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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 and find your favorite podcast 24/7.



Alternative Energy & Education

Aired: March 15, 2017


Green Radio Network host Carl Lisek, executive director of South Shore Clean Cities, welcomes Jon Groth, director and principal at Porter County Career and Technical Education Center in Valparasio. 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.

MACOG’s Zach Dripps on Greening Michiana
Aired: March 8, 2017


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 with South Shore Clean Cities, The Elkhart-Goshen Bike/Ped Master Plan and more.

IDEM's Shawn Seals and the VW Settlement
Aired: February 22, 2017

Hear from Shawn Seals, senior environmental manager for the Indiana Department of Transportation, 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.



The Region's Enviornment in 2017

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.


The Calumet Heritage Partnership Feasibility Study

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 heritage conference and it has been the lead advocate for the heritage area with strong support from 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. 

Enhancing Public Safety through Community Programs
Aired: October 22, 2016

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. 

Security Preparedness and Resilience Information
Aired: October 8, 2016

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. 

Promoting Propane and Paving the Way for Sustainable Fuel Usage
Aired: September 10, 2016

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. 

Emerging Tech Expo: Advancements in Safety and Security Technologies
Aired: August 27, 2016

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.

Electronic Logging Devices for Over the Road Trucks
Aired: August 13, 2016

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. 

Transportation and Advancements in the Northwest Indiana Region
Aired: July 16, 2016

Hear from Belinda Petroskey, Transit Planner with the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission as she discusses upcoming advancements in public transportation within Northwest Indiana.

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 goals objectives for engaging the public as active participants in the agency's planning activities.


On this segment of the "Green Radio Network", we go live with Alexandra at the Green Fleet Educational Workshop on Biobased and Soy products that can be used to replace the more harmful and chemically induced products.

Interviews Include: Kevin Wilson, United Soybean Board; Chris Case, United Soybean Board; Julie Ohmen, Indiana Soybean Alliance; Paul Imbrock, Environmental Concrete Products; Lorena Nelson, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore; Mike Freisthler, Biorestor; and Charlie Ackerman, BioStripe.

Aired: June 18, 2016
Hear from Tristan Vance, Director of the Indiana Office of Energy Development as he discusses the many grant programs that are developing throughout the state of Indiana.
Indiana needs affordable, reliable energy for its business to remain economically competitive and for Hoosier families to grow and thrive. OED coordinates state energy policy with executive branch agencies, house energy-related programs, and works to support a strong, comprehensive, coordinated energy plan for Indiana. The office also administered grant programs funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. These grants promote the use of alternative power and fuels, energy efficiency and public education on energy issues in Indiana.
Hear from Marc Van Dongen with Midwest Wind and Solar as he discusses the opportunities for solar electric, solar thermal and wind systems that are offered throughout the Midwest.
Midwest Wind and Solar is a full service organization providing grant writing, certified site analysis, design, installation, maintenance, and training. With over 25 years of electrical, automation and project planning experience your assured of superior results.
Aired: May 21, 2016
Hear from Ken Parrent, Director of Biofuels with the IN Corn & Soybean Alliance as he discusses the future of biofuels in Indiana and the benefits it can have to help improve air quality.
In 2015 The Indiana Office of Energy Development (OED) along with the Clean Cities Organizations and the Department of Agriculture applied for a grant through from USDA Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership. IN Corn Marketing Council (ICMC) provided the matching funds necessary to obtain the grant. We were able to secure an $895,000 grant from the USDA.

Reducing the Environmental Footprint at the Farm
Aired: May 7, 2016

Hear from Leslie Rusk, Marketing & Special Events Director with Fair Oaks Farms as she discusses upcoming summer events at the farm, along with ways they are reducing their environmental footprint and becoming even more energy efficient!
Fair Oaks Farms brings Reduce, Reuse, Recycle to a whole new light.  Our entire facility runs on cow & pig manure.  We transform our farms' waste into energy by way of our anaerobic digesters, we reduce our dependency upon natural gas and electricity during the milk and manufacturing process. 
Aired: April 23, 2016
Hear from John Walton, Vice President of Black Dog Corporation and Vice Chair of Chicago Area Clean Cities as he discusses the 2016 Green Drives Conference and Expo.
As one of the largest green-transportation conferences held in the Midwest, this one-day event is a must-attend event for public and private fleets, as well as federal, state and local government officials, auto manufacturers, dealerships, fuel suppliers, conversion companies, small businesses, and environment, clean-tech and clean-energy professionals. 

Green Infrastructure and Conservation Planning in Northwest Indiana
Aired: April 9, 2016

Hear from Joe Exl, Senior Water Resource Planner for the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) as he discusses water quality of Northwest Indiana, the Deep River-Portage Burns Waterway Initiative, and what to expect this summer in regards to green infrastructure and conservation planning.

Air Quality Control and How to Reduce Pollution in Your Community
Aired:  March 26, 2016

Hear from Kathy Luther, Director of Environmental Management for the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) as she discusses the complete streets project and livable centers neighborhoods which encourages communities to ride public transportation and find other methods of transportation. 

2016 South Shore Clean Cities Annual Meeting Interview
Aired: February 27, 2016

Hear live interviews from the 2016 Annual Meeting & Awards at the Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City, IN.
Each year, South Shore Clean Cities gathers to celebrate the efforts and many successes of its members and partners. These organizations are recognized for efforts in reducing their dependence on petroleum-based fuels, implementing alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure, and helping to improve Northern Indiana's air quality.
Aired: January 30, 2016
Hear from Ken Brown, Government Affairs Consultant for the Transportation Energy Partners as he discusses the Energy Independence Summit. 
The Energy Independence Summit provides a unique opportunity for Clean Cities Coalitions and leaders in the clean transportation industry to network and build partnerships with each other, and with key Congressional and Administration policymakers in Washington, DC.




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