- Michigan: A global leader in urban food systems? MSU President thinks so
"The development of urban food systems requires, at the least, the interface of energy, water and food," she says. And Michigan and its universities, businesses and workforce have ample expertise in each of those areas.
- Former climate change skeptic finds global warming during independent review
A physics professor who had previously expressed skepticism about the data supporting a finding the the Earth is warming conducted his own review of the data. After reviewing some 1.6 billion data points he concludes that "Global warming is real."
- EPA to seek information on waste discharges from Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO)
CAFOs generate significant amount of waste that EPA fears ends up in waterways causing substantial environmental harm. It has proposed regulations that will require medium to large CAFOs to supply EPA with information about their operations so that EPA can ultimately create regulations governing discharges from CAFO operations into waterways.
- Matt Grocoff: Creating Michigan's first net-zero energy home
"Greening our homes is the best way to save money, help the economy, create jobs, make our homes more comfortable and help to avoid climate catastrophe and protect the one home we share."
- Condo owner wins judgment for improperly cleaned brownfield site
Brownfield redevelopment is a boon for communities that have abandoned, contaminated properties causing blight. However, when considering buying or leasing these properties, prospective purchasers should conduct their own due diligence to avoid being taken for a ride.
- MSU Researcher: Sea lampreys fear the smell of death
"Sea lampreys are one of the most costly and destructive Great Lakes' invaders," says Wagner. "The effectiveness of the odor combined with the ease in which it's obtained suggests that it will prove quite useful in controlling sea lampreys in the Great Lakes."
- U-M President Announces Ambitious Goals for Sustainability
"I want the message to be clear: Sustainability defines the University of Michigan. Combine maize and blue, and you get green," U-M President Mary Sue Coleman said Sept. 27 in a speech that kicked off the university's annual EarthFest celebration.
- Valerie Brader: Developing an environment where businesses can grow
"I really think that Michigan has a big resource base to grow from," says Brader. "Michigan has fabulous resources and there are a lot of reasons to want to live here."
- Granholm, Mulhern: Creating a clean energy economy
"There is an anticipation that there will be 37 million jobs in clean energy by 2030 globally and the question is where are those jobs going to be?" says Granholm.
- FHFA policy keeps the benefit of PACE programs away for most homeowners
The entity that governs most home mortgages has issued an edict that has stalled programs designed to allow homeowners to take advantage of energy efficiency upgrades. These programs, known as Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE), have wide, bi-partisan support and can be used to generate not only energy savings for individual homeowners, but jobs. Legislation has been introduced to reverse the FHFA's position, but PACE can still be used by businesses, an approach now taken by the City of Ann Arbor.