- MDEQ leader Dan Wyant: A year of water for Michigan
"The governor is focused on energy and the environment," Wyant says. "This is really going to be a year that we're going to do a lot of work on water, on land issues, on natural resources that are so valuable to Michigan."
- The Great Lakes State thrives under DNR Director Keith Creagh
"The governor's budget really put natural resources front and center," Creagh says. Governor Snyder proposed funds for emergency dredging of the Great Lakes, he says, which will make sure boaters can travel safely and that the industry and economy are protected.
- MSU Sustainability Report: Spartans work to grow greener each year
The Energy Transition Plan sets important goals for MSU's future, Battle says, but significant progress has already been made. Greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced by about 14 percent and geothermal energy is now heating and cooling the new Bott Building for Nursing Education and Research, she says.
- 2012 Michigan Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference
Driving Sustainable Manufacturing October 26, 2012 Wayne State University, Detroit
- Sometimes the carrot motivates better than the stick - Michigan's Clean Corporate Citizens
Environmental law is more than forcing companies to behave responsibly. There are also incentives that provide benefits for those who go above and beyond mere compliance. Michigan's Clean Corporate Citizen program is an example of such a program.
Soji Adelaja: Pointing Motown toward the new green economy
- Soji Adelaja talks with Kirk Heinze on WJR
He tells Kirk Heinze about the difference between strategic growth and smart growth.
“We know a lot more now about how the economy functions today,” says Adelaja. “More and more people move around and those with the most mobility tend to be the knowledge workers. The economy goes where these workers go.
“Strategic growth is really about positioning yourself to attract these knowledge workers.”
Adelaja says that Detroit is important to the state’s growth into the new economy and that it’s difficult to find a successful state that doesn’t also have one large and successful city.
“Detroit and Michigan have to work together to make sure that Detroit puts its best foot forward to serve the state,” Adelaja says. “Detroit has incredible assets ranging from being the city with the largest potential in the country for open space because of all the vacant land to being situated on the Great Lakes.”
Economic growth and environmental sustainability can go hand in hand, according to Adelaja.
“We used to choose the economy over the environment,” Adelaja says. “A lot of things we used to think of as being in the way of the production economy are now things you really have to do to advance.
“People want places that are sustainable, functional and green. While those things may not necessarily produce jobs directly, they attract people who produce jobs.”
Click on the arrow above to hear Adelaja’s October 22 Greening of the Great Lakes conversation with Kirk Heinze. Greening of the Great Lakes airs Friday evenings at 7 on News/Talk 760 WJR.
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