Friday, May 21, 2010

Patt Morrison for Monday, 5/24/2010

PATT MORRISON SCHEDULE

Monday, May 24, 2010

1-3 p.m.

 

CALL-IN @ 866-893-5722, 866-893-KPCC; OR JOIN THE CONVERSATION ONLINE ON THE PATT MORRISON BLOG AT KPCC-DOT-ORG

 

 

1:00 – 1:40

OPEN

 

1:40 – 2:00

New institute to create standards for safer and more sustainable green products

A new Green Products Innovation Institute has just been launched in California, and will be the nation’s first non-profit dedicated to developing strong standards for safer, greener consumer products. The Institute is backed by people from the public and private sectors including politicians, actors and educators. Green plastics, green clothes, green this, green that. How environmentally friendly is it all really? The institute hopes to standardize and promote sustainable products and share the information with the public.

 

Guests:

Beth Rattner, Executive Director of the Green Products Innovation Institute

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Additional guest TBD

 

2:00 – 2:30

Who needs college?!

Not very long ago, the very idea that someone should skip straight out of high school and into a job was ill-advised.  In today’s economic climate though, skipping college could be the way to go.  But considering the amount of loans and the number of years it takes many students to get that degree, these days, some experts are coming out and saying what was once unspeakable: maybe college isn’t the best investment.  In an attempt to dampen the financial issues for some young people and for the economy, many young people are now considering going directly from high school to the workforce.  How will this change the landscape of higher learning in America?  Do students prefer to be debt-free rather than be college graduates?

 

Guests:

TBA

 

 

2:30 – 2:39

OPEN

 

 

2:40 – 3:00

Saving the San Gabriel Mountains

A group of environmentalists, scientists, and nine cities, including Claremont and La Canada-Flintridge, are pushing Rep. David Dreier (R-San Dimas) to protect a large section of Angeles National Forest. Conservationists fear that encroaching development, fires, the dwindling budget of the U.S. Forest Service, and millions of yearly visitors are threatening the integrity of the mountains.  They want to protect 30,000 acres and 44 miles of rivers and creeks under the national Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, the toughest environmental protections available under federal law.  Not everyone is completely behind the San Gabriel Mountains Forever campaign.  The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works supports their efforts, but is concerned about possible impacts to its flood control and reservoir system nestled in what would become a protected zone. Congressman Dreier says he is, “committed to seeing it through”, but has some concerns.  Will Congress support the preservation of the San Gabriel Mountains?   

 

Guests:

Daniel Rossman, Regional Associate with the Wilderness Society

IN STUDIO

 

  • He helps lead the San Gabriel Mountains Forever campaign
  • He can discuss why protecting the wilderness is important, habitat, drinking water, open space, recreation, endangered species.

 

Steve Evans, conservation director, Friends of the River

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  • He is a member of San Gabriel Mountains Forever

 

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