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Early settlers of America found the most comfortable homes were often similar to those inhabited by the Native Americans who had survived in this climate for thousands of years. Early residents of Philadelphia built cave homes along the Delaware River - but where forced to abandon them when William Penn decided they were not "British" enough. Homes…
 
What is social justice and why is it not incorporated in all aspects of life, business and our culture? What can we personally do to help promote a culture of fairness and equity in our everyday activities. Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station are joined by Jarod Marsh, who recently graduated with a degree in human rights and sustainability fr…
 
Huge solar arrays are beginning to dot the landscape - sometimes 300 acres or more... spreading out across farmland and next to highways. So what is happening? What are the dynamics that are changing the utility landscape, closing coal and natural gas power plants and replacing them with acres of solar? And is this all a good thing? Annie and Jay W…
 
We have all had periods in our lives when there there are pressures that seem determined to suck the joy out of life and lead us down a path of constant toil. For some this is a terminal condition. We all have to work to live... but do we need to live to work? Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a discussion on how to find the right …
 
The world is your buffet if you only know what to look for and where to look. Not only is every walk in the woods full of plants that are nutritious and delicious - but there is also a free medicine cabinet out there packed with remedies for what ails you. Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station as they are joined by Laurel Hobden for a disc…
 
Solar energy is one of the fastest growing industries worldwide. It currently produces about 3% of the US electricity - but is anticipated to generate as much as 30% within a decade. And as is true with any large industry - it will create its share of problems. Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a discussion of the environmental pro…
 
The industrialized food industry has discovered that a growing number of people are hungry for meat alternatives. Everyone from fast food restaurants to mega grocery stores are rolling out their meat alternatives. But are these fake meat products healthy (as claimed)? Just what is in this stuff? Join Annie and Jay Warmke as they discuss the evolvin…
 
As solar goes more mainstream, we are beginning to see solar “aluminum siding salesmen” knocking on doors and trying to sell homeowners systems that are overpriced and may or may not meet the needs of the household. We are seeing misleading advertisements claiming there are “new incentive programs for your zip code” that the utility companies “don'…
 
Increasingly there is a growing awareness that the world is in crisis. Four years of Trump, two years of Covid, the outbreak of war in Europe... people are reaching an emotional breaking point. Well clearly the sad reality is that difficult and troubling things happen in each of our lives. But how do some seem to deal with this stress better than o…
 
Ah, the suburban dream. A lush, freshly cut lawn stretching as far as the eye can see. But as far as the planet is concerned, that lawn is an ecological disaster, a toxic polluting wasteland devoid of biodiversity. Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a discussion of the resources consumed and the environmental problems unleashed when…
 
In case you hadn't noticed, the climate is changing and plants are dying. How can homesteaders cope with extreme weather events and a changing ecology. Well, one way is to create an environment for their garden that they can control to a certain extent. This is where high tunnels come in. A high tunnel, or hoop house is a greenhouse like structure …
 
The NRCS, or Natural Resources Conservation Service, is an agency within the Department of Agriculture tasked with “Helping People Help the Land.” They offer a number of grants and programs that are designed to help farmers preserve and protect the soil, water and other natural resources. Join Annie and Jay Warmke from Blue Rock Station for a discu…
 
Education is the key to understanding. No wonder the planet is in such a mess – as we do a pretty terrible job in teaching about sustainability, in our classrooms as well as within society in general. So what are the issues, how do we address them, and what would the world look like if we made making the planet better as high a priority as we do ma…
 
More and more corporations are promoting their net-zero or carbon-neutral goals. Is this more corporate greenwashing, or is it a real thing? Can the profit-driven corporate structure really shift to embrace a long-term impact-neutral process? And what does net zero really mean? Join Annie and Jay Warmke from Blue Rock Station for a discussion about…
 
We all know that recycling is good. Saves the planet, conserves resources. Well, maybe, and maybe not. It is much more complicated than that. Find out just what is the sorted truth about recycling. Join Annie and Jay Warmke from Blue Rock Station for a discussion of the issues and challenges of trying to live a sustainable life.…
 
For years, pretty much since their inception, electric vehicles (EVs) have been viewed by the general public and something of interest only to tree hugging liberals. All that is about to change. 2022 will see the release of a number of full size pickup truck EVs, first to be released will be the Ford Lightning (Ford's F150 pickup gone electric). Th…
 
2021 witnessed a world in the grips of a second year of a global pandemic. What did we learn about how sustainable our culture and planet are or have become? And what new technologies are coming in 2022 that will impact our ability to live lightly on the planet? Will they be a boon to resilience - or the seed of the next big challenge? Join Annie a…
 
We all know that recycling is good. Saves the planet, conserves resources. Well, maybe, and maybe not. It is much more complicated than that. Join Annie and Jay Warmke from Blue Rock Station for a discussion on the sorted truth about recycling.Blue Rock Station による
 
The history surrounding the early days of electricity involved backstabbing, double dealing, huge egos battling it out in public – the electrocution of horses, dogs, people, and even elephants. Dubbed “the battle of the currents”, this dis-information campaign pitted Thomas Edison against Tesla (and his boss, Westinghouse). Another in our Dead Whit…
 
Just as tiny houses require all the limited space to be used efficiently for shelter – urban forest gardens use every bit of available space (side-to-side as well as up-and-down) to grow a mix of local produce. But farming in an urban setting present a unique set of challenges – from codes and zoning that may shut it down, to theft and vandalism, t…
 
As the global bigwigs have just finished their summit at COP 21 in Glasgow, hoping to set the global agenda for climate change mitigation – things are happening at the local level as well. In fact, many would say this is really where the real progress is being made. Cathy Cowan Becker, executive director of Simply Living joins Annie and Jay Warmke …
 
Formal celebrations are an important way to mark life's milestones. As the holiday season is once again upon us, how can we celebrate in a way that is fun and memoriable – but also with as little impact upon the planet as possible? Join Annie and Jay Warmke from Blue Rock Station for a discussion of sustainable living in the real world.…
 
Just as the Civilian Conservation Corp helped rebuild America during the Depression, and the Peace Corp has helped in developing nations for generations – the AmeriCorp is now tackling the problems associated with climate change right here in the good old USA. Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station are joined by Bryn Sowash, National Serice Prog…
 
The electrical grid has not changed much since the days of Edison and Tesla. The electrical system in your home has largely remained the same since screw-in fuses were replaced by circuit breakers in the 1960s. But all that is about to change. Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a discussion of how distributed energy (wind and solar)…
 
Money is simply a paper IOU (and not really even paper) that is only as valuable as the faith you put in the promise. And usually not even paper – only about 5% of the world's money is in physical form. The rest are simply electrons floating around in some cyber cloud. So what is money and how does it work? What are some of the alternatives to trad…
 
About 30 years ago, Annie and Jay Warmke decided to build an Earthship (a home made of tires, cans, bottles, mud and recycled materials) in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Over the years, many of the nearly 40,000 visitors have had questions about the hardships and realities of seeking a sustainable and purpose-driven life. Join Annie a…
 
So how can you live your dream but still pay the rent? Many see it as a choice of either working at a soul-sucking job or struggling to make ends meet as you build your little cabin in the woods. But there is a lot of space between those two choices. Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station are joined by Elyse Perruchon, who has co authored a rece…
 
Most major automobile companies have announced that they are transitioning to a fully electric fleet over the next decade or two. EVs (electric vehicles) are becoming more common – accounting for 25% of all cars sold in 2020. India and China will soon challenge Detroit and Japan as they build their EV manufacturing capacity. We are witnessing the d…
 
About 30 years ago, Annie and Jay Warmke decided to build an Earthship (a home made of tires, cans, bottles, mud and recycled materials) in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Over the years, nearly 40,000 people have visited and normally come loaded with dozens of questions. Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a discussion o…
 
So you have decided to build your dream cabin out in the woods and sit out the Zombie Apocalypse. So how would you design your lifestyle so that the utilities you consume are reliable, safe and gentle on the planet? Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a discussion of the various utility systems options for water harvesting, waste dis…
 
Many people dream of the day they can buy themselves a dozen acres out in the country, build their little cabin, raise some tomatoes and let the world drift by with all its craziness and insane stimulation. Surprisingly few actually turn that dream into reality. Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a discussion of the process and pitf…
 
Solar energy is one of the fastest growing industries worldwide. It currently produces about 2% of the US electricity - but is anticipated to generate as much as 30% within a decade. And as is true with any large industry - it will create its share of problems. Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a discussion of the environmental pro…
 
Nearly 30 years ago Annie and Jay Warmke quit their high-paying corporate jobs, sold their suburban home, and moved to the hills of Appalachia to build a home out of tires and mud. The goal was to live a carbon neutral – or even a negative carbon lifestyle. Many of the over 35,000 people who have visited Blue Rock Station over the years have asked …
 
We are transitioning to a solar economy. In the last decade solar power has become the cheapest form of energy available – far cheaper than coal, nuclear and even natural gas. Yet there still remain incentive programs at the federal, state and local levels that help make solar power even cheaper still. In fact, some programs designed for rural busi…
 
Today's "hipster" culture seems to idealize their perception of the "hippie" culture of the 1960's. The see it as a time of great change, rebellion, great music... But was it really? Society once again faces great threats, a dysfunctional political system, a focus on consumerism, an alienated and disconnected youth. But is that where the similariti…
 
The world of work is changing. Gone are the days of working for a company for 45 years then retiring with a gold watch and a pension. Every worker is an independent contractor - whether they want to be or not. But how do we gain the skills necessary to succeed as an independent business man or woman when our schools don't teach these skills and the…
 
We are used to energy becoming more and more expensive over time. The cost of electricity has increased 7 fold since 1970. That same year a gallon of gasoline cost 36 cents. But solar energy has changed that assumption. The cost of a solar panel has dropped from over $100 per watt in 1975 to only around 25 cents today. If these trends continue - en…
 
Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station are joined by Dawn Hewett, editor of Bird Watcher's Digest, in a discussion of the impacts of global warming and our non-sustainable lifestyle is having on the bird population. Since 1970 more than 3 billion birds have disappeared from our modern day version of nature. What is happening, what does it mean, …
 
There is a wealth of materials out there, in old buildings, that can be reclaimed and integrated into new construction. Yet most of it just ends up in landfills. How do we interrupt this waste cycle and salvage the beautiful fixtures and raw materials – along with our history?Blue Rock Station による
 
Companies have gotten the message – you care about the planet and want to purchase products and services that tread gently on this green earth. So they market their environmental benefits – even if there are none. Greenwashing is everywhere, in our stores, in our media, in our language. How do you recognize it when you see it – and how do you avoid…
 
We have heard of net zero energy. Net zero construction. But the heart of sustainability is seeking to live a net zero life. How do you get through this life with as little adverse impact on the generations that follow. Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a discussion of the realities of sustainable living.…
 
Wind turbines now produce about 7% of the nation's electricity. In some states it is as much as 30%. It is one of the fastest growing industries in the world, yet it receives constant attacks - most from fossil fuel backed groups that claim wind kills thousands of birds and bats, causes tumors, causes hair loss, changes the climate, and can make yo…
 
Passing with a large bi-partisan majority and largely under the radar - Congress has recently passed the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act, generically known as the "technology bill" - a massive $250 billion bill that will have a dramatic impact on science and technology for decades to come. Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a di…
 
Destiny Dame of Dame Good Construction talks with Jay and Annie Warmke of Blue Rock Station about her journey as she establishes herself in the world of sustainable construction - a field largely dominated by men. Her business plan focuses on creating comfortable and sustainable shelters... for women... by women. She discusses her motivation, barri…
 
Many farmers and homeowners have a tract of woodlands on their property. But few know if this forest is healthy – or even what to look for in a healthy forest. Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station are joined by Alex Kindler, a forest management expert for a discussion of the basics of proper forest management – and how a managed forest can not…
 
How can we reach a world where energy generation is carbon free? One solution being proposed is to electrify everything. First it must be understood that electricity currently only accounts for about 1/3 or all the energy we use - the rest is used in transportation (oil products) and industry (primarily natural gas). So this two-step solution envis…
 
The average age of an American farmer is 65. More and more farmland is transitioned to other purposes, such as condos, suburban homes, or commercial properties. Each year we loose about 400,000 acres to development. So how can we reverse this trend. Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station as they speak with Ian McSweeney, organizational dire…
 
Probably the most important scientist that you have never heard of. William Murdoch was involved in creating or perfecting most of the major inventions that brought us through the Industrial Revolution to the modern age. From the steam engine to the locomotive, to the automobile to the steam boat - he even invented the pneumatic tube (that thing th…
 
How much is enough? Is the next generation less obsessed with a big home in the suburbs? Can comfortable shelter be achieved on a small footprint... with a small budget? Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station as they speak with Destiny Dame, a student intern at Blue Rock Station who is currently working on the $5,000 tiny home project- and …
 
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