- Blue Oval on a Green Streak: Ford Blueprint for Sustainability part one
Ford Motor Company has released its 2009-2010 Blueprint for Sustainability report. Suzan Cischke, the group vice president for sustainability, environment and safety engineering for Ford talks with Kirk Heinze about what Ford is doing to be sustainable.
- 5th Annual Michigan Energy Fair is June 25 to 27 in Novi
Jennifer Alvarado is executive director of the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association. The GLREA is sponsoring the Fifth Annual Michigan Energy Fair June 25 to 27 at the Rock Financial Showplace in Novi.
- Attempt by Senate to block EPA greenhouse gas regulations falls short
While Congress has yet to pass legislation governing greenhouse gas emissions, the Environmental Protection Agency has issued regulations. Recently, Senator Murkowski of Alaska tried to remove EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gases, but on June 10, this effort fell short. Unless reversed by the courts, EPA's regulations will be the law of the land with respect to the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions.
- Art Holdsworth: Oakland County launches OakGreen Challenge
Oakland County is implementing several green initiatives to reduce energy costs and increase sustainability among its communities. Holdsworth says that by next year, Oakland County will have reduced its energy costs by $4 million since 2005
- Tom Dietz studies science of climate change for Congress (part two)
Dietz and his fellow panel members were careful to indicate in the report when an assertion had well-established evidence to support it, and when there was a line of evidence, but not yet enough to make an assertion with high certainty.
- Tom Dietz studies science of climate change for Congress (part one)
In 2008, Congress asked Tom Dietz and his colleagues to study climate change and submit a report. Over two years later, the report has been released. The bottom line of the report: The planet is warming, and the warming is mostly caused by human activity.
- MSU professors help create Lansing's first urban farm
The farm is located in a floodplain surrounded by vacant lots and homes. In the mid-70s the Red Cedar River flooded and what is now Urbandale's urban farm, was underneath eight to nine feet of water.
- Cliff Lampe: Web-based communities enhancing sustainability
Lampe is working on the Advanced Michigan Project with MSU Extension and the Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station. Every five years MSU Extension has a mandate to census the area to collect feedback from the residents of Michigan.
- Kristin Zimmerman: Preparing Michigan for the Chevy Volt
Kristin Zimmerman explains that there is a plug-in hybrid vehicle task force that has been spearheaded by the Michigan Public Service Commission. They are looking at some key issues that will help keep Michigan with plug-in readiness.
- John Ferris: Chevy Volt on schedule for November launch
The auto industry and consumers alike are abuzz about the release of the Chevrolet Volt, slated to hit the market in November 2010. John Ferris, GM Program Planning Manager for Global Electric Vehicles at General Motors discusses the electric vehicle and what it means to Michigan.