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EPISODE 93 | 34 MINS

Inclusive Creative Place Making

Topic: Transforming a Community Through the Power of Art In This Episode: 01:44  Guests Linda Steele and Roseann Weiss are introduced. 02:44  Vernice shares her interest in place-making strategies through art and artistry. 03:39  Roseann tells of the work that is happening in St. Louis. 04:59  Linda tells of the work that is happening in...


EPISODE 92 | 27 MINS

WE ACT For Environmental Justice

Topic: Looking at the Past, Present, and Future of the Environmental Justice Movement In This Episode: 02:06  Guest Peggy Shepard is introduced. 02:24  Peggy shares of her experience as a journalist. 06:34  Peggy relates how she made the transition from being in a political space to being in the environmental justice space. 08:25  Peggy gives...


EPISODE 91 | 25 MINS

Disaster Recovery Activist

Topic: Disaster Preparedness, Recovery, and Resiliency for Smaller and Rural Communities In This Episode: 01:37  Guest Laura Clemons is introduced. 01:44  Laura tells how she became interested in community resiliency and disaster work. 02:50  Laura explains the difference between an advocate and an activist. 04:24  Laura describes how individuals may be able to help after...


EPISODE 90 | 26 MINS

Disaster Preparedness and Recovery

Topic: It’s “Just” Rain: Weather Events Impacting Rural Communities In This Episode: 02:41  Laura explains the impacts of extreme weather on smaller rural communities. 05:48  Laura talks about some of the resources available to help small communities recover from a weather event. 08:49  Laura describes what a disaster declaration is. 10:30  Is the average number...


EPISODE 89 | 23 MINS

California Leading the Nation on Carbon Legislation

Topic: California’s Cap-and-Trade Program In This Episode: 01:16  Guest Arjun Patney is introduced. 02:11  Arjun describes his work at the American Carbon Registry. 04:28  Arjun explains how the California carbon market works. 07:26  Arjun talks about what was exempt from the market. 08:42  Since California is a large exporter of agricultural product, did that have...


EPISODE 88 | 24 MINS

Green Stormwater Management

Topic: Incorporating Green Infrastructure into Street Design In This Episode: 01:57  Guest Corinne Kisner is introduced. 02:10  Corinne shares about the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO). 02:33  Mike tells about Island Press and NACTO’s book, “The Urban Street Stormwater Guide”. 03:17  Corinne explains why sustainable stormwater management matters and why transportation officials should...


EPISODE 87 | 32 MINS

Equitable Civic Engagement

Topic: National Engagement Starts with Local Engagement In This Episode: 01:18  Guest Mindy Romero is introduced. 02:14  Mindy shares if there’s a resurgence of civic engagement. 05:52  Mindy talks about whether there’s an opportunity to translate national engagement to local level engagement. 08:48  Mindy speaks about building trust with communities with local policymakers that aren’t...


EPISODE 86 | 21 MINS

Ethnodrama and Youth Leadership

Topic: Inviting People to Share Their Stories In This Episode: 01:26  Guests Sahdiyah Simpson and Sarah Hobson are introduced. 01:39  Sarah describes Community Allies, ethnodrama, and the STL Youth Smart Growth Leaders program. 04:40  Sahdiyah shares her experience with the STL Youth Smart Growth Leaders program. 05:59  Sahdiyah states what her topic was. 06:19  Sarah...


EPISODE 85 | 30 MINS

Reimagining Retail

Topic: Reusing and Revitalizing Retail Spaces In This Episode: 02:57  Guest Michele Reeves is introduced. 04:03  Michele talks about the impact she’s seeing from the decline of retail. 06:52  Michele shares her thoughts about what to do with vacant retail spaces and what some of the obstacles are. 10:48  Michele addresses huge parking lots. 13:32...


EPISODE 84 | 24 MINS

Building Communities for an Aging Population

Topic: Planning and Creating Age-Friendly Communities In This Episode: 00:57  Co-host Paul Zykofsky and guests Kathy Sykes and Bill Armbruster are introduced. 01:24  Kathy shares why she’s interested in the field of aging and public health. 01:47  Bill discusses why he’s interested in the field of aging and public health. 02:56  Why is planning for...


EPISODE 83 | 28 MINS

Bottom Up Water Solutions

Topic: Fresh Water, Climate Change, and Community Resilience In This Episode: 02:10  Guest Rebecca Wodder is introduced. 03:19  Rebecca expresses how the first Earth Day impacted her life and career path. 05:06  Rebecca tells if fresh water has always been the focus of her environmental career. 05:48  Rebecca talks about how water affects climate change....


EPISODE 82 | 25 MINS

Market-Driven Water Conservation – AquaShares

Topic: Innovative Solutions for Resilient Water Management In This Episode: 02:43  Guest James Workman is introduced. 03:42  James talks about his book and what motivated him to travel to Africa. 07:13  James shares why he created programming based on what he saw in Africa. 08:50  James describes AquaShares. 11:51  What measures are people taking to...


EPISODE 81 | 27 MINS

Local Leadership

Topic: Creating Successful Communities Through Positive and Determined Leadership In This Episode: 02:36 Guest Mayor Rey Leon is introduced. 02:56 Mayor Leon describes his community. 05:54 Mayor Leon tells how long he’s been mayor. 07:16 Mayor Leon conveys what he would like to accomplish during his time as mayor. 19:20 Mayor Leon gives the status...


EPISODE 80 | 27 MINS

World Bank — Turning Down the Heat

Topic: Carbon and the Paris Agreement In This Episode: 03:10 Guest Tom Kerr is introduced. 03:26 Tom explains what the World Bank is. 05:00 Tom describes the kind of work that the climate change group does. 07:37 Tom talks about the changes he’s seen since Kim Yong became the World Bank’s president. 09:27 Tom speaks...


EPISODE 79 | 28 MINS

Autodesk: Climate Change and Equity as Design Challenges

Topic: Using Design to Create Positive Impacts In This Episode: 01:29 Guest Lynelle Cameron is introduced. 01:39 Lynelle describes Autodesk. 02:48 Lynelle shares her career journey. 04:06 Lynelle discusses Paul Hawken’s new book, Drawdown. 05:17 Lynelle tells about the Autodesk Foundation. 06:41 Lynelle defines the term “design.” 07:08 Lynelle talks about climate change through the...


EPISODE 78 | 36 MINS

Leadership in a Time of Change

Topic: Adjusting to the Rapid Pace of Change In This Episode: 02:20 Guest Carl Guardino is introduced. 03:03 Carl talks about what is being done to stay relevant in technology and innovation. 05:45 Carl describes what leaders can do to be resilient and to continue to come up with innovative ideas. 08:05 Carl informs us...


EPISODE 77 | 29 MINS

People’s Climate March

Topic: The People's Climate March, the Economy, and Policy Making In This Episode: 01:40 Vernice Miller Travis is introduced. 02:14 Vernice tells about the Climate March. 04:50 Vernice gives her thoughts regarding the amount of press coverage of the Climate March. 07:23 Vernice describes the impacts of the various recent marches. 10:55 Is there evidence...


EPISODE 76 | 31 MINS

Bike Boom

Topic: The Future of Cycling as a Mode of Transportation In This Episode: 01:59 Guest Carlton Reid is introduced. 02:49 Carlton explains the history of the bike boom. 07:24 Carlton tells why there was a bike boom in the early ’70s. 09:18 Carlton talks about cycling as a mode of transportation, not just for recreation....


EPISODE 75 | 33 MINS

Put a Price on It

Topic: The State of Carbon Pricing In This Episode: 05:41 Michael shares what brought him to working on carbon pricing. 08:12 Michael addresses how people would feel the impact of a carbon tax. 10:38 How would putting a price on carbon play out? 12:17 Michael comments on the cost of carbon pricing. 13:19 How is...


EPISODE 74 | 29 MINS

Broadband for All — Part 2

Topic: Broadband Access in Rural Communities In This Episode: 02:04 Mike gives a recap of part 1 of the Broadband for All series. 03:53 Guest Cecilia Aguiar-Curry is introduced. 04:51 Cecilia talks about why the issue of broadband is important to her. 06:19 Cecilia explains the relationship between under-connected communities and Internet access. 07:55 Cecilia...


EPISODE 73 | 39 MINS

Broadband for All — Part 1

Topic: Broadband Access Impacts Environment, Health, Agriculture, and Jobs In This Episode: 01:20 Co-host Kate Meis is introduced. 02:04 Kate talks about the Local Government Commission (LGC). 03:11 Kate shares the LGC’s upcoming events. 05:00 Kate introduces the next two podcast guests and what the podcast topics will be. 06:43 Mike mentions that access to...


EPISODE 72 | 25 MINS

Charting the National Healthy Communities Platform

Topic: Incorporating Public Health Considerations in the Local Government Planning Process In This Episode: 02:40 Co-host Paul Zykofsky is introduced. 02:48 Guests Miguel Vazquez and Erik Calloway are introduced. 03:10 Miguel tells how he came to be working on healthy-communities issues. 04:13 Erik tells how he came to be working on healthy-communities issues. 05:02 Erik...


EPISODE 71 | 34 MINS

Coal Blooded — Coal Power Plants as a Civil Rights Issue

Topic: Coal, Coal-Fired Power Plants, and the Impacts on Communities In This Episode: 01:58 Mike shares information about Island Press and Infinite Earth Radio's series on urban resilience. 03:18 Mike talks about the topic of today’s podcast. 05:15 Vernice identifies why the EPA has been focused on regulating the emissions from coal-fired power plants. 10:50...


EPISODE 70 | 37 MINS

Years of Living Dangerously

Topic: Putting a Price on Carbon In This Episode: 01:37 Co-host Michael Green is introduced. 02:23 Mike and Michael talk about the series, “Years of Living Dangerously.” 04:50 Mike and Michael mention the Put a Price on It campaign. 06:44 Guest Camila Thorndike is introduced. 07:22 Camila shares the origin and goal of the Put...


EPISODE 69 | 13 MINS

The Play Everywhere Challenge

Topic: The Importance of Play In This Episode: 01:50 Aisha Alexander is introduced. 02:02 Aisha shares what KaBOOM! is. 02:40 Aisha provides why play opportunities are so important. 04:06 Aisha explains why access to play is an issue. 06:02 Aisha describes the Play Everywhere Challenge. 09:08 Aisha states how people can learn more about KaBOOM!...


EPISODE 68 | 28 MINS

Resiliency: New Buzzword or New Normal

Topic: Expanding the Conversation of Community Resiliency In This Episode: 01:50 Co-host Kif Scheuer is introduced. 01:54 Guest John Zeanah is introduced. 02:05 John shares how he became involved in community resiliency 04:20 John explains what he thinks the word resiliency means. 05:31 John talks about how communities across and within jurisdictional boundaries are responding...


EPISODE 67 | 24 MINS

Sales Tax Distribution – Equity and Sustainability

Topic: Sales Tax Issues and Impacts In This Episode: 02:27 Guests Bob Lewis, Jim Brasfield, and Sarah Coffin are introduced. 02:57 Jim shares why he’s interested in sales tax and distribution equity. 03:18 Bob tells why he’s interested in sales tax and distribution equity. 03:52 Bob talks about his role as Principal at Development Strategies....


EPISODE 66 | 25 MINS

Food Security—Growing Food Connections

Topic: Making Sure All People Have Access to Affordable Food In This Episode: 02:16 Mike gives some background on the topic for today's episode. 02:38 Julia Freedgood is introduced. 02:47 Julia tells about the American Farmland Trust. 03:08 Julia shares why farmland and food equity are important. 04:19 Julia explains what food equity is. 05:40...


EPISODE 65 | 35 MINS

#Carbon Series: Conservative Republicans Propose a Carbon Tax

Topic: Climate Change and Putting a Price on Carbon In This Episode: 01:10 Carbon series co-host Michael Green is introduced. 01:40 Michael shares what he hopes to bring to this #carbon podcast series. 02:22 Mike shares his excitement for sustainability and equity at the sub-national level. 02:48 Michael tells about CABA’s (Climate Action Business Alliance)...


EPISODE 64 | 23 MINS

Urban Agriculture—Infrastructure and Impact

Topic: The Impact Domino Effect: From Neighborhoods to Cities to Regions In This Episode: 01:19 Rachel Deffenbaugh is introduced. 01:29 Rachel shares how she became involved in urban agriculture and why urban agriculture is important to her. 02:15 Rachel states what Gateway Greening is. 02:31 What is the difference between community gardening and urban agriculture?...


EPISODE 63 | 21 MINS

Heart and Soul—A Barn-Raising Approach to Community Wealth

Topic: People Taking Charge of Their Own Community In This Episode: 01:20 Jane LaFleur is introduced. 01:28 Jane shares what interests her about community development and how she got involved in community-development work. 02:30 Jane provides some of the economic challenges. 03:33 Jane defines community wealth. 04:13 Jane states what “a barn-raising approach to community...


EPISODE 62 | 16 MINS

Tiny Homes and Smart Infill Housing—Improving Housing Choices

Topic: Spurring Community Revitalization In This Episode: 01:36 Co-host Kate Meis is introduced. 01:44 Guest Darin Dinsmore is introduced. 01:53 Darin shares how he ended up working on affordable-housing and infill-housing issues. 02:24 Darin explains what smart infill housing is. 02:50 Darin describes what infill and smart growth look like in rural communities like Truckee,...


EPISODE 61 | 19 MINS

Plan4Health: Fighting Deadly Chronic Diseases Through Better Planning

Topic: How community design impacts lives   In This Episode: 01:31 Elizabeth Hartig is introduced. 01:40 Elizabeth shares how she became involved in planning for health issues. 02:23 Elizabeth tells about the American Planning Association (APA). 03:02 Are there specific objectives for the Plan4Health initiative? 04:08 Elizabeth discusses the degree to which community design impacts...