The Green Room http://wemu.org en The Green Room: The Local Buzz About Pollinator Decline http://wemu.org/post/green-room-local-buzz-about-pollinator-decline <p><br /><em><strong>Michigan's bee population has been devastated. Monarch Butterflies are in swift decline. Our food, and landscaping habits, may be to blame.</strong></em></p><p></p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:00:00 +0000 David Fair & Barbara Lucas 49296 at http://wemu.org The Green Room: The Local Buzz About Pollinator Decline Sound Matters: Noise And Its Impacts http://wemu.org/post/sound-matters-noise-and-its-impacts <div class="audio-caption" style="margin: 5px 0px; padding: 0px 0px 0px 1px; border: 0px; font-size: 11px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; color: rgb(102, 102, 102); line-height: 22px;">Approximately 15 percent of Americans under age 70 have preventable noise-related hearing loss. New research is showing that seemingly benign levels of noise can have impacts, and the effects can go far beyond just hearing loss. In this month’s edition of 89.1 WEMU's “The Green Room,” Barbara Lucas explores sound in our environment and it’s potential effects.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 12:14:15 +0000 David Fair & Barbara Lucas 48081 at http://wemu.org Sound Matters: Noise And Its Impacts When It Rains, It Pours: Local Efforts To Contain Floodwaters http://wemu.org/post/when-it-rains-it-pours-local-efforts-contain-floodwaters <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/152003864&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><div class="wysiwyg-asset-audio-description">Water is life-giving, but too much, too fast is destructive. Climate change is causing more severe rainstorms, creating challenges for both homeowners and municipal governments.</div><p> Fri, 30 May 2014 11:00:00 +0000 David Fair & Barbara Lucas 46567 at http://wemu.org When It Rains, It Pours: Local Efforts To Contain Floodwaters The Green Room: Increasing Bus Ridership in the Ann Arbor-Ypsi Area http://wemu.org/post/green-room-increasing-bus-ridership-ann-arbor-ypsi-area <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/146454753&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 18:35:11 +0000 David Fair & Barbara Lucas 44947 at http://wemu.org The Green Room: Increasing Bus Ridership in the Ann Arbor-Ypsi Area The Green Room: Chimney Swifts In Washtenaw County http://wemu.org/post/green-room-chimney-swifts-washtenaw-county <p>In nature, Chimney Swifts nest in large hollow trees, but when the logging of Michigan did away with those, the swifts adapted to large chimneys. &nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/141882081&amp;color=00cc11&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe>Now, suitable chimneys are also in short supply, and Swift numbers are dwindling. &nbsp;In the March installment of&nbsp;<strong><em>The Green Room</em></strong>​, Barbara Lucas&nbsp;looks at what we can do to help out.</p><p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:13:57 +0000 David Fair & Barbara Lucas 43545 at http://wemu.org The Green Room: Chimney Swifts In Washtenaw County Rental Housing in Washtenaw County and Wasted Energy: Who Pays? http://wemu.org/post/rental-housing-washtenaw-county-and-wasted-energy-who-pays-0 <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Energy conservation is low-hanging fruit--no new technology, power plants or pipelines are required. &nbsp;But it can be a stubborn nut to crack if there is no financial motivation to conserve, and the question of motivation all depends on who pays the bills.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/137059962&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%"></iframe><strong>Additional Resources:</strong></p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 11:58:00 +0000 Barbara Lucas 42181 at http://wemu.org Rental Housing in Washtenaw County and Wasted Energy: Who Pays? The Green Room: Green Departures With Natural Burial And Cremation http://wemu.org/post/green-room-green-departures-natural-burial-and-cremation <p>What plans do you have for your body after death? More people than ever are looking for ways to better serve the environment in their post-life decisions. What are the options? Which is better for the environment? That's the focus of this month's installment of WEMU's <strong><em>The Green Room.&nbsp;</em></strong></p><p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 12:53:41 +0000 David Fair & Barbara Lucas 40924 at http://wemu.org The Green Room: Green Departures With Natural Burial And Cremation The Green Room: Deer Overpopulation, Its Impacts And Potential Solutions http://wemu.org/post/green-room-deer-overpopulation-its-impacts-and-potential-solutions <p></p><p> <meta content="summary" name="twitter:card" /> </p><p></p><p> <meta content="@WEMU891" name="twitter:site" /> </p><p></p><p> <meta content="@DavidFairWEMU" name="twitter:creator" /> </p><p></p><p> <meta content="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wemu/files/201312/inMatthiesyard.JPG" name="og:image" /> </p><p></p><p> <meta content="High numbers of White-tailed deer in the southern Lower Peninsula are causing concerns about deer-car collisions, rising auto insurance premiums, crop" name="og:description" /> </p><p></p><p> <meta content="The Green Room: Deer Overpopulation, Its Impacts And Potential Solutions" name="og:title" /> </p><p></p><p> <meta content="http://wemu.org/post/green-room-deer-overpopulation-its-impacts-and-potential-solutions" name="twitter:url" /> </p><p></p><p> <meta content="" name="twitter:domain" /> </p><p></p><p> <meta content="" name="twitter:app:id:iphone" /> </p><p></p><p> <meta content="" name="twitter:app:id:ipad" /> </p><p></p><p> <meta content="" name="twitter:app:id:googleplay" /> </p><p></p><p> <meta content="" name="twitter:app:url:iphone" /> </p><p></p><p> <meta content="" name="twitter:app:url:ipad" /> </p><p></p><p> <meta content="" name="twitter:app:url:googleplay" /> </p><p></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/126707686&amp;color=05fb3e&amp;auto_play=true&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>High numbers of White-tailed deer in the southern Lower Peninsula are causing concerns about deer-car collisions, rising auto insurance premiums, crop losses, Lyme Disease borne by deer ticks, lack of forest regeneration, and ecosystem imbalance, to name just of few of the many issues.&nbsp; Opinions on what to do about the abundance of deer are even more wide-ranging.&nbsp; In this installment of WEMU’s&nbsp;<em><strong>The Green Room</strong></em>,&nbsp;<span id="DWT73">Barbara</span> <span id="DWT75">Lucas</span> examines some of the complexities involved, and some of the solutions offered.</p><p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 11:57:59 +0000 David Fair & Barbara Lucas 39514 at http://wemu.org The Green Room: Deer Overpopulation, Its Impacts And Potential Solutions The Green Room: Tackling Stadium Waste http://wemu.org/post/green-room-tackling-stadium-waste <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/127415334&amp;color=07ff00&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 12:25:17 +0000 David Fair & Barbara Lucas 38350 at http://wemu.org The Green Room: Tackling Stadium Waste The Green Room: Local Speed Limits And Bicycle/Pedestrian Safety http://wemu.org/post/green-room-local-speed-limits-and-bicyclepedestrian-safety <p style="margin-left:.5in;">Of 22 fatal crashes in Washtenaw County in 2012, six of those fatalities were bikes and pedestrians.&nbsp; Some say our speed limits are too fast, while others say they are too low.&nbsp; In this month's installment of WEMU's "The Green Room",&nbsp;Reporter Barbara Lucas explores the controversies regarding speed limits.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 10:44:13 +0000 David Fair & Barbara Lucas 36819 at http://wemu.org The Green Room: Local Speed Limits And Bicycle/Pedestrian Safety The Green Room: Local Access to Local Foods http://wemu.org/post/green-room-local-access-local-foods <p>When you buy a clove of garlic or jar of honey at the chain grocery store in your town, do you ever wonder where it came from? Chances are, it was produced in China. Think about the amount of fuel, and carbon emissions,&nbsp; it must take to get those items to your table.&nbsp; In this month&#39;s installment of WEMU&#39;s &quot;The Green Room&quot;,&nbsp; Reporter Barbara Lucas explores access to local foods and its impact on environment and community.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 12:53:42 +0000 David Fair & Barbara Lucas 35574 at http://wemu.org The Green Room: Local Access to Local Foods Protecting Habitat For Endangered Field Birds http://wemu.org/post/protecting-habitat-endangered-field-birds <p>Open natural areas such as meadows, prairies, and "oak openings" are declining habitats, which spells trouble for the species that depend on them.</p><p>Barbara Lucas reports:</p><p></p><p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 11:48:46 +0000 Barbara Lucas & David Fair 34328 at http://wemu.org Protecting Habitat For Endangered Field Birds The Green Room: Wind Energy http://wemu.org/post/green-room-wind-energy <p>Washtenaw County continues to be a leader in environmental stewardship. Among the ideas and initiatives underway is an increased commitment to wind energy.</p><p>In this month's installment of WEMU's <em>The Green Room</em>, reporter Barbara Lucas explores the myriad of issues surrounding wind energy. Barbara travels to communities where wind energy is more prevalent, and then returns to Ann Arbor to see where we are, and where we are going.</p><p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 11:57:41 +0000 David Fair & Barbara Lucas 32734 at http://wemu.org The Green Room: Wind Energy The Green Room: The Future of Cycling in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti http://wemu.org/post/green-room-future-cycling-ann-arbor-and-ypsilanti <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://a2energy.org/climate">Ann Arbor</a> and&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.cityofypsilanti.com/Government/Departments/PlanningDepartment/AdoptedLocalRegionalPlans/ClimateActionPlan"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ypsilanti</span></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.cityofypsilanti.com/Government/Departments/PlanningDepartment/AdoptedLocalRegionalPlans/ClimateActionPlan">&nbsp;</a>are increasingly becoming bicycle-friendly.&nbsp; As residents throughout&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www2.a2gov.org/transportationplan/index.html"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Washtenaw</span></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www2.a2gov.org/transportationplan/index.html">&nbsp;County </a>look long and hard at how to better live sustainably in the future, this form of alternative transportation will only continue to grow. In this month's installment of&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">WEMU's</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;"The Green Room", Barbara Lucas explores where we are locally, and how we stack up against a city like Copenhagen, Denmark where 55-percent of the population <a href="http://www.wbwc.org">commutes by bike</a>.</span></p><p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 13:44:30 +0000 Barbara Lucas 31453 at http://wemu.org The Green Room: The Future of Cycling in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti The Green Room: Volunteers Help Preserve Balance and Quality in Area Waterways http://wemu.org/post/green-room-volunteers-help-preserve-balance-and-quality-area-waterways <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Clean Water sustains life. And, clean water is dependent on a healthy watershed. Measuring the health of these watersheds is not just the job of scientists, As Barbara Lucas discovers in this months installment of&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">WEMU's</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;"The Green Room",&nbsp; it also takes a virtual army of citizen volunteers. &nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 31 May 2013 11:44:13 +0000 David Fair & Barbara Lucas 30168 at http://wemu.org The Green Room: Volunteers Help Preserve Balance and Quality in Area Waterways The Green Room: 35 years of Recycle Ann Arbor http://wemu.org/post/green-room-35-years-recycle-ann-arbor <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From a half-dozen college students with a beat up truck to a major business, Barbara Lucas traces the 35 year history of&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.recycleannarbor.org" style="line-height: 1.5;">Recycle Ann Arbor</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;on The Green Room from&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">WEMU</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p></p><p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 13:44:03 +0000 Barbara Lucas & David Fair 28562 at http://wemu.org The Green Room: 35 years of Recycle Ann Arbor The Green Room: Green Burials http://wemu.org/post/green-room-green-burials <p></p><p>Being environmentally responsible, even in death.&nbsp; A fascinating look at 'green burials' on The Green Room from&nbsp;WEMU.</p><p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 13:22:30 +0000 Barbara Lucas 27419 at http://wemu.org The Green Room: Green Burials The Green Room: Housing Choices Impact Greenhouse Gases http://wemu.org/post/green-room-housing-choices-impact-greenhouse-gases <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week on&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The Green Room</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Barbara Lucas examines how available housing choices -- or the lack thereof -- in&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ypsilanti</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;and Ann Arbor, impact the level of greenhouse gasses.</span></p><p> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 18:38:02 +0000 Barbara Lucas 25998 at http://wemu.org The Green Room: Housing Choices Impact Greenhouse Gases The Green Room: Food Waste http://wemu.org/post/green-room-food-waste <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/128079432&amp;color=1dff00&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On any given day, we waste a lot of food, whether it's during preparation, after it hits our plates, or because&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">it's gone bad in the refrigerator.&nbsp; Most of us probably don't think of this as an environmental issue, but it is.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 14:19:16 +0000 David Fair & Barbara Lucas 24534 at http://wemu.org The Green Room: Food Waste