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Agriculture Forum: A definition of food, almost

Food and Farming Network | January 19, 2015 | By Bill Palladino

Everything we do revolves around food, yet it’s not so easy to define. Go ahead, give it a shot. Now take that definition and ask yourself: Do soft-drinks qualify? How about alcoholic beverages, or bottled water, or fast-food or a protein bar with mysterious ingredients that look a lot like that pharmaceutical ad? This is our challenge as we try to measure our work in the food system, and it’s just the beginning. ...

Guest View: Looking forward, and backward, on energy policy

Clean Energy | January 16, 2015 | By Skip Pruss

2015 will be a watershed year for energy policy in Michigan – and few states will be watched as carefully by energy policy experts and interested observers....

As 700+ Turbines Spin, Michigan Wind Forum Mulls Next Steps

Wind | January 14, 2015 | By Jim Dulzo

It is getting to be crunch time for wind power development in Michigan, so next week’s Michigan Wind Energy Forum, scheduled for Tuesday at Michigan State University’s Kellogg Center in East Lansing, is arriving right on time....

Gas tax shift makes sense for our crumbling roads

Choices | December 4, 2014 | By James Bruckbauer

Last month, the Michigan Senate passed a package of bills that would invest about $1.2 billion into the state’s aging transportation network. Now with only six days remaining in the lame-duck session, it’s up to the Michigan House of Representatives to act on a crucial investment strategy for Michigan’s crumbling infrastructure. MLUI believes the Senate’s package is the right approach. ...

More Green Roofs for Michigan?

PACE | December 1, 2014 | By Jim Dulzo

Green roofs—roofs covered with soil, grasses, and plants rather than shingles or metal—could soon become a more common sight in Grand Traverse County and other parts of the state....

Ag Forum: Local food movement gathering momentum

Local Food | November 26, 2014 | By Diane Conners

At the recent 2014 Michigan Good Food Summit, I was one of 425 people who heard story after story about how the movement to support local food and agriculture is growing across the state....

Grand Traverse PACE Could Boost Made-in-TC Classroom Heater

PACE | November 13, 2014 | By Jim Dulzo

Several area entrepreneurs say they see another way to use PACE—which stands for Property Assessed Clean Energy and treats the loans, which are private, like property taxes. They believe PACE can help them grow their companies, which are manufacturing and selling a brand-new, innovative, high-efficiency classroom heater and ventilator known as Aristotle Air....

Fundraisers Benefit Northern Michigan Farms, Schools

Farm to School | November 13, 2014 | By Meghan McDermott

For 15 years, Central Lake Elementary School has participated in the Farmer to Community Fundraiser, a program that has students selling locally grown produce, fish, meat, honey, milk, and jam to raise funds for school field trips in the spring. Dozens of schools are embracing non-traditional fundraisers featuring local products. ...

Learn how to bike and bus in winter

Smart Commute | November 13, 2014 | By MLUI

Experts will host a panel discussion providing information on how to bike and bus this winter. Topics will include: How to navigate the TART Trail Network in winter weather; winter transit tips for utilizing the Bay Area Transit Authority (BATA) system; and advice from NORTE! on how families and kids can enjoy cycling throughout the winter....

About the Division Street Design Process

Division Street | November 13, 2014 | By James Bruckbauer

Major improvements could be on the way for one of Traverse City’s busiest roads and one of the region’s greatest transportation challenges: Division Street. And right now, local residents can help shape its future....

Introducing Americorps VISTA Kate Lewis

Staff | October 23, 2014 | By Kate Lewis

My name is Kate Lewis and I am the newest addition to the MLUI team. I am currently serving a second year as an AmeriCorps VISTA here in Traverse City and I'm excited to be hosted by such an outstanding organization....

Major upgrades to Benzie to Traverse City bus link

Choices | October 23, 2014 | By Kate Lewis

Earlier this month, I set out on a mission to ride the bus from Traverse City to Frankfort. The nearly 80 mile round-trip task seemed daunting at first, as I imagined spending the better half of my day commuting back and forth. I was pleasantly surprised to discover the TC Express, a Benzie Bus route that takes an average of one hour to get from city to city....

Advancing connections between local food and health

Food, Farms, Health | October 20, 2014 | By Sarah Eichberger

The Michigan Land Use Institute convened food, farm and health leaders from throughout the northwest Michigan region and state to brainstorm, network and plan on how local food can be used to promote good health. ...

Area schools celebrate National Farm to School Month

Farm to School | October 17, 2014 | By MLUI

Schools throughout northwest Lower Michigan are cooking up locally grown food for lunch this October as part of National Farm to School Month....

Ray Minervini receives 2014 Milliken Distinguished Leadership Award

Harvest@theCommons | October 17, 2014 | By MLUI

Ray Minervini, the local developer and visionary responsible for transforming an abandoned state hospital into a vibrant multi-use community known as The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, received the 2014 Milliken Distinguished Leadership Award at the inaugural Harvest@TheCommons event on October 11....

FoodCorps is keeping busy

Farm to School | October 1, 2014 | By MLUI

October is National Farm to School Month! For the next 31 days, we’re celebrating local food in school cafeterias, gardens in schoolyards and food & ag education in classrooms. To kick the month off right, we wanted to share some of the great stories from our FoodCorps service members, Meghan McDermott and Lianna Bowman. ...

Say ‘Yah’ to da U.P.’s Sunshine, eh?

Solar Power | September 29, 2014 | By Jim Dulzo

Abhilash Kantamneni, a Ph.D. candidate in computer science at Michigan Technological University, has an unexpected, spot-on message for Michiganders living in the cold, snowy, and, when it comes to energy costs, pricey Upper Peninsula: There is a large, untapped, economically smart opportunity to develop rooftop solar systems for homes and small businesses in the U.P....

High School Senior Helps More Than 50 People Attend NYC Climate March

Climate Change | September 26, 2014 | By Jim Dulzo

When she was a high school sophomore, Jane Lively rode the bus from Traverse City to Washington, D.C., with 55 other concerned citizens to join the February 2013 Forward on Climate rally. Now, 20 months later, Lively, a senior at Glen Lake High School and the daughter of Jim Lively, MLUI’s program director, is even more involved in the battle against climate change....

NYC’s Bounce Back from Hurricane Sandy Offers Lesson to Michigan

Climate Change | September 24, 2014 | By Jim Dulzo

Most climatologists agree that, thanks to global warming, powerful storms are likely to get worse. So, as climate change works its steadily more destructive ways on modern civilization, building a power system that can stand up to more powerful, more frequent storms is crucial. ...

Ag Forum: Learn About Food, Farms & Health on Oct. 10

Food, Farms, Health | September 23, 2014 | By Diane Conners

In the dizzying array of ever-evolving studies about which foods are healthiest, eating more fruits and vegetables is one fundamental piece of advice that health experts all agree is important in preventing chronic disease and living a vibrant, healthy life....

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