KXCI Earth Day Programming 2014

Following is a brief synopsis each segment of KXC’s special Earth Day Programming April 22, 2014
1) Backyard Chickens
Interview with Elizabeth Reeves and her 9 year old daughter Lucia, who goes to Borton School, about the basics of having Backyard Chickens in Ye Ol’ Tucson. Find out how easy it is + why it’s good for the environment. (Plus you get good eggs)
2)City of Tucson Recycling!  What Goes in Your Blue Barrel?
What can I put in my Blue Barrel?  Have you wondered?  Have you been vexed when seeing things in other barrels that should not be in there?
This podcast gives a run-down on what you can put in your Blue Barrel.
 Why Recycle?
By recycling, in the U.S., we are diverting about 32% from the landfill.  With more awareness and availability of recycling programs, we can easily increase that number.
39 thousand tons per year are recycled in the City of Tucson.
Here are some reasons recycling is good:
-Recycling one aluminum can saves enough electricity to run a computer for 3 hours.
-Using recycled glass uses 40% less energy than making it from raw materials
-recycling paper uses 50 percent less water + generates 74 percent less air pollution.
-Approx. 88 percent of energy is saved when plastic items are made from (recycled) materials.
It is very important to note that Recycling is the last of the three r’s.  Reduce and reuse first.  And, try to avoid plastics.  They are not actually RE-cycled, but, down-cycled into a lesser product.  And, plastic never really goes away, does it?
3) KXCI at Earth Day Festival 2014
April 22nd is Earth Day.
It’s celebrated in more than 192 countries.
KXCI celebrates Earth Day with special programming on that day. Also, KXCI was out on the scene @ Reid Park this year on April 12th for the 20th Annual Earth Day Festival.
Gretchen, Producer of The Weekly Green asked attendees to name something they do to help the Earth.There were some great answers!
4) Sky Island Alliance In Studio
In this segment Gretchen talks with Sergio Avila, Program Manager of  Sky Island Alliance.
Sergio answers the pertinent question: what in the world IS a Sky Island? Also, learn about the super-important projects that  Sky Island Alliance is working on in Southern Arizona + Northern Mexico, and how you can help.
5)Vermiculture A.K.A. Worm Composting is the hot new thing.
Gretchen of The Weekly Green talks with KXCI Friday afternoon Music Mixer Susie B about her worms and how they are helping her garden grow.
Using worms is an easy way to get rid of green waste at your home. And, they produce a nice rich compost for your garden.