- 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.
Tom Coon: Leading MSU Extension into the 21st century (part 1)
- Tom Coon talks with Kirk Heinze on WJR
Tom Coon is the director of Michigan State University Extension, a program dedicated to educating the people of Michigan about how to improve their lives and communities. Coon talks with Kirk Heinze about the reorganization that MSU Extension is currently going through.
A program that has been “doing green things long before green was popular,” MSU Extension is reorganizing their operation to better fit the needs of the state.
“Part of being sustainable is being adaptable,” says Coon. “As new challenges present themselves, you have to jump on those.”
MSU Extension will still have an office in every county and will remain connected with MSU. Their focus will continue to be delivering programs to help people improve their lives, whether it be with their families, in their communities, in their businesses or on their farms.
“What’s different is how we’re going to organize ourselves to get that work done,” says Coon. “It goes back to being lean and being responsive in a very timely way.”
A goal of the reorganization is to be able to replicate successful programs, such as one relating to lowering utilities bill across the state at a rapid rate.
“So what we provide is a value to people across Michigan and not just in the county where we got a particular program started,” says Coon.
Four institutes are at the core of the reorganization. These four institutes are areas where MSU Extension feels Michigan has the opportunity to grow. The first is agriculture and agribusiness, often described as Michigan’s first green industry, which is growing. The second is greening Michigan, explains Coon as “leveraging our natural and human assets for prosperity at the community level.” The third area is health and nutrition, helping consumers make healthy decisions and in turn reduce healthcare costs.
The fourth focus is preparing Michigan’s children and youth for the future. Children are our workforce of tomorrow, says Coon, and must be positioned well into programs to help them grow in a healthy way.
Click on the arrow above to hear part one of Coon’s May 14 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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