- 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.
Detroit Mayor Dave Bing hopes golden opportunities will help grow Detroit green (part two)
- Mayor Dave Bing talks with Kirk Heinze on WJR
Right now, many Detroiters buy their fresh fruits and vegetables at the Eastern Market. But much of it is brought into Detroit from far away.
“If we could start looking at more and more neighborhood and community farmers growing their products in the city of Detroit, delivering them over to Eastern Market,” says Bing, “I think it’s going to be an economic boon because we’re not going to have to incur the high transportation costs from different places outside of Detroit.”
Bing hopes that urban farming may provide opportunities for entrepreneurship. But the greening of Detroit isn’t just beginning – it’s been underway for quite some time. People are already growing small plots of fruits and vegetables in Detroit, he says.
Bing also wants to continue developing Detroit’s five miles of river walk. This includes getting more people living downtown along the river.
“Our river walk is a much-underutilized gem here in the city of Detroit,” says Bing.
He is also in talks to get money invested in Detroit for car battery development.
“I’m hopeful that some point in time, we can see that as part of the industry redevelopment here in Detroit,” says Bing.
“Some of the jobs that we’ve lost are never going to come back,” says Bing. “So we’ve got to think about a different kind of manufacturing job, and that’s about re-training and educating our population.”
Click on the arrow above to hear part one of Bing’s July 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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