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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.
Guest Bloggers: Lucas Morrison, Ji Yoon Gook, Mackenzie Carlsen
Lucas Morrison, Ji Yoon "Amie" Gook, Mackenzie Carlsen
Thursday, January 17, 2013
It's said history repeats itself, but our legacy of burning fossil fuels for energy isn't renewable. A team of U-M students working with SolarYpsi, a volunteer-based solar power organization gaining national prominence, gets at the root of our conservation issues.
A Local Response to Climate Change
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Talking about climate change and doing something about it are two very different things. But for Southgate, Ypsilanti, and Hazel Park, community organizations and city leaders are turning such discussions into a joint committment to shrink their carbon footprint.
Wyandotte Gives A Watt!
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Unlike most Michigan municipalities, Wyandotte provides power to its residents. You'd think in this age of ever-climbing energy costs that'd be a liability. Think again. Instead the community-owned utility has found creative ways to increase sustainability with both its businesses and homeowners.
Better Living Through Better Buildings
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Unless you've been living in a cave you've probably heard the many green-minded arguments for why you should make your home more energy efficient. But what you might not realize is that there are compelling reasons beyond reducing the size of your carbon footprint. How about comfort? Better living has inspired one Ferndale resident to become an envangelist for Michigan's BetterBuildings program.
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, 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.
Rebecca Binno Savage
Thursday, February 18, 2010
It is the work of a historic preservationist to keep buildings out of the graveyard. Well-known preservationist Rebecca Binno Savage, a project manager with AKT Peerless Environmental and Energy Services, has written the book on Detroit area Art Deco architecture. This week, she digs into a few vintage buildings and builds a case for their resurrection.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Haul away those dumpsters with John Bradburn, environmental engineer for the GM Worldwide Facilities Group. John waxes green this week on GM's clean innovations and landfill-free program and on why businesses need an eco-friendly infrastructure.
Ann Arbor's Veggie Fueled Party Bus
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Ann Arbor's B2B Party Bus is everything sustainable new urbanist hipsters ever dreamed of: An entrepreneurial enterprise that runs small scale private transit on secondhand cooking oil in order to transport young party-goers around downtown.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Fifty Lawrence Tech students banded together to create a hydrogen fuel cell powered Formula racing cart. The result? Probably the coolest zero-emissions vehicle you've ever seen.
5D: A Vision For Downtown Detroit
Thursday, April 05, 2007
What will downtown Detroit look like in the future? Four teams of U-M faculty, student designers and architects presented an ambitious vision for the "D" at the 9th Annual Detroit Design Workshop.
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