2021


Host Ronnie Lipschutz speaks with Amity Sandage, environmental literacy coordinator for Santa Cruz County Office of Education. Sandage leads a countywide effort to build environmental literacy by increasing student …

Reconnecting with Nature through Ecospirtuality: A Conversation with Dr. Michelle Merrill

February 8th, 2021


Join host Ronnie Lipschutz for a conversation with anthropologist Dr. Michelle Merrill, whose teaching and counseling experience led her to establish

W(h)ither California & the Nation? A Conversation with State Senator John Laird​​

January 25th, 2021


Radio Show #37, January 24, 2021: Join host Ronnie Lipschutz for a conversation with newly-elected  California State Senator John Laird, to talk …

Are we Becoming “Plastic People of the Universe” Or, What does “biodegradable” really mean?

December 28th, 2020


Radio Show #35, December 27, 2020: As you may have read in a number of places, not only is the ocean  full of plastic, we are literally living in an …

Environmental Justice through Building Green, Healthy and Sustainable Communities

December 14th, 2020


Radio Show #34:  Sunday, December 13th, 5-6 PM  Join Host Ronnie Lipschutz for a conversation with Darryl Molina Sarmiento, Executive Director for

Sustainability Now! Permaculture and Regenerative Agriculture on a Small Farm

December 1st, 2020


Radio Show #33: Host Ronnie Lipschutz and Dave Blume of Blume Distillation do a walking interview and tour of Whiskey Hill Farm,  its permaculture …

Electric Vehicles on the Road and in Our Future

November 16th, 2020


Radio Show #32. In September 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order requiring that by 2035 all new cars and passenger …

Forests and species after wildfires & climate change

November 2nd, 2020


Radio Show #31. Host Ronnie Lipschutz speaks with Dr. Joseph Stewart,  a conservation biologist with special interests in biogeography,  prediction, …

Clean Water as a Human Right

October 20th, 2020


Radio Show #30, October 18, 2020. Did you know that Section 106.3 of the California Water Code states that “every human being has the right to safe, clean,  affordable, and accessible water adequate for human …

As long as grass grows: The indigenous fight for environmental justice

October 5th, 2020


Radio Show, #29, October 4, 2020. Host Ronnie Lipschutz and guest Dina Gilio-Whitaker talk about indigenous environmental justice, environmental philosophy and the restoration of balance between humans and nature. …

Healthy Eating and Economic Justice in the Pajaro Valley

September 21st, 2020


Radio Show #28, September 20, 2020.  Host Ronnie Lipschutz welcomes his guests, Mireya Gomez-Contreras and  Ana Rasmussen, codirectors of Esperanza Community Farms.  Esperanza  Community Farms is a system-changing, …

Accessory Dwelling Units in Our Backyards

September 7th, 2020


Sustainability Now! Show #27, September 6, 2020, Accessory Dwelling Units in Our Backyards: Host Ronnie Lipschutz and his guest, Santa Cruz architect Mark Primack, talk about how we might address the California housing …

Sustainability & Politics after Annus Horriblis 2020, with Kim Stanley Robinson

August 24th, 2020


Sustainability Now! August 23, 2020. Host Ronnie Lipschutz and his guest Kim Stanley Robinson engage in a wide-ranging  conversation about …

Climate Change, Heat & Birth Impacts

August 9th, 2020


Sustainability Now! #25, August 9, 2020. Climate Change, Public Health & Birth Impacts, with Dr. Rupa Basu, Chief of the Air and Climate …

Environmental Art in Public Spaces

July 26th, 2020


Sustainability Now! #24, July 26, 2020. Environmental Art in Built & Natural Landscapes, with Marisha Farnsworth. “Environmental artists seek to …

Sustainable Community Commons

July 12th, 2020


Sustainability Now #23, July 12, 2020, with Len Beyea, addresses sustainable community planning in Santa Cruz and cities in general. Len is a …

Climate Changes & Black Lives

June 22nd, 2020


Sustainability Now! #22, June 28, 2020, with Kalina Browne, 2019-20 RAY Diversity Fellow at the Ocean Conservancy to learn about Climate Change and Black Lives Mattering on the California Coast.  Browne grew up on the …

Public Lands on Pacific's Edge

June 14th, 2020


Sustainability Now! #21, June 14, 2020, with Jo Chamberlain, Executive Director of the Coastside Land Trust in Half Moon Bay. Jo is a graduate of …

"The Wheels on the Bus"

May 31st, 2020


May 31, 2020, “The Wheels on the Bus” Getting ‘Round the City, with Rick Longinotti, a member of and spokesperson for the Campaign for Sustainable …

Farmworkers Struggling to Survive

May 17th, 2020


Sustainability Now!, May 17, 2020, Struggling to Survive: Binational Farmworkers on the Central Coast, with Dr. Ann Lopez, Founder and Director of the Center for Farmworker Families in Watsonville, California.  Lopez is …

Protecting Sacred Lands

May 3rd, 2020


Sustainability Now! May 3, 2020, Protecting Sacred Lands, with Valentin Lopez, Chair of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band of the Costanoan/Ohlone Indians and President of the Amah Mutsun Land Trust.  The Amah Mutsun are …

By the Beautiful Sea

April 19th, 2020


Sustainability Now! April 19, 2020, By the Beautiful Sea, with Rachel Kippen, Executive Director of O’Neill Sea Odyssey and a columnist for the Santa …

Urchins in the Storm

April 5th, 2020


Sustainability Now!, April 5, 2020, Urchins in the Storm, with KSQD engineer Emily Donham, a 5th-year PhD candidate in Ecology & Evolutionary …

No Place Like Home

March 22nd, 2020


Sustainability Now! March 22, 2020, No Place Like Home, with UCSC Sociology Professor Steve McKay, director of the UCSC Center for Labor Studies and …

Auto-Free Living in Hayward?

March 8th, 2020


Sustainability Now! March 8, 2020, Auto-Free Living in Hayward? with Dr. Sherman Lewis, Emeritus Professor of Political Science at Cal State East …

Climate Justice in the Pajaro Valley

February 23rd, 2020


Sustainability Now! February 23, 2020, Climate Justice in the Pajaro Valley, with Nancy Faulstich, Director of Regeneración, a non-profit focused on …

Caring for the Prairie

February 9th, 2020


Sustainability Now! February 9, 2020, Caring for the Prairie, with Professor Jenny Reardon of the UCSC Sociology Department talks about  “Caring for …

A Conversation with Extinction Rebellion

January 26th, 2020


Sustainability Now!, January 26, 2020, A Conversation with Extinction Rebellion, with members of Extinction Rebellion in Monterey and Santa Cruz: Vanessa Mekarski, Dwight Mitchell, Jennifer Brugman and Magali Morales. …

Is Bioethanol the Answer?

January 13th, 2020


Sustainability Now! January 12, 2020, Is Bioethanol the Answer? with David Blume, CEO & Director of Research and Development at Blume Distillation

A Basic Income with Solar Energy

December 16th, 2019


Sustainability Now! December 15, 2019, Can Solar Energy Provide a Basic Income for Everyone in the World? with  Robert Stayton, author of Power …

What Do You Do About a Problem Like PG&E?

December 2nd, 2019


Sustainability Now! December 1, 2019, What Do You Do About a Problem Like PG&E?, with Professor Dustin Mulvaney, Environmental Studies at San …

Down on the Farm

November 18th, 2019


Sustainability Now! November 17, 2019, Down on the Farm in Santa Cruz, with Nina Vukecevic, Farm Manager at Common Roots Farm in Santa Cruz, which …

Zero Waste Living?

November 4th, 2019


Sustainability Now! November 3, 2019, Zero Waste Living? with Liz McDade, who runs the “No Trace Shop,” an online business dedicated to providing customers with a “sustainable lifestyle.”

Where the Mountain Lions Are

October 21st, 2019


Sustainability Now! October 20, 2019, Where the Mountain Lions Are, with Professor Chris Wilmers, Department of Environmental Studies at UC Santa …

History of UC Santa Cruz

October 7th, 2019


Sustainability Now! October 6, 2019, History of UC Santa Cruz, with Professor Emeritus Jim Clifford, History of Consciousness at UC Santa Cruz, talking about the University and its history, and his book, In the Ecotone.

Where Does Your Bottle Go?

September 23rd, 2019


Sustainability Now! September 22, 2019, Where Does Your Bottle Go?, with Tim Goncharoff, Zero Waste Programs Manager for Santa Cruz County discussing garbage, recycling and all that.

Green Architectural Design

September 8th, 2019


Sustainability Now! September 8, 2019. Green Architectural Design, with Thomas Rettenwender, Principal Architect at Ecologic Design Lab in Carmel, …

Climate Action Now!

August 25th, 2019


Sustainability Now! August 25, 2019, Climate Action Now!, with Dr. Tiffany Wise-West, Sustainability & Climate Action Manager for the City of Santa Cruz. For more information, see the City’s Climate Action Program …

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