SoCal Connected Explores the Military's Push to Go Green and What Has Environmentalis Dumpster Diving



Episode airs January 27 at 9:00 PM.


Los Angeles, CA - January 25, 2012 - This week, SoCal Connected continues its focus on the push to go green with an insightful look at how the U.S. military may become the new leader in energy development and conservation. Also - SoCal Connected examines a surprising and extreme tactic some environmentalists are employing in their effort to rescue food and save the planet.


SoCal Connected recently moved to 9:00 PM Fridays, following Moyers and Company, Bill Moyer's new hour discussion show at 8:00 p.m.


"Military Goes Green"

With U.S. armed forces burning through 300,000 barrels of oil a day, which costs taxpayers roughly $11 billion per year and puts troops in jeopardy as they transport it to the front line, the Pentagon is aggressively addressing both the economic and tactical benefits of going green. Correspondent Brian Rooney travels to the Navy's high-tech research facilities in China Lake and reports on the military's newest conservation developments including solar and geo-thermal power plants, plant-derived jet fuel, and even "green ammunition."


"Dumpster Diving"

Part Two of SoCal Connected's "Extreme Green" series, follows a group of environmentalists who are passionate about rescuing food...from the local dumpster. Millions of pounds of food are discarded every year, where it will eventually go to a landfill, decompose, and release heat-trapping methane gases. SoCal Connected anchor Val Zavala sits down with some of these dumpster divers, about how and why they dive for dinner.


SoCal Connected airs Friday, January 27 at 9:00 p.m. with encore airings on Saturdays at 6:00 PM, Sundays at 1:00 PM and 6:30 PM, and Mondays at 10:30 PM.


The Executive Producer of SoCal Connected is Bret Marcus. Co-Executive Producer is Justine Schmidt. Anchor is Val Zavala.


About SoCal Connected

SoCal Connected, winner of the Peabody and duPont-Columbia awards, 14 Emmy® Awards, 15 Golden Mikes, 18 LA Press Club Awards, the Edward R. Murrow Award for Best News Documentary and Los Angeles Magazine's "Best New Local TV Program" of 2009, airs Fridays (9:00 p.m.), with encores Saturdays (6 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.), Sundays (1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.) and (6:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.)  and Mondays (10:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.) exclusively on KCET. For more information, to view episodes online or to post comments, please visit http://www.socalconnected.org.  


SoCal Connected is made possible through the generous support of The Ahmanson Foundation, serving the Los Angeles community since 1952; Jim and Anne Rothenberg; The Maddocks-Brown Foundation; The Elizabeth Hofert-Dailey Trust; The John Randolph Haynes & Dora Haynes Foundation; The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and UCLA.


Press Contacts

Nick Jones or Liza Nedelman, MPRM Communications

323-933-3399; socal@mprm.com


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