Infinite Earth Radio – weekly conversations with leaders building smarter, more sustainable, and equitable communities

Infinite Earth Radio – weekly conversations with leaders building smarter, more sustainable, and equitable communities

Infinite Earth Radio is a weekly podcast produced by Skeo and the Local Government Commission and hosted by Mike Hancox and Vernice Miller-Travis. Each week they interview visionary leaders, dedicated government officials, savvy businesses and forward thinking individuals who are working to build smarter, more equitable, sustainable, and prosperous communities through social and economic inclusion that values the contribution of all citizens and seeks meaningful lives for everyone. You will discover new leading edge strategies for lifting up and building great 21st century communities, along with cutting edge strategies for revitalizing under resourced communities and empowering excluded populations. Smart Growth, Prosperity and Sustainability are not possible without social, civic, and economic inclusion for people of all economic, social, and racial backgrounds.

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December 10, 2019 22 min
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Renewable Energy


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[1:17] Mike introduces Tom Butt, Mayor of Richmond, CA.

[2:06] Why was Chevron motivated to defeat Tom?

[3:29] How the refinement project, Community Power and City Action: Solar Farming in the Refineries Backyard, came into existence.

[6:13] What type of emissions impact will Richmond’s solar farm have on the city and surrounding cities?

[7:55] How will the Environmental Benefits Agreement improve th...

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Incorporating Environmental and Economic Justice and Equitable Development


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[02:28] Introduction of Mustafa Ali.

[02:52] Introduction of Carlton Eley.

[03:23] What brings Mustafa and Carlton to their work and what motivates them to work on issues of equity, environmental justice, and community revitalization?

[08:53] How would Mustafa and Carlton assess the progress made by the Smart Growth movement over the past 15 ...

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As much as 40 percent of all the food produced in the United States never gets eaten and typically ends up in landfills or goes unharvested in the field, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. Megan Burritt, Aspen Institute First Mover Fellow and director of sustainability and wellness at Raley’s Family of Fine Stores, saw an opportunity to address this issue, developing pathways that connect fresh food waste in the su...

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December 10, 2019 19 min
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Investing in Opportunity


GUEST

Alan Jenkins is Executive Director of The Opportunity Agenda, a communications, research, and policy organization dedicated to building the national will to expand opportunity in America.

LinkedIn

https://www.linkedin.com/pub/alan-jenkins/5/634/570

ORGANIZATION

The Opportunity Agenda launched in 2006 with the mission of building the national will to expand opportunity in America. Focused on moving hear...

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December 10, 2019 25 min
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Intertwined Crises in America


IN THIS EPISODE

[2:48] Manuel talks about his background and motivation

[4:05] Spatial, political and intellectual segregation in America

[5:57] Manuel talks about the three big crises in the US

[9:23] Diverse, Dynamic Epistemic Communities

[11:58] Examples of where these communities have come together

[17:02] The key to economic growth

[23:28] One change that would lead to better communities

[24:08] One ...

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Anchor Institutions and Community Wealth Building


GUEST

Ted Howard is the co-founder and Executive Director of The Democracy Collaborative at the University of Maryland. In July 2010, Mr. Howard was appointed the Steven Minter Senior Fellow for Social Justice at The Cleveland Foundation where he was a member of a team that developed the comprehensive job creation and wealth building strategy, which resulted in the Evergreen Coop...

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Taking a Look at Food Insecurity

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Sharon Thornberry is the Community Food Systems Manager at the Oregon Food Bank. Sharon has been a grassroots organizer, trainer and advocate for community food systems, rural communities, and anti-hunger work in Oregon since 1986. She grew up on farms, was very active in 4-H and Girl Scouts, and was one of the first female members of Future Farmers of America. In 1979, she was a homel...

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December 10, 2019 24 min
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Providing Local Food to the Local Community


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Stacey Givens is the farmer, chef and owner of The Side Yard Farm & Kitchen in Northeast Portland, Oregon’s Cully Neighborhood. Givens grows diverse organic produce for Portland’s top restaurants and provides food, education and opportunity to her community. Givens was raised the youngest of seven children in a large Greek family in Redondo Beach, California where she was ins...

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December 10, 2019 35 min
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Equitable Opportunities for All People and Communities

IN THIS EPISODE

[1:50] Introduction of Ron Sims.

[3:36] Ron describes his background and his motivation for his work on the environment and social justice.

[5:26] Ron talks about the history and current status of the name change of King County.

[9:21] Clarification that the official name is still King County, but it is now named after Dr. Martin Luther King, but the area also r...

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 The Green Economy and Workforce Development


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Tyi Johnson is a graduate of the Green Energy Training Services (GETS) program at Rising Sun Energy Center. She is a program administrator at Community Energy Services Corporation and previously served as a crew member and office assistant for Rising Sun Energy Services, the organization’s social enterprise. She also has served on Rising Sun Energy Center’s Board of Directors si...

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New to this series? Catch up, starting with Part 1 of our Climate Adaptation Series HERE.

 

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Finding Equity Around Funding and Financing


IN THIS EPISODE

[02:15] Jonathan tells about the dynamic in Maryland, where the worst impacts are being felt by people who are not politically powerful.

[05:43] Steve tells how he’s bringing the vulnerable populations into addressing climate-change resilience.

[10:50] Steve describes if he’s been ab...

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The Green Economy, Youth Employment and Workforce Development


GUEST

Jodi Pincus is the Executive Director of Rising Sun Energy Center and a recognized expert in the green economy, youth employment, social enterprise and workforce development.

ORGANIZATION

Rising Sun Energy Center is a green workforce development and energy retrofit services organization working throughout the San Francisco Bay area. Their mission is to empower ind...

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December 10, 2019 25 min
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Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice


IN THIS EPISODE

[1:36] Introduction of Dan Burden.

[1:57] Dan shares what motivates him in his work of bike-able, walkable communities.

[3:28] Dan explains his role as director of inspiration and innovation at Blue Zones, LLC.

[4:07] Dan explains what blue zones are.

[4:54] Dan tells about the Blue Zones Project and how people can get their community to be a blue zone project.

[5:55] Dan shar...

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The Experience and Work of the CivicSpark Fellowship Program


IN THIS EPISODE

[01:44] Introduction of Mikael Matossian.

[02:22] Mikael describes the CivicSpark program.

[03:14] Mikael shares what he’s been working on for the City of Santa Monica.

[04:44] Mikael elaborates on the reduction of Santa Monica’s carbon emissions.

[05:57] Mikael explains if the new plan he’s working on has a particular target and date?

[06:59] Mikael shares ...

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December 10, 2019 30 min
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Forests and Our Water Supply


IN THIS EPISODE

[02:19] Introduction of Laurie A. Wayburn.

[02:39] Laurie shares when she realized forest and natural-resource conservation would be her life’s work.

[04:28] Laurie elaborates on what she means by “wealth” in her quote, “Nature is central to our emotional, physical, and spiritual wealth and well-being…Nature is where our wealth comes from.”

[06:23] Laurie describes the Pacific Forest Tru...

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December 10, 2019 30 min
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Smart Growth and Sustainability in Communities in the U.S.

IN THIS EPISODE

[3:30] Kate explains her passion for her work with the Local Government Commission.

[5:37] Matt talks about his motivation to start at The Office of Sustainable Communities.

[8:08] The impact that the New Partners for Smart Growth Conference has had over the years.

[11:43] What does the Office of Sustainable Communities do for the EPA?

[14:33] How does the Sm...

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Young Women and Youth for Smart Growth


IN THIS EPISODE

[01:29] Introduction of Zelia Gonzales.

[02:03] Zelia explains what motivates her to be an activist in her community.

[02:48] Zelia shares the first time she got involved with becoming an activist?.

[03:37] Zelia describes the definition of complete streets.

[04:25] Zelia shares about advocacy projects she’s been involved with, including the Sacramento Young Feminists Alliance.

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December 10, 2019 24 min
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Local Food Systems


IN THIS EPISODE

[2:48] Laura explains the mission at The Center for Regional Food Systems

[3:16] What is the Food and Community project?

[9:43] The importance of creating local food systems

[12:30] Laura defines food justice and sovereignty

[15:30] What motivates Laura?

[17:52] New Partners Pre-Conference Food System Activities

[20:55] Learn more about The Center for Regional Food Systems

[21:40] The one change Laur...

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Water Sustainability in Urban Areas


IN THIS EPISODE

[02:09] Introduction of Dr. Tamim Younos.

[02:44] Tamim describes the scope of the problem of the water crisis and the number of Americans who lack access to safe drinking water.

[05:37] Tamim shares about water testing.

[08:04] Are certain geographic areas or populations more likely to be impacted by the lack of proper water infrastructure?

[09:30] What kind of implications does t...

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Integrated Water Resource and Infrastructure Management


IN THIS EPISODE

[01:43] Introduction of Matthew Naud.

[01:54] Matthew explains what his job as the Environmental Coordinator for the City of Ann Arbor entails.

[02:42] Matthew shares his personal background and what motivates him to do his work.

[03:33] Matthew describes his session at the New Partners for Smart Growth Conference.

[04:42] What kind of water or climate-change ch...

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