Blue collar jobs. Green economy.
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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.
Lee revealed the addition of Celara Sun (McQueen Press, 2010) to West Des Moines Public Library and the addition of Writer in the Library! (McQueen Press, 2008) to Ames Public Library. She described her visit to Trader Joe's in West Des Moines and a conversation with the store manager about a second location in downtown Des Moines plus thoughts on the Old Top Value location.
She recounted citizen reaction to urban planning by Greater Des Moines Partnership, Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, and Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) on transportation, land use, economic development, and accessibility. Lee also revealed her thoughts on the new transit hub and made recommendations for the Des Moines Register's coverage of sustainability issues. She explored road versus rail in the Midwest and the controversy over development of the biomass, bioethanol, and biodiesel industries in the Midwest.
News also included the latest projects funded by the Iowa Power Fund. Lee explored the need for self-help, self-reliance, and individual creativity and effort in response to political inaction and/or gridlock.
This led to energy efficiency and what steps individuals could take to conserve their own dollars and energy resources despite what happens at the policy level. Insulation and sealing leaks around doors, windows, roofs, attics, basements, baseboards, joints, and holes (for electrical, plumbing, and HVAC) are the most important steps. Lee revealed different forms of sealants. She also made cost-saving recommendations for laundry, kitchen, appliances, HVAC systems, and use of vehicles.