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Jessa Briggs

Host of Sustainable Idaho

Jessa is in her final year of her undergraduate career, pursuing three majors: English with Creative Writing, History, and Global Studies with an emphasis in French Language and Literature. She is a published author through ISU's Black Rock & Sage literary magazine and hopes to join the Sustainability Club at ISU. Her sustainability journey began with her year abroad when she interned for Letters to the Earth, an organization dedicated to environmental sustainability. She hopes to work for Amnesty International until she can write books in the mountains full time.

  • Jessa talks with Maria Pacheretti and Sarah Jackson about Pocatello’s local treasure, Edson Fichter Nature Area. In part two of their interview, Jessa, Maria, and Sarah talk about the iNaturalist program set up to connect Edson Fichter visitors with the nearly 400 species in the area, as well as the annual Nature Talks series that Idaho Fish and Game puts on at Edson Fichter.
  • Jessa talks with Maria Pacheretti and Sarah Jackson about Pocatello’s local treasure, Edson Fichter Nature Area, and how the recently acquired Ifft Grant has helped improve cleanliness and biodiversity.
  • It’s National Drive Electric Week 2023! Pocatello will be hosting an Electric Vehicle Expo on Saturday, September 30, 2023. The Chair of the Portneuf Resource Council, Mike Engle, spoke with Jessa about EVs, Inflation Reduction Act incentives, and charging anxiety in preparation for the event.
  • Ending our Summer of Water series, Jessa talks with Hannah and Justin from the City of Pocatello to investigate what the City does to protect Idaho’s water resources, and how Pocatello locals can participate in that.
  • We’ve talked about water a lot this summer, but hang in there! Sustainable Idaho takes a shift away from farmers this year and into the 20% – municipalities. David Hoekema from the Department of Water Resources talks with Jessa about how the state of Idaho is managing climate change, irrigation, and growing cities.
  • Jessa talks with Neeley Miller and Steve Stuebner from the Idaho Department of Water Resources about the Aging Infrastructure Grant project. This project’s main goal is to update irrigation infrastructure, sometimes up to a hundred years old, all around the state.
  • The final installment of Jessa and Trina’s conversation, this episode brings together water rights and allocation, the social dilemma of climate change, and Idaho farmers’ use of water under state laws and regulations.
  • How does the state decide who gets how much water? Today, Jessa and Dr. Trina Running continues their conversation around Idaho’s water by discussing senior versus junior water rights, ground versus surface water, and how all of this works its way through Idaho’s water system.
  • Water is the foundation for human civilization and human life. Dr. Trina Running talks to Jessa about water’s critical role in human civilization and the changing environment.
  • To round off the Lava Ridge Wind Project series, Jessa talks to Magic Valley Energy’s Senior Director of Project Development, Luke Papez, about the considerations that went into creating the original proposal. Luke answers some important questions, like why MVE decided on the proposed area for the project, where the energy from the wind farm will go, and how wildlife was factored into the original proposal.