Clean Update

Michigan Farmland Preservation Opened To Solar Energy

LANSING - Land under Michigan's Farmland and Open Space Preservation Program can house solar panels under a change announced Monday by Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Agriculture and Rural Development Director Gary McDowell. The change was a product of a workgroup McDowell chaired on incorporating renewable energy into farmland preservation. Those participating in the program would have their

By |2019-06-04T19:30:19-04:00June 4th, 2019|Clean Update, Politics|

Enviro Group Warns Whitmer: Don’t Be ‘Line 5 Oil Tunnel Governor’

MACKINAC ISLAND - An umbrella organization representing most of the state's top environmental organizations in efforts to shut down Enbridge Energy's Line 5 oil pipeline at the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac put the choice facing Governor Gretchen Whitmer, seen as an ally of the environmental movement, in stark terms Friday. Whitmer is in

By |2019-06-02T20:08:35-04:00June 1st, 2019|Clean Update, Politics|

U-M’s Graham Sustainability Institute Awards Four ‘Catalyst’ Research Grants

ANN ARBOR—Four new research grants from the University of Michigan’s Graham Sustainability Institute will address the challenges of safe drinking water, climate change vulnerability, sustainable livestock production, and the health and energy justice impacts of electricity generation. Led by multidisciplinary faculty teams, these new Catalyst Grant projects will lay the groundwork for ongoing collaborations and

By |2019-05-17T12:09:53-04:00May 17th, 2019|Clean Update, ESD|

Report Details Phosphorus Sources In Detroit River Watershed

ANN ARBOR—Though the Detroit River delivers one-quarter of the phosphorus that flows into Lake Erie, there’s never been a detailed accounting of the nutrient’s urban and agricultural sources across the entire binational watershed. The uncertainty created by this knowledge gap has complicated efforts to develop a regional strategy for reducing phosphorus inputs to Lake Erie,

By |2019-05-12T15:49:22-04:00May 12th, 2019|Clean Update|

Livonia Manufacturer Hits 40,000 Repairs Mark For Wind Turbines

LIVONIA—PSI Repair Services Inc., the Livonia-based service provider to the wind energy industry, announced that it recently surpassed 40,000 repaired wind turbine parts for the wind energy market, following a busy 2018. PSI offers component repair and engineering services for GE, Vestas, Gamesa, Siemens, RePower, Acciona, Suzlon, Nordex, Mitsubishi, and Clipper wind turbines. PSI covers

By |2019-05-12T13:30:32-04:00May 12th, 2019|Clean Update|

Michigan Agency For Energy Now Part Of Environment, Great Lakes, Energy Department

LANSING–State officials announced this week that the Michigan Agency for Energy has merged into the new Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy. MAE, which had been housed under the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, will no longer exist as its own agency. The Michigan Energy Office, which was part of MAE, and MAE’s

By |2019-04-25T14:12:01-04:00April 25th, 2019|Clean Update, Politics|

Whirlpool Sustainability Report: Reduced Emissions, Improved Efficiency

BENTON HARBOR—Whirlpool Corp. officials have released the company’s 2018 Corporate Sustainability Report, highlighting the company’s progress and accomplishments in the 2018 operational year, with particularly strong results in its efforts to reduce the amount of natural resources required in manufacturing its appliances. Milestones and progress outlined in the 2018 Corporate Sustainability Report Summary include: Sustainable

By |2019-04-18T16:54:43-04:00April 18th, 2019|Clean Update, ESD|

Canada’s $5,000 EV Incentive Starts Next Month, But Not For Tesla

OTTAWA, Ontario - Canada’s newly announced $5,000 incentive for electric vehicles is officially going into effect on May 1st next month and the federal government has released the list of eligible vehicles. Tesla vehicles are officially ineligible for the incentive. As we reported last month, the Canadian federal announced a new $5,000 incentive for electric cars with

By |2019-04-18T15:36:48-04:00April 18th, 2019|Clean Update|

Michigan Science Center Offers Free Admission On Earth Day For Ecology Theater Experience

DETROIT - The Michigan Science Center will introduce the Metro Detroit community to the emerging field of soundscape ecology with the debut of Global Soundscapes: Mission to Record the Earth, a new theater experience combining giant screen images, surround sound, and live presentation on April 20, Earth Day. Global Soundscapes takes guests on a mission

By |2019-04-17T17:20:00-04:00April 17th, 2019|Clean Update, STEAM|

UM To Buy Half Its Electricity From Renewables Through DTE

ANN ARBOR—The University of Michigan is on track to reduce greenhouse gas emissions significantly following an agreement to buy renewable energy through DTE Energy that will result in about half of the purchased electricity for the Ann Arbor campus coming from Michigan-sourced renewable resources. UM has committed to purchase approximately 200,000 megawatt-hours of renewable energy

By |2019-04-10T16:51:54-04:00April 10th, 2019|Clean Update|