Making Votes Count: The Challenge and Ultimate Thrill of Engaging the Electorate

Tags: canvassing, Election 2014, Gary Peters, GOTV

By Henry Griffin

The life of a Field Organizer can be challenging. It can be frustrating, even exasperating. At times it can seem thankless, underappreciated and downright futile.

SB 891: Turning back the clock for polluters

Tags: clean air, clean water, contamination, Michigan Legislature, SB 891, toxic chemicals

As part of this year’s Lame Duck action, the Michigan House passed a bill today that will weaken requirements for the clean-up of contaminated sites throughout Michigan.

Fracking in Michigan Conference

Tags: clean water, energy, fracking, local government, state goverment

The goal of the Fracking in Michigan Conference is to provide credible information to state and local officials, NGO's, and highly interested citizens about fracking and the growing oil and gas industry in Michigan

Week of Action: Michigan LCV Acts on Climate

Tags: clean air, clean energy, clean water, climate change, Great Lakes

This week Michigan LCV is teaming up with organizations from across the Midwest to amplify the need to act on climate change in a concerted week of action.

GR Forward: Upcoming Community Meetings

Tags: bikes, community, grand rapids, grand river, parks, planning, restoration

The Grand River
The City of Grand Rapids is launching an exciting new long-term plan to restore the Grand River and breathe new life into downtown GR.

Do you accept the toxic status-quo?

Tags: children, clean air, flame retardants, health, toxics

Flame retardants are in products that we use in our daily lives. There's a fair chance you are actually using one of those products right now. Alright, so what is it?

If you guessed a chair, you got it.

Potential Expansion of Saugatuck Dunes State Park?

Tags: dnr, Dunes, Michigan sand dunes, Saugatuck, state park

Our friends at the Saugatuck Dunes Coastal Alliance are hosting a Town Hall meeting to share information on current efforts to expand Saugatuck Dunes State Park.

Local Control Over Oil, Gas, and Mining: Overview and Timeline

Tags: Chelsea, gravel mining, Natural resources, oil and gas, Scio Township, Shelby Township

After strong community opposition and organizing, West Bay Exploration announced last week that they have halted oil drilling in Scio Township.

Hartwick Pines

Tags: Hartwick Pines, oil and gas, public land

The following is a letter written by Professor David Benac of Western Michigan University to Director of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Keith Creagh. It will be submitted on his behalf by Michigan LCV on September 5th.

Local Traverse City Businesses Meet to Discuss Energy

Tags: business, clean energy, energy efficiency, roundtable, Traverse City

Last week Traverse City business leaders gathered at Northwestern Michigan Community College’s Hagerty Center to discuss clean energy from a local, state and national perspective. This roundtable is just the latest in a series of discussions taking place across the state. The event’s panel consisted of John Sych, planning and development director for Grand Traverse County, Jack Schmitt, Deputy Director for the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, and Gail Parson, Midwest States Advocate for Environmental Entrepreneurs.

Oil Company to Unveil Plan at Shelby Township Meeting

Tags: Macomb County, oil and gas, Shelby Township, West Bay Exploration

West Bay Exploration is set to attend a meeting organized in Shelby Township this Wednesday. At the meeting, representatives from West Bay will explain their actions up until now and discuss the company's plans moving forward.

Progress, but Still Work to be Done on Toxic Chemicals

Tags: PBTs, protecting america's families from toxic chemicals, toxics

Toxic flame retardants are found in most  couches sold in the U.S.

Over this past month, congress brought some of the most toxic chemicals into the national spotlight.

Grand Rapids: Looking Locally at Renewable Energy in Michigan

Tags: clean energy, grand rapids, renewable energy standards

photo: renewable energy Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids has been a leader in Michigan’s race to renewable energy. Since Public Act 295 was passed in 2008, utilities have been rushing to fulfill their obligation to generate at least 10% of their energy supply from renewable sources by 2015. To achieve this goal, utilities have been building wind turbines and solar arrays that supply renewable energy while providing jobs for the communities in which they are manufactured and built. As the push for renewable energy has heated up, we have also seen a significant decrease in its average price.

Emergency Meeting on Drilling in Shelby Township

Tags: Macomb County, oil and gas, Shelby Township, West Bay Exploration

West Bay Exploration is moving forward with another exploratory well in another Michigan community. This time they have their sights set on a parcel at 25 Mile and Dequindre in a nature preserve surrounded by residential neighborhoods. Only a few weeks ago, West Bay Exploration met fierce opposition to its proposed exploratory well in Washtenaw County's Scio Township. Now it's the people of Shelby Township's turn to stand their ground to stop drilling in their backyard.

Energy Roundtable in Marquette

Tags: business, energy, Marquette, Upper Peninsula

When it comes to the topic of energy, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan has a different story to tell than most of the rest of the state. The Presque Isle coal power plant sits on the shore of Lake Superior north of Marquette. The power plant, owned by Wisconsin Energy Power Company, is slated to be retired but has been kept running due to concerns about reliable power moving forward.