- Schupan & Sons CEO on the Pride and Profitability of Being Green
"We're all on this planet together, and if you do the right things you hope it has a multiplier effect," says Schupan. "I have children, and I want them to be proud of how we operate and handle our business. Our employees want to be proud of the values of their employer."
- More Plastic Bottles in Our Landfills? Ford Has a Better Idea - Carpeting
"At this rate, twenty or thirty years from now we can reduce our carbon foot print dramatically," says Sinclair. "By using a lot of renewable and recycled products, we can make sure that we don't have much of our product going into the scrap yard at the end of the vehicle's life."
- Catastrophic coal ash releases serve as a backdrop to regulatory battle
The United States generates millions of tons of coal ash, mostly related to the combustion of coal to generate energy. The ash is stored in landfills or open impoundments that are not currently regulated under federal laws governing solid and hazardous wastes. Despite high profile releases of tons of coal ash, EPA regulation is still not a certainty.
- Crippen Dealership: Driving a green initiative for dealerships
"Greening our dealership was the right thing to do - not only for sales, but also for the environment."
- Oakland University student Alex Kozlowski is recycling for a better future
"Throughout the course of human history we've had three revolutions: agricultural, industrial, technological and the inevitable fourth one will be the sustainability revolution," says Kozlowski. "It's just a matter of time and we need to make it happen if we want to survive on this planet.
Mike Csapo: Recycling can benefit Michigan economy and environment
- Mike Csapo talks with Kirk Heinze on WJR and WDBM
Csapo is also general manager of the Resource Recovery and Recycling Authority of Southwest Oakland County.
Csapo says Michigan is behind its peer states in the region in terms of both public and private recycling and that an improvement in our recycling rate can improve both Michigan's economy and environment.
"The State of Michigan has recognized that recycling is important to Michigan’s economy, its quality of life and its environment but also that public and private recycling in Michigan has underperformed," Csapo says. "Without leadership and investment by the State, though, Michigan cannot fully benefit from the economic and environmental returns that recycling can yield."
Csapo is optimistic about the Snyder Administration's commitment to recycling and Michigan's environment.
"There is a recognition among people in the administration that Michigan is behind in recycling but could benefit greatly by improving recycling," says Csapo.
Csapo says the report was developed to define the costs and benefits of establishing a best-in-class recycling program.
Please click on the arrow above to hear Csapo's detailed discussion of the report with Kirk Heinze on Greening of the Great Lakes. Greening of the Great Lakes airs Sunday evenings at 9 on News/Talk 760 WJR and Friday evenings at 7 on MSU's Impact Radio.
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