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MLUI Report: The Power of Energy Efficiency

Efficiency First | September 30, 2013 | By Jim Dulzo

MLUI's special report, "The Power of Energy Efficiency," introduces some of the people already making Traverse City and northwest Michigan "efficiency-ready": homeowners, business people, contractors, officials, and experts with first-hand knowledge of just how well energy efficiency works. ...

Introduction: The Power of Energy Efficiency

The Power of Energy Efficiency | September 30, 2013 | By Jim Dulzo

Energy efficiency puts our contractors to work; boosts local retail sales; keeps more of residents’ hard-earned dollars in town; increases property values; makes the community more attractive; and by lowering overall energy demand, slows the rise of everyone’s energy costs....

Odyssey Travelers Stop in TC

Choices, All Abord | September 27, 2013 | By James Bruckbauer

Yesterday, members of the Transportation for Michigan coalition visited Traverse City to kick off a two-day quest to travel around the state using only bikes, buses, and trains. ...

Traverse City Can Be A Leader

Efficiency First | September 26, 2013 | By Jim Dulzo

TCSaves showed that a well done, public-private, residential energy efficiency program can reach many homeowners, make them more comfortable and lower their utility bills, produce good-paying jobs, keep more cash in the local economy, increase home values, and make financial sense....

Regional Rider - "I Got Stripes"

Choices | September 24, 2013 | By James Bruckbauer

Earlier this month, engineers laid down fresh new bike lanes as part of a resurface project along heavily traveled Cass Street in Traverse City. The new lanes will help more downtown commuters leave their cars at home and bike to work....

One Barn, Three Utilities and Geothermal Success

Efficiency First | September 23, 2013 | By Jim Dulzo

It was a setting guaranteed to raise a smile: a squinty-bright sun, an electric-blue sky, rolling green hills, a verdant community garden and a big, immaculately restored old barn. But the folks who gathered last week at the Historic Barns Park were grinning for a different reason: Completion of the first phase of a geothermal heating and cooling system that will keep the park’s iconic Cathedral Barn comfortable year-round....

Introducing MLUI's new FoodCorps service members

Farm to School, FoodCorps | September 19, 2013 | By MLUI

MLUI is so excited to introduce the two new FoodCorps service members who will be working from our office to promote and encourage local food and healthy eating at area schools. Here's a brief hello from them both in their own words. ...

Detroit Hotels Want Shuttle Service; Airport Doesn’t See Need

Choices, All Abord | September 17, 2013 | By James Bruckbauer

Metro Airport officials in Detroit don’t think people want more transportation options to and from downtown. But, Detroit’s hotel and tourism officials disagree....

Lansing Turns Toward Clean Energy Debate

Power to Change | September 13, 2013 | By Jim Dulzo

Michigan’s clean energy entrepreneurs and advocates hope to hear some good news from Lansing about renewable energy next week.
That’s when the Michigan Public Service Commission and the Michigan Energy Office release the first of four draft-summaries of comments the public gave them earlier this year regarding the state’s future energy goals. ...

Should road projects offer a return on investment?

Local Motion | September 12, 2013 | By James Bruckbauer

This short video compares how local officials typically think about return vs. the actual financial returns a project might provide....

Traffic solutions require leadership, not a bridge

Great Towns | September 9, 2013 | By James Bruckbauer

Traffic problems take on new urgency during Traverse City’s busy season as too much congestion hampers business growth, wastes fuel, and hurts this area’s quality of life. But local leaders need to fix our existing transportation network first before pursuing an expensive, ill-conceived, short-term remedy like a new Hartman-Hammond bridge. ...

Farm Bill: It's time to get it done

Farm Bill | September 5, 2013 | By Diane Conners

It’s hard to believe that we are just one month away from the Farm Bill expiring and yet highly partisan, polarized factions of Congress still have failed to pass a new bill. With one more week before Congress goes back in session, there’s no better time to contact your representatives to urge passage of a full five-year Farm Bill — one that different types of farms can plan around and that those of us who want to eat good local food can count on....

CHART: Does Federal Transportation Spending Reflect Shifting Trends?

All Aboard, Choices | September 4, 2013 | By James Bruckbauer

Do our transportation investments reflect the rapidly changing demand for buses and trains?...

Conference Highlights Rail’s Potential in Michigan

All Aboard | August 29, 2013 | By James Bruckbauer

Earlier this week, MLUI joined transportation experts, engineers, train advocates, rail companies and decision makers in Lansing at the Michigan Rail Conference....

Mackinac Oil Pipeline Rally Marks TC350’s Revival

Power to Change, TC350 | August 27, 2013 | By Jim Dulzo

Last month, a surprisingly large number of people showed up at a remote northern Michigan park to rally against something that, weeks earlier, few of them had ever heard about: the twin, 60-year-old pipelines that transport 22 million gallons of oil a day beneath the Straits of Mackinac. Attracting a crowd to a distant location for a rally about a largely unknown pipeline is impressive; so is reviving a moribund organization to produce the event in just six weeks....

Can Grand Traverse County Set the PACE?

Power to Change | August 22, 2013 | By Jim Dulzo

It’s time for Grand Traverse County to use a state law to help local firms cut energy costs and boost bottom lines. The 2010 law, called PACE—Property Assessed Clean Energy—allows local governments to establish bonds for loans to improve commercial buildings’ efficiency or install renewable energy devices, cutting their utility bills. Local units then use special property tax assessments for loan repayments....

Cherry Capital Partnership To Provide Schools with Local Food

Farm to School | August 22, 2013 | By MLUI

Michigan public school students will enjoy Michigan-grown fruit starting this school year, thanks to a partnership with Cherry Capital Foods and Chartwells School Dining Services....

Road builders admit: ‘We can’t build our way out of congestion’

Choices | August 22, 2013 | By James Bruckbauer

One of nation’s largest road-building firms, HNTB, recently admitted something transportation advocates have argued for many years: “We can’t build our way out of traffic congestion.”...

GT Road Commission To Consider Complete Streets

Choices | August 21, 2013 | By James Bruckbauer

Grand Traverse County road officials could adopt a policy that would symbolize its commitment to improving roads, reducing traffic congestion, and helping people get around the region efficiently....

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