Airs Wednesdays at 10PM beginning September 2, 2020
Sustaining US is a weekly half-hour program airing on KLCS PBS that highlights topics related to everything from green buildings and cities, climate change, water, energy, marine life, wildfires and natural disasters; to healthcare, education, technology, the economy, employment diversity, homelessness, and transportation. Our primary focus is people because human beings are our greatest resource. Sustaining US seeks to educate and inform the public about science and present solutions on how we can all succeed economically and environmentally. David Nazar reports.
Watch the most recent episode of Sustaining Us
Episode 101: Great Flood
In Southern California natural disasters are a way of life. Wildfires, mudslides and probably the disaster many of us fear the most: a monster earthquake. It’s not often, given the horrendous drought situation here in the Golden State, that neighbors are worried about too much rain. However, what if that rain were to morph into a massive flood of biblical proportions? A natural disaster so great that California could be ground zero for possibly the costliest natural disaster in world history. Scientists at UCLA, and meteorologists around the state, have been researching and studying the likelihood of this type of flood here in California; a repeat of the Great Flood of California in 1862.
Episode 102: Green Janitors
Many of us believe we get sick at work… because we are around other sick people. Your coworkers decide to work at the office even though they have cold or flu symptoms. While that is true… many of us do not know that we could get sick simply from the toxic chemicals in the cleaning supplies that the custodial service companies have been using for years. That is why there is a brand new project in the works to keep you safe at your workplace. It is the Green Janitor Education Program… part of an effort of the United States Green Building Council… or USGBC. If you work in one of the office buildings in Downtown Los Angeles… you probably do not even know that when you leave in the evening… Green Janitors are cleaning your office in the most environmentally friendly way possible to keep you safe from disease and illness… and also to keep you sustainable. We also discuss green buildings and green cities.
Episode 103: USGS Earthquake
The United States Geological Survey or USGS is in the process of building a brand new earthquake alert system in California as well as Oregon and Washington State. This new USGS high tech system could be the prototype for advanced sustainability technology. The early warning earthquake system is called ShakeAlert. This technology uses decades of earthquake science and a network of sensors to monitor for the earliest sign of a quake before sending you a warning. U-S-G-S says ShakeAlert can give seconds… and in some cases tens of seconds… of advance earthquake warning depending upon how close or how far away you live from a fault line so you can take the necessary actions to protect life and property. We also discuss the recent Ridgecrest Earthquake and the resiliency of the DTLA skyline in the event of a massive earthquake.