Goethermal

This episode is an updated version of a story we covered in 2011. Alex Sifford is a private consultant with Sifford Energy Services. Toni Boyd is the Assistant Director for the Geo Heat Center at Oregon Institute of Technology. Alex and Toni explain what geothermal energy is, where it comes from, and how it is used. Direct sources which use hot water from underground are district heating, electric power and other applications such as onion dehydration are described. In addition geothermal heat pumps transfer heat from the ground to a heat exchanger for home use are mentioned.

We also paid a visit to the campus of Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls, Oregon. OIT sits on top of an active geothermal zone. The university has installed the first geothermal electric power plant in the state. We visit the plant, learn how it works, and take a look at the educational programs that are developed out of the plant and other applications OIT enjoys due to it’s location near a geothermal water source. Then we'll show you how to go geothermal right in your own back yard with geothermal heat pumps. We'll take you to several installations to show what goes into a heat pump system, tax incentives and efficiencies.

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Karen Litfin Ecovillages Part 1

This is a special presentation of Sustainable Today. In January 2014 PhD professor at the University of Washington, Karen Litfin, shared her experience of visiting 14 ecovillages throughout the world. Sustainable Today covered her presentation at Portland State University and at Kailash EcoVillage in Portland Oregon. We present this special program in two parts. In this episode, Karen describes the fundamentals that have made these ecovillage possible and viable alternatives to the current consumptive and exploitative systems that we live with today.

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Karen Litfin Ecovillages Part 2

This is a special presentation of Sustainable Today. In January 2014 PhD professor at the University of Washington, Karen Litfin, shared her experience of visiting 14 ecovillages throughout the world. Sustainable Today covered her presentation at Portland State University and at Kailash EcoVillage in Portland Oregon. We present this special program in two parts. In the second episode, Karen describes the villages themselves and points out the premise upon which they were founded, the pros and cons of each and their special features and activities.

 

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Slow Food

Americans don't eat well. The consequences are obvious. Sickness, allergies and obesity to name a few. Fast food is all too common. But in this episode we present SLOW FOOD. Through the auspices of Slow Food Portland we present the highlights of Tedx Manhattan, "Changing the Way We Eat." It explores how to do it, why to do it, and where to do it. We'll take you to a couple of slow food farms to investigate Aquapoics at the Ingenuity Innovation Center, and a new way to feed people at Heart 2 Heart Farms. Hidden Connections point out the hidden ingredients in our food and how to find out what we are eating.

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