Last week Extension had a booth at the Alaska Forum for the Environment. We were getting information about radon, as well as offering new Alaska Center for Energy and Power research briefs that have recently been released! Many tribes were present and it was good to communicate with the EPA funded General Assistance Program (IGAP) workers about the extra resources we have for radon funding this year. Many signed up and we’ll be testing homes, tribal buildings and community dwellings for radioactivity with the connections made.
Also important was the presentation with myself and UAF College of Mines professor Debu Misra on the advantages of utilizing biochar for growing better yields, removing trace heavy metals from waters used in mining as well as giving greater efficiencies to ground cover vegetation put onto mining lands during reclamation. (An UAA professor collaborated afterward toward funding we’ll seek for better biochar research). You may have missed public workshops given on home modifications per aging in place, remote energy solutions as well as on radon yet keep an open eye as the intention is to teach such classes in Anchorage again!