- 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?
- Conflicts over fresh water threaten the peace abroad and at home
We enjoy the fruits of living in and around the greatest concentration of fresh water in the world. However, the future will bring drought and scarcity and those who suffer from such may look to the Great Lakes for relief.
- Faith Fowler is putting the underserved to work through green initiatives
Reverend Faith Fowler, the executive director of Cass Community Social Services in Detroit, is helping the underserved in Detroit by getting them involved in Green Industries.
- Detroit Mayor Dave Bing hopes golden opportunities will help grow Detroit green (part two)
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.
- Detroit Mayor Dave Bing hopes golden opportunities will help grow Detroit green (part one)
The Motor City is slowly turning green. And it's not weeds in sidewalk cracks - this green is grown deliberately and may economically benefit the city. In effect, the green is making more green.
- Nick Schroeck works to keep Asian carp out of Michigan's waters
Nick Schroeck leads the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center; he and his colleagues are closely monitoring the Asian Carp situation.
- Nick Schroeck leads the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center
Nick Schroeck is the executive director of the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center in Detroit and also teaches in the environmental law clinic at Wayne State University.
- Don't like "cap and trade" for GHG emission control? How about "cap and dividend"?
Opponents of proposed "cap and trade" legislation for the control of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have characterized it as "cap and tax." A bipartisan bill introduced in the United States Senate takes the idea of GHG control and created "cap and dividend" program whereby fossil fuel producers buy credits to emit carbon, with 75 percent the proceeds of the auctions going to private citizens as a yearly dividend and 25 percent going towards the development and research of clean energy technologies.
- Steve Harsh forecasts future of wind energy industry
To Steve Harsh, a professor of agricultural, food and resource economics at Michigan State University, will be speaking about wind energy at the 31st annual Ag Expo. He says that the Great Lakes region is one of the prime areas for wind development.