- Kirk Heinze: Eco-Painting-Good Idea, but Be Careful
O'Leary has seen a steady growth in the use of eco-paints, not only among homeowners, but also among professional painters. Also spurring some of the growth is the use of such paints to garner valuable points in the LEED certification process.
- EPA Clean Air Act claim dismissed against DTE's Monroe plant
EPA sued DTE for not obtaining a pre-construction permit for work being done at DTE's Monroe plant. The District Court dismissed EPA's suit because it was filed too soon, as it had net yet been established that the upgrades would result in increased emissions at the plant. In the event data demonstrate that emissions have been increased, EPA may revisit this issue with the court in a new enforcement action.
- Michael Wayland: Will higher CAFE standards lead to a greener automotive industry?
Wayland explains how the market demand began for higher fuel economy standards and consumers' request for better mileage per gallon. "The technology out right now will really help improve the fuel economy," says Wayland. "Companies just need to keep putting that technology into their vehicles."
- Doug Landis: Cropping out pest issues
"Biodiversity is all around us," says Landis. "It's not just this squishy term, but it's something that people really obtain value from everyday." Landis goes on to say that the important factor is looking into urban environments and agriculture.
- Michigan legislature reinstates property owner rights to extract minerals
The Michigan legislature apparently took exception to a major 2010 Michigan Supreme Court decision regarding when local units of government could restrict the extraction of minerals on private property using zoning restrictions. The legislature turned back the hands of tie and reinstated the previous standard that was 80 years in the making.
- Kurt Heise: Working for a green Michigan economy
"If we want to make tourism one of leading economic drivers then we need to have a clean water policy involved and we need to have common-sense environmental regulations that strike a balance between environmental protection and economic development."
- EPA retreats (again) on ozone rule
The Obama Administration is under pressure to back off of many of its environmental initiaves, and it seems that the efforts of the regulated community are paying off. It has most recently just retreated on the issuance of a new ozone rule under the Clean Air Act. Future regulatory endeavors may likely involve more involvement by the regulated community in developing regulations.
- Kevin Frank: MSU Turfgrass greening grass in a sustainable manner
Frank says there are many ways to maintain a healthy lawn without spending extra cash or harming the environment. "Maintaining a healthy lawn is easier than people think," says Frank. "Leaving your clippings in place is just one of the ways to ensure green growth. It's free fertilizer; return those nutrients to the soil.
- University of Michigan students a driving force for greening the campus and the planet
"I'm just amazed by the level of knowledge and enthusiasm of our student population," says Alexander. "My office wouldn't even exist if it hadn't been for a student drive to President Coleman to implement a centralized place for sustainability on campus."
- University of Michigan blazes a blue trail by going green
"With the scale of our education program here, we are focusing on embedding sustainable concepts beyond our curriculum. We want to bring 10,000 new students each year into the fold of sustainable living," says Scavia.