Solar-Powered “Dream Green” Radio Series Explores Off-the-Grid Education

Walking Tour of M.U.M.’s Sustainable Living Center

& Faculty Interviews to Air on KRUU-FM: August 4, 7 p.m.


Contact: James Moore,

Station Manager, KRUU-FM Radio

Phone: 641.233.1617




Fairfield, IA, August 2, 2011—After weeks traveling the state to talk to Iowa’s premier sustainability experts, KRUU-FM’s “Dream Green” radio series shifts its focus closer to home. This week, Fairfield’s solar-powered community radio station takes a walking tour of the Sustainable Living Center at Maharishi University of Management and conducts faculty interviews with Lonnie Gamble and Travis Cox, to air Thursday, August 4 at 7 p.m.


Tune in online at and listen as co-hosts Stuart Tanner and James Moore explore the university’s nearly complete, off-the-grid education facility, which features edible landscaping and whole trees as beams. The Associated Press described the center as “the ultimate green building” in an article carried by Forbes, BusinessWeek, MSNBC, and other national media.


“Right here in Fairfield, Iowa, sustainable living practices are being applied that will eventually be applied throughout the globe,” said “Dream Green” co-host Stuart Tanner. “The new Sustainable Living Center is a building like no other and seeks to create a self-sufficiency and overall balance with the environment that will astound listeners in its depth and breadth of achievement.” MUM’s sustainability program offers both graduate and post-graduate degrees.


Tanner and Moore interview faculty members Lonnie Gamble and Travis Cox, as well as two students. Lonnie Gamble is a founding Sustainable Living Department faculty member and has been teaching, developing sustainability curriculum, and mentoring students since 1996. He’s not paid an electricity bill for over 15 years and has founded a number of for-profit and non-profit sustainability ventures, including Abundance Ecovillage and the Sustainable Living Coalition.


“Lonnie Gamble is well-known around the state for his passionate commitment to sustainability and his deep knowledge and first-hand experience of the subject,” said “Dream Green” co-host James Moore.


Travis Cox received an undergraduate degree from Central College in Pella and is working on his PhD through ISU, has spent years researching the intersection of social movements, education, metaphysics, environmental philosophy, and agriculture.


Online at Rebroadcast Mondays at 7 a.m. Archives and transcripts available at


NEXT WEEK: Thursday, August 11, “Dream Green” visits Norm Olson, director of BECON, the Biomass Energy Conversion Facility in Nevada, Iowa and Matthew Helmers, ISU Extension water resources engineer, who takes the team to a prairie grass research area.



Funded with a partial grant from the Iowa Power Fund and nearly 70 individuals, businesses and organizations, the Dream Green series is being released under a Creative Commons license. City administrators, radio stations, schools, and organizations involved in energy efficiency and sustainable practices are being offered free use of the series.


Dream Green is produced by the popular hosts of KRUU-FM’s Tanner & Moore, Stuart Tanner and James Moore, with the creative guidance of Maharishi University of Management faculty.


Stuart Tanner is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work has appeared on BBC, Channel 4, and National Geographic. He teaches in the Media & Communications Dept at Maharishi University of Management.


James Moore is co-founder and executive director of KRUU since its inception in 2006. A published poet and gifted musician, he serves on adjunct faculty at MUM where he teaches Radio & Web Broadcasting.


KRUU became the Midwest's first solar-powered radio station on September 9, 2009. “A business on the forefront of sustainability,” wrote then Governor Chet Culver. “With this project, KRUU-LP is contributing to a greener, safer Iowa.”

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