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Water issues affect everyone in the Great Lakes and surrounding watersheds, including environmentalists, outdoor enthusiasts, boaters, beach-goers, clean water activists, swimmers, fishermen—and you!

To connect you to news and solutions, CurrentCast highlights the importance of water stewardship and sustainability in the Great Lakes and surrounding watersheds. The effort includes a media-rich web site and a daily, syndicated 60-second audio program distributed via terrestrial AM/FM, satellite, and internet radio, and via podcast.

How it’s all possible

The program is a fiscally-sponsored project of the Center for Transformative Action (CTA)  and is produced by ChavoBart Digital Media. CTA is an alliance of individuals and organizations inspired by principles of nonviolence and committed to bold action for justice, sustainability, and peace.

They serve their projects, the public, and Cornell University by offering educational programs and strategic organizational resources. CTA, an educational 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is legally and financially responsible for all our project activities.



CurrentCast is produced in partnership with the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. The Atkinson Center is working toward a future where the world’s needs for reliable energy, a resilient environment, and responsible economic development can flourish, not as competing demands, but as complementary spokes on the wheel of prosperity.  It is the first research institution that unites three pillars of sustainability—energy, the environment, and economic development—in one center. Our programs spark collaborations from all corners of campus so that today’s seeds of knowledge can grow into tomorrow’s solutions.  The Center engages with external non-academic partners to jointly bring discoveries to bear, to make a difference and maximize real-world impact.


Meet the leadership team

Bridgett Ennis spent more than 13 years at Finger Lakes Productions International (FLPI), creating scientific and environmental media for the general public. She served as Project Manager for the nationally-distributed daily radio and podcast series Our Ocean World and MicrobeWorld. Bridgett also managed the planning and launch of The Everglades Radio Network, programming highlighting the restoration efforts taking place in the Florida Everglades. As a Vice President for FLPI, Bridgett oversaw all organizational and financial aspects of business operations including human resources and contract management with corporations, foundations, and government agencies such as Nestlé Purina, the American Society for Microbiology, and Florida Department of Environmental Protection. She is an avid gardener and loves hiking through the Finger Lakes.

Erika Street Hopman is a writer and video producer whose films have been broadcast internationally. She began her career at the Emmy Award-winning studio, Log In Productions, where she gained experience working on documentaries that address a need for social change. At Finger Lakes Productions International, she served as Project Manager for the nationally-distributed radio series The EnvironMinute and Animal Instincts, as well as The Everglades Radio Network, a 24-hour stream of programming produced for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Erika holds a BA in Biology from Cornell University and the MFA in Film Production from Boston University. She enjoys gardening, kayaking, and is a mentor at Street Level Youth Media in Chicago. She is also a former member of the Board of Directors for the Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex.

155055_10151529867406670_767687069_nEric Phillips is the voice of CurrentCast. He currently serves as Program Manager for the Voice of America’s South and Central Asia Division. VOA is the federal government’s (Broadcasting Board of Governors) world-wide media organization producing television, radio and online content in 46 different languages from their headquarters in Washington DC. Prior to joining VOA, Eric held multiple positions in the private sector, including radio stations in the Washington DC area and the WorldSpace and Radio Voyager global radio networks. Eric is also a competitive runner and certified running coach. He has completed 11 marathons including the 2006 and 2007 Boston Marathons.


The CurrentCast Advisory Board

  • David Bell, Chairman Emeritus of the Interpublic Group of Companies
  • Adam Gronski, Vice President of Corporate Marketing at WETA TV 26 / Classical WETA 90.9 FM / Public Broadcasting National Sales
  • Jon Hilton, owner of Hiltronex Sound and faculty member at Ithaca College
  • Bud Ward, Editor of Yale Climate Connections, and co-founder of the Society for Environmental Journalists

The Independent Review Board

CurrentCast is science-based and fact-checked for accuracy by an independent scientific review board, providing a credible, balanced look at current issues and research being done in this field. The current and past review board includes:

  • Deb Grantham, M.S., Environmental and Natural Resources, Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • Dianna Padilla, PhD, Marine Biology, SUNY Stony Brook
  • John Godwin, PhD, Biological Sciences, North Carolina State University
  • Patrick Inglett, PhD, Aquatic and Wetland Biogeochemistry, University of Florida, Gainesville

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