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Stephen Cousins joins Dave for Part 2

Stephen Cousins, Superintendent of the Traverse City Area Public Schools joins Dave for a two part discussion, this week and next, of the role of education in building community resilience. The discussion begins with a bit of history on how public education came to be structured as it is. Cousins recognizes the legacy issues for public education and the constraints imposed by connections to state and federal dollars, but he is optimistic  that by broadening the communication input to public education decision making local needs and planning can be effective. Steve is also optimistic that technological changes in the way curriculum can be delivered to students will move public education from an industrial/agrarian model to a broader and more responsive system.

Steve Cousins, Superintendent of Traverse City Public Schools, joins Dave - part 1

Stephen Cousins, Superintendent of the Traverse City Area Public Schools joins Dave for a two part discussion, this week and next, of the role of education in building community resilience. The discussion begins with a bit of history on how public education came to be structured as it is. Cousins recognizes the legacy issues for public education and the constraints imposed by connections to state and federal dollars, but he is optimistic  that by broadening the communication input to public education decision making local needs and planning can be effective. Steve is also optimistic that technological changes in the way curriculum can be delivered to students will move public education from an industrial/agrarian model to a broader and more responsive system.

Ed Bailey joins Dave to talk Energy

This discussion centers on energy issues. Ed Bailey, Director of Technical Education Services at NMC, joins Dave for the discussion. Ed is also the Convener of the Grand Visions Energy Network. Ed talks about the continuing need for energy education so individuals can see their own role in making energy changes. Dave wonders if the education effort readies people for the real need to cut back on total energy use. "Nimby-ism" is also discussed.  For energy production to become diverse and widely distributed with local input and control some developments must go in our backyard.

Dave & Bob discuss biodiversity as it relates to birds and urban gardens

Bob Russell and Dave Barrons join each other for this week's discussion. Much of it focusses on a book by Douglas W. Tallamy, Bringing Nature Home, which asserts that if you own a backyard or a garden, or are responsible for any sort of urban or suburban landscaping then you must become involved in creating native biodiversity. More 69 million acres of US land space has been converted to human managed urban or suburban landscaping. If biodiversity of bugs and birds is to be maintained, America's gardeners that must step in to replace the loss of native plants. Native plants support native insects and native insects are what support our bird populations. It isn't just a matter of aesthetics, birds and bugs are vital to the maintenance of a healthy ecosystem. Loss of diversity in our backyard plantings, lack of diversity in our population of bugs and birds, threatens not only backyard bird populations, but all of agriculture and ecosystem health.

Brad Kik joins Dave Barrons

For the first show of the new year Brad Kik co-founder and director of ISLAND, the Institute for Sustainable Living & Natural Design, joins Dave for a conversation about his organization featuring ISLAND's focus on numerous aspects of self-resilience. Very small scale 'farming' or backyard gardening and a host of DIY skills comprise many of ISLAND"S workshops. "Love Great Art" is part of their creed, as well, and Brad is especially clear discussing the value of art, the role of art, in sustaining community resilience.

Dave and Bob discuss the recent UN Climate Change Conference

This conversation is about climate. Bob Russell visits and discusses the outcomes of the recent United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Cancun, Mexico November 29 to  December 10, 2010.

Tom Karas talks to Dave about Local Feed-In Tarriff (FIT)

This conversation is about energy. Tom Karas of the Michigan Energy Alternatives Project is in to talk with Dave about local energy discussions and to explain what feed-in-tarriffs for local electrical generation are, how they work and why they are needed. Michigan has had discussions at the state level regarding mandated, statewide feed-in tariffs though there has been little progress. Tom explains that even a local electrical utility like Traverse City Light and Power can always choose to apply feed-in tariffs on their own. David Long is in for the second segment of the show talking about a proposal for a massive wind farm development in Benzie county. Long is a Benzie resident and leader of a group working to raise public awareness of the impact an industrial sized wind farm could have on the community and environment.

Gary Howe visits with Dave

Gary Howe returns to Outside In for more conversation about transportation issues in the Traverse City area.  Gary teaches Geography at Northwestern Michigan College, is a member of the city's Parks and Recreation Commission, and is creator of MyWheelsAreTurning.com, a web blog focusing on transportation and intentional design for Traverse City's urban core. Dave and Gary discuss a range of transportation issues including governance. What is the public's role in deciding on plans for movement and recreation around the Bay.

Dave talks with Fred Keeslar

This discussion moves from 'household preparedness' to public health issues related to resilience.  Dave talks with Fred Keeslar, Director of the Public Health Department and Health Officer for Grand Traverse County. The discussion seeks to differentiate public health from personal health care. What are the measures of public health, and what is the role of the Health Department and the public health profession in maintaining the health of the community?  Keeslar details how much of the work goes well beyond vaccinations and involves constant monitoring of known diseases and other biological threats, as well as developing plans to handle expected and unexpected threats. Keeslar believes 9/11 and the homeland security efforts have vastly improved communication links between critical emergency management agencies and groups.

Home Preparedness

This program is about Home Preparedness. Dave talks with Sarah Benson, Wexford County Emergency Management Coordinator about how to be prepared at home for any natural disaster or other calamity. Dave also interviews Ernie Abel on the status of local ham radio preparedness.

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