- MSU president Lou Anna K. Simon: MSU has always been green (part 1)
Michigan State University president Lou Anna Simon, who helped bring programming like Greening of the Great Lakes to WJR, talks with Kirk Heinze about environmental issues in the state.
- CLEAR bill passes, but future of oil and gas exploration reform remains in doubt
The House of Representatives recently passed the CLEAR Act, which seeks to reform oil and gas exploration, drilling, leasing and royalties in the wake of the recent Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. It also adds numerous protections related to safety and environmental health that applies to coastal areas and the Great Lakes. The Senate has a similar bill it is considering, but its pasage remains in doubt due to the highly politically toxic environment currently existing in the Senate.
- Great Lakes Folk Festival goes Grassroots Green
The director of the Michigan State University Museum, Gary Morgan, talks with Kirk Heinze about the social cultural dimensions of sustainability and the Great Lakes Folk Festival's Grassroots Green program.
- Ron Dzwonkowski: Carp, water shortages reasons to worry (part three)
Ron Dzwonkowski is associate editor of the Detroit Free Press. He believes there is a future for urban agriculture in Detroit. The one thing Detroit has is land, says Dzwonkowski. It's roughly 140 square miles and doesn't have the population density it once had. And it needs some Federal help to clear land.
- Ron Dzwonkowski: Carp, water shortages reasons to worry (part two)
Ron Dzwonkowski is associate editor of the Detroit Free Press. He's bullish on Michigan's solar, wind and battery technology potential.
- Ron Dzwonkowski: Carp, water shortages reasons to worry (part one)
Ron talks about a recent report from the National Resources Defense Council. The report says that 14 states and about 1,000 counties will be using more water than they currently have by the middle of the century and be facing a water crisis," Dzwonkowski says.
- MSU unleashes new sustainability specialization
Students at Michigan State University can now receive credit on their transcript for their active work in sustainability.
- Kerrin OBrien: Recycling waste into future commodities
Kerrin OBrien is the executive director of the Michigan Recycling Coalition. The MRC provides information and resources to Michigan residents and both the public and private sectors to encourage recycling on all levels.
- Steve Tennes: Agritourism and selling family fun on the farm
Steve Tennes, owner of the Country Mill in Charlotte, Michigan, doesn't sell pumpkins, apples, or even apple cider and donuts. Well, he does, but more importantly, what he sells is family fun.
- Anticipated Clean Air Mercury Rule will likely make coal-fired electric generation more expensive
As coal-fired plants become more expensive to operate due to Clean Air Act regulations regulating mercury, SO2 and NOx, will alternative energy become more attractive?