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International recognition, stellar placement rate make KVCC training program a wind industry leader

As rain-flecked gusts off the Straits of Mackinac tousle trees near peak fall color, a group of students from Kalamazoo Valley Community College is grilling hot dogs and razzing each other. There’s plenty of laughter during the lunch break, but it’s serious business that has kept them at the tip of the Lower Peninsula for nearly a week. The technicians-in-training are performing routine maintenance to ensure a pair of wind turbines near Mackinaw City’s wastewater treatment plant continue turning strong straits winds into clean, renewable electricity for Michigan homes and businesses.
View ArticleMar 20, 2015  •  Winter 2015 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: clean energy, wind power

Funding Michigan's natural resources

At the Michigan Environmental Council’s 2014 annual meeting of member groups, we assembled a panel of experts to tackle one of the most challenging—and least understood—aspects of Michigan’s environmental and natural resource policy arena: funding. Rather than dive deeply into all the specific budgets of various departments and divisions, we took a different tack, and asked our speakers to think about big trends, philosophies of funding for environmental priorities, and options for the future.
View ArticleMar 19, 2015  •  Winter 2015 - Michigan Environmental Report
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