- Larry J. Silverman, Esq. Professor, Environmental Law, Johns Hopkins University, Krieger Advanced Academic Programs
- Randy Pheobus, CEO/President, Native Grassland Conservancy
- Robert A. Freling, Executive Director, Solar Electric Light Fund
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The EmeraldPlanet weekly television programs are broadcast and distributed via Channel 10 TV in Fairfax, Virginia USA. The programs are being simulcast to 2095 stations around the United States and then overseas by the Internet and C-SPAN television. The EmeraldPlanet programs are currently available in all countries and 214 territories around the world. The Emerald Trek and companion The Emerald Mini-Treks are identifying the 1,000 “best practices” on location from the 143 nations, 750 cities, and 50,000 communities by Internet TV, local television stations, main stream media outlets, YouTube, Facebook, The EmeraldPlanet Meetup, Twitter, among other social media networks, and all manner of print media.
The EmeraldPlanet TV is broadcasting weekly a number of the “best practices which are identified through collaboration with: major non-governmental organizations (NGOs); United Nations, universities and colleges; research institutes; government ministries and agencies; Embassies; banking and micro-lending organizations; Chambers of Commerce; World Trade Centers, international bodies such as The World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), Inter-American Development Bank, African Development Bank Group, Asian Development Bank, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization), citizens groups; multimedia organizations; among others by utilizing the most advanced broadcasting hardware and software along with an outstanding television Production Crew to reach an ever expanding global audience. The Emerald Trek is focused upon linking principals identified among the 1,000 ‘best practices’ in the 144 nations being visited through this world-wide movement. The Emerald Trek is encompassing over 300,000 miles, visiting 750 major cities, and 50,000 suburban and rural communities in the identified nations.
This program features:
- Segment 1: Larry J. Silverman, Esq. Professor, Environmental Law, Johns Hopkins University, Krieger Advanced Academic Programs
- Segment 2: Randy Pheobus, CEO/President, Native Grassland Conservancy
- Segment 3: Robert A. Freling, Executive Director, Solar Electric Light Fund
- Segment 4: Larry J. Silverman, Esq., Randy Pheobus, and Robert A. Freling
Johns Hopkins University
Johns Hopkins University is home one of the largest most comprehensive Environmental engineering programs today. Students cover everything from the science and the technologies to the planning and development. The planning and management program is relatively new to the Whiting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins, but the program is now regarded as one of the most comprehensive in the U.S. Johns Hopkins offers 15 different degrees and certificates for their Environmental Professionals. Experienced faculty work with the students in the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in order to further broaden the educations of their students. The University has grown the Environmental program to a faculty of roughly Fifty members of the highest qualification. The staff is affiliated with organizations such as U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Maryland Department of the Environment, U.S. Department of Energy, National Research Council, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Solar Electric Light Fund
SELF was founded in 1990 by Neville Williams, an award-winning journalist and author of Chasing the Sun: Solar Adventures Around the World. Williams had worked for the U.S. Department of Energy promoting solar power during the Carter administration. In its early projects, SELF used funds provided by the World Bank, private philanthropies and development agencies to buy enough modest home-size Solar Home Systems (SHS) for one small village at a time. SELF developed a microfinance program to help villagers purchase the systems for their homes, and established local dealerships and trained members of the community as solar installers and technicians.
The Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF) is an international development aid organization working to end global poverty by bringing solar power and Internet access to the world’s poorest people in remote rural areas.SELF’s installations provide electricity for homes, clinics, schools, village water pumps, vaccine refrigerators, drip irrigation farming and micro-enterprise centers to improve the health, education, food supply and job opportunities for the two billion people living in energy poverty. SELF provides training in the set-up, installation and maintenance of the solar electric and wireless systems to enable communities to remain self-reliant.
SELF’s mission is to provide solar power and wireless communications to a quarter of the world’s population living in energy poverty. Acting as a catalyst, SELF provides technical and financial assistance to empower these people to change their lives. SELF believes that energy is a human right. To meet global challenges such as food and water scarcity, climate change and poverty, SELF works to assign greater priority to the importance of sustainable energy among international development banks, aid agencies, foundations, and philanthropic individuals, who are committed to improving the health, education, and economic prospects of the world’s poorest citizens.
In collaboration with government, industry and non-governmental organization partners, SELF has launched solar rural electrification projects in 18 countries: China, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Vietnam, Indonesia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Brazil, Solomon Islands, Bhutan, Nigeria, Lesotho, and most recently in Benin, Burundi and Rwanda.
As you may know EmeraldPlanet is a worldwide non-profit organization dedicated to identifying at least 1,000 ‘best practices’ for sustainable environmental and economic development. Our efforts are to link those having such “best practices” with those needing the technologies, processes, services, and products to be outstanding ecological stewards of their resources.
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