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SUNY Canton to Spearhead Biodiesel Plant

SUNY Canton yesterday announced plans to help build a factory in the North Country that turns soybeans, corn, canola, and even used frying oil into fuel. As David Sommerstein reports, the college believes a biodiesel plant could create hundreds of jobs and provide a boost to ailing farms.  Go to full article
Brainstorming local answers for the economy
Brainstorming local answers for the economy

"Going Local": Promise & Challenge

Last week about a hundred community leaders from St. Lawrence County came together to chart a new future for economic growth. Their mission was to identify opportunities for local business development. The occasion was the 1st annual Burt Symposium at St. Lawrence University, entitled "Going Local: Capitalizing on Our Resources in St. Lawrence County". David Sommerstein stopped by near the end of the two-day conference and reports on the group's progress.  Go to full article
Christopher Lydon
Christopher Lydon

Going Local in a Global Economy: a Call-in Special with Chris Lydon (Hour 1)

Renowned public radio talk host Christopher Lydon was joined in the NCPR studio by guests including Michael Shuman, author of Going Local, Karen St. Hilaire, executive director of the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, Robert Penski, owner of a North Country personnel services company, and NCPR station manager Ellen Rocco, to engage in a wide-ranging conversation with callers about the nature and condition of the North Country economy and its future prospects.  Go to full article

Going Local in a Global Economy: a Call-in Special with Chris Lydon (Hour 2)

Renowned public radio talk host Christopher Lydon was joined in the NCPR studio by guests including Michael Shuman, author of Going Local, Karen St. Hilaire, executive director of the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, Robert Penski, owner of a North Country personnel services company, and NCPR station manager Ellen Rocco, to engage in a wide-ranging conversation with callers about the nature and condition of the North Country economy and its future prospects.  Go to full article

What's Your Ecological Footprint?

David Sommerstein talks with the co-directors of the Global Living Project about calculating how many natural resources each of us consumes. It's called an "ecological footprint" and was used to calculate consumption per student at St. Lawrence University, as a part of an energy-saving campaign.  Go to full article
Joe Rappa shows off the final product.
Joe Rappa shows off the final product.

Biodiesel: Brew Your Own Fuel

Tomorrow in Canton the North Country Sustainable Energy Fair showcases alternative energies and conservation techniques, from wind and solar power to "green" construction. One presenter will share his experience turning used vegetable oil into biodiesel fuel to power his car. David Sommerstein has this profile.  Go to full article

The Post Industrial World Economy: Upside Down and Backward

Business leader, environmentalist, and author Paul Hawken is a leading proponent of natural capitalism: corporate reform with respect to ecological practices. Hawken spoke last spring at Clarkson University, as part of the college's series on sustainability. He opened his remarks with his explanation of the world economy now, calling it "upside down and backwards." The entire speech can be heard at:  Go to full article

Bill Moore: Building a Wind Farm on the Tug Hill Plateau

David Sommerstein talks with Bill Moore, founder and principal of Atlantic Renewable Energy Corporation, about the present and future of wind-generated electricity. Moore is designing and building a wind farm on the Tug Hill Plateau in Lewis County. He'll be speaking as a part of the North Country Sustainable Energy Fair this weekend.  Go to full article

Plugging That Leaky House

Since September's terrorist attacks, and now with the current violence in the Middle East, many people are looking ways to reduce U.S. reliance on foreign oil.

This weekend, the annual North Country Sustainable Energy Fair in Canton will draw attention to other sources of energy, like wind, solar, and fuel cells. And this year the organizers have put a special focus on conserving energy in older, drafty homes. The group Community Energy Services has been designated by New York State to coordinate energy efficiency programs in the North Country. Last year the group worked with Canton churches to help make pastors' homes more energy efficient. David Sommerstein reported on the project in May 2001.

For more information on the North Country Sustainable Energy Fair, visit the link below, or call 315-379-0959.
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People: Sandra Steingraber, Author of Living Downstream

David Sommerstein talks with biologist and author Sandra Steingraber. She's spent more than two decades linking rising cancer rates to pollution in our air, our water, and our food. In 1959, the year Sandra Steingraber was born, 25 percent of all Americans could expect to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes. Today that number's risen to 40 percent.  Go to full article

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