Below are links to live interviews conducted at the South Sound Sustainability Expo at UW Tacoma in April 2022. The interviews are occasionally rebroadcast during the week on 95.3 FM as part of Tacoma Potpourri.
Many thanks to producers Sam Mulvey and Becky Friedman; to day-of production assistants and booth ambassadors Neiko Will, Tim Hosey, Joshua Seek, Henry Hagen, Nick Kennedy, and Saw Dust; to organizers of the South Sound Sustainability Expo; and to all interview participants.
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Tahoma Audobon Society
Zephyra and Sam talk birds in Western Washington, including how climate change is affecting ranges of rare native species. Find out how to participate in the Tahoma Audobon Society‘s guided bird walks and May 2022 Birdathon events.
UPS’s Slater Museum of Natural History
Grace, a University of Puget Sound student and Slater Museum docent, talks about the museum’s animal specimens, including seabirds affected by plastic pollution.
The Slater Museum serves as a repository for biological specimens that showcase regional biodiversity for the purpose of education, research, and participation in a network of natural history museums.
Vashon Land Trust
Sam interviews Ryan, a veteran who transitioned from military service into nonprofit regenerative agricultural work at the historic Matsuda Farm, which forms just one part of the Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust. Hear about how a nonprofit farm supplies fresh produce for the public school system and food banks in the community.
Downtown On The Go
Sam interviews Tracy regarding Downtown On The Go, a public/private partnership offering services, resources, and programs targeted to residents, workers, and patrons of downtown Tacoma. This interview features discussion of Tacoma’s current transportation infrastructure, with a focus on how Tacomans can navigate our city core without cars.
Washington Service Corps
Sam interviews Ariel about AmeriCorps volunteer opportunities in Washington State, including short-term and year-long projects in the fields of environmental stewardship, education, health, disaster preparedness, financial literacy, and more.
Tacoma Urban Land Trust
Janice Campbell of the Tacoma Urban Land Trust, the Gallucci Learning Garden, and the Việt Hương Community Garden explains how gleaning can keep edible food out of the waste stream and into the homes and bellies of needy folks through distribution to food banks, sharing tables, and neighborly networks. Technical difficulties resulted in only a partial capture of the original live interview. We extend our apologies to Ms. Campbell.
The Ikkatsu Project
Ken Campbell of The Ikkatsu Project shares about the unique way he and fellow ecological adventurers are addressing the problem of plastic pollution, tsunami debris, and other flotsam in oceans and fresh waterways. Ikkatsu Project volunteers collect data through surveying remote coastlines via sea kayak, or traipsing through riparian areas of the Puyallup watershed to complete their missions, as means for raising awareness of the need to preserve and clean up our precious bodies of water along the north pacific coast from Washington to Alaska.
Tacoma Democratic Socialists of America
DSA’s eco-socialist committee rep Sean Arendt speaks of the links between sustainability and housing justice, including the “Home in Tacoma for All” initiative. Sean touches on the benefits of green housing ordinances to benefit families and individuals struggling to find and keep homes. Issues discussed include sustainability standards in new construction and moving towards clean energy use in residential settings.