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Michigan Environmental Report

Fall 2011

Vol. 29 Issue 4

On Track: Summit showcases growing consensus that rail resurgence is critical to Michigan’s future

Improved railroad transportation is a critical catalyst for Michigan’s economy and quality of life, dozens of policy experts and political leaders agreed at a groundbreaking gathering organized by the Michigan Environmental Council this fall.
View Article2011-12-24  •  Fall 2011 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: transportation policy

National Group: Michigan has the best state parks system in U.S.

If you've wandered a Waterloo trail or hung your snow shoes in the cozy warmth of a Porcupine Mountains cabin, you've probably suspected what a national recreation group has confirmed: Michigan has the best state parks system in the country.
View Article2011-12-23  •  Fall 2011 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: conservation, land use

President's Column: MEC: Bringing vital discussions to member groups and policy leaders statewide

The schedule just keeps getting packed with more good stuff here at the Michigan Environmental Council. Following our successful annual awards celebration in June, MEC hit the road for its five regional meetings.Each year, we meet with our member groups to let them know what we're doing and hear what they are working on. Each meeting has a program designed to address the interest of members groups and allies.
View Article2011-12-22  •  Fall 2011 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: MEC Member Groups

Wind and faith

MEC member group Michigan Interfaith Power and Light (MIPL) brought together clergy from a half-dozen different faiths to tour the $440 million Gratiot County Wind Farm in November.
View Article2011-12-18  •  Fall 2011 - Michigan Environmental Report

Patty Birkholz talks offshore wind

Former State senator Patty Birkholz- Known for her effectiveness and for her trademark purple wardrobe- is Gov. Rick Snyder's director of the Michigan office of the Great Lakes.
View Article2011-12-20  •  Fall 2011 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: clean energy, legislation

What services do natural ecosystems provide you?

The Stewardship Network, an MEC member group, invites participants to their fifth annual conference, " The Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems," January 20-21 2012, at Michigan State University's Kellogg Center in East Landing.
View Article2011-12-20  •  Fall 2011 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: conservation, land use
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