- 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.
Bjorn Stigson: Long term profits drive 200 CEOs to sustainable development
- Bjorn Stigson talks with Kirk Heinze on WJR
Bijorn Stigson is the president of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, a council of about 200 companies that are committed to sustainable global development.
“We are not a philanthropic organization; we are a business organization. We are not a lobbying organization, we are a business advocate,” says Stigson. “If we cannot help society to find solutions, we will suffer as global companies, and its finding what we can do…and how we create the sustainable world together, that’s what it’s all about.”
According to Stigson, there is expected to be a third more people on Earth in only 40 years, the majority in developing countries. With so much global change, the organization aims to help businesses to adapt accordingly.
“If you look at the situation for global companies, if we cannot find solutions that work for this, we will have an unstable situation in the world, and we’re saying, we cannot succeed as a business in a society that fails. The big question we have to ask ourselves is what is it that we can do, and must do, to help move the world in a sustainable direction,” says Stigson.
Moving the world in a sustainable direction is quite an undertaking when the countries involved have a wide array of needs and priorities.
“What we’re trying to always point out is where we get outside the comfort zone is when vulcanization becomes a real hindrance for us to do things. But the fact that the world looks different in Japan, China, the U.S. and Europe, does not bother us, that is something that we are used to living with,” says Stigson.
With China’s recent push for sustainable activities, one may wonder what their intentions are for future development.
“China is very serious about this, and for very good business reasons. China is driving energy efficiency because of national security concerns; they want to reduce their imports of fuel,” says Stigson. “China is concerned about climate change because they are worried that climate change can destabilize agriculture in a number of areas in China. That would mean social unrest and political problems.”
As far as competition among various nations, Stigson says, “I’m looking at a very interesting race, may the best man win as I say, in this green race. But the U.S. really has to realize that China is investing a lot, and if the U.S. wants to be a winner, we have to mobilize all of your capabilities.”
Click on the arrow above to hear Stigson’s April 23 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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