- 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.
Saulius Mikalonis: EPA is likely here to stay, for now
- Saulius Mikalonis talks with Kirk Heinze
Mikalonis says that despite a move by some in Congress to deemphasize or even eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency, he doesn't think gutting the EPA will happen.
"People like to breath clean air and drink clean water, so I don't think pulling some teeth from the EPA will be a political winner," Mikalonis says. "Anything that gets through the House will die in the Senate or most certainly not get signed by President Obama."
"I think the GOP is that we've done a lot of good for the environment over the years and now we're spending a lot of money for marginal improvement so maybe we should just stop now. On the other hand there's a lot of science out there that says we still have a long way to go."
Mikalonis agrees with a growing school of thought that natural gas can be a bigger part of Michigan's energy portfolio in the years ahead, but he says that fracking is still an issue.
"Natural gas is a better option than coal in the minds of many," he says. "As oil prices have risen, natural gas has become a more economically attractive option."
The EPA continues to tackle the greenwashing issue and working on regulations organizations must follow to make green claims.
"Ultimately companies will have to say what they mean and not cross the line once the regulations are in place," Mikalonis says.
Mikalonis says the Asian Carp issue is far from being resolved.
"Based on who I know is involved in this issue, this thing is not going to die," he says. "People have to realize the environmental movement involves a political level as well as a legal one. This story is going to go on for awhile."
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