Preserving Farmland: Restaurant Week Grand Rapids and Beyond

Tags: chefs, farmers, farmland, farmland preservation, grand rapids, restaurants, West Michigan

For a few scrumptious days each summer, farm-to-table dining becomes one of the premiere community-wide events in West Michigan. That’s when Restaurant Week Grand Rapids shines the spotlight directly on our chefs and restaurateurs who bring us the best from the fields to their tables! These chefs and restaurateurs make it clear that farm-to-table dining doesn’t just happen. They remind us that it is built on relationships that are cultivated in the rich agricultural land around our region and nurtured on our local farms. 

House Party Adds Voices To Renewable Energy Conversation

Tags: clean energy, grand rapids, Renewable Energy, Renewable Energy Standard, West Michigan

On Tuesday evening, Michigan League of Conservation Voters invited the community to their Grand Rapids office for a conversation about renewable energy and energy efficiency in conjunction with the renewable energy report released on Friday, September 20th.

Mark Your Calendars: EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy Visits Ann Arbor

Tags: ann arbor, environment, EPA

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy is coming to Ann Arbor next week as the keynote speaker for University of Michigan Law School's Environmental Law and Policy Conference. The event is free and open to the public. Visit our Facebook page to share the flyer with your friends. 

Regulatory Agency Stalls on Chemicals, Corporate Giant Steps Up

Tags: Michigan chemicals, toxic chemicals, TSCA, Walmart chemicals

photo: walmart

What if you lived in a country where the federal agency responsible for protecting the environment from toxic chemical contamination wasn’t even allowed to create a list of chemicals that caused the most harm, let alone regulate these chemicals?

Would you believe it if I told you that country was the United States?

Welcome to West Michigan's Clean Energy Economy

Tags: clean energy, Renewable Energy, Renewable Energy Standard, West Michigan

I’m writing today from my desk overlooking still-sunny Monroe Center Street at the Grand Rapids office of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters. It is my third week working for Michigan LCV. And while I am still becoming familiar with the office coffee etiquette, downtown Grand Rapids parking options, and the workings of the office telephone system, I am already deeply embedded into the culture of West Michigan from growing up within earshot of Lake Michigan.

Big Splash Movie Event

Tags: Clinton River, Green Fire, Macomb water

Photo: Green Fire Movie

The Michigan League of Conservation Voters is sponsoring the movie Green Fire with Clinton River Watershed Council, Macomb County, Six Rivers Land Conservancy, and Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce & Industry. 

$19.7 Million For Natural Resources

Tags: 2014 election, clean energy, conservation officers, elections, fishing, Great Michigan, hunting, PWIR, Renewable Energy Standard

It’s not every day that we get to celebrate a big win for the Great Lakes State, but on Tuesday, we did. Governor Snyder put his signature on legislation that makes big investments in natural resources – one that you have been hearing from us on since last spring. 


Tags: conservation, conservation officers, fishing, HB 4668, hunting, licenses, public land

In the midst of a hyper-partisan legislature and tight state budgets, it is not every day that we get to celebrate a victory for Michigan's natural resources. Yesterday, we did. 

What's the Problem With the Detroit Incinerator?

Tags: air pollution, clean air, Clean Air Act, incinerator, MCAF

Wibke Heymach is the State Field Manager for Moms Clean Air Force in Michigan, and she was panelist at a community meeting to address the Detroit Incinerator on Tuesday. Zero Waste Detroit hosted the event. Read Wibke's statement on how the Detroit Incinerator puts children's health at risk, and what the community can do about it below: 

Great Michigan Town Hall Takes On Water, Energy and Public Land

Tags: energy, fracking, Great Michigan, public land, St. Clair Shores

photo: Rep. Roberts speaks at Town Hall

"Don't be fooled by people who tell you Michigan has an abundance of water to frack," said Nick Schroeck, Executive Director of the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center. "Most of the fracking is happening inland where there is potential for real impact to our groundwater and watershed supplies." 

From the State Capitol: Michigan LCV Testifies On Successes of Renewables

Tags: clean energy, energy, Renewable Energy, Renewable Energy Standard

Michigan LCV's Patty Birkholz, West Michigan Director, and Jack Schmitt, Deputy Director, led the call for more investments in renewable energy when they testified before the House Energy and Technology Committee on Tuesday morning. 

Promising Energy Efficiency Bill Stalled By Party Politics

Tags: clean energy, energy, energy efficiency

A promising energy efficiency bill with bipartisan support is close to being the first piece of energy legislation passed by Congress in five years, but a few bad amendments are stalling progress. 

PWIR: Live Every Week Like It's Great Lakes Week

Tags: ballast water, conservation officers, energy efficiency, fishing, GLRI, Great Lakes, HB 4668, hunting, PWIR

Did you know that if you combined the length of all five Great Lakes, it would make up about 44% of the Earth’s circumference? If you emptied the Great Lakes over the United States they would cover the place in more than 9.5 feet of water. And, when we talk Great Lakes, we are not just talking water. They contain more than 32,000 islands, including the largest freshwater island in the world – Manitoulin in Lake Huron. As we say goodbye to Great Lakes Week, numbers like those bring home why Michigan's freshwater oceans really are the greatest. More on Great Lakes Week and the rest of the news in this week's PWIR. 

Governor Snyder's Reports Will Set Stage For Michigan's Energy Future

Tags: clean energy, energy efficiency, Renewable Energy, Renewable Energy Standard

This fall, Governor Snyder will release a series of reports that will lay the foundation for the future of Michigan’s statewide energy policy.

Erb Speaker Series: "Communicating Climate Science in the Disinformation Era"

Tags: climate change

Joe Romm from Climate Progress called him "our favorite climate de-crocker," and Daily Kos said he is "the most important videographer on the planet." Hear from Peter Sinclair in person on Wednesday, September 11th in Ann Arbor when he presents "Communicating Climate Science in the Disinformation Era" as part of the Erb Speaker Series.