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Clearing the Trail For More Talent
Thursday, July 11, 2013
The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund has been a big supporter of trail development projects in southeast Michigan, awarding over half of its municipal grant funding to the cause. These trails, many converted from old railways, connect downtowns with parks and recreation. The benefits aren't just health and recreation-wise, they're also economic, paving the way to attracting new residents.
A Tern for the Better: The Detroit River Comeback
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Oh, the difference a couple of tern chicks make. For decades the Detroit River was a repository for industrial pollution and waste. Now, through both international cooperation and private-public partnerships the health of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge is slowly but steadily rebounding.
Photo Essay: Searching for Stoneflies on the Clinton River
Thursday, February 28, 2013
What is a stonefly? Why are people tromping around the Clinton River in the dead of winter counting them?
intrepid photographer Dave Lewinski lets you in on the answers to these questions from the comfort of your warm cozy homes. (Hint: It has a lot to do with the health of our waterways.)
Developing Macomb's Blue Economy
Thursday, February 07, 2013
Water, water everywhere... Did you know that Macomb County has one of the highest concentrations of marinas and registered boaters in the U.S.? Changing attitudes about our natural resources have inspired local leaders to launch a comprehensive "Blue Economy" Initiative, aimed at nurturing, developing and capitalizing on Macomb's liquid assets.
Guest Blogger: Brian Hurttienne
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Be it resolved for Detroit 2013: street-level economic rebuilding will continue. Brian Hurtienne, executive director of Villages Community Development Corporation, writes about a greenway for Kercheval Avenue and how a pop-up to permanent strategy is building the retail trade.
Rebecca Salminen Witt
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Detroit Green City? Now comes Rebecca Salminen Witt, president of The Greening of Detroit, to cover the fresh ideas and opportunities that support green infrastructure in Michigan's largest neck of the woods.
Thursday, February 03, 2011
As an indicator of what Michigan's forces can do when left to their own devices, the Southeast Michigan Regional Energy Office has joined in an alliance to obtain $70M in federal energy funds. Outreach Director Amanda Dentler writes about Metro Detroit's energy efficiency model, and neighborhood efforts to manage consumption.
Thursday, December 02, 2010
Metro Detroit recently landed a $2.85 million Sustainable Communities grant to help the region become more dense and develop its transit options. Brad Garmon, land programs director at the Michigan Environmental Council, offers a free-thinking approach to connecting the historically disparate forces of housing, land use, and eco-consciousness.
Thursday, May 06, 2010
With all the talk of innovation areas that Michigan is betting its dollars and future on: life sciences, advanced manufacturing, homeland security, and IT, are we missing something? Eco businesses, which supply high wage jobs and focus on sustainable use of our resources, are equally deserving of attention. As such, we're bringing back a previous blog from the owner of the Green Garage, a green business incubator in Midtown Detroit that's set to open this September.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
New Michigan motto: "If you seek a green peninsula, look about you." On April 22nd over 1 billion people worldwide will celebrate our green planet. John Batdorf, co-founder and manager of the MI Earth Day Fest, sounds the wake-up call. We're on the verge of "peak oil" he says, and the next 20 years are crucial to kicking our oil-aholism.
Daylighting the Clinton River
Matthew Lewis and Oren Goldenberg
Thursday, April 11, 2013
A river runs through it. Or once did. Forced below ground (and concrete), folks in downtown Pontiac haven't seen the Clinton River since 1963. Now, there's talk of daylighting the river, which is seen by some as a too-costly proposition and by others as a necessary step toward revitalizing the city's core.
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