Cool Solutions

Series produced by Wendy Ring

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Documentary series about US communities taking climate action. Led by everyone from school lunch ladies to city councils, towns of all sizes are cutting carbon emissions. We tell their stories, explain the science behind their solutions, and explore how acting locally helps build prosperous, fair, and healthy communities.

Documentary series about American communities taking climate action from the bottom up. As leadership fails at the highest levels and concerned people wonder what to do, we weave stories, science, and humor to put doable local solutions into the hands of listeners. The heroes in our stories are regular people from all walks of life who take action where they live and speak from the heart about why they do it. Stories mostly about small to mid size cities around the US.

We keep our own carbon footprint small by not traveling, and doing all our interviews remotely via phone or internet.


14 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: Food Rescuers, Credit: Food Rescue US
Smartphone app turns food waste to meals instead of methane.

Bought by KTAL-LP [Las Cruces Community Radio]


  • Added: Aug 06, 2019
  • Length: 28:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Volunteers planting trees in Louisville
Health researchers are planting 8,000 trees in Louisville to learn how trees prevent cardiac death. No crystals and woo woo. This is solid scienc...

Bought by 'The Sea'


  • Added: Jul 09, 2019
  • Length: 28:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Community residents, longshoremen, small businesspeople, tribes and environmentalists got together and stopped a massive oil by rail terminal in Va...

Bought by WFHB, KRZA, and KMRE-LP


  • Added: Jun 09, 2019
  • Length: 28:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Citizens celebrate passage of Clear Skies Ordinance, Credit: Dan Wood
Despite millions of dollars of pressure from Shell, Exxon, and the American Petroleum Institute, the small city of South Portland, Maine stops the...

Bought by KMRE-LP and KRZA


  • Added: May 09, 2019
  • Length: 28:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Beaumont solar street lights
Solar street lights are local clean energy that can be installed in a day.

Bought by WFHB, KGNU, KMRE-LP, and KRZA


  • Added: Apr 11, 2019
  • Length: 28:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Turn out for city council vote on 100%
A different kind of organizing leads Norman OK and Hanover NH to vote unanimously for 100% clean energy.

Bought by WFHB, KMRE-LP, and KRZA


  • Added: Mar 11, 2019
  • Length: 28:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Half empty lot on Black Friday, Credit: Strong Towns
Fayetteville Arkansas and Buffalo NY stopped requiring off-street parking and found that walkable shopping districts boost local business. Its some...

Bought by WFHB, KMRE-LP, and KRZA


  • Added: Feb 10, 2019
  • Length: 27:59
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Evans Station Lofts
Making neighborhoods sustainable makes them desirable and rising prices push old residents out. Community land trusts in Denver CO and Burlington ...

Bought by KGNU and KMRE-LP


  • Added: Jan 10, 2019
  • Length: 28:00
  • Purchases: 2
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Want a bike lane? Then go out and paint one on the road. Citizens in Macon redesigned downtown streets to show their city what the future can be....

Bought by KMRE-LP, WRGY, and RadioFreePalmer


  • Added: Dec 10, 2018
  • Length: 28:00
  • Purchases: 3
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Wildfire victims rebuild all solar, all electric homes with help from their community energy program. Hear one family's story, learn what makes a h...

Bought by KMRE-LP, RadioFreePalmer, and KRZA


  • Added: Oct 13, 2018
  • Length: 28:00
  • Purchases: 3
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Our aging US fleet of diesel school buses exposes kids to toxic fumes, inside and out. Twin Rivers Unified School District is one of the first in t...

Bought by KMRE-LP and WRGY


  • Added: Sep 19, 2018
  • Length: 28:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Installing battery in Sterling
A story of 3 towns who find that storing solar energy in giant batteries is cheaper and safer than power plants.

Bought by KMRE-LP


  • Added: Jun 24, 2018
  • Length: 28:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Stories of 3 eco-entrepreneurs in Boston, Chicago, and San Diego who divert food waste from landfills and turn it into income, jobs, and fertile so...

Bought by KMRE-LP, KFOI Radio, and KMXT


  • Added: May 07, 2018
  • Length: 28:00
  • Purchases: 3
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School cafeterias across the nation are improving their students' health and their futures by serving more plant-based meals.

Bought by KMRE-LP, KFOI Radio, and KVSC


  • Added: Feb 07, 2018
  • Length: 28:08
  • Purchases: 3