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    • Episode 6

      6. Aviation: The Limited Sky

      aired: Tue, Dec 30, 2008

      Even if regional transportation becomes more efficient, people and goods will still need to travel the world. This episode looks at new technologies and policies that could offset the aviation industry's substantial greenhouse gas emissions, such as Amyris Biotechnologies' new synthetic jet fuels, and Hybrid Air Vehicles' second generation of dirigible airship. To reduce fuel emissions, industry leaders like Boeing are also advocating towing planes on runways and implementing smarter air traffic control systems.

    • Episode 5

      5. Portland: A Sense of Place

      aired: Tue, Dec 23, 2008

      Thanks to a progressive public transportation portfolio that includes train, streetcar, bus and aerial tram, Portland has become a global model of transit-oriented development (TOD). For more than 40 years, city planners have uniquely integrated transport decisions into urban growth and development efforts. The result: Portland is consistently ranked as one of the country's most livable cities, boasting a healthy two percent population growth annually -- and the second lowest per capita transportation spending of the 28 largest U.S. metropolitan areas.

    • Episode 4

      4. Seoul: The Stream of Consciousness

      aired: Tue, Dec 16, 2008

      In 2003, the city of Seoul took a rare step "back in time," demolishing a major downtown freeway to uncover and restore the ancient Cheonggyecheon stream that once flowed beneath it. An impressive feat of engineering, the project re-purposed more than 75 percent of the dismantled highway material for reconstruction and rehabilitation of the stream's banks and commercial corridor. The Cheonggyecheon is now a vital part of the city's commercial and tourism sectors, and has proven that environmental restoration can revive culture and community, as well.

    • Episode 3

      3. Food Miles

      aired: Tue, Dec 9, 2008

      In the 21st century global food economy, most foods travel an average of 1,500 miles from farm to plate. As renowned author Michael Pollan elaborates, the impacts of this fossil fuel-driven system are detrimental to the environment, but also to our health and social well-being. Writer Michael Shuman argues that investing in local food systems lessens the distance between who we are and what we eat, and creates wealth in the community.

    • Episode 2

      2. Paris: Velo Liberte

      aired: Tue, Dec 2, 2008

      Paris' ambitious public-private V?lib' bike initiative encourages residents to forgo cars for bikes and public transportation. In the process, the program has fostered a unique popular culture, complete with its own language, jokes and pick-up lines. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe has undoubtedly taken heart: Its success has inspired cities like Rome, San Francisco and London to begin adopting similar programs of their own.

    • Episode 1

      1. London: The Price of Traffic

      aired: Tue, Nov 25, 2008

      Based on the economic principle of demand management, London's congestion charge challenges the 20th century notion that cities should be designed around cars, and asks drivers to pay for access to public roads and parking spaces. Thanks to visionary municipal leaders like former Deputy Mayor Nicky Gavron, this plan is the core of a sweeping push to transform London into a transit-efficient and pedestrian-friendly megacity in time for the 2012 Olympic games.

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    • Episode 6

      6. Coal & Nuclear: Problem or Solution?

      aired: Fri, Nov 23, 2007

      Renewables, biofuels, solar, wind and other energy sources may be alternatives to fossil fuel, but it is impossible to ignore the ubiquity of coal and the power capabilities of nuclear, despite their many drawbacks. These controversial resources may be major players in a sustainable energy future, however, thanks to new developments in carbon capture and sequestration and improved nuclear technologies.

    • Episode 5

      5. State of Resolve

      aired: Fri, Nov 16, 2007

      Could California's progressive energy policies spearhead a nationwide shift toward cleaner energy? The remarkable laws that California has passed under Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to regulate greenhouse gas emissions perpetuate the state's reputation for environmental leadership across the country, and potentially the globe.

    • Episode 4

      4. Growing Energy

      aired: Fri, Nov 9, 2007

      In response to the oil crisis of the 1970s, Brazil created a domestic ethanol industry that is now thriving on all levels, from production, to distribution at gas stations, to nationwide adoption of flex-fuel cars. The episode examines what we can learn from Brazil's extraordinary success with ethanol, and whether other countries could follow suit.

    • Episode 3

      3. Paving the Way

      aired: Fri, Nov 2, 2007

      In America alone, nearly 70 percent of oil consumed is by the cars we drive. Can efficient automobile design mitigate the environmental damage caused by our beloved cars? General Motors unveils The Volt, a super-hybrid vehicle, and the fuel cell-powered Sequel, while technology firm Fiberforge shows off the latest in ultra-light materials for car manufacturing.

    • Episode 2

      2. Energy for a Developing World

      aired: Fri, Oct 26, 2007

      Founded by Nobel Peace Prize-winner Muhammad Yunus, the Grameen Shakti organization distributes small solar systems and portable bio-gas systems to rural Bangladeshis.

    • Episode 1

      1. Harvesting the Wind

      aired: Fri, Oct 19, 2007

      In southwest Minnesota, wind energy is a burgeoning source of local power and income for farmers. Will the rest of the U.S. follow Minnesota's lead?

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    • Episode 6

      6. Super Use

      aired: Tue, Oct 14, 2008

      The partners of 2012 Architecten in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, are making surplus superfluous, reusing everything from I-beams, wood floors, car tires, washing machines, stainless steel sinks and even windmill blades as building materials in their creations. 2012 Architecten's work suggests not only a new kind of aesthetic and functionality in sustainable architecture, but also a new approach to design.

    • Episode 5

      5. New Orleans: The Water Line

      aired: Tue, Sep 30, 2008

      In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the citizens of New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward weren't about to watch their community disappear, even as government officials at all levels turned a blind eye to their plight. This story profiles community leaders fighting to rebuild the neighborhood sustainably, and the outsiders -- including renowned architect Bob Berkebile, and organizations Global Green and Brad Pitt's Make It Right -- who are working to make this possible.

    • Episode 4

      4. The Art & Science of Renzo Piano

      aired: Tue, Sep 23, 2008

      World-class architect Renzo Piano draws on nature to create a structure that defines a natural history museum for the 21st century. Combining Piano's signature transparency design with a green roof evoking its surroundings, San Francisco's new California Academy of Sciences provides a model for sustainability, and sets a benchmark for how people use, operate and interact with public buildings.

    • Episode 3

      3. Melbourne Reborn

      aired: Tue, Sep 16, 2008

      By the mid-1970s, Melbourne was a dying city. People commuted in to work during the day, but downtown became a ghost town after 5 p.m. This episode explores how leadership and vision transformed the cityscape. Rob Adams, Melbourne's director of design and urban environment, gives a guided tour to show how the city first sought livability, then sustainability, and how the two are inextricably intertwined.

    • Episode 2

      2. The Village Architect

      aired: Tue, Sep 9, 2008

      Architect Brian MacKay-Lyons grew up on the shipyards of Nova Scotia and borrows from that lean, economical building tradition in his architecture. From the Barn Yard in his village to the Canadian Embassy in Bangladesh, this episode presents a lesson in local vernacular - why it works and how it might be the most sustainable form of architecture there is.

    • Episode 1

      1. A Garden in Cairo

      aired: Tue, Sep 2, 2008

      Cairo, a city of 16 million, is one of the most densely populated in the world, with only one square foot of green space per person prior to 2005. His Highness the Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims, saw the need to relieve this congestion. The result is Al-Azhar Park: a 500-year-old dump-turned-"urban lung" that provides much-needed green space and a source of civic pride.

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