“Dream Green” Radio Series Explores Policy and Its Critical Role in IA’s Green Sector

Interviews with Iowa Policy Project’s David Osterberg 

and MUM Sustainable Living’s John Collins: Sept. 8, 7 p.m.





Fairfield, IA, September 7, 2011—This week, KRUU-FM’s “Dream Green” team unearths some crucial policies behind Iowa’s growing green sector, interviewing David Osterberg, founder and executive director of the Iowa Policy Project, and MUM Sustainable Living faculty member John Collins. The broadcast airs Thursday, September 8th at 7 p.m., online at www.kruufm.com. (Rebroadcast Monday, September 5 at 7 a.m. Archives of series available at greeniowa.org.)


“Iowa now gets almost 20% of its energy from wind and policy played a key role,” said series co-host Stuart Tanner. “The reason we have large scale wind farms in the state is because the Iowa State legislature passed a law requiring some of the state's energy to come from renewable sources back in 1983. Though it met with resistance from utility companies, as we learn from David Osterberg, the law eventually came into effect in 1999.”


Policy has played, and continues to play, a critical role in the growth of Iowa’s green sector. “Having a good argument why something should happen is only the first part of the process to bring it into effect,” added co-host James Moore. “The challenge is creating policies so what you want to happen actually does happen. This program gives insight into the benefits and drawbacks of current energy policies and what policies would increase the production of renewable energy.”


Former Iowa state representative David Osterberg chaired the House Energy and Environmental Protection Committee. In 1983 he was instrumental in getting the first green legislation passed in the country under then governor Terry Branstad. A  Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate in 1998 and former consultant to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Osterberg is an associate clinical professor in the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Iowa.


John Collins has served as an elected local councilor in the U.K. and engaged in politics and national campaigning on GMOs and waste management issues. He joined MUM’s Sustainable Living Department in 2008 and teaching a range of courses related to state, national, and international policy addressing sustainability issues.


Next week: Thursday, September 15th at 7p.m. (rebro Monday, September 19th at 7a.m.), the “Dream Green” series presents a focus on the University of Iowa with sustainability director Liz Christiansen, energy director Tom Mowrey, and walking tours of UI’s Energy Discovery District, Power Plant and student gardens.




Funded by nearly 70 individuals, businesses and organizations with a matching community grant from the Iowa Power Fund’s Office of Energy Independence, 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 is an assistant professor in the Media & Communications Department at Maharishi University of Management.


James Moore is co-founder and has served as executive director of KRUU-FM 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.” Featuring 80 locally-produced weekly programs broadcasting to the greater Fairfield area, KRUU streams online at www.kruufm.com. You can follow the journey of discovery at www.greeniowa.org.