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Catalyst Radio: Wege Speaker Series bringing to town wind energy expert Tom Kiernan

The Wege Foundation continues its speaker series at Aquinas College with wind energy expert Tom Kiernan, CEO of the nonprofit American Wind Energy Association. The free event on Thursday, Apr. 24 begins at 4 p.m.

About Catalyst Radio

Catalyst Radio is the weekly public affairs radio program of Community Media Center, with producer and host Linda Gellasch. The program is a feature of WYCE and The Rapidian and includes interviews with organizations and people working on social change and community support, examines media and free speech issues, and takes a look at the behind-the-scenes of Rapidian reporting. You can catch it on air at noon every Friday on WYCE 88.1 FM or streaming on the Grand Rapids Community Media Center Website.

Past Catalyst Radio episodes are archived on The Rapidian.

Tom Kiernan, Wind Energy Speaker

Tom Kiernan, Wind Energy Speaker

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In this episode of Catalyst Radio we have the opportunity to talk to the featured guest at this year’s upcoming Wege Speaker Series on Economicology taking place Thursday, Apr. 24, at Aquinas Performing Arts Center.

Joining us by phone is Tom Kiernan, CEO of the nonprofit American Wind Energy Association. Kiernan will give us a preview of his talk at next week’s event centering on sustainable energy with a focus on wind energy for Michigan. Kiernan discusses how wind energy relates to Economicology – a term coined by Wege Foundation founder Peter Wege to describe the intersection of economy and ecology.

But first we have in studio today to preview the free Wege Speaker Series event Susan Lovell, long-time editor and biographer for Peter Wege. Lovell will explain the purpose of the speaker series, now in its 18th year, and the motivations and purposes behind Peter Wege’s philanthropic efforts that largely focus on the health of the environment, and particularly here in West Michigan.



Music is featured in this episode of Catalyst Radio is local artist Andrew P Oliver, with the song “I Can Hear The Wind” from the release The Kindred Fellow.

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There is so much the fossil-fueled AWEA neglects to mention: