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Michigan Environmental Report

Winter 2015

Vol. 33 Issue 1

International recognition, stellar placement rate make KVCC training program a wind industry leader

As rain-flecked gusts off the Straits of Mackinac tousle trees near peak fall color, a group of students from Kalamazoo Valley Community College is grilling hot dogs and razzing each other. There’s plenty of laughter during the lunch break, but it’s serious business that has kept them at the tip of the Lower Peninsula for nearly a week. The technicians-in-training are performing routine maintenance to ensure a pair of wind turbines near Mackinaw City’s wastewater treatment plant continue turning strong straits winds into clean, renewable electricity for Michigan homes and businesses.
View Article2015-03-20  •  Winter 2015 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: clean energy, wind power

President's Column: Two huge thank-yous and a to-do list for 2015

In the months since the fall print edition of the Michigan Environmental Report, MEC won two important victories that underscore the power of the respect and relationships we’ve cultivated among state leaders.
View Article2015-03-19  •  Winter 2015 - Michigan Environmental Report

Funding Michigan's natural resources

At the Michigan Environmental Council’s 2014 annual meeting of member groups, we assembled a panel of experts to tackle one of the most challenging—and least understood—aspects of Michigan’s environmental and natural resource policy arena: funding. Rather than dive deeply into all the specific budgets of various departments and divisions, we took a different tack, and asked our speakers to think about big trends, philosophies of funding for environmental priorities, and options for the future.
View Article2015-03-19  •  Winter 2015 - Michigan Environmental Report

MEC boosts capacity at Capitol with new Deputy Policy Director Sean Hammond

The Michigan Environmental Council (MEC) has hired Sean Hammond to strengthen its team of policy experts at the state Capitol.
View Article2015-03-16  •  Winter 2015 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: legislation

Author challenges environmental groups to reimagine black relationship with nature

There’s plenty of evidence that American popular culture takes an off-kilter view of who cares about the environment and belongs in the outdoors. On the first night of MEC’s annual meeting in northern Michigan, members gathered around a stone fireplace in a cozy riverside lodge surrounded by woods to explore that concept with geographer and author Carolyn Finney.
View Article2015-03-18  •  Winter 2015 - Michigan Environmental Report

Michigan Climate Action Network to unite statewide efforts around climate change

Groups from across the state met together for the first time on February 11 at Michigan Environmental Council (MEC) headquarters in Lansing to share their work on climate change and discuss collective future action in Michigan.
View Article2015-03-15  •  Winter 2015 - Michigan Environmental Report
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