Michigan Environmental Report

News from Michigan Environmental Council on public policies affecting the health of Michigan's people and environment

Clean Energy Roadshow a tangible tour of Michigan's progress

The founders of MiGrid asked me a few months back to come on their inaugural "Michigan Clean Energy Roadshow," a week-long road trip to 25-plus clean energy installations across Michigan.

We've got until Friday to tell MDOT: Focus on maintaining existing roads, improving public transportation, nonmotorized options!!

Election Day loser: Gov. Snyder weakens landmark sand dune protections

No matter how your favored candidates did in yesterday's primary, we all lost at the end of the day when Governor Snyder signed legislation that cripples protections for Michigan's most fragile sand dunes.

No Olympic bikinis? News scribe's latest jaw dropper cites Global Freezing

Detroit News editorial board member Henry Payne suggests this week that cool temperatures to start the London Olympics ("Global freezing" he calls it) will be a real downer for "media disciples of the Green Church" who "have been frightening Michigan and the U.S. with tales of global warming-induced drought."

Facts, not hysteria, on the cost of renewable energy in Michigan

There was a flurry of media attention last week when the Michigan Energy, Michigan Jobs coalition turned in 530,000 petition signatures Friday. If approved, the group's ballot initiative will allow voters to decide whether to require the state's electric utilities to generate 25 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2025.

Urban Chickens: Food & Fun!

Three new additions to our family arrived this spring - hens named Emma, Trunchable, and Getaway. No, we don't live in the country, but right inside the city limits of Traverse City.

Worms eat my garbage

A year ago, Becky Jo Farrington from Michigan Energy Options came to the Michigan Environmental Council office peddling worms.

Traverse recognizes energy as key to future

I was fortunate enough to find myself in Traverse City earlier this month. Unlike the happy tourists who were enjoying the shops, restaurants and beaches in that wonderful place, my purpose was to attend the Energy Efficiency Leadership Summit hosted by Michigan Land Use Institute (MLUI). This event was conceived as part of the ongoing regional dialogue known as The Grand Vision. It reflects awareness in this corner of Michigan that decision-making about energy will be a determining factor in the region's long-term economic performance.