sustainability

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Where does the Central Coast get its water, our most fundamental of needs? Some comes in the form of rain filling up local reservoirs; some from the State Water Project, a long system of pipes and canals that carry melted snow from the Sierra Nevada mountains to the central and southern part of the state. And a significant amount comes from underground, pumped up via wells.

Until just four years ago, groundwater was totally unregulated in California. But extended droughts made it clear that Californians needed to figure how to manage the underground water supply.

Costa Rica flower
Thomas Wilmer

Jim Damalas with Greentique Hotels in Costa Rica talks about the trend setting hotel group’s four distinctive properties, set within four of the country’s five tropical forests, and the group’s intrinsic philosophy of trendsetting environmental sustainability.  

Villa Blanca is set high in the cloud forest, while Si Como No Resort and Wildlife Refuge in Manuel Antonio National Park is Cliffside overlooking the Pacific.

SF Hotel Council's Jessica Lum (L) with Jo Licata, Hilton SF Union Square's Community Projects Manager
Thomas Wilmer

In addition to promoting the economic vitality of the City’s hospitality industry, The Hotel Council of San Francisco works continuously to partner with numerous non-profit organizations such as Project Homeless Connect. The recent Stay Green Forum 2016 sponsored by the Hotel Council, was specifically focused on sustainability, energy efficiency, water conservation and much more.

Marissa Lamagna, Founder and CEO of Bay Area Green Tours
Thomas Wilmer

Come along and join Marissa Lamagna as she talks about Bay Area Green Tours where custom planned educational tours showcase the sustainable economy, both urban and rural. Primary mission is to show how people can incorporate responsible social justice in to their personal and professional lives. 

SLO County Bike Coalition

  Wednesday is National Bike to School Day and while it helps motivate kids and parents to use bikes instead of cars, the influx of new riders also causes some safety concerns.

Bike to School Day events may vary from county to county, but the goal is the same said Kent Epperson, with Traffic Solutions in Santa Barbara.

"We know that if we can get kids on bikes as early as possible they will become responsible and skilled bicyclists as they move through life. It's a great way for kids to incorporate some exercise," said Epperson.

Broadcast date: 10/16/2014

Supporters of building local, sustainable and fair food systems believe that by connecting members of our community to the abundance of local food and farming in the County they can bridge the gap between what people eat and where it comes from, and in doing so, can  strengthen the food culture and the relationship people have with their food. These efforts have the potential to foster strong connections among farmers and have the ability to not only nourish our community, but make local food products more accessible for everyone.

Broadcast date: 8/14/2014

Issues and Ideas: air date 07-24-2013

Jul 24, 2013

  • On the next Issues and Ideas, Brian Reynolds talks with Stacey Hunt and Michael Jencks of Ecologistics, a non-profit set up to create a resilient and healthy community for the residents of San Luis Obispo County that strives for sustainability, both economically and environmentally.
  • Reporter, Jake Blair, asks shark and conservation experts about the increase in shark sightings and interactions off the Central Coast.