The Green Room

Monthly 6:50 a.m. and 8:20 a.m.

The Green Room radio show is a collaboration between the WEMU News Department and the Washtenaw County Environmental Health Division. Through her work with the County, Barbara also co-produces a monthly Green Room  television show with Ann Arbor's CTN, Channel 19.

The Green Room will take listeners out into the community as reporter, Barbara Lucas, explores important, local environmental topics. Lucas will not only get to the heart of these issues, but will provide a soundscape that supplements and enhances the subject matter, and advances the story in the minds of listeners.

 

89.1 WEMU News Director, David Fair, serves as Executive Producer for the monthly feature which will air at 6:50 a.m. and 8:20 a.m.

 

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The Green Room
6:50 am
Fri September 26, 2014

'The Green Room' Return Of The Osprey: A Southern Michigan Success Story

Osprey "Paparazzi"
Jane Purslow

DDT wiped out Osprey from Southern Michigan, but a reintroduction program has resulted in over fifty breeding pairs in the region.  It is reason to celebrate, but several challenges remain. Listen for more in the September edition of WEMU’s “The Green Room”. 

     


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The Green Room
7:00 am
Fri August 29, 2014

The Green Room: River Renaissance

Mich-Con property across from Argo Cascades
Barbara Lucas 89.1 WEMU

After years of industrial contamination and economic stagnation, things may be turning around in Ann Arbor’s Lower Town, thanks to a new recreational feature in the Huron River, and the soon-to-be-announced DTE proposal to develop the Mich-Con property across the river.  Community responses are mixed, ranging from cautious optimism to elation.  


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The Green Room
11:00 am
Tue August 12, 2014

The Green Room: The Local Buzz About Pollinator Decline

'March Against Monsanto' rally in Ann Arbor
Barbara Lucas 89.1 WEMU

Michigan's bee population has been devastated. Monarch Butterflies are in swift decline. Our food, and landscaping habits, may be to blame.


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The Green Room
8:14 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Sound Matters: Noise And Its Impacts

The soundboard at LIVE in Ann Arbor
Credit Barbara Lucas / 89.1 WEMU

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. 


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The Green Room
7:00 am
Fri May 30, 2014

When It Rains, It Pours: Local Efforts To Contain Floodwaters

Storm water spilling over high flow dam at Mary Beth Doyle Park
Barbara Lucas 89.1 WEMU

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.

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The Green Room
8:13 am
Fri March 28, 2014

The Green Room: Chimney Swifts In Washtenaw County

Chimney Swift in flight
Credit Barbara Lucas / 89.1 WEMU

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.  

Now, suitable chimneys are also in short supply, and Swift numbers are dwindling.  In the March installment of The Green Room​, Barbara Lucas looks at what we can do to help out.

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The Green Room
6:58 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Rental Housing in Washtenaw County and Wasted Energy: Who Pays?

Credit Barbara Lucas

 Energy conservation is low-hanging fruit--no new technology, power plants or pipelines are required.  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. 

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Environment
7:53 am
Fri January 31, 2014

The Green Room: Green Departures With Natural Burial And Cremation

Ron Zartman at Ridgeview Memorial Gardens, Grandville
Barbara Lucas

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 The Green Room. 

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Environment
6:57 am
Fri December 27, 2013

The Green Room: Deer Overpopulation, Its Impacts And Potential Solutions

In the Matthies garden
Andrea Matthies

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.  Opinions on what to do about the abundance of deer are even more wide-ranging.  In this installment of WEMU’s The Green Room, Barbara Lucas examines some of the complexities involved, and some of the solutions offered.

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Environment
7:25 am
Fri November 29, 2013

The Green Room: Tackling Stadium Waste

The first load of recycling from Michigan Stadium
Barbara Lucas

Collegiate athletic events are big generators:  of excitement, of revenue, and of waste.  How can we cut down on the trash, while leaving the finances and fun intact?  In this month's installment of The Green Room, WEMU looks at game-day waste at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, and Michigan stadium in Ann Arbor.

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Environment
6:44 am
Fri October 25, 2013

The Green Room: Local Speed Limits And Bicycle/Pedestrian Safety

Car speeding on 7th Street in Ann Arbor
Credit Barbara Lucas

Of 22 fatal crashes in Washtenaw County in 2012, six of those fatalities were bikes and pedestrians.  Some say our speed limits are too fast, while others say they are too low.  In this month's installment of WEMU's "The Green Room", Reporter Barbara Lucas explores the controversies regarding speed limits.  

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Environment
8:53 am
Fri September 27, 2013

The Green Room: Local Access to Local Foods

Credit Barbara Lucas

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,  it must take to get those items to your table.  In this month's installment of WEMU's "The Green Room",  Reporter Barbara Lucas explores access to local foods and its impact on environment and community.  

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Environment
7:48 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Protecting Habitat For Endangered Field Birds

Bruce and Shirley Haeussler
Credit Barbara Lucas

Open natural areas such as meadows, prairies, and "oak openings" are declining habitats, which spells trouble for the species that depend on them.

Barbara Lucas reports:

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Environment
7:57 am
Fri July 26, 2013

The Green Room: Wind Energy

Ralph Lundgren in front of one of the five turbines on his land in Lake Winds Wind Park
Barbara Lucas

Washtenaw County continues to be a leader in environmental stewardship. Among the ideas and initiatives underway is an increased commitment to wind energy.

In this month's installment of WEMU's The Green Room, 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.


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Environment
9:44 am
Fri June 28, 2013

The Green Room: The Future of Cycling in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti

Credit Barbara Lucas

 

Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti are increasingly becoming bicycle-friendly.  As residents throughout Washtenaw County 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 WEMU's "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 commutes by bike.

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Environment
7:44 am
Fri May 31, 2013

The Green Room: Volunteers Help Preserve Balance and Quality in Area Waterways

Credit hrwc.org

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 WEMU's "The Green Room",  it also takes a virtual army of citizen volunteers.  

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Environment
9:44 am
Fri April 26, 2013

The Green Room: 35 years of Recycle Ann Arbor

From a half-dozen college students with a beat up truck to a major business, Barbara Lucas traces the 35 year history of Recycle Ann Arbor on The Green Room from WEMU.

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Environment
9:22 am
Fri March 29, 2013

The Green Room: Green Burials

Being environmentally responsible, even in death.  A fascinating look at 'green burials' on The Green Room from WEMU.

Environment
1:38 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

The Green Room: Housing Choices Impact Greenhouse Gases

This week on The Green Room, Barbara Lucas examines how available housing choices -- or the lack thereof -- in Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor, impact the level of greenhouse gasses.

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Environment
9:19 am
Tue January 22, 2013

The Green Room: Food Waste

On any given day, we waste a lot of food, whether it's during preparation, after it hits our plates, or because it's gone bad in the refrigerator.  Most of us probably don't think of this as an environmental issue, but it is.  

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