Patricia DeMarco appears twice a month on the Charles Showalter Show on The Union Edge radio station. The segment called “Just Transitions: Labor, Environment and Health” addresses labor, environment and health issues in the transition of the economy from fossil based to renewable and sustainable systems. Cutting edge practitioners talk about their challenges and successes in finding sustainable solutions to getting our economy off of fossil fuels by 2050, or sooner. The program broadcasts live from Pittsburgh PA twice a month to 29 cities with about 2.5 million listeners.
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The Just Transitions Roundtable:
The Green Building Revolution: A conversation with Just Transitions Host Patricia DeMarco, Labor Historian Charles McCollester, International Union of Operation Engineers Local 66 – Jim Kuntz and Green Building Alliance- Pittsburgh Director of Policy – Kristen Osterwood. Moderated by Charles Showalter, we discussed the role of organized labor in the green building industry, the major opportunities and the impediments to more rapid adoption of green building standards. The one hour podcast is here:
This “Just Transitions Roundtable” was produced with support from the W.Clyde and Ida Mae Thurman Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation through a grant to Patricia DeMarco.
2017 Radio Programs: Just Transitions- Labor, Environment and Health
April 12, 2017. 2:15 to 2:45 PM Investing in Clean Energy: Clean Capital LLC Chairman and Co-Founder Jon Powers will be my Guest. Jon leads corporate strategy and development, investor relations, and marketing. Jon’s passion for clean energy derives from his time served with the US Army in Iraq and the realization that a clean energy economy is vital to protect America’s national security interests. After helping revolutionize the US Army’s energy program, Jon was appointed by President Obama to serve as the Federal Chief Sustainability Officer. While in this role, Jon recognized the need to address the inefficiencies in clean energy finance. In 2016, Jon was named by Washington Life as a Top 25 Tech Leader for DC. Find out more about Clean Capital, LLC here http://www.cleancapital.com/
April 27, 2017 at 1:00 to 1:30 PM The Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan 3.0. My guest will be Grant Ervin, Chief Sustainability and Resilience Officer for the City of Pittsburgh with members of his team. He will present the third iteration of the City of Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan and discuss the policy priorities for the coming year. Workforce implications and community development process are important features of this project.
2017 Programs on Podcast:
January 11, 2017. Worker Exposure to BPA. Brian Bienkowski- Editor of Environmental Health News and The Climate Daily reported on a new study documenting workers exposure 1,000 times higher than in the general public in facilities that manufacture or use BPA (Bis Phenyl-A, and endocrine disrupting hormone mimic) For more information see www.ehn.org
Hear the podcast: https://theunionedge.com/?powerpress_pinw=17283-podcast
February 8, 2017. 2:15 to 2:45 PM – The role of Science in Public Policy- Remarks from President Trump Advisor Newt Gingrich.
Newt Gingrich presented the keynote address to the National Council for Science and the Environment at its annual meeting on January 25,2017. His remarks covered insights to the Trump Administration policy on environment and health as well as perspectives on the role of science and scientists in public policy. His speech was recorded for The Union Edge by Patricia DeMarco.
February 23, 2017. 1:00 to 1:30 PM “The Future of Fish” Bren Smith, President of Thimble Island Oyster Company, shares his new approach to farming oysters in a changing climate. This 3-D sustainable ocean farm provides a model for local food production, ocean restoration and economic development. Find out about 3-D Aquatic farming at http://greenwave.org/
March 8, 2017- 2:15 to 2:45 EST. Mike Wilson, Director of Occupational and Environmental Health for the Blue Green Alliance will be my guest to discuss House Joint Resolution 59. Under the Congressional Review Act the EPA Accidental Release Prevention Requirements for Risk Management Programs has been targetted for removal. This regulation protects workers, first responders and communities from industrial accidents and toxic emissions. Hear the podcast of this program at https://theunionedge.com/just-transitions-emergency-workers-harms-way/
To keep up with Mike Wilson and find out more about HJR 59 see his page here: https://www.bluegreenalliance.org/about/team-staff/mike-wilson/
March 23, 2017 at 1:00 to 1:30 PM join my conversation with John Stolz, Director of the Center for Environmental Research and Education at Duquesne University. He will be sharing the potential impact of removing EPA regulations of safe water based on his research in the fracking industry, exempt from the Safe drinking Water Act in 2005. Is this the fate of our waters if industry has no restraints? Tune in to find out!
2016 Programs Available as Podcasts
December 14, 2016. 2:15-2:45. Rob Pfaffmann, Architect and President of Pfaffmann & Associates will by my guest to discuss “The Business Case for a Zero Net Energy Building.” Pfaffmann is involved with historic preservation as well as innovative design for urban spaces and workplaces. Our interview will focus on the Forest Hills Borough Municipal Building decision process. How does a zero net energy municipal building makes sense for a small town? You can see his work here http://www.pfaffmann.com/home.html
December 22, 2016 1:00 to 1:30 PM. DeWitt Walton of the United Steel Workers Union and Member of the Allegheny County Council will be my guest to discuss the “The Workplace of the Future.” Our discussion will focus on the ways the USW is adapting to a changing workplace and preparing for the workforce of the future. https://theunionedge.com/just-transitions-philip-randolph-institute-future-labor/
December 28, 2016 from noon to 1:00 PM for “Just Transitions Roundtable- The Potential For Green Buildings” A conversation with Patricia DeMarco, Charles McCollester, Jim Kunz from IUOE #66, and Kristen Osterwood of the Green Building Alliance. This session, recorded on November 28, 2016, was funded by a grant to Patricia DeMarco from the W.Clyde and Ida Mae Thurman Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation. This is the pilot show for a quarterly series of roundtable discussions on the transition to the workforce of the future.
October 12, 2016 Anna Siefken, Associate Director for Innovation and Strategic Partnerships for the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation at Carnegie Mellon University will discuss the 2030 District – a nationwide program of voluntary commitment to energy efficiency and improvements. She will report of the progress and challenges in Pittsburgh and the workforce opportunities in the 2030 District project. For information on the Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, see www.cmu.edu/energy For information about 2030 Districts and planning for resiliency see www.2030districts.org/pittsburgh Hear the podcast here: https://www.theunionedge.com/just-transitions-innovations-energy/
October 27, 2016 “Why the Farm is Not Getting to the Table.” Leah Lizarondo , Co-Founder of 412 Food Rescue will be in the studio to discuss the subject of food waste. America wastes 40% of food produced while one in seven people go hungry. Hear about this innovative program to help meet the needs of people living in food deserts. Find out more about t412 Food Rescue here http://412foodrescue.org/ Listen to the podcast. https://www.theunionedge.com/just-transitions-less-hunger-less-waste/
September 22, 2016. Khari Mosley- Pennsylvania Regional Manager for the BlueGreen Alliance discussed workforce succession issues; the forces driving change and the challenges to expanding new industries. for more information see www.bluegreenalliance.org
September 14, 2016. Arlene Blum, Executive Director of the Green Science Policy Institute at the University of California, Berkley discussed the new report of toxic chemicals from fire retardants that contaminate the drinking water of six million Americans. http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.estlett.6b00260
Find more information about Arlene Blum and the Green Science Policy Institute at http://greensciencepolicy.org/
August 25, 2016. Robert Nehman, Director of the award winning film “Frac Sand Land” will discuss the effects of mining sand for hydraulic fracturing industry. A founder of Allamakee County Protectors, Nehman has documented the health hazards to workers and communities from silicosis; air and water pollution, and land destruction in his native state of Iowa to the end of the pipeline. For more information about Frac Sands see www.ccc-wis.com AND: https://www.facebook.com/AllamakeeCountyProtectors/ ACP updates and contact info, along with photos.
August 10, 2016. Bob Keefe, Executive Director, Environmental Entrepreneurs, discussed the new report “Clean Jobs America- A Comprehensive Report on Clean Energy Jobs in the United States.” We talk about the connection between union labor and entrepreneurship. Hear the program podcast here: https://www.theunionedge.com/just-transitions-explosive-growth-renewable-energy-opportunity/ Download the report http://www.e2.org/wp content/uploads/2016/03/CleanJobsAmerica_FINAL.pdf
July 13, 2016. Emily Wurth of Food and Water Watch discusses the Clean Energy Revolution Summit and March. Events in advance of the Democratic National Convention draw attention to the need for clear plans for a transition to a clean energy future to address climate change and environmental justice and social justice issues. Hear about the planned actions and how to get involved in planning for a just and sustainable future in energy.
July 28, 2016. Larry J. Schweiger, President and C.E.O. of Penn Future, discusses the way forward for a labor/environment coalition in times of political conflict. Reflections on the Democratic Convention and Climate Revolution Summit.
June 23, 2016. Matthew Maroon, Vice President for Product Management for Aquion Energy, Inc., an international battery manufacturer, discusses using earth-friendly processes for battery storage to back up renewable energy systems. Hear about the technology that makes this possible and the worldwide distribution network that is propagating this technology from a USA manufacturing facility.
For more information about Aquion Energy http://aquionenergy.com/
June 8, 2016. Ramo Lord discussed how to give teeth to OSHA regulations to protect workers on the job, and the ways that bosses exploit OSHA to punish workers, against the spirit of the laws. Find the podcast of the program here. https://www.theunionedge.com/strengthen-osha-regulations-better-protect-workers/
May 11, 2016 PA 14th Congressional District Representative Mike Doyle, discussed how to transition our jobs to clean energy jobs, and how to take care of our American workers during this transition. We talked about the energy transition in response to climate change and the opportunities and role of Labor. https://www.theunionedge.com/protect-american-manufacturing-energy-jobs-time-climate-crisis/
May 26, 2016 at 1:00 to 1:30 PM Grant Ervin, Sustainability and Resilience Coordinator for the City of Pittsburgh discussed the Rockefeller Foundation 100 Cities Resilience Program. We discussed what it means to be a “resilient” city, and create jobs for an aging workforce in the new “eds and meds” economy, while also addressing historic inequalities and a lasting pollution legacy. https://www.theunionedge.com/resilient-city-create-jobs-new-economy-addressing-historic-inequities/
To find out more about the 100 resilient Cities initiative of the Rockefeller Foundation see http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/innovation-performance/resilience/100RC
January 13, 2016 at 2:15 to 2:45 PM – Vivian Loftness, FAIA, LEED AP, Paul Mellon Professor of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University talked about the “Intelligent Workplace” and high performance building contributions to health and productivity. Follow Vivian Loftness’ work at Carnegie Mellon University
January 28, 2016 Mark E. Dixon, film producer and videographer gave a discussion of the COP-21 at Paris and talked about next steps in climate change. You can see his COP-21 Overview talk at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcljwH3oFOg
February 10, 2016 – Rod Gdovic, President of WindStax Wind Power Systems. See Sustainability Pioneers “From Haze to Sun” story for an interview with Ron Gdovic and a look at WindStax on a residential installation. See http://windstax.com/ for information about the company. Hear the podcast of the interview here: http://www.theunionedge.com/just-transitions-why-wind-energy-is-a-smart-choice-and-how-you-can-use-it/
February 25, 2016. Eric Casteel, President of SolarCast, LLC a specialty solar engineering company talked about the potential for solar energy, and the opportunities for building out solar infrastructure. For more about Solar Cast see http://www.solarcast.us/
Listen to the program here: http://www.theunionedge.com/just-transitions-rising-potential-harnessing-solar-energy/
March 9, 2016. Patrick Grenter, Executive Director of The Center for Coalfield Justice discussed the transitions in coal mining, the experiences of workers and communities after the downturn of the coal industry, and ways forward for communities. For more information see www.coalfieldjustuce.org
Download the podcast of the program here:
March 24, 2016 Adam Rossi of Adam Solar Resources talked about solar transportation from bikes to cars to roadways. See his company at http://www.adamsolarresources.com/
Listen to the podcast of this program here:
April 13, 2016 at 2:15 to 2:45 PM- Water Quality- The Buck Stops WHERE? Hear my conversation with Caroline A. Mitchell, lawyer Chemical Engineer and member of the Allegheny County Health Board as we discuss the complex jurisdictions governing water quality and health. The limits of control over contaminants, and the path to enforcement depend on how each state regulates the Safe Drinking Water Act under the Environmental Protection Agency rules. https://www.theunionedge.com/just-transitions-contamination-municipal-water-test-tap/
April 28, 2016 John Zilka, Vice-President for Training and Technical Services for Kachina Contractor Solutions, a national lead environmental consulting and training company. We discussed the lead exposure hazards and risks for workers from plumbing to construction and renovations. For more information see www.KachinaContractorSolutions.com Hear the podcast of the program here: https://www.theunionedge.com/14755-2/
Podcasts of 2015 “Just Transitions” segments:
Podcast for September 9, 2015. http://www.theunionedge.com/just-transitions-protecting-workers-in-changing-energy-environments/
Podcast for October 14, 2015: http://www.theunionedge.com/bringing-solar-power-to-local-homes-and-businesses/
November 11, 2015- William Generett, President and CEO of Urban Innovation 21 and Member of National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Hear the podcast here. http://www.theunionedge.com/just-transitions-tech-jobs-that-keep-folks-working/ To find out more about Urban Innovation 21
December 9, 2015. Gregory Reed, Ph.D. Director, Center for Energy at the Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh talking about new directions for the electric utility grid. Hear the podcast here: http://www.theunionedge.com/just-transitions-why-building-the-dc-micro-grid-is-a-game-changer-for-energy-and-labor/ For more information about the DC Micro-Grid and electric power innovations see http://www.engineering.pitt.edu/cfe/