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Michigan Environmental Report

Fall 2009

Vol. 27 Issue 4

Michigander's YouTube climate fight draws an online crowd

Peter Sinclair doesn’t suffer climate change skeptics gladly. So the Midland resident has taken to blasting fact-sized holes in their arguments through a series of innovative, caustic and educational YouTube videos that have gained a national following this year.
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RELATED TOPICS: climate change

Tiny nation’s robust clean energy exports hold clues to remaking Michigan’s economy

Copenhagen, Denmark—While policy makers in Washington and Lansing fight tooth-and-nail over how much support to provide clean energy industries, Denmark is charging full-speed ahead with a formidable array of government-backed technology innovations that have buoyed its economy, galvanized its citizens and made it a key exporter of renewable power ideas and hardware. Whether you admire or distrust the Danish approach that involves extensive government partnership and involvement with its citizens and private industry, one thing is clear: it has made the island nation a formidable global economic force that belies its tiny size.
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RELATED TOPICS: clean energy, wind power

President's Column: Under a cracked dome--A view from the Capitol

If you need a reason to have your voice heard in Lansing, here are two good ones. They are recent statements by House Speaker Andy Dillon and Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop that really got me going. First off, I know both these leaders personally and consider them friends. I have the utmost respect for them, which makes their statements even harder to swallow.
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RELATED TOPICS: legislation

Bell ringers! Environmental successes won in recent weeks

In each issue of the Michigan Environmental Report, we celebrate accomplishments by MEC and member groups.
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Wetlands deal: Bright spot in a bleak picture for funding natural resource protection

MIchigan—not Washington DC—will maintain control of the state’s wetlands under a deal reached in large part because of the aggressive advocacy of Michigan Environmental Council (MEC) member group Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council.
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RELATED TOPICS: water protection

Lansing, Flint pass measures to encourage smart planning for pedestrians, cyclists

Two Michigan cities recently took concrete steps toward making their towns more pedestrian- and bike-friendly.
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RELATED TOPICS: transportation policy

Exhibit: A woman’s place is in the woods, and on water, and with the wildlife

The Michigan Women’s Historical Center in Lansing is going green with a new history exhibit entitled “Resourceful Women: 30 Who Worked to Preserve Michigan’s Water, Woods, and Wildlife” on display through February 19.
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RELATED TOPICS: environmental history

Opinion: In Michigan, not everyone is equal when it comes to bearing environmental costs

It was no surprise to those in Michigan’s urban cities when, in 1992, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reported that racial minorities and low-income people were disproportionately exposed to lead, selected air pollutants, hazardous waste facilities, contaminated fish, and agricultural pesticides in the workplace.
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RELATED TOPICS: environmental justice

Urban neighborhoods, communities of color and low-income Michiganders have most to gain from Climate Bill

Communities of color, low-income populations and those in Michigan’s older urban neighborhoods are among those with the most to gain from passage of the American Clean Energy and Security Act (the Climate Bill).
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RELATED TOPICS: clean energy

MEC’s Rory Neuner tabbed as one of ten professionals to watch over next decade

We’re not the only ones keeping an eye on Michigan Environmental Council Urban Policy Specialist Rory Neuner. The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce named Neuner one of its “Ten over the Next Ten” award recipients—given to ten young Lansing area professionals expected to contribute significantly to the community over the next decade.
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Ecology Center honored as pioneer of Green Chemistry advocacy in Michigan

The Ecology Center of Ann Arbor was among recipients of the state’s first Green Chemistry Gubernatorial Awards at a ceremony in Detroit this fall. The Center was acknowledged in the “public” category for its work advocating for Green Chemistry policy in Michigan.
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RELATED TOPICS: MEC Member Groups

Urban & Northern Options is now Michigan Energy Options

After 31 years of operating as Urban Options and a few years as Urban & Northern Options, the organization has officially changed its name to Michigan Energy Options.
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RELATED TOPICS: MEC Member Groups

LocalMotion becomes LocalMotionGreen, kicks off new website

In celebration of its tenth year as a Michigan environmental nonprofit, LocalMotion has refreshed its name and logo and is launching an exciting new website: www.localmotiongreen.org. The organization’s new name is LocalMotionGreen.
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RELATED TOPICS: MEC Member Groups
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