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Michigan Environmental Report

Fall 2010

Vol. 28 Issue 4

Gas bill? Forget about it at new Farmington Hills City Hall!

Gas bills are a thing of the past at Farmington Hills City Hall, where efficient and renewable energy technologies heat, cool, illuminate and maintain the new $8 million building.
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Asian carp expert: Great Lakes tributaries may be more at risk than the lakes themselves

Google “Asian carp,” and you’ll return 348,000 hits. Not as many as Lindsay Lohan (21.3 million) but still plenty of choices from which to glean information on the voracious fish knocking on the door of the Great Lakes.
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President's Column: The voters have spoken! Now we have to figure out what they really said

In Michigan, as across the nation, voters took out their anger with the continuing economic recession on the party in charge. A key factor in the election was that many voters stayed home. Close to 640,000 voters (300,000 Democrats and 340,000 Independents) who voted four years ago in the last gubernatorial election were uninspired to vote this year. Thus, Republicans swept to power, taking all of the statewide offices, including the Supreme Court; grew their legislative majority in the State Senate; and took a huge 20-seat swing in the State House to retake the majority. Winning the election may turn out to be the easy part.
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RELATED TOPICS: land use, 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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Recreation Passport: Your $10 ticket to Michigan’s parks, boat launches and more

A ten dollar bill barely covers the cost of a movie ticket. But ten bucks now gets you an entire year of access to Michigan’s boundless outdoor recreation opportunities, from hiking the rugged Porcupine Mountains to cross-country skiing in Metro Detroit and sunbathing on a Lake Michigan beach
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RELATED TOPICS: conservation

TRIVIA TIME: Test your knowledge of Michigan’s State Parks

You’ll find a story on page 8 about the new State Parks Passport system that replaces the old state park windshield stickers. We hope it helps restore some of the funding for the parks. And it’s also reason enough for us to devote this issue’s Trivia Time to our state’s great park system!
View Article2010-12-15  •  Fall 2010 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: conservation

Blueprint for a better Michigan, circa 2060, released by MEC

The first public draft of a sweeping vision for a thriving, sustainable Michigan in the year 2060 was released this fall for public input.
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MEC policy expert offers Peak Oil webinar

A webinar led by MEC Energy Program Director David Gard exploring the concept of “Peak Oil” was offered to MEC member groups Sept. 30. The 60-minute presentation discussed the evidence and potential consequences of this emerging reality, and suggested possible solutions for a sustainable future
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MEC weighs in at Supreme Court

The Michigan Environmental Council has filed an amicus brief in a key Michigan Supreme Court case involving the right of citizens of Michigan to take legal action to protect the state’s natural resources. An amicus brief is a “friend of the court” argument filed by a party with an interest—but no direct involvement—in the court case.
View Article2010-12-15  •  Fall 2010 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: conservation, water protection

MEC OVERHEARD IN THE NEWS

A collection of recent quotes from MEC that appeared in the news.
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Federal grants aim to help Michigan communities be more vibrant, sustainable

Smart, sustainable growth in Michigan was buoyed this fall with the receipt of $19 million in federal grants to improve community housing, jobs, transportation planning and infrastructure in five regions of Michigan.
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RELATED TOPICS: land use, Smart Growth

GardenGreen coalition aims to reduce, eliminate use of dangerous lawn pesticides

A new initiative by MEC member group LocalMotionGreen aims to reduce the use of toxic pesticides on lawns and gardens in Grosse Pointe and all of Southeast Michigan.
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