clean energy

Clean Power Plan is breath of fresh air for Michiganders

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The Clean Power Plan (CPP) will provide a literal breath of fresh air for millions of Americans, including children and families right here in Michigan.

Grand Rapids Town Hall on Energy Policy

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Join Michigan LCV and West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) for a Town Hall next Monday from 6:30 to 8 PM in Grand Rapids. Will you join us?

The latest on Michigan's clean energy economy

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Hundreds of Michiganders have already written their legislators asking for an update to our state's clean, renewable energy goals.

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.

Local Traverse City Businesses Meet to Discuss Energy

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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.

Grand Rapids: Looking Locally at Renewable Energy in Michigan

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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.

PWIR: Reusing, Recycling, Rebounding

Tags: 2014 election, beneficial reuse, clean energy, fly ash, HGIYG, PWIR, recycling, toxic chemicals, wind energy

In Michigan, fish and freshwater are a package deal. Without one, you don’t have the other. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reported last week that the commercial fishing industry reeled in 3.6 million pounds of fish last year, amounting to $5.53 million in revenue. While still a huge catch, the totals are 150,000 pounds less than fishermen caught in 2012.

PWIR: The Pure Michigan Difference

Tags: 2014 election, budget, clean energy, DEQ, dnr, gravel mining, Lyndon Township, PWIR

Frequent readers will remember our recent call to restore funding for core Great Lakes programs after President Obama proposed a budget that cut $25 million from critical water quality programs, was echoed in an editorial from the Detroit Free Press last week. In addition to this week’s Political Week in Review, the piece should be required reading for all holders of the purse for Great Lakes funding. The Free Press hits the nail on the head by saying, “The Great Lakes are this region’s most significant environmental treasure and priority, and they’re in trouble. If ever there were a time to maintain or boost preservation efforts, it would be now.” Exactly. 

PWIR: Forward Progress

Tags: budget, clean energy, climate change, Farm Bill, Natural Resources Trust Fund, NRTF, PWIR, State of the Union

Part of the Sleeping Bear Dunes could upgrade its national lakeshore status if Congress approves a bill that would designate 32,500 acres within the park as "wilderness," which is the highest level of conservation protection for federal land. The bill would safeguard the public access points and historical structures already in existence, and prevent man-made changes to the landscape down the line.

PWIR: No Wait State for Clean Energy

Tags: clean energy, Great Lakes, PWIR, SOTS, water quality

“Now you can get out there and catch something or shoot something and have a great time.” That was Governor Snyder’s plug for updates to Michigan’s hunting and fishing licenses during his State of the State address last week. This quote sent the tweet-meter off the Richter scale, and put Michigan’s great outdoors front and center. The State of the State address was a bit of a natural resources roller coaster --- some ups, one big down and certain confirmation that we have a lot of work to do on behalf of Michigan’s land, air and water in 2014.

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