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Greening of the Great Lakes - Podcast Archive

Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 71 - 03/26/10


A special “green” energy update from Governor Jennifer Granholm. How is Michigan doing in terms of new business and job development in the renewable energy sector—especially wind and solar? Then we welcome back MSU turfgrass expert, Ron Calhoun, who shares his always timely tips on how we can ensure beautiful lawns this spring—in an environmentally friendly fashion. Our final guest is the point person on the “Greater Lansing Go Green! Initiative—from garden projects to Green schools—what’s happening in the Capitol City.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 70 - 03/12/10


The Phoenix is the mythological firebird that regenerates itself from its own ashes—and the Phoenix House, near Saline, has arisen from the ashes of a 5th generation farmhouse that was lost to a fire in 2008. This evening we take a walking tour of the Phoenix House and learn how special solar panels, geothermal heating, windows and other advanced “Green Building” features make the Phoenix House one of the most energy efficient homes in the U.S. Our guest and tour guide is builder, Doug Selby, an MSU alumnus and co-owner of Meadowlark Builders.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 69 - 03/05/10


A couple years ago, the University of Michigan and DTE Energy established the “Clean Energy Prize”--an extraordinarily innovative competition that challenges some of our best college and university students to develop clean energy technologies that can be moved from the laboratory to the marketplace. We will learn more about the genesis of the “Clean Energy Prize” competition, talk to a member of this year’s winning team and get an update on the new business started by last year’s winners. Trust me; you will be impressed. We also visit with the President of agriculture’s most powerful organization about what farmers like and don’t like about President Obama’s renewable energy plan.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 68 - 02/26/10


David Joos, CEO of Consumers Energy, discusses our renewable energy future.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 67 - 02/19/10


Michigan’s chief energy officer Skip Pruss on the status of the State’s efforts to create more renewable energy—and the jobs associated with that effort. We learn about a national study of “green buying behaviors” among 16-30 year olds. Then we conclude with a look at how many Michigan landowners are finding it very advantageous to restore original wetlands on their property.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 66 - 02/12/10


Michigan State University has been a world-leader in International Studies and Programs for over five decades. As such, MSU was interested in global sustainability long before those terms were even coined. We visit with MSU’s Dean of International Studies and Programs Jeff Riedinger about some of the teaching and research programs that are strengthening and enriching environmental, economic and community life around the world. Kirk talks with one of Michigan’s most insightful business reporters – Nathan Bomey of MLive.com and annarbor.com - on some recent developments in wind technology that may reshape the wind energy industry. And, do you know you have a Conservation District in your county? What it is, and what can it do for you with Executive Director Lori Phelan.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 65 - 02/05/10


Tonight we take a walking tour of the Gold-Certified Michigan State University Federal Credit Union—with rain gardens, high efficiency heating and recycled building materials throughout—in fact, “So Green—it is Gold.” And then we turn from eco-friendly buildings to a college student’s winning “GREEN DRESS” design that will be unveiled at an upcoming Hollywood Red Carpet event by Suzy Cameron, wife of Hollywood star James Cameron. Our final guest tonight gives us a status report on how our food banks are doing now that the Holiday Season is over--and what we can do to help out.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 64 - 01/29/10


Vennie Gore is assistant vice president for residential and hospitality services at MSU and talks about how Michigan State University has ramped up its efforts to purchase locally-grown products for its huge food services operation and how the students in MSU’s residence halls are helping drive innovative recycling and energy conservation efforts. And, speaking of student initiatives, we’ll hear about the new “MSU Beyond Coal Campaign” that seeks to eliminate all coal-derived power on the East Lansing campus by 2015. Finally, we turn our attention to Albion College—the first higher education institution in Michigan to receive state certification under two programs that promote sound environmental practices.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 63 - 01/22/10


Mike Hamm of the C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems at MSU on some of the initiatives underway to make healthy, locally-produced food available to Motown residents; Renee Bryant on a a successful Detroit secondary program that prepares urban students for careers in such “green” industries as floriculture and turfgrass management; Bryan Ritchie of MSU’s Office of Biobased Technologies on his work to link business and academia in an effort to develop biobased products and processes and bring them to the marketplace.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 62 - 01/15/10


Decorated U.S. Army veteran Aaron Bailey, who is a strong advocate for reducing our insatiable oil dependency—for many reasons, not the least of which is our nation’s security; Steve Pueppke of MSU’s Office of Biobased Technologies with an update on recent MSU research aimed at creating new products and processes that will help power the bioeconomy; Laurie Thorp with a look at an innovative and increasingly popular MSU program for students who are interested in sustainability and environmental stewardship.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 61 - 01/01/10


We learn about the Green Generation Program from Consumers Energy and how it is encouraging renewable energy production; a top MSU environmental science and policy expert on his research which shows that by changing just a few of our household behaviors, we can dramatically reduce energy waste and carbon emissions; the president of a very innovative Michigan company that can actually help you reduce energy consumption; a discussion about some recent wetlands legislation that encourages agricultural producers to be even more environmentally conscious.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 60 - 12/18/09


Princeton University ecologist Simon Levin on why word-wide biodiversity loss threatens not only plant and animal species—but also human survival; Detroit Free Press outdoor writer Eric Sharp on the Asian carp threat to our Great Lakes; MSU Extension food safety specialist Joyce McGarry with holiday food safety tips.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 59 - 12/11/09


University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman on a variety of sustainability initiatives underway on the Ann Arbor campus; MSU junior Alex Henry, the first woman in Michigan to hold office in the National FFA Organization; MSU Christmas tree expert Jill O’Donnell with advice on choosing and preserving your natural Christmas tree.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 58 - 11/06/09


Carol Miller, professor and chair of civil and environmental engineering at Wayne State University’s College of Engineering, on WSU’s President’s Standing Committee on Environmental Initiatives; MSU University Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Larry Drzal on his research that focuses on the development of nanomaterials that may make our batteries better able to store and deliver alternative energy for such things as electric cars; Jody Pollok-Newsom with an ethanol update from the Corn Marketing Program of Michigan and a discussion of the fuel versus food debate that seems to have largely gone away.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 57 - 10/30/09


Andrew Hoffman, a leading scholar and corporate consultant and the Holcim Professor of Sustainable Enterprise in the Ross School of Business and the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan, on the growing trend of creative business men and women seeing issues like climate change in marketing terms—as an opportunity to improve brand image, recruit the best employees and—most importantly, make money. MSU Geography Professor Julie Winkler on a new, multi-national study that will attempt to assess the effects of climate change trends on global industries, beginning with one near and dear to Michigan: the tart cherry industry. And we get a progress report on the Greening of Detroit initiative, which is celebrating its 20th year of more sustainable urban development.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 56 - 10/23/09


Governor Jennifer Granholm reports on several new clean energy companies that are investing in Michigan—especially in the area of battery technology – and gives her take on progress with regard to Michigan’s goal of 10% renewable energy by 2015. United States Senator Stabenow comments on some of the $88 million in new energy and water development projects coming to our state—projects that range from biofuels development and solar research to Great Lakes eco-system restoration and stopping the Asian Carp. The Senator also gives us a status report on the American Clean Energy and Security Act under consideration in the Senate and a timeline for a possible vote.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 55 - 10/16/09


Former MSU President Gordon Guyer, who has been a visionary leader in environmental stewardship; Michigan Public Service commissioner Monica Martinez on what Michigan is doing with regard to renewable energy generation and energy conservation; Michigan Agri-Business Association President Jim Byrum on some new legislation on farm animal care that is a compromise between agricultural and animal welfare groups.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 54 - 10/09/09


Jennifer Alvarado, executive director of the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association; MSU forestry professor David Skole on a visionary international development project that links small landowners in countries like Thailand and Laos with the lucrative carbon credit financial markets in the U.S. and Europe; Patricia Majher, assistant director of The Michigan Women’s Historical Center and Hall of Fame, with profiles of some remarkable Michigan women, past and present, who have made lasting contributions to natural resources preservation and environmental advancement.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 53 - 10/02/09


Doug Selby of Meadowlark Builders on green ways to remodel your home; MSU wildfire expert Mark Hansen; MSU lawn care expert Ron Calhoun, who says fall is the best time to get your yard ready for next spring.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 52 - 09/25/09


Electrician Kevin McKay on compact fluorescent light bulbs and the money they can save consumers; Denise Donohue of the Michigan Apple Committee on why buying Michigan apples and apple products is economically and environmentally wise; The Nature Conservancy’s chief scientist Peter Kareiva on the largest conservation effort in history—the “Campaign for a Sustainable Planet;” a montage from the opening of MSU’s extraordinary new recycling center.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 51 - 09/18/09


DTE Energy’s vice president for retail marketing Trevor Lauer on developments in both the renewable energy and energy efficiency fronts and how you can benefit; an update on “green” legislation from one of Michigan’s top environmental lawyers, Saulius Mikalonis; Mark Stephens on an innovative educational program that encourages young people to “Go Fish’n”—something fewer and fewer people have been doing in recent years.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 50 - 09/11/09


Katrina Schumacher and Abby Roy-Jacobson of Westview Orchards in Romeo where environmental, economic and social sustainability go hand in hand; David Prouty of Heat Transfer International on gasifying biomass into energy; John Bauer of SelectAFlush on his dual flush toilet kit that can conserve thousands of gallons of water each year in a typical household.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 49 - 09/04/09


We celebrate our first anniversary of “Greening of the Great Lakes,” with a special return guest—the President of Michigan State University, Dr. Lou Anna K. Simon. Dr. Simon gives us a snapshot of several sustainability efforts underway, ranging from green initiatives on campus to research and outreach efforts abroad. And, given our state’s very tough economy, the “Buy Michigan Now” campaign encourages us to purchase locally-produced products, and over 3500 people have already taken the pledge.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 48 - 08/28/09


MSU Athletic Director Mark Hollis on sustainability initiatives in the Spartans’ athletic program; Detroit City Council President Ken Cockrel, Jr. on the City of Detroit’s Green Task Force.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 47 - 08/21/09


Sam Hines, executive director of the Michigan Pork Producers Association, on an industry that pumps millions into the state’s economy and on myths surrounding the H1N1 flu virus—which is commonly called “Swine Flu,” but has nothing at all to do with pigs; Skip Pruss, Michigan’s chief energy officer, on recent—and very large—federal grants to Michigan companies for advanced energy storage technologies—including the lithium ion batteries that will power the Chevy Volt.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 46 - 08/14/09


Rick Foster of the Battle Creek-based Kellogg Foundation, which has been committed to supporting environmental, economic and social sustainability long before “green” was in vogue; Jose Zaglul, President of Earth University in Costa Rica.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 45 - 08/07/09


University of Michigan engineering professor Ann Marie Sastry, one of the nation’s foremost experts in vehicular applications of lithium-ion batteries and also CEO of her own battery research company, updates us on where we are on the battery development front; Andy Levin, deputy director of Michigan’s Department of Energy, Labor, and Economic Growth, shares findings of the Michigan Green Jobs Report.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 44 - 07/31/09


John Biernbaum and Denae Friedheim from the MSU Student Organic Farm; Michigan Public Service Commission Chairman Orjiakor Isiogu; Mary Kay independent beauty consultant Andrea Messinger on Pink Doing Green.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 43 - 07/24/09


James Gignac of the Sierra Club on the “Beyond Coal” campaign aimed at ending coal-generated electricity in the United States by 2030; Sam Hogg, CEO of GiftZip.com on taking the plastic out of the gift card industry; Bonnie Bucqueroux on her Sustainable Farmer Website that focuses on how we can raise our food and fiber in the most eco-friendly fashion.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 42 - 07/17/09


Mat Haan of MSU’s Kellogg Biological Station on a new, pasture-based dairy farm that will feature such practices as rotational grazing and robotic milking; WJR’s own Master Handyman, the nationally known Glenn Haege, on energy saving and other green building tips that will save you money; Wade Newton of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers on Eco Driving USA.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 41 - 07/10/09


Jeff Metts, president of Dowding Machinery, an Eaton Rapids-based manufacturer of metal parts, including wind turbine components; a discussion of environmental issues in the Bay City-Saginaw area with journalist Jeff Kart, who writes about them every day; Don Reed on a new, $25 million dollar Great Lakes Research Lab at Michigan Tech that will help ensure the long-term sustainability of our wonderful waterways.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 40 - 07/03/09


State of Michigan Climatologist—Jeff Andresen; Chris Crissman on a wonderful Great Lakes Education program based in Suttons Bay—a program that features science-based discovery activities for youngsters—out on the waters; Bob Craig on Michigan’s once vibrant cranberry industry enjoying a major renaissance—with a lot of help from the Michigan Department of Agriculture.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 39 - 06/26/09


From producing highly competitive hybrid vehicles to reducing its global water use by a whopping 24% to taking a tough stand on working conditions in its manufacturing facilities around the world—Ford Motor Company’s director of sustainable business strategies John Viera discusses Ford’s comprehensive blueprint for sustainability—arguably one of the most progressive plans anywhere; as the July 4th weekend approaches, MSU Extension wildfire specialist Mark Hansen keeps us mindful of fire safety—especially wildfires that can break out anywhere if we are not careful; Grand Valley State University’s Rick Rediske describes his research that indicates higher levels of E. Coli in—of all places—the Grand Traverse Bay area – the major culprit is our old friend the Zebra mussel.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 38 - 06/19/09


Doug Selby, CEO of Meadowlark Builders on building a new home or remodeling your existing home and reducing your energy use 80 percent or more in the process; Sue Jeffers from the Michigan Municipal League on the Michigan Green Communities Challenge; 90th anniversary of the Michigan State Park System with head of the DNR’s Parks and Recreation Division Ron Olson.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 37 - 06/12/09


Bill Emkow, editor-in-chief at MLive.com, on the Greening of the Great Lakes collaboration with MLive.com; Mike Dolkowski, owner of a Detroit-based business that helps other firms reduce their carbon footprints; Oceana County farmer Andy Snider, who recently received major recognition for his eco-friendly agricultural production practices; and Ryan Sanders, head of a new firm that links land owners with wind farm developers.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 36 - 06/05/09


University of Michigan engineering professor Ann Marie Sastry, one of the nation’s foremost experts in vehicular applications of lithium-ion batteries and also CEO of her own battery research company, updates us on where we are on the battery development front; Andy Levin, deputy director of Michigan’s Department of Energy, Labor, and Economic Growth, shares findings of the Michigan Green Jobs Report.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 35 - 05/29/09


David Cole, Chairman of the Center for Automotive Research and a leading national expert on the car industry, on President Obama’s recent announcement about increasing fuel emissions standards for cars and light trucks; Jennifer Sowa with an update on some major green initiatives at Michigan State University; Wendy Powers, a leading expert in environmental stewardship for animal agriculture about the ways in which livestock producers are working to reduce the environmental impact of their farms.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 34 - 05/22/09


Chuck Nelson, an expert on Michigan’s state parks, on how our parks are faring and about new legislation designed to keep them economically viable; tourism analyst Don Holecek on the prospects for Michigan’s tourism industry in 2009 and on how the tourism industry is becoming more “green;” Charles Poat, chairperson of the Detroit Regional Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, about the Greening the Heartland conference coming to Detroit May 31 to June 2.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 33 - 05/15/09


Dave Drescher, Vice President of Wind Energy for John Deere Renewables, tells us why his company is pumping millions into wind farms—some right here in Michigan; MSU economist Charles Ballard, who is equally bullish on alternative energy—and who believes Michigan’s future depends on an expanding renewable energy sector and educational programs to support it; Elaine Brown on a non-profit organization committed to sustainable agriculture—Michigan Food and Farming Systems.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 32 - 05/8/09


Gale Arent and Tony Raney of the Michigan Floriculture Growers Council talk about the impact of the floriculture industry on Michigan’s economy leading up to Eastern Market Flower Day on May 17; Mary Kay independent beauty consultant Andrea Messinger on how a major cosmetics enterprise has become an industry leader in environmental sustainability; University of Michigan associate professor of urban and regional planning Richard Norton on why connections between urban and rural communities have become increasingly important for environmental and economic sustainability.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 31 - 05/1/09


All about the 2009 Green Street Fair with organizer Terri O’Brien and three of the fair’s exhibitors – Tom Emmerich of Schupan Recycling, Charlotte Shepherd of AT&T Advertising Solutions, and Chef Steve Simpson of the Art Institute of Michigan.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 30 - 04/24/09


Albion College geologist Tom Wilch worked on some widely publicized new research about global warming in Antarctica and tells Kirk about the findings’ impact on our Great Lakes Region. Did you know that each year, there are approximately 8,000 wildfires in Michigan—about half in the southern part of our state? Wildfire Prevention expert Mark Hansen tells us how we can avoid being part of this problem. April is Michigan Wine month, and winery owner Doug Welsch fills us in on the importance of the Michigan wine industry to the state’s economy.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 29 - 04/17/09


Chuck Pistis of the Michigan Sea Grant program on the long-term sustainability of our Great Lakes waters and coastlines and the businesses and communities that depend on them - DELEG Deputy Director Andrew Levin about the upcoming Green Today, Jobs Tomorrow Conference that will showcase Michigan as a major player in the emerging green economy - MSU Extension gardening expert Hannah Stevens on important tips for getting your garden underway.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 28 - 04/10/09


Jack Hanson, head of sustainability initiatives for Consumers Energy; three University of Michigan graduate students who were among the winners in a new, state-wide competition to develop business plans for bringing clean energy technology to market.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 27 - 04/03/09


A discussion on global warming and more with Bill McKibben, one of America’s most prolific writers on the environment; and two well known experts on Michigan’s Tourism industry - Dan Musser, president of the iconic Grand Hotel tells us about some money-saving, green initiatives at the Grand, and MSU researcher Don Holecek reports on how the tourism industry will fare this year and the growth of “green tourism” in general.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 26 - 03/27/09


Dr. James Potchen, founding chairperson of the MSU Department of Radiology; Terry Mierzwa, manager for Energy Efficiency for Consumers Energy about a new, $500 million program Consumers will launch to help meet the requirements of Michigan’s new energy law—at a cost he says that most of us can easily handle.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 25 - 03/20/09


Soji Adelaja of the Land Policy Institute discusses a new study that takes a hard and close look at the future of wind power in our state; Abby Rubley of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters on how our wetlands will be regulated; Ron Calhoun of MSU’s world-renowned turf grass program shares some tips for maintaining a lovely yard without jeopardizing the environment.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 24 - 03/13/09


Joseph Welch, president and CEO of ITC, the nation’s first and largest independent power transmission company, explains the current state of our electrical grid and whether we will be able to actually get renewable energy to our homes and businesses; Megan Hirschman tells of a specialty Michigan license plate program that provides funds to high school students to develop green projects; and Kirk talks sustainability with Nathan Bomey, one of Michigan’s most knowledgeable alternative energy reporters.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 23 - 03/06/09


Sand dune expert Alan Arbogast explains how our dunes were formed and what shape they are in; Sam Hogg, an innovative, young business entrepreneur tells how he turned a class project into a lucrative business that reduces the carbon footprint of plastic gift cards; Terry Link of the Greater Lansing Food Bank talks about how food banks are contributing to the local economy and the environment by sourcing nutritious local food.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 22 - 02/27/09


Chris Peterson, author of a new report that documents agriculture’s refreshing success story in Michigan; and Dennis Fijalkowski, author of a wonderful new book that provides everything you need to know about how to put green into action in your home or business—and make you a lot of money in the process.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 21 - 02/20/09


David Burdette, Central Michigan University’s vice president for finance and administrative services on green initiatives at the Mt. Pleasant campus; Wade Newton of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers on Eco Driving USA; Ray Miller on cellulosic ethanol and its role in Michigan’s economic resurgence.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 20 - 02/13/09


Don Koivisto, director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture, discusses the success of this vital sector and how MDA plays a key role in consumer protection—from food safety to the gas pump; land use expert Stacy Byers tells how Ingham County passed a groundbreaking ballot initiative that will help ensure the preservation of farmland in Ingham County; Julie Featherston of The Recycling Experts, an organization that helps business owners who want to recycle, but aren’t sure where to turn for advice.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 19 - 02/06/09


Kurt Heise, Wayne County’s Environment director, tells us about some forward-looking environmental programs in the nation’s 11th most populous county and some new initiatives in China that will create green jobs in Michigan. Then, George Heartwell, mayor of Grand Rapids, explains how that fair city has become nationally and internationally recognized as an environmental leader.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 18 - 01/30/09


Dan Wyant, president of one of the Midwest’s most progressive philanthropic organizations - The Edward Lowe Foundation, which supports major eco-systems conservation and bio-diversity programs; Scott Vitters, Coca-Cola’s group director of Global Sustainability about a new center for packaging sustainability at MSU; Scott Piggott, the Agricultural Ecology Manger at Michigan Farm Bureau about some of the things Michigan’s farmers are doing to become even more environmentally and economically sustainable.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 17 - 01/23/09


Award-winning Detroit News columnist Daniel Howes on the future of green cars, in general, and battery-powered automobiles, in particular. Janice Swanson, one of the country's leading experts on animal welfare, tells us about how to establish a better dialogue between environmental action groups and agricultural producers. And Jennifer Binkley-Power discusses the advantages of using the new, energy efficient light bulbs and where you can get them.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 16 - 01/09/09


Jim Epolito, president and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation; Renae Hesselink, vice president of sustainability for Nichols – a West Michigan distributor of products and services that help maintain clean and healthy facilities and the safe shipment of products; Jack Knorek, groundwater program manager for the Michigan Department of Agriculture’s groundwater stewardship program.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 15 - 01/02/09


Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm; Doug Buhler of Project GREEEN; Ben Tirrell of the Michigan Sheep Breeders Association.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 14 - 12/19/08


Tom Dietz of MSU’s Environmental Science and Policy Program and Jarrod Erpelding of Dow Corning.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 13 - 12/12/08


Green roof expert Brad Rowe; forestry expert Mel Koelling on “green” Christmas trees; Jim Lively of the Michigan Land Institute.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 12 - 11/21/08


Mike Hamm of the C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems; Gary Was, director of the Michigan Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute at U of M; Adam Harris, CEO of The Green Panel.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 11 - 11/14/08


Jim Epolito, President and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation; and Soji Adelaja, Director of the Land Policy Institute.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 10 - 11/07/08


Susan Woods on the Green on the Big Screen environmental film festival; Jim Detjen of the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism; Sue Cischke, Ford Motor Company’s Group Vice President for sustainability, environment and safety engineering; Tim Manganello , Borg Warner Inc. Chairman and CEO.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 9 - 10/31/08


Wayne Wood, president of the Michigan Farm Bureau; and environmental attorney Saulius Mikalonis of Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 8 - 10/24/08


Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon and Skip Pruss, Governor Granholm’s special advisor on renewable energy and the environment.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 7 - 10/17/08


Steve Forrest, vice president of research at the University of Michigan; Katie Armstrong of the Detroit office of the U.S. Forest Service; Dan Kildee Genesee County Treasurer and president of the Genesee Institute, a research and training institute focusing on Smart Growth, urban land reform, and land banking.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 6 - 10/10/08


Steve Forrest, vice president of research at the University of Michigan; Katie Armstrong of the Detroit office of the U.S. Forest Service; Dan Kildee Genesee County Treasurer and president of the Genesee Institute, a research and training institute focusing on Smart Growth, urban land reform, and land banking.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 5 - 10/03/08


Tom Coon of MSU Extension; Mike Score, agricultural innovation counselor at MSU Extension; Jody Pollok-Newsom of the Michigan Corn Growers Association.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 4 - 09/26/08


Jim Byrum, president and CEO of the Michigan Agribusiness Association; John Hawthorne of Great Lakes Recycling; Ron Calhoun of MSU Extension and MSU’s Turfgrass program.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 3 - 09/19/08


Steve Harworth of Michigan Green Safe Producsts; Troy Van Aiken of Albion College; Joan Rose, internationally-renowned water quality expert at MSU.

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 2 - 09/12/08


Charles Poat of the US Green Building Council and Steve Pueppke of MSU’s Office of Biobased Technologies

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Greening Of The Great Lakes - Episode 1 - 09/05/08


Jeff Armstrong, dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at MSU; Tom Emmerich of Schupan Recycling; Kathy Lindahl of MSU’s Be Spartan Green program.

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Terri O'Brien

Michigan State President - Lou Anna Simon

(July 2) - Michigan State President Lou Anna Simon came on the Paul W. Smith Show Wednesday AM to tell Guest Host Warren Pierce about an exciting new facility at the college and the impact it will have on the economy. Click Here to Listen

Chuck Reid - Co-Owner of the CityFlats Hotel

Chuck Reid, Co-Owner of the CityFlats Hotel, talks to Paul W. Smith about this new and unique "green" upscale Holland hotel. Listen Now to the podcast.

WJR's The Car Show - Interview - Michael Yang, V.P./GM---Yahoo! Autos

Mr. Yang discussed the various aspects and features of their Autos site including a variety of "green" sections.

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WJR's The Car Show - Interview - Brad Warner, Marketing Manager Diesel Systems, Bosch

Mr. Warner discussed Bosch and it's leading role in Diesel systems and performance.

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WJR's The Car Show - Interview - Ash Galbreath, Lear Corporation

Mr. Galbreath tells our listeners about Lear SoyFoam, it's application in vehicles, and how it's "green". He also talks about a speech is giving entitled, "You can have your car and eat it too".

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WJR's Pete Misiak looks at the massive Great Lakes Water Level Study

Tread lightly when tinkering with the lakes...that, in essence, is what government officials were told by the public in a massive Great Lakes water levels study.

The 15 million dollar study funded by the International Joint Commission is examining whether actions are needed to help stabilize water levels in lakes Superior, Michigan and Huron..

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Julie Featherston - Regional Sales Manager of Midstates Recycling

Julie Featherston, Regional Sales Manager, Midstates Recycling Business Recycling Made Easy. 248-960-9000. Listen Now to the podcast.

Warren Pierce with Terri O'Brien - President of Street Marketing

Terri O'BrienGreen Street Fair was founded to help educate and inform people of all ages about the benefits of green, organic, and eco-friendly products and
services. To promote global interest and personal well-being, the Green Street Fair will blend companies, artisans, entertainers, and speakers together in a friendly and family-oriented outdoor environment. We believe that even the smallest steps in going green can make a
world of difference.

Terri O'brien, President of Street Marketing was a guest on The Warren Pierce Show, on 2/23/08. Listen Now to the podcast. (18:30)

Jim Detjen - Knight Center Chairman

January 9, 2008 @ 2:42pm

Detjen joined the MSU Journalism School faculty in January 1995 as the Knight Chair in Journalism, the nation's only endowed chair in environmental reporting. Prior to joining MSU's faculty, he spent 21 years as a professional newspaper reporter and editor.

Detjen tells us what environmental journalism is and about the Knight Center's mission of research, teaching and outreach in the field. Jim also gives us his views on the state of modern journalism and the opportunities it presents. Listen Now. (17:00)

Shu-Guang Li - Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at MSU

December 3, 2007 @ 2:42pm

Li discusses how he manages groundwater supplies via computer modeling and talks about the new generation of integrated support tools the lab has developed for sustainable groundwater management. Li says the software can be used in many cases in place of more expensive on-site investigations and that it can be transferred to other states, too. Listen Now. (17:54)

Soji Adelaja - Director of MSU's Land Policy Institute

November 13, 2007 @ 2:10pm

Adelaja describes the mission and goals of LPI, and he talks about many of the ways the institute has impacted Michigan and its economy. Listen Now. (17:54)

Bryan Ritchie - Associate Director of MSU's Office of Biobased Technologies

October 31, 2007 @ 12:03pm

Ritchie talks about his role in expediting the commercialization process for intellectual property, and he gives his plan for connecting researchers with business and government leaders. He discusses the potential of the bioeconomy to reshape our economy, and he tells us exaclty what it takes for technology to thrive in the private sector. Listen Now. (13:12)

Tom Emmerich - President of Schupan Recycling

October 1, 2007 @ 2:42pm

Emmerich discusses the goals of the recycling program at Spartan Stadium, and he talks about some facts and myths related to the recycling movement in the United States. Listen Now. (14:02)

Ken Keegstra - Executive Director of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center

June 26, 2007 @ 12:03pm

Keegstra talks about the role he and his MSU colleagues will play in this exciting new venture. He tells us how energy is derived from plants and gives his views on the food versus fuel debate. Listen Now. (16:51)

Steve Pueppke - Director of MSU's Office of Biobased Technologies

June 26, 2007 @ 12:03pm

Pueppke discusses the projects MSU will work on in this new venture. He talks about what the bioeconomy is and why it's important to Michigan's future. He tells us why MSU is uniquely positioned to be a leader in the bioeconomy, and he tells us more about MSU's Office of Biobased Technologies. Listen Now. (11:48)

Hear the audio from the June 26, 2007 MSU press conference announcing the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center featuring MSU President Lou Anna Simon, MSU Professor and GLBRC Executive Director Ken Keegstra, Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, and Director of MSU's Office of Biobased Technologies Steve Pueppke. Listen Now. (12:22)

Bruce Dale - Professor of Chemical Engineering at MSU

June 26, 2007 @ 12:03pm

Dale claims ethanol yields more energy than it takes to make it. He says the debate over how much energy it takes to make ethanol has obscured its main benefit: it makes corn into a more useful fuel, much like transforming coal into electricity. Listen Now. (16:00)


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