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Spongy Parking Lots by Ruth Ann Barrett
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This is an overview of the solution for reducing the pollution, water wasting, unattractive properties of surface parking lots in Portland, Oregon

It builds on a January 22, 2015 story on NPR's Morning Edition entitled, Building Sponge City: Redesigning LA for Long Term Drought. Published on Jan 23, 2015. Curated and annotated by Ruth Ann Barrett of EarthSayers.tv. Updated June, 2015.

Print Proposal is here.  Summary website is www.spongyparkinglots.com.

Websites of team members: Mary Vogel of PlanGreen:Regenerating Communities

Kelli A. Grover, Firwood Design Group (FDG): Surveying, Engineering, Planning

Maria Cahill, Green Girl Land Development Solutions: Cost Effective Storm Water Infrastructure

Suenn Ho, Resolve Architecture: Architectural and Urban Design

Marianne Zarkin: Landscape Architects

Ruth Ann Barrett, EarthSayers.tv: Voices of Sustainability 

EarthSayer Ruth Ann Barrett
Date unknown Format Documentary
Length unknown Keywords SustainabilityMember of Special Collection Portland Sustainability Leaders More Details
Recycle Electronics Responsibly by Molly Wood
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Recycle Electronics Responsibly | Molly Wood | The New York Times   

Before you throw away your old devices, consider recycling the valuable materials inside them. It’s an easy way to reduce your environmental footprint and maybe make some cash, too.
Produced by: Molly Wood and Rebekah Fergusson Read the New York Times story here.
EarthSayer Molly Wood
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A Year in the Life of Earth's CO2 by NASA
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Published on Nov 17, 2014
An ultra-high-resolution NASA computer model has given scientists a stunning new look at how carbon dioxide in the atmosphere travels around the globe. Very interesting.

Plumes of carbon dioxide in the simulation swirl and shift as winds disperse the greenhouse gas away from its sources. The simulation also illustrates differences in carbon dioxide levels in the northern and southern hemispheres and distinct swings in global carbon dioxide concentrations as the growth cycle of plants and trees changes with the seasons.

The carbon dioxide visualization was produced by a computer model called GEOS-5, created by scientists at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Global Modeling and Assimilation Office.

The visualization is a product of a simulation called a “Nature Run.” The Nature Run ingests real data on atmospheric conditions and the emission of greenhouse gases and both natural and man-made particulates. The model is then left to run on its own and simulate the natural behavior of the Earth’s atmosphere. This Nature Run simulates January 2006 through December 2006.

While Goddard scientists worked with a “beta” version of the Nature Run internally for several years, they released this updated, improved version to the scientific community for the first time in the fall of 2014.  

This video is public domain and can be downloaded here. 

Date unknown Format Visualization
Length unknown Keywords SustainabilityMember of Special Collection Climate Change More Details
Today is the day we Decide by David Suzuki
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This is the biggest thing David Suzuki has ever done. Around the world, more than 110 nations recognize the right to live in a healthy environment, but not Canada. Together, we can change that: http://www.bluedot.ca/join-us Published on Sep 24, 2014

EarthSayer David Suzuki
Date unknown Format Length unknown Keywords SustainabilityMember of Special Collection Wisdom Keepers More Details
Mexican Teenagers Turn Trash Into Music by Juvenal Alvarez
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Juvenal Alvarez collects PVC pipes, hoses, cardboard and other scraps on the streets of Guadalajara, converting them into drums, tubas and trumpets. Alvarez and five of his friends call themselves "La Recicleychon", performing for tips every weekend in front of packed crowds.

EarthSayer Juvenal Alvarez
Date unknown Format Documentary
Length unknown Keywords SustainabilityMember of Special Collection Artists and Musicians More Details
The Sinkhole That's Swallowing Louisiana by Ben Depp
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In an industrial strip of land in Louisiana known as Bayou Corne, a 25-acre sinkhole has formed. As earth sinks into the ground, toxic pollutants are being released into the air. Watch as trees disappear into a swamp and meet residents in the area, known as Cancer Alley, who say the place is no longer safe to live.Published on Jan 7, 2014

Producers: Ben Depp
Location: Bayou Corne, USA
Executive Producer: Storyhunter

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EarthSayer Ben Depp
Date unknown Format Documentary
Length unknown Keywords SustainabilityMember of Special Collection High Risk Energy Sources More Details
The Plastic Bank with Founder David Katz
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Founder David Katz, Co-Founder Shaun Frankson and Plastics Expert Mike Biddle are interviewed in Victoria BC. They discuss The Plastic Bank's mission to reduce poverty and plastic waste around the world. Published on Aug 20, 2013

EarthSayer David Katz
Date unknown Format Interview
Length unknown Keywords SustainabilityMember of Special Collection Plastic in Our Oceans More Details
Interconnectedness and Keeping Oil Underground by Manari Ushinga
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Manari Ushinga of the Sápara people in Ecuador shares with us his people's view the natural world, our interconnectedness, and the importance of keeping the oil that lies underneath the Ecuadorian Amazon untouched. Published on Apr 15, 2014 by Pachamama Alliance.

EarthSayer Manari Ushinga
Date unknown Format Teaching
Length unknown Keywords SustainabilityMember of Special Collection Rights of Mother Earth More Details
Love Canal: Children and Toxic Waste | A Fierce Green Fire
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The neighborhood called Love Canal in Niagara Falls, New York, was neither the first nor the worst toxic waste dump, but it became a national story in the late 1970s thanks to the organizing efforts of Lois Gibbs, who fought to protect Love Canal's children, including her own, from the 20,000 tons of toxic waste in the ground.

This is an excerpt from American Masters: Fierce Green Fire, airing April 22 at 9 pm on PBS. Learn more at www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters. Published on Apr 2, 2014

A 90-minute version of the film is currently available via Netflix and iTunes and on DVD from First Run Features.

EarthSayer Lois Gibbs
Date unknown Format Trailer
Length unknown Keywords SustainabilityMember of Special Collection One Water More Details
"The Green Fireman" with Neil McCabe
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Using public monies to reduce carbon footprint, practice energy conservation, and raise the environmental awareness among citizens in Ireland. €9 billion is spent by the public sector on goods and services annually in Ireland! Dublin fireman Neil McCabe showed how with a little ingenuity, this money could result in environmentally friendly buildings and huge cost savings to the public sector but will local authorities and the government take notice.

Thats €100bn in spending in the next 10 years, shouldnt that money be spend on local, environmentally sound, clean products and services?   Moving to a green economy is a low carbon economy.

It would save money and create jobs, so whats stopping us.

Hosted by Duncan Stewart.

Published on Feb 18, 2014

EarthSayer Duncan Stewart
Date unknown Format Series
Length unknown Keywords SustainabilityMember of Special Collection Sustainability in Ireland More Details

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