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The Detroit Free Press announced its 2011 Michigan Green Leaders - individuals, businesses and organizations moving the state forward in innovation, job creation, sustainable development, community advocacy, conservation and more.  The honorees are Michigan businesses, nonprofits, government agencies and individuals who exhibit excellence in environmental responsibility.

Randy Essex is deputy managing editor at the Free Press and director of the Michigan Green Leaders program.

"Among our 16 green leaders for 2011 are Grand Rapids furniture maker Steelcase," Essex says.  "We're honoring Chevy Volt battery maker LG Chem and Michigan Green Safe Products."

Other honorees include Henry Ford's West Bloomfield Hospital, Meadowlark Builders, Michigan Interfaith Power and Light's Reverend Charles Morris along with former Governor William Milliken and Representative John Dingell.

"There's a range of really neat and inspiring stuff going on," Essex says.  "It's not just about businesses saving money or doing the right thing, but also trying to pass it on and reach backward in its supply chain and forward to what it leaves behind."

On April 21, the leaders will be honored at an awards breakfast at DTE Energy's Town Square headquarters, and Gov. Snyder will be the keynote speaker at the awards breakfast.

Click on the arrow above to hear Essex' March 13 Greening of the Great Lakes conversation with Kirk HeinzeGreening of the Great Lakes airs Sunday evenings at 9 on News/Talk 760 WJR.

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