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For the Blue.Green.Fusion webcasts, Lee gathers research from a wide variety of sources including interviews, corporate literature, meetings, site visits, Internet searches, newspapers, newsletters, newspapers, and reports. She scripts and storyboards each episode. Then she shoots, edits, uploads to the Internet, summarizes, tags, and distributes the video via social media.
June 20, 2011
DES MOINES, IA--Lee commented on Des Moines Area Rapid Transit’s search for a General Manager, recommended that bus executives make use of the bus system themselves for on-the-ground knowledge, and public input into policy decision-making for sustainable transportation options. She shared Greater Des Moines Partnership’s call to action on passenger rail from Chicago to Quad Cities to Iowa City to Des Moines to Omaha. Lee recommended that Governor Terry Branstad make use of passenger rail expansion to keep the promise of 200,000 jobs for Iowans.
She announced expansion of the Snow Ordinance Streets Program by Public Works and Mayor Frank Cownie’s upcoming visit to the Des Moines Neighbors meeting and how citizens can impact the quality of living in Des Moines.
Lee revealed an eventful Des Moines City Council meeting with vigorous commentary from Councilwoman Hensley and Councilman-at-Large Moore and Mayor Frank Cownie on green space and city infrastructure. Brownfields, grayfields, and vacant buildings also form an integral part of sustainable development in the Des Moines metro.
She revealed the formal adoption of the Bicycle and Trail Master Plan but its relative unavailability for public view. Also arising during Council discussion—green space vs. tax base.
Capital Crossroads, the Des Moines metro vision for future development remained a topic of discussion, plus notice of public meetings for Four Mile Creek Watershed.
In terms of food policy, Lee shared updates on the Evelyn Davis Project and the difficulties faced addressing the food desert in Des Moines, the World Food Prize, multiple farmers markets, and senior citizen access to affordable, fresh, healthy food.
Lee also announced the latest program from Center on Sustainable Communities and information from her visit to the Strong America Now Conference. She followed up the Iowa Energy Forum with information about Iowa’s wind industry, TPI Composites, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, plus the latest efforts of the Iowa Power Fund.
Resources used for the show included press releases from DART and Greater Des Moines Partnership and World Food Prize and Center on Sustainable Communities, Des Moines City Council agenda, Iowa Bystander, notices from Four Mile Creek Watershed, Des Moines Register, Iowa Department of Economic Development, information from Evelyn Davis Project and Strong America Now and Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and the Business Record.
Recommended reading is think, a publication by Meredith Corporation and Drake University.
Lee feels that no matter what data are available—charts, graphs, maps, statistics, case studies—quite a lot of decision-making results from the human factor. All other factors being equal, people will likely create policy and make decisions that reflect their particular moral, ethical, and character codes.
Bus, public transportation, passenger rail, terry branstad, frank cownie, job creation, infrastructure, public works, skip moore, Christine Hensley, food policy, parks and recreation, don tripp, tax base, green space, community development, capital crossroads, watershed, brownfield, greyfield, evelyn davis project, food desert, world food prize, strong America now, farmers market, iowa energy forum, iowa power fund, tpi composites, wind energy