January 2, 2022
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, to tip toeing around utilities and easements.
Chad Cully, graduate student in Cornell University's Natural Resources and the Environment program joins Annie and Jay Warmke from Blue Rock Station for a discussion design challenges in creating an urban forest garden.
December 26, 2021
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 from Blue Rock Station for a discussion of Columbus Ohio's Climate Action Plan – and how action at the local level might just make all the difference.
December 19, 2021
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.
December 12, 2021
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 Program Planner for Rural Action for a discussion of how AmeriCorps volunteers will meet the challenges presented by a changing environment.
December 5, 2021
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) is changing how power is delivered to your home and how smart home devices are going to dramatically change how you consume that power.
November 21, 2021
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 and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a discussion what was gained and what was lost in dropping out of the consumption-driven lifestyle to build a life more connected to the earth.
November 14, 2021
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 recent book, the Family Guide to Medical School Admissions. So how does this relate to sustainability?
Getting into an elite school involves a great deal of self-evaluation, developing your narrative, marketing yourself, and relying to the support of your family and community. Living a purpose-driven life requires the same.
November 7, 2021
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 death (or maybe a slide into retirement) of the internal combustion engine.
Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a discussion where we are as a society with electric vehicles today – and where we are headed in the next decade or so.
October 31, 2021
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 of some of the frequently asked questions about the good, the bad and the ugly of living in a house made of trash.