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The "Green Radio Network"

Hosted by Carl Lisek, Executive Director of South Shore Clean Cities, Inc., and Vice President of Legacy Environmental Services, Inc., The Green Radio Network highlights green projects at the local, state, and national level and current events in the environmental sector. The program aims to increase awareness of green projects through discussion of environmental, economic and health benefits.

Whether you are an advocate for green energy initiatives or want to learn more about them, tune in to The Green Radio Network on WIMS AM 1420 every Wednesday at 10 a.m. or visit www.wimsradio.com and find your favorite podcast 24/7.

 

LISTEN NOW:

One Region with Leah Konrady
Aired June 21, 2017

Leah Konrady, president and CEO of One Region, joins Green Radio Network host Carl Lisek to discuss One Region’s role in civic engagement for the South Shore Line’s proposed projects, Regional benchmarking, initiatives to curb Region “brain drain” and more.

The Many Benefits of Ethanol
Aired June 14, 2017

Green Radio Network host Carl Lisek welcomes director of biofuels for the Indiana Corn Marketing Council and Indiana Soybean Alliance Ken Parrent. Ken joins Carl for a discussion the basics of ethanol, dispelling the many myths about how it impacts engines and the U.S. food supply and the important role ethanol plays in Indiana’s economy.

John Davies & The Society of Innovators of NWI
Aired May 31, 2017

Green Radio Network host Carl Lisek welcomes John Davies, assistant director of the Lamkin Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center for Excellence and managing director of The Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana at Ivy Tech. John explains the concept of The Society of Innovators, its success stories and the latest call for nominations.

Bikes and Trails with NIRPC’s Mitch Barloga
Aired May 24, 2017

Mitch Barloga, transportation planning manager for the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) joins Green Radio Network host Carl Lisek to discuss the latest on trails, biking and other forms of non-motorized transportation in Northwest Indiana, including new local bike share programs.

Hobart’s Successes with Going Green
Aired May 17, 2017

Green Radio Network host Carl Lisek welcomes Hobart Mayor Brian Snedecor and Public Works Director John DuBach. Mayor Snedecor and John join Carl for a discussion on the successes Hobart has achieved through the adoption of alternative fuel and electric vehicles and the latest on a planned compressed natural gas fueling station for the city.

Making the Move to Propane
Aired May 10, 2017

Albert Venezio, chairman and co-founder of ICOM North America, joins Green Radio Network host Carl Lisek to discuss the benefits of converting to propane, how it impacts fleet performance, emission reduction benefits, cost savings and more.

Region Treasure: Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Aired May 3, 2017

Green Radio Network host Carl Lisek welcomes Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Superintendent Paul Labovitz. Paul updates listeners on the push for national park designation, the status of Mount Baldy, opportunities and challenges facing the park, the latest on the new Pullman National Monument in Chicago and more.

Nissan's Electric Vehicles
Aired April 26, 2017

Cynthia Maves, electric vehicle fleet business development manager for Nissan North America joins Green Radio Network host Carl Lisek to discuss the benefits of going electric and provides an update on group buy projects resulting in significantly reduced costs for Nissan LEAFs in Indiana and Wisconsin in partnership with South Shore Clean Cities and Wisconsin Clean Cities.

The Future of the South Shore Line
Aired April 19, 2017

Nicole Barker, director of capital investment and implementation for the South Shore Line (NICTD) joins Green Radio Network host Carl Lisek in the studio with an update on the West Lake Corridor project, Double Tracking program and more. Nicole and Carl discuss the green aspects of mass transit and why it is so important to the Region’s economy and quality of life.

The Future of Firefighter Training in NWI
Aired April 12, 2017

Green Radio Network host Carl Lisek welcomes Celina Weatherwax, president of the McMillan Family Foundation and the Multi-Agency Academic Cooperative Foundation. Celina and Carl discuss the foundation’s goals, a new training facility for firefighters, how first responders will be trained on fires involving alternative fuels and more.

Ozinga: Building Green with Faith, Family
Aired April 5, 2017

Hear from Ozinga’s Vice President of Fleet Management Jeff Bonnema as he discusses Ozinga’s 90-year history. The business, now being run by the fourth generation of family members, has built its concrete and energy companies on a foundation of faith and a commitment to a green, sustainable future. Hear about Ozinga’s pledge to convert its entire fleet to compressed natural gas and the company’s expansion to Miami!

Managing Lake County Waste
Aired March 29, 2017

Lake County Solid Waste Management District Executive Director John Minear joins Green radio Network host Carl Lisek in the studio for an update on waste management practices in Lake County. John shares information on the district’s cost-saving move to Hammond, changes in the Household Hazardous Waste Program, educational initiatives and more.

Green Radio Network Host Carl Lisek, executive director of South Shore Clean Cities, welcomes Projects Manager Gary Evers and Regional Planner and Policy Analyst James Winters of the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC). Gary and James sit down with Carl to discuss NIRPC’s Transportation Improvement Program and how citizens can get involved in transportation planning decisions.

Aired: March 15, 2017

 

Green Radio Network Host Carl Lisek, executive director of South Shore Clean Cities, welcomes Jon Groth, director of principal at Porter County Career and Technical Education Center of Valparaiso. Carl and Jon - winner of the South Shore Clean Cities 2016 Emerging Leader Award - discuss the alternative energy demonstration site at the school, Jon's remarkable environmental background and the basis for his long-standing dedication to alternative energy.

 

 

Green Radio Network Host Carl Lisek, executive director of South Shore Clean Cities, welcomes Zach Dripps, principal planner for the Michiana Area Council of Governments (MACOG). Carl and Zach discuss the green initiatives underway in the South Bend region, including the Active Transportation Plan, Partners for Clean Air, the Green Fleets partnership wih the South Shore Clean Cities, The Elkhart-Goshen Bike/Ped Master Plan and more.

 

Hear from Joe Exl, senior water resource planner for the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission. Joe sits down with Green Radio Network show host Carl Lisek on the Deep River Watershed Initiative, key issues impacting the health of the watershed and how the community can get involved in protecting and maintaining local waterways.

 

Hear from Shawn Seals, senior environmental manager for the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, on the $39 million Indiana is set to receive from the Volkswagen diesel emissions settlement and how it can help with diesel emissions reductions in Indiana. This show was taped live at the South Shore Clean Cities Annual Meeting and Awards with WIMS AM 1420's Ric Federighi and South Shore Clean Cities Executive Director and Green Radio Host Carl Lisek. Carl shares details on the show, the event and the good, green news in the Region, state and nation!

 

Annual Meeting & Awards Rewind
Aired February 15, 2017

 

Hear from South Shore Clean Cities Executive Director Carl Lisek as well as vendors and attendees at the South Shore Clean Cities Annual Meeting and Awards in this edition of the Green Radio Network. The Annual Meeting and Awards Rewind features South Shore Clean Cities friend and winner of the 2016 Media Partner of the Year Award Ric Federighi of WIMS AM 1420 interviewing a host of vendors and attendees live Feb. 14, 2017 at the event at the Blue Chip Hotel & Spa discussing clean fuels, clean vehicles, clean energy and a clean environment.

Protecting Lake County Waterways
Aired: February 8, 2017

 

Hear from Bill Emerson Jr., Lake County Surveyor and National Association of Counties’ Environmental, Energy and Land Use Steering Committee Member. Bill discusses the important role of the Lake County Surveyor’s office in protecting the county’s waterways and his newly appointed position to the National Association of Counties’ Environmental, Energy and Land Use Steering Committee.

 

The Lake County Surveyor’s Office manages over 600 miles of county regulated drains (ditches, storm sewers, and farm tiles). The office operates the MS4 program in the unincorporated Lake County area, manages and maintains survey markers throughout the county and manages the Lake County GIS online mapping system.

 

Aired: February 1, 2017

 

Hear from Kathy Luther, director of environmental programs for the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission. Kathy discusses environmental successes in the Region in 2016, including the partnership with South Shore Clean Cities for the Green Fleet program and looks ahead at projects for 2017.

 

NIRPC in the Metropolitan Planning Organization and Council of Government Officials for Lake, Porter, and LaPorte Counties of Indiana.  NIRPC provides the vehicle for local governments to cooperate and collaborate on environmental, economic, and transportation issues, planning and projects of regional value and significance.

 

Aired: January 25, 2017

 

Hear from Mark Bouman, president of the Calumet Heritage Partnership and Chicago Region Program Director for the Field Museum. Mark discusses the latest on the feasibility study for the Calumet National Heritage Area, the process for establishing a national heritage area and what it means for the Region.

 

The Calumet Heritage Partnership is a bi-state non-profit organization formed in 1999 to advocate for a heritage area in the wake of a National Park Service study done at the time for a Calumet Ecological Park.  It holds an annual heritgae conference and it has been the lead advocate for the heritage area with strong support from the Field Museum Staff

The Greenways & Blueways Map
Aired: November 5, 2016

Hear from Mitch Barloga, the Transportation Planning Manager of the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC). Mitch updates us on the Greenways & Blueways Map, which provides information on non-motorized trails and routes in Lake, Porter and LaPorte Counties. 

NIRPC is responsible for coordinating the metropolitan area transportation planning process for the region. NIRPC welcomes and encourages public participation in the planning activities of the agency. Public participation helps NIRPC realize its objectives for engaging the public as active participants in the agency's planning activities. 

Hear from John Boyd, the LaPorte County Sheriff as he discusses community programs, outreach events, and important announcements for the county. 

The LaPorte County Sheriff's Office strives to safeguard the lives and property of the people they serve, to reduce the incidence of fear and crime, and to enhance public safety while working with diverse communities to improve overall quality of life. They are able to reach their goals by forming open partnerships with the community. 

Hear from Steve Scheckel and Ray Chambers with the Northwestern Indiana Information Sharing and Security Alliance as they discuss current news and future plans for NIISSA. Steve is the Chief of Police in Munster, Indiana and Ray is from the Newton County Emergency Management Agency. 

NIISSA is a public-private partnership based in NWI, established to share security preparedness and resilience information and best practices. The goal of NIISSA is to constantly work toward improving the region's posture to resist the impact of all hazards, to recover rapidly when impacted, and to secure the protection of critical infrastructure in the region. 

The Power of Good Data
Aired: September 24, 2016

Hear from James Winters and Sarah Geinosky with the Northwestern Indiana Reginal Planning Commission as they discuss the power of good data. James is the Regional Planner and Policy Analyst and Sarah is the Geographic Information System (GIS) Analyst. 

NIRPC is responsible for coordinating the metropolitan area transportation planning process for the region. NIRPC welcomes and encourages public participation in the planning activities of the agency. Public participation helps NIRPC realize its objectives for engaging the public as active participants in the agency's planning activities. 

Hear from Chelsea Uphaus, Marketing Analyst of ROUSH CleanTech as she discusses recent successes and future plans with Propane (LPG). 

ROUSH CleanTech is an industry leader of alternative fuel vehicle technology. They have focused on developing innovative and reliable propane autogas fuel system technology since their inception. ROUSH designs, engineers, manufactures and installs propane autogas fuel systems for a variety of Ford commericial vehicles and Blue Bird School Buses. 

Hear from David Lain, CEO of David Lain Consulting as he discusses the Emerging Tech Expo and new safety and security technologies. David was formerly the Sheriff of Porter County, Indiana. 

David Lain Consulting's passion lies in helping businesses achieve their potential through safety strategies. Whether they are providing ALTA Systems Smart Balloon Technology, DNA tagging technology, or improving awareness of potential threats via social media, you can be sure to reach your safety goals with David Lain.

Hear from John Johnson, Alternative Fuel Manager of Stoops Freightliner as he discusses electronic logging devices used by trucking companies to become more energy efficient and save money.

Truck Country/Stoops Freightliner is one of the largest Freightliner dealers in the U.S. today, serving customers at 22 locations in Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana and Ohio.

Aired: July 30, 2016
 
Hear from Kathy Sipple, Coordinator of CoThrive TimeBank as she discusses the intricacies on how everyday citizens can get involved in the  initiative and help support the effort.
 
CoThrive launched in early 2015, with the mission of creating an intentional online community that fostered continuous learning and members supporting one another. 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have questions about the program please contact Lauri Keagle at
219-644-3698 or lkeagle@southshorecleancities.org
The Green Radio Network is underwritten by South Shore Clean Cities, Inc. & Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission