November 2013

Michigan LCV Announces Staff Transition

Michigan LCV is proud to announce a new addition and promotions for members of its team.

Business Leaders Show Legislators That Energy Efficiency Programs are Common Ground

Michigan LCV and the Natural Resources Defense Council brought a bipartisan crowd of Michigan business leaders and state legislators around the same table to inform energy efficiency policy today.

Michigan LCV Board Member and Grand Rapids Mayor Appointed to National Climate Task Force

Late last week, President Obama appointed 8 governors, 16 local officials and 2 tribal officers to the new Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, and one of his picks hits especially close to home. Michigan LCV Board Member and Grand Rapids Mayor, George Heartwell, was asked to serve, and we are extraordinarily proud to see his leadership on climate issues in Michigan recognized nationally.

Cuts to Farmland Preservation Program Would Stunt Local Economy

West Michigan is an emerging leader in the “buy local, eat fresh” scene, especially with Grand Rapids’ newest farm-to-table destination: the Downtown Market, which is estimated to be worth $775 million to the West Michigan economy, and create 1,300 jobs in the next ten years. West Michigan is growing its local economy by growing food locally, but there is one key piece of the puzzle that could go missing soon. The Kent County Farmland Preservation Program is at risk of going under if the Kent County Commission adopts its proposed budget for next fiscal year.

PWIR: Carp on the Loose

Beer is business in Lansing these days. Last week, the House Regulatory Reform Committee passed a bill that would allow large craft brewers to double their annual production without losing their classification as “microbreweries.” 

Renewable Energy Report Should Spark Legislative Action

Governor Snyder’s final report on Michigan’s renewable energy standard, released today, affirms that our state is capable of tripling its goal by 2035. Michigan LCV says the report gives the green light to the Michigan legislature to get to work on legislation that would increase our state’s renewable energy standard.