20 September 201

About the Program

Our first guest tonight is local activist, Peter Hollingsworth. He’s here to tell us about the work he’s doing with Moving Planet Day and 350.org, local and global efforts to stop climate change. Moving Planet Day will be a part of the Earth Dance Celebration, to be held in Chico, this Saturday, September 24,

Later in the show we’ll talk with Richard King, Director of the Solar Decathlon. He’ll tell us about Solar Decathlon, a competition in which “The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.” The results of that competition will be displayed in Washington D.C.. September 23-October 2.

Listen to the Program. (Unfortunately, we were only able to record the interview with Peter Hollingsworth–well worth listening to.)

Out Questions for Peter Hollingsworth

Our first guest tonight is Peter Hollingsworth. He has brought together a couple of important events and initiatives that will be part of the focus at Earth Dance this coming weekend. Welcome, Peter Hollingsworth.

1. You’re involved in helping bring attention to 350.org and Moving Planet Day.  Can you start by telling us about 350.org?

2. What is the mission of 350.org? And why is it called 350.org?

3. Who’s involved in 350.org?

4. How is 350.org different from other organizations that are taking up the issue of climate change?

5. What are some of the projects that 350.org has sponsored or initiated?

6. Can you explain the science of 350.org?

7. What’s the relationship between Moving Planet and 350.org? What’s the goal of Moving Planet?

8. Who organized Moving Planet?

9. What will be happening in Chico? Are there other regional events?

10. What motivated you to become apart of these actions?

11. How can people in Butte County become involved?

You can find out more about 350.org, by what else, going to www.350.org. And there’s more about Moving Planet at www.moving-planet.org.

Our Conversation with Richard King

On September 23-October 2, in Washington D.C., there will be an interesting sight on the Captiol Mall—a village of 19 solar-powered houses, created by college teams from around the country and around the world. With us tonight is our guest, Richard King,, director of the Solar Decathlon, who will tell us more about this Department of Energy competition.

  1. First begin by telling us what the Solar Decathlon is. What is the goal of the Solar Decathlon?
  2. What is the history of the Solar Decathlon? When did it begin? What was the impetus for its creation?
  3. Who’s participating in the Solar Decathlon? How do students get involved? How many people are usually involved in a team?
  4. What are the criteria for the creation of the houses? What are builders and designers trying to accomplish?
  5. How do the houses get transported to Washington? What’s the process of getting them constructed like? How long does it take?
  6. What will visitors to the Capitol Mall see when the come to Washington in the next couple of weeks?
  7. What are some other events that are going on at the Solar Decathlon?
  8. Have there been important innovations or inventions that have come out of the Solar Decathlon? What kinds of exciting discoveries have students made?
  9. Tell us about how people going to D.C. might participate in the Solar Decathlon. Can they tour the houses? Do they need to enroll in the workshops? How can colleges or universities become involved in upcoming Solar Decathlons?

Thank you, Richard King. This sounds like a really exciting venture of the Department of Energy. We wish you luck with it.


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2. Supernova 4:42 Liquid Blue Supernova

3. Global Warming Blues 3:42 Lenny Solomon Armando’s Pie

4. Solar Power Princess 2:45 Nooshi the Balloon Dude Ready, Set, Go Green

5. Shine on Harvest Moon 3:12 Leon Redbone Double Time

6. Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) 3:16 Marvin Gaye What’s Going On

7. Slower Than Guns (LP Version) 3:50 Iron Butterfly Metamorphosis

8. Clear Blue Skies (LP Version) 3:07 Crosby, Still, Nash & Young