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Farm Stand: Buying local for our students makes sense

Healthy Food | September 4, 2012 | By Diane Conners

The school year is about to start. And after the Republican and Democratic conventions, Congress will be back in session. Many are hoping Congress will resume debating the new Farm Bill, including provisions that could mean more fresh, local food for students in schools....

Analysis of Holland Energy Plan Favors Gas over Coal

Power to Change | August 31, 2012 | By Jim Dulzo

The Holland Board of Public Works released its long-anticipated report comparing the economic, environmental, and social effects of a new coal-fired plant with those of a new natural gas-fired plant, and the news is not good for coal. Now the utility wants to hear what residents think, and some clean-energy advocates aren't happy with how the process is being handled. ...

Plugged In: The Great Wind Hoax

Power to Change | August 23, 2012 | By Jim Dulzo

Did you know that wind power is a big hoax? It's the latest rhetorical leap for the windbagger community as they try to drive those big ol’ turbines out of Michigan and into the sea—although, mind you, certainly not into the Great Lakes....

Help Decide How Michigan Rolls

All Aboard | August 23, 2012 | By James Bruckbauer

Last October, Governor Snyder called for some bold new ideas about how we invest in Michigan’s transportation system, from roads, bridges, bicycles, buses and trains. And next Thursday at 4:00 PM, here at the MLUI office, folks around the Traverse City region can weigh in on some of those ideas....

Double-Up Food Bucks Helps Shoppers Taste The Local Difference

Healthy Food | August 21, 2012 | By Diane Conners

A year ago, Kathie Maldonado couldn’t imagine eating food like this. Now, thanks to a new nonprofit program, Kathie can double her Bridge Card money up to $20 each shopping trip if she uses it to purchase groceries at participating farmers markets. That means $40 each visit for healthy food instead of just $20. ...

Trust, Teamwork Keys to Gratiot’s Windpower Success

Power to Change | August 14, 2012 | By Jim Dulzo

As Michiganders prepare to vote on expanding the state’s renewable energy production, one community’s approach has led to continued strong support for their new wind farm, Michigan’s largest....

Rich Vander Veen’s Recipe for Windpower Success

Power to Change | August 14, 2012 | By Jim Dulzo

If Michigan wind power has a godfather, it must be Rich Vander Veen. His company Wind Resource LLC and its 133 turbines are now spinning across four townships and 30,000 acres of farmland in northeast Gratiot County....

New Look for MLUI.org

MLUI News | August 8, 2012 | By James Russell

Things look at little different here at MLUI.org. We redesigned the site to improve how you, our loyal readers, access and follow our work. We know change is never easy, but we hope you find the new site a little easier on the eyes....

MLUI thanks supporters at Milliken Reception

MLUI News | August 8, 2012 | By MLUI

MLUI honored the people who help carry out its important mission at its annual Milliken Reception. ...

Support grows for improved Cass Road crossing

Great Towns | August 8, 2012 | By Glenn Puit

Work is under way to remove the Boardman River dam at Cass Road, and the days of the existing one-lane crossing are numbered. Groups are voicing support for a new, wider bridge. ...

Holland OKs Energy Work Groups, but Not Full Plan

Power to Change | August 7, 2012 | By Jim Dulzo

Last month, the Holland City Council unanimously approved forming six "working groups" to begin implementing several parts of the Community Energy Plan. But most council members again declined to endorse the entire plan....

New Local Food Website Donating to MLUI

MLUI News | July 30, 2012 | By MLUI

Traverse Gourmet, a new northwest Lower Michigan food website, is donating 1 percent of its sales to MLUI....

State’s Top Transportation Board Responds to Michigan Voices

All Aboard | July 27, 2012 | By James Bruckbauer

When Michigan citizens have a chance to raise their voices to make their communities better, they usually heed the call. And, once again, it worked....

Feds Pass Weakened, Delayed Transportation Bill

All Aboard | July 11, 2012 | By James Bruckbauer

New transportation bill dedicates zero funding to existing road and bridge repair, leaving room for more and more highways....

New Bus Route Helps Workers Cut Transportation Costs

Choices | July 9, 2012 | By Glenn Puit

A new bus route running from downtown Traverse City to the Grand Traverse Resort and Turtle Creek casino holds the potential to reduce transportation costs for resort employees....

Peter Garforth: The Full Video

Efficiency First | July 3, 2012 | By Glenn Puit

Watch Peter Garforth's message that Traverse City could become a national leader in conserving energy and creating jobs. ...

Help Make Better Streets in Grand Traverse County

Choices | June 27, 2012 | By James Bruckbauer

Our friends at the TART Trails, the Land Information and Access Association (LIAA), and My Wheels Are Turning have teamed up to lead a coalition of local groups and citizens to move the concept of Complete Streets forward in Grand Traverse County....

Farm Bill Passes Senate

Policy | June 22, 2012 | By Diane Conners

The U.S. Senate passed a historic Farm Bill Thursday, paving the way for an important fight in the House to preserve measures for conservation, local food economies, and healthy food for families and school children....

Note to Greilickville: Focus on People, Not Just Cars

Great Towns | June 22, 2012 | By James Bruckbauer

Efforts to make the area along M-22 north of Traverse City a coastal town center have focused on moving cars, not moving people....

MLUI Releases Energy Efficiency Report

Efficiency First | June 15, 2012 | By Brian Beauchamp

MLUI's new report shows that a comprehensive energy efficiency program in Traverse City will produce nearly 100 jobs and return millions of dollars annually into the local economy....

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