PWIR: Lines in the Water

Tags: belle isle, detroit, enbridge, encana, fracking, Great Michigan, pipeline safety, PWIR, Straits of Mackinac, West Michigan

Newsflash everybody! Before you book your trip to Yosemite, Las Vegas or Hawaii, make sure you hop on over to Grand Rapids first. Last week, The Huffington Post rated West Michigan’s bright, bustling urban core, and the white sandy beaches to the West, as the number one place to visit in 2014. Did you hear that? Number one in America.

Holland Residents Discuss Environmental Priorities at Town Hall

Tags: Dunes, energy, fracking, Great Michigan, Holland, lands

photo: panelists

Holland residents braved the winter weather on Tuesday night to gather at the Herrick District Library to discuss Michigan’s top environmental priorities.

PWIR: Focus on Freshwater

Tags: 2014 election, clean energy, energy efficiency, fracking, HGIYG, How Green Is Your Governor?, hunting, PWIR

On Friday, Michigan LCV's Lisa Wozniak and WEMU’s Morning Edition host David Fair struck up an Asian carp conversation with freshwater expert Tim Eder, Executive Director of the Great Lakes Commission. It aired as December’s “First Friday Focus on the Environment" show, and if you missed it, you can click here to stream the broadcast. The three discuss the threat of Asian carp to the Great Lakes, and viable solutions to keep them out of Michigan’s waterways. News from the rest of the week in today’s edition of the Political Week in Review...

What Does Faith Have To Do With Energy Efficiency?

Tags: clean energy, energy efficiency, faith, house of worship, panel

Last Thursday evening, Michigan LCV brought individuals from across West Michigan together at LaGrave Avenue Christian Reformed Church to discuss energy efficiency from a faith perspective. Julie Lyons Bricker, panelist at the event and Director of Michigan Interfaith Power & Light pointed out that a large portion of the energy consumed in the United States is due to heating, cooling and lighting buildings.

Pick Up the Phone for Safer Chemicals

Tags: chemicals, CSIA, safer chemicals, toxic chemicals, toxics

Today is a National Day of Action for safer chemicals. Thousands of people from across the country will be calling Congress to ask for real reform on our toxic chemicals law. Will you join Michigan LCV, and call Michigan Senators Stabenow and Levin today?

Q&A: Asian Carp

Tags: asian carp, Obama Asian Carp Plan, Water

In advance of Lisa Wozniak's conversation with Tim Eder, Executive Director of the Great Lakes Commission, about Asian carp in the Great Lakes, we asked our members to submit their questions about a potential onslaught of big fish in Michigan’s big lakes, and what that means for life in the Great Lakes State.

Three Lessons Learned from Michigan’s Energy Efficiency Industry

Tags: business, clean energy, Ecotelligent Homes, energy efficiency

When I started Ecotelligent Homes in 2009 I wanted to combine my mechanical engineering background with my passion for environmental stewardship to conduct residential energy audits and help homeowners improve their energy efficiency. I was not thinking of becoming a contractor, I was not thinking of ever working in the commercial sector, and I most certainly was not thinking of becoming involved in state policy issues.

PWIR: We're Number Four

Tags: air quality, asian carp, clean air, clean energy, Clean Energy Jobs, farmland preservation, PWIR

Good news for the Great Lakes: water levels are on the rebound. Last week, scientists confirmed that all five lakes are significantly higher now than they were last year at this time. Freshwater fans should take that news with a grain of salt, mostly because last year’s lake levels were the lowest they had ever been since they were first recorded in 1918.

"Great Michigan" Traveling Town Hall Heads to Holland

Tags: Dunes, energy, fracking, Holland, league of women voters

photo: Holland

On December 10th Michigan LCV will take our "Great Michigan" Town Hall road show to West Michigan. You may remember we partnered with State Representative Sarah Roberts in St. Clair Shores last September (click here for a recap) and now we're headed to Holland for a West Michigan perspective.

Preserving Farmland: One Farm Share Box at a Time

Tags: CSA, farmers markets, farmland, farmland preservation, local food, West Michigan

Chances are you’ve never heard anyone say that farming is easy. And that’s for good reason - because there isn’t much that’s easy about it. Yet, our West Michigan community has the good fortune to be home to a growing mix of like-minded individuals who are deliberately choosing to do just that. Their approach to farming is commonly referred to as “community supported agriculture” (CSA).

PWIR: Moose Days are the New Dog Days

Tags: belle isle, clean energy, climate change, detroit, energy efficiency, PWIR

This week, we have news on big game. Not big basketball games (like Michigan State’s win over Kentucky – Go Green!), or big football games (like University of Michigan’s triple overtime, close call victory over Northwestern). We are talking moose, deer and elk for a few reasons. First, deer are on the docket as of last Friday when hunting season opened up on the 8 million acres of public hunting land that stretches from the Upper Peninsula to downstate. Second, we have further intel on earlier inklings that climate change is killing off moose, elk and deer in Michigan. Welcome to the big game edition of the Political Week in Review. We are just getting started.

New Access Point for the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge

Tags: conservation, detroit, Detroit River, Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, wildlife

Most people are surprised to hear that the only international wildlife refuge in the country is located in Michigan. Then, they are even more surprised to hear that it is in Detroit. But, after a groundbreaking ceremony last week, the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge (DRIWR) is on its way to having a brand new accommodations for school groups and visitors to see for themselves the 48 miles of restored, protected land that stretches along the Detroit River.

PWIR: Driving Turnout to Preserve Farmland

Tags: clean energy, climate change, elections, farmland, farmland preservation, michigan elections, PWIR, Renewable Energy

The New York City Park Service ramped up their Monument Conservation Program in time to honor Veteran’s Day today. Park conservators took brushes and cloths to weathered monuments that honor men and women who have served and cleaned them up just in time for today’s day of remembrance. The Citywide Monument Conservation Program is unique to New York City, but a reminder that there are more to parks than open spaces, and all of the pieces require care. We join these conservators and Michiganders across the state in recognizing and thanking members of the armed forces, past and present, for their sacrifice today. 

Michigan LCV Testifies Before Full House at Kent County Farmland Preservation Hearing

Tags: agriculture, farmland preservation, Kent County, Kent County Commission

The Kent County Board of Commissioners held a public hearing for input on the fate of the area's Farmland Preservation Program today, and it was a standing room only affair. Patty Birkholz, Michigan LCV's West Michigan Director, testified in support of the program, and Michigan LCV's members turned out in full force to support sustained funding for preserving farmland.

Submit Your Comment for Lower Energy Costs

Tags: clean energy, energy, energy efficiency

A report released by Governor Snyder's administration shows that Michigan's energy efficiency standard is saving homeowners and businesses millions, and that utility companies are on track to surpass our state's efficiency goals. Tell Governor Snyder to lower our energy costs.