TV Show - The Green Room

The Green Room is a collaboration between the City of Ann Arbor’s Community Television Network (CTN), Washtenaw County Public Works and the Office of the Water Resources Commissioner. The airing of each new episode begins on the second Tuesday of the month on Channel 16, and continues throughout the month.  You can check, and click on Program Guide for the full line up. 

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The show is produced by Barbara Lucas and Tim Nagae. Through her work with the County, Barbara also co-produces a monthly Green Room radio show with WEMU 89.1FM.


Below are the shows that have aired in chronological order. 

2020 TV Shows

Theo Eggermont, Washtenaw County Public Works Director, discusses the new Washtenaw Regional Resource Management Authority. 

Rebecca Esselman, executive director of the Huron River Watershed Council, discusses microplastic pollution in our waterways.

For more information on microplastics - visit the Huron River Watershed Council’s page: 

Remy Long, Manager of the City of Ann Arbor’s Greenbelt Program, discusses the preservation of agricultural land and open space in the Ann Arbor area.

Marc Williams of Western Washtenaw Recycling Authority discusses current challenges and opportunities in the recycling world.

Craig Stephan discusses impacts to Michigan from climate change.

Green Room this month features Missy Stults who is the Sustainability and Innovations Manager for the City of Ann Arbor.  Dr. Stults discusses the city’s A2 Zero campaign, which aims for community-wide carbon-neutrality by 2030.

Kris Olsson discusses the science of extreme weather.  Kris is a watershed ecologist with the Huron River Watershed Council who volunteers with the Climate Reality Project and the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, giving presentations on this topic.

Steven Kolk, an insurance actuary, discusses the financial repercussions of climate change and how the insurance industry is being affected.

2019 TV Shows

Timothy Arvan, University of Michigan student delegate to the 2018 Conference of Parties in Katowice, Poland talks about the conference and what he learned and discussed there.

  • July 5, 2019 (84)- Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (TV)                                          

Marlotte DeJong discusses the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which she attended in Poland last December.

  • June 7, 2019 (83)- Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions (TV)                                          

Timothy Arvan, University of Michigan student delegate to the 2018 Conference of Parties in Katowice, Poland.  Timothy discusses carbon pricing, a proposal to help bring down greenhouse gas emissions by making fossil fuels more costly than cleaner forms of energy.

  • May 15, 2019 (82)- Recycling Challenges & Opportunities (TV)                                          

Marc Williams of the Western Washtenaw Recycling Authority discusses challenges and opportunities in the world of recycling.

  • April 9, 2019 (81)- Environmental Programs - A Retrospective (TV)                                       

Matt Naud, former City of Ann Arbor Environmental Coordinator, discusses some of the many environmental programs he has been involved with over the years.

PFAS:  Brian Stieglitz, Water Treatment Manager for the City of Ann Arbor, discusses Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a group of man-made chemicals that is emerging as a problem not only in the Huron River but worldwide. 

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  7. 2012
  8. 2011
  9. 2010

2018 TV Shows

  • October 9, 2018 (79)  Water Quality Plan for Southeast Michigan. (TV) 
    Kelly Karll of the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments discusses plans for protecting water quality in our area.
  • September 10, 2018 (78)  Birds of Washtenaw County. (TV) 
    Juliet Berger, the City of Ann Arbor’s ornithologist, discusses some of the birds seen in our local area and how to identify them.
  • August 14, 2018 (77)  Vermiculture - Composting Food Waste With Worms. (TV) 
    Our guests are Jesse Raudenbush of Starr Valley Farms, and Noelle Bowman of the Washtenaw County Public Works Department.
  • July 9, 2018: (76)  Native Landscaping for Birds. (TV) 
    Dr. Cathy Theisen of Washtenaw Audubon discusses native landscaping and other practices that will make your yard a healthy and safe haven for the many bird species of our local area. Photo By: Pslawinski from Wikimedia Commons
  • June 15, 2018 (75)
    Environmental Benefits of Farmers Markets.  The guest is Growing Hope’s Dayna Sprentall, registered dietician and manager of the Ypsilanti Farmers Market. 
  • May 14, 2018 (74)
    Gardening Amidst Urban Wildlife. Organic Gardener Barb Scholz shares how she raises vegetables, honeybees and chickens amidst urban wildlife.
  • April 10, 2018 (73)
    Invasive Plants. Bernd Blossey of Cornell University discusses his research on invasive plant species, and how non-native earthworms and deer can contribute to their spread.
  • March 13, 2018 (72)
    The Benefits of Trees. Michael Kost, Curator of Native Plants at the University of Michigan’s Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum, discusses the benefits of trees and how we can help them grow.
  • February 13, 2018 (71)
    Sustainability Practices at Arbor Teas. "Arbor Teas" is a local small business and a member of the Washtenaw County Environmental Excellence Partnership Program.  Owners Aubrey and Jeremy Lopatin describe their company's sustainability practices.