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What if going green were as easy as listening to the radio?

Now or Never is a radio program on all things environmental that concern you: from environmental health, energy efficiency, and the immediate effects of climate change to clean technologies, financing the green economy, and city, state and federal policy.

We’ve answered the following questions on your behalf : Which old buildings are the best candidates for greening and how to do it? Is driving electric worth your while? What’s hydrofracking and do we need it for energy independence? Are the fish we like eat endangered? Does the term “biodegradable” on plastics really let us off the hook? Who’s greener, Google or Microsoft? What can an ESCO do for me?

Now or Never talks with scientists, diplomats, fuel cell developers, sustainability executives, city officials, ornithologists, journalists, solar panel installers, investors, environmental lawyers, superintendents, trade associations, and watchdogs to answer your questions, crystallize what’s at stake and equip you to—with any luck—save the planet.

Now or Never is produced by Block Productions, Inc.

Team

Sarah Bacon, Co-Founder, Co-Producer & Co-Host

Sarah Bacon is a D.C. native, an artworld deserter, and a serial connector. She was chief media strategist for Creative Time, the derring-do public art presenter behind the likes of Tribute in Light, the memorial to 9/11, and “Waiting for Godot” in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward. She opened the Bunker Museum of Contemporary Art with artist Cai Guo-Qiang on a former cold war military base in the Taiwanese Strait, which lured 800,000 visitors its inaugural year. She co-founded the SweetArt Katrina Fund, which raised $300,000 to administer grants to Gulf Coast artists for basic living needs, and was honored by the Contemporary Arts Center for her contribution to the City of New Orleans. From 2006-2009, Sarah designed campaigns for environmental, humanitarian and cultural groups at Fenton, the national social change communications shop; she worked this past summer on flood resilience for New York City’s Department of City Planning and is trained in Education for Sustainability by the Cloud Institute. Sarah finished her masters in Sustainability Management at Columbia University’s Earth Institute in December 2011, for which her thesis was a sustainability assessment of a 1924, 144,000 square foot  public middle and high school in the heart of New York’s East Village.

Sarah is on the board of Refugees International, the world’s most powerful advocate for the displaced, where she works to advance its Center for the Study of Climate Displacement and expand its New York base. She lives in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.

Ben Pomeroy, Co-Founder, Co-Producer & Co-Host

Ben started in radio when he hosted a music and talk show on WKCO in Gambier, Ohio and had so much fun doing it that he went on to work as a producer for Public Radio International’s “Fair Game with Faith Salie.” Ben studied anthropology at Kenyon College and upon graduation received a grant to research coffee farming in Costa Rica. His interest in communities and ecology carried over to work at the Anthropology Hall at American Museum of Natural History. Ben voiced a walking tour of Central Park for Antenna Audio and has covered everything from NYC’s music scene to travel in the Andes for several online publications, most recently Gannet’s BNQT. He is the Co-founder and publisher of Gothamjazz.com.

Makeba Seargeant, Contributor

Makeba started contributing to Now or Never Radio in the summer of 2011.  After a decade of  teaching in private and public schools in her native New York City, she made the switch to radio  journalism. In addition to writing and producing pieces for NNR, she is working on her own documentary  audio pieces for her soon-to-go-live site, The Boehms. She earned a BA in History from Yale and an MFA in  fiction from Brooklyn College, CUNY, where she won their 2007 Lainoff Fiction Award.

Andrew Schenkel, Contributor

Andrew Schenkel is an environmental communications specialist based in Washington, D.C. Among other things, Schenkel a Managing Editor with the Global Campaign on Climate Change as well as the Executive Producer of WindTV. Schenkel has worked as the political blogger for Mother Nature Network and his work has appeared on CNN.com, Forbes.com and HuffpoGreen. Andrew has also worked for a number of interesting projects around the globe including the World Climate Summit, the 2010 Winter Olympics and the Global Observatory. Prior to life in Washington, DC, Schenkel worked as a reporter of an NBC affiliate in Wyoming. Schenkel is a graduate of Syracuse University.