Episode 706: Sustainable Living

Original Airdate: 
Monday, March 7, 2016 - Sunday, March 13, 2016
Next Airdate: 
Monday, June 20, 2016 - Sunday, June 26, 2016

Brendan takes a trip to the Solar Living Institute in Hopland, CA. There he finds a sustainable living community that grows their own organic foods…as well as some chickens, builds their own buildings out of cob, has their own biodiesel station and powers everything with solar energy. Brendan got into the act mixing the cob the old fashioned way…with his feet.

Then it's urban youth learning green job skills! We learn about a non-profit agency that provides special job training for qualified youth to help them get jobs in solar energy. These young adults are getting experience on the job installing solar panels on residential roofs. But the students gain more than just hands on experience. They Gain a brighter outlook on the future!

Eco Company then joins teens in nature's classroom. Adam reports on an outdoor program where high school students become the teachers working with 4th graders. It's a trip to the local river where the subject matter is river ecology. The student teachers plan the lessons and teach with passion. And the fourth grade students learn with hands on experience.

LastlyJordan gets this week's choice assignment, checking out a museum that houses over 7 million bugs, insects and invertebrates (yeah right)! She not only gets to hold a very large Walking Stick, she also goes butterfly hunting with the butterfly guy...and learns how climate change affects the insect world!