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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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aired: Fri, Jan 4, 2008
The building sector is responsible for almost half of all U.S. emissions. How can the government, architects, regulatory agencies and building suppliers avoid a global warming crisis through policy change and education? Architect-turned-activist Ed Mazria may have the answer. His architecture 2030 organization hopes that all new buildings will be carbon neutral by 2030.
Design - Adaptive Reuse in the Netherlands
aired: Fri, Dec 28, 2007
Dutch planners tap into their design ingenuity and the natural landscape to build a modern yet sustainable development in Amsterdam's once abandoned dockyards, Borneo Sporenburg. Offering an antidote to the trappings of suburban sprawl, the development maximizes space while maintaining privacy and uses the vast waterways as core landscape design elements.
Affordable Green Housing
aired: Fri, Dec 21, 2007
New York City is known for its diversity, a fact that isn't always reflected in its low-income housing, which often ignores the social and cultural aspects of the community. This episode follows New York developer Jonathan Rose through Irvington, Harlem and the Bronx, in which his sustainably-designed buildings are changing the perception of affordable housing.
Bogotá: Building a Sustainable City
aired: Fri, Dec 14, 2007
Enrique Peñalosa, former mayor of Bogota, Colombia, transformed one of the most chaotic cities in the world into a shining model of urban planning. He reformed public transport, added greenways, built mega-libraries and created the longest stretch of bike-only lanes in the world, but along the way he met tremendous opposition from the very people he was attempting to help.
Greening the Federal Government
aired: Fri, Dec 7, 2007
Government buildings are not historically associated with sustainability or exquisite design. The U.S. General Service Administration's (GSA) Design Excellence program is changing this perception. Pritzker Prize-winning Architect Thom Mayne's San Francisco Federal Building is transforming the workplace experience through sustainable architecture, while servicing the surrounding community.
The Druk White Lotus School: LaDakh
aired: Fri, Nov 30, 2007
Amidst religious, political and cultural strife in LaDakh, one of the most remote places on earth, is the construction of a new symbol of hope and peace: the Druk White Lotus school. Conceived to equip LaDakhi children to function in a modern world while embracing Buddhist traditions, can the school, designed by ARUP London, implement sustainable building, tap local materials and labor, and preserve the cultural identity for future generations?
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6. Deeper Shades of Green
aired: Fri, Jul 7, 2006
Renewables, bio-fuels, solar, wind and other alternative energy sources are being explored to solve the world's global energy problem, but the ubiquity of coal and the power of nuclear make them impossible to ignore despite their many downsides. With new developments in carbon capture and sequestration and improved nuclear technologies, these highly controversial resources may be able to offer solutions to the world's increasing demand for power.
5. China: From Red to Green?
aired: Fri, Jun 30, 2006
Could California's progressive energy policies influence the United States towards a cleaner energy future? The laws that California passed to regulate greenhouse gas emissions perpetuate the state's reputation for environmental leadership, driving it to become a global leader in clean air technologies.
4. Gray to Green
aired: Fri, Jun 23, 2006
In response to the oil crisis of the 1970s, Brazil created a domestic ethanol industry that is thriving on all levels, from production, to distribution at gas stations to nationwide adoption of flex-fuel cars. Looking at policies, infrastructure, manufacturing and consumer acceptance as keys to longevity, this episode examines what we can learn from Brazil's extraordinary success with ethanol.
3. The Green Machine
aired: Fri, Jun 16, 2006
In America, transportation consumes nearly 70 percent of all oil used. Can efficient automobile design offer a solution to the environmental damage caused by our beloved cars? General Motors unveils the Volt, a super-hybrid vehicle, and the fuel cell-powered Sequel; technology firm Fiberforge shows off the latest in ultra-lightweight materials for car manufacturing.
2. Green For All
aired: Fri, Jun 9, 2006
A cleaner energy future depends, in large part, on responsible energy consumption in the developing world. Founded by Nobel Peace Prize-winner Muhammad Yunus, the Grameen Shakti organization in Bangladesh distributes small solar energy systems and portable bio-gas systems to rural Bangladeshis, empowering women and the poor in the process.
1. The Green Apple
aired: Fri, Jun 2, 2006
Wind is the fastest growing energy source in the world, yet it has struggled for acceptance in the United States. However, in southwest Minnesota, wind energy is a growing source of local energy and income for farmers. Elsewhere, local farmers have taken it upon themselves to form wind co-ops, with the same positive economic results. The Minnesota state government plays a key role in wind policy, begging the question: will the rest of the U.S. follow Minnesota's lead?