Sustainability Week

We speak with Dr. Liz Hill, a UMD Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, about the Sustainability Education Summit happening this Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Our Sustainability Week series continues on Northland Morning as we speak with Bret Pence, the Arrowhead Network Regional Coordinator for Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light.  Solar energy and the use of "smart" storage batteries home is a reality that not only can serve as a backup for outages but also can provide an ongoing renewable power source that integrates with the existing power grid to reduce dependency on power from fossil fuel sources.  

Leeann Cafferata [via Flickr]

As part of our Sustainability Week series on Northland Morning, we speak with Jodi Slick, the founder and CEO of Ecolibrium3, about what it means to have a sustainable community, by improving social connectivity and creating local zoning plans that promote sustaining our regional ecosystem. 

As part of our Sustainability Week series on Northland Morning, we speak with Tristen Eberling from Ecolibrium3 about the Giving Comfort at Home program.  Many of our neighbors in Duluth are living in energy poverty.  Deciding whether to “heat or eat” happens too often with our long winters and old housing stock.

As part of our Sustainability Week series on Northland Morning, we speak with Randy Hanson, PhD, the Co-Director of the Program in Environment and Sustainability at UMD about goings on at the UMD Land Lab, including their recently built "high tunnel" greenhouse, ongoing research in hydroponics, and the upcoming Farm Fest 2017 on September 17 at the UMD Sustainable Agriculture Project (SAP) Farm.

Leading up to this Saturday's Lake Superior Harvest Festival at Bayfront Festival Park, we continue our KUMD Sustainability Week series talking with Jessica Fritsch of the Sierra Club, who will be one of the organizations at the festival this weekend.  The Sierra Club is one of the oldest environmental preservation organizations in the U.S., formed in the 1890s by renowned preservationist John Muir.

  

    Leading up to this Saturday's Lake Superior Harvest Festival at Bayfront Park, we continue our KUMD Sustainability Week series with a conversation with Sarah Lerohl, Environmental Program Coordinator at the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District (WLSSD) and we are talking about composting, and non-toxic homecare practices.

  Some wouldn't expect the League of Women Voters at an event highlighting sustainability, but you'll find them at this year's Lake Superior Harvest Festival. We speak with Ellen Wiss, a board member of the League of Women Voters, to tell us about their mission - at the festival and in general – to help voters register for the election and to help them learn about candidates and referendums on the fall ballot

  Sustainability can be found many places in Duluth, including UMD's campus. Since its start in 2009, UMD's Sustainable Agriculture Project has made a lot of positive changes on campus, especially in the dining hall.

Nicolás Boullosa [via Flickr]

  The annual Lake Superior Harvest Festival at the Bayfront Park is just around the corner.  We kick off KUMD's Sustainability Week with a conversation with Claire Hintz, the director of Lake Superior Harvest Festival, about what will be at the festival, notably tiny houses, an innovative and popular new way to practice sustainability.

  We talk with UMD Professor Randy Hanson about UMD's Sustainable Agriculture Project (SAP), a fifteen-acre "land lab" that utilizes sustainable farming practices.  SAP was formed in 2009 to "institute education, research, and regional engagement around community food and agriculture systems in the western Lake Superior bioregion." 

Elsewhere Farm/Clare Hintz

Clare Hintz manages Elsewhere Farm in Herbster, WI. Though the farm isn't certified organic, Hintz manages her farm organically and proclaims, with her ready laugh, that her land is certifiable.

Hartley Nature Center

Growing up on a South Dakota farm, Doug Shoemaker used to think how great it would be to drive around all day in a vehicle that ran on sunshine.

ScotchBroom/Flickr

When you think "sustainable," it's not too much of a jump to local foods.

But the Whole Foods Co-op in Duluth is thinking "sustainable" in a lot of ways.  From their LEED-certified building in the Hillside neighborhood (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and the new LEED-designed building coming to West Duluth next year, the Co-op is thinking sustainable communities with the addition of some low-cost options for folks who are on federal food assistance programs and becoming a WIC vendor (a food assistance program for Women, Infants and Children).

Lucas Wirl/Flickr

Since 1979, Nukewatch in Luck Wisconsin has been pursuing an agenda of environmental and peace action and "no nukes."

Co-director John LaForge joins is to talk about what the group has been up to and how some issues - like environmental remediation by companies eager to begin a commercial project - keep coming up again and again.

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