Sprouts: Connecting Community to Science premieres its first episode this week.

Newton-based multimedia journalist Laura Lovett sits down with Audrey Schulman of HEET, a Cambridge-based organization that has done extensive work mapping gas leaks. She explains the impact of gas leaks on our communities and the environment and why all residents of Massachusetts should care.

Lovett kicks off Sprouts with this issue because it affects each person living in Massachusetts. Under every city and town in Massachusetts there are thousands of pipes that run natural gas into homes and businesses. Those pipes can leak. In Massachusetts alone there are 16,507 unfixed gas leaks, according to a Home Energy Efficiency Team report. Gas companies are required to fix potentially explosive leaks but not all leaks.

Listen as Schulman talks with Lovett about the efforts to map those leaks, work to raise awareness, and change the protocol of utility companies.

 

SPROUTS:

This show connects people to the work and innovation in the fields science, technology, and health that is occurring in Massachusetts communities. Host Laura Lovett, a multimedia journalist with Wicked Local, will talk with scientists, health care professionals, community advocates and business leaders about their jobs, their accomplishments and what is next. Episodes will be released on the 15th and 30th of each month.

Subscribe now through iTunes, Sticher and Google Play. And connect with Laura on Twitter at @lauralovett7 or by email at llovett@wickedlocal.com.