Roadtrip Nation: Empowered State Series

Roadtrip Nation: Empowered State Series

Fri, 09/01/2023 - 8:30pm - Fri, 09/15/2023 - 9:00pm



Discover how the clean energy revolution is giving people the power to change the world on a journey with Roadtrip Nation around New York State in this 4-part series. 

Electric planes. Towns powered by waterfalls. Floating wind farms. This isn't the far-off future of clean energy—it's what's happening right now in New York State. Join three New Yorkers as they take a road trip to explore the clean energy revolution taking place in their own backyard. Roadtrip Nation: Empowered State series airs on Fridays beginning on August 25th at 8:30pm on WXXI-TV. The series will also livestream and on the PBS Player. 

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Episode Descriptions and Air Dates: 

Episode 1: Power for Good: Meet the “Empowered State” roadtrippers: David, Leila, and Julia—three New Yorkers interested in finding their place in the clean energy revolution; then follow along as they explore hydroelectric power’s potential at Niagara Falls and visit Ithaca, one of New York's greenest cities. Airs and livestreams: Friday, August 25 at 8:30pm 


Episode 2: Under the Ground and Through the Air: Air travel currently emits over one billion tons of carbon dioxide each year—but a cleaner choice is coming. In this episode, the roadtrippers climb inside the next generation of electric planes to imagine how battery-powered flight could help save our climate. Plus, they learn how to harness the Earth's natural power through geothermal energy, and see how sustainable skyscrapers take shape. Airs and livestreams: Friday, September 1 at 8:30pm 

Episode 3: A More Equitable Revolution: 
How can we make sure the clean energy revolution creates a better future for all—without leaving anyone behind? In this episode, the roadtrippers talk to policymakers and activists about the human side of the switch to renewable energy—including a visit to a sustainable community farm and a sitdown with environmental attorney Elizabeth Yeampierre. Airs and livestreams: Friday, September 8 at 8:30pm 

Episode 4: We Power New York: As the road trip comes to an end, interviews with clean energy executives and entrepreneurs help the roadtrippers feel empowered to personally take on one of our planet’s biggest, most urgent challenges—and find career fulfillment along their paths. Airs and livestreams: Friday, September 15 at 8:30pm

Local support for Roadtrip Nation: Empowered State. is provided by Green Spark.