PWIR: Setting the Standard

Tags: clean energy, energy efficiency, fracking, Innovation in Conservation, PWIR, safer chemicals, toxics

Michigan’s moose population is the cause of concern after numbers out of the Upper Peninsula show the population growth has slowed to 2% from 10% in 2007. Why? Most likely, it’s warmer temperatures. Researchers suggest that warm weather could be egging on insects like the pine bark beetle, which decimates the trees that moose hide behind to protect themselves from predators. Climate change is blowing moose’s cover. That’s not cool.

Michigan Coalition Brings Push For Safer Chemicals To Washington DC

Tags: chemicals, CSIA, safer chemicals, toxics

In the wake of the government shutdown, environmental health advocates from Michigan are anything but shut down on fighting for  safer chemicals. Next Tuesday, October 29th, seven Michigan women will head to Washington D.C. for the annual Safer Chemicals Healthy Families Stroller Brigade and Lobby Day. The women will join hundreds of other citizen advocates from around the country to demonstrate their support for reforming our nation's outdated chemicaly safety law.

PWIR: The Detroit News

Tags: belle isle, clean energy, climate change, detroit, EPA, Greenhouse Gas, Innovation in Conservation, PWIR, Renewable Energy

Michigan LCV’s Southeast Michigan office is issuing a change of address. As of last Friday, we are settled in our new, bright and sunny office space. Well, settled in might be pushing it, but we are feeling right at home even if there are a few extra boxes and cords decorating the space.

West Michigan Weighs In On Fracking

Tags: fracking, water quality, West Michigan

Community members from Saugatuck and beyond gathered at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts for an open discussion about hydraulic fracturing and what it means to West Michigan last Thursday. Patty Birkholz, Michigan LCV's West Michigan Director, spoke on the panel, and fielded questions from concerned citizens.

Belle Isle State Park: Access v. Investment

Tags: belle isle, detroit, Michigan, state park

Update: On November 12th, the Emergency Loan Board approved a 30-year lease agreement between the State of Michigan and the City of Detroit. As of that date, a 90-day transition period took effect, and Belle Isle is on its way to becoming Michigan's next state park. More on how we got to this point from a October 18th post below: 

Earlier this month, the city of Detroit and the state signed a 30-year lease agreement that would turn Belle Isle into a state park and allocate up to $20 million dollars toward park improvements in the first three years. The Detroit City Council rejected the agreement, and countered with a shorter-term offer. It is almost certain that Belle Isle will become a state park once the back-and-forth materializes into a final agreement, but public sentiment about the decision can be summed up in two words heard quite often about dynamics in Detroit --- it’s complicated.

Big Week For Michigan Bicycling: LMB Priorities Coasting Through House

Tags: biking, cycling, Great Michigan, League of Michigan Bicyclists, roadway safety

The League of Michigan Bicyclists (LMB) saw major progress on two priority bills at the State Capitol this week. The Great Michigan group, and statewide organization, works to improve conditions for bicycling all over the state, and they are here to share the good news.

PWIR: Setting The Record Straight

Tags: 2014 election, clean energy, conservation officers, elections, energy efficiency, fracking, licenses, public land, PWIR, Renewable Energy, water quality

Before we get into last week’s review, a heads up about the week ahead --- the deadline for public comment on Governor Snyder’s renewable energy report is on Wednesday. We are getting the word out via social media, and we need you to get on board. Click here to join our shared social media message. Then, read on for the news from this week.

Homeowner Says Energy Efficiency Pays With Every Flick Of The Switch

Tags: clean energy, energy efficiency

The cleanest energy is the energy we do not use. Efficiency is the first resource Michigan should turn to in order to increase the amount of energy we draw from clean sources. The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) estimates a cumulative customer benefit of more than $2.5 billion from 2011 through 2015 due to investments in energy efficiency. The MPSC also reported that for every $1 used for energy optimization, consumers see a return of $3.55 in avoided energy costs.

Big Climate Challenges: McKibben in Kalamazoo

Tags: climate change

Bill McKibben spoke to a packed auditorium last Thursday on the campus of Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. His speech was titled “Notes From the Front Lines of the Climate Fight.”

Conservation Groups Weigh In On Delays To Tougher Air Emissions Standards

Tags: air pollution, air quality, Clean Air Act, mercury emissions, moms clean air force

Today, the Michigan chapter of Moms Clean Air Force convened a press conference to get the word out about delays in implementation of tougher air emission standards, and the detrimental effects on the environment and public health.

Response From An Expert: Anti-Energy Efficiency Testimony Falls Flat

Tags: clean energy, energy, energy efficiency, energy policy

The Michigan House Energy and Technology Committee held a hearing on Tuesday, where they invited the Heritage Foundation to testify in opposition to Michigan's Energy Optimization program. 

PWIR: Onward

Tags: belle isle, clean energy, energy efficiency, Farm Bill, farmers, FERC, PWIR, state park

Our weekly wrap up comes at the end of a politically charged week in Washington DC. Of all of the colorful quotes that lined the news this week regarding the unfortunate federal government shutdown, perhaps the longest serving member of Congress, and Michigan Representative John Dingell said it best: “The American people would get better government out of Monkey Island at the local zoo than we’re giving them today.” The shutdown is costing Michigan $18 million per day, but it does not have all progress stopped here. What did move forward this week? Read this week’s edition of the Political Week in Review to find out…

Belle Isle State Park: What Do You Think?

Tags: detroit, Detroit River, state land

Yesterday, a lease agreement was finalized between the state and the city of Detroit to turn Belle Isle into a state park. Now, it goes to Detroit City Council for approval. Between $10 and $20 million in investments are expected in the first three years to upgrade the 985-acre island in the Detroit River. We want to know what you think of the news. Take our poll, and share with your friends.

Join Us: Unacceptable Levels at the Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor

Tags: chemical policy, safer chemicals, toxic chemicals, toxics

Join Michigan LCV and Moms Clean Air Force (MCAF)at a special screening of Unacceptable Levels, a documentary about the thousands of chemicals in everyday products, at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor on October 16th, 7 PM. Click here to purchase your ticket. 

PWIR: Ramping Up For More Renewables

Tags: clean energy, EPA, epa carbon rules, How Green Is Your Governor?, national security, PWIR, Renewable Energy, Renewable Energy Standard

Michigan has more than 12,000 miles of recreational trails, 2,623 miles of rail trails (the most in the country!), 1,402 miles of water trails along the Great Lakes, 1,150 miles of North Country Scenic Trail, and 905 miles of bike trails. It is Michigan Trails Week, and clearly there are thousands of reasons to celebrate.