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Why Would Consumers Freeze Its Hot Solar Program?

April 11, 2011 | By Jim Dulzo

Manufacturers, installers say expansion would spur state economy...


Last Call for Boardman Lake Road Plan

Choices | March 18, 2011 | By James Bruckbauer

Tuesday night is your last chance to tell the Traverse City Commission how you feel about their current plans for some long-underutilized land on the west side of Boardman Lake....


Our Choice: What Kind of Road for Boardman Lake?

Choices | February 21, 2011 | By James Bruckbauer

Traverse City officials want your input on a new road that may be built along the west side of Boardman Lake. The road proposal, which has a long history, dating back to 1970’s, will either be a bypass or a lever for new construction in a long-underutilized part of the city....


Looking for Local Along the Interstate

Blog Archive | December 17, 2010 | By Janice Benson

I’m pleased to say that travelers stopping in many of our small northern Michigan towns, looking for local fare, will be delighted to find quite a bit of it! ...

‘Green Plate Challenge’ Brings Business to Local Emu Farm

Blog Archive | November 10, 2010 | By Janice Benson

Jim Barnes, owner of The Crystal Lake Catering Company, Eco-Building Products, and Wild Leek Productions, produced and promoted the Green Plate Challenge this summer in order to connect local restaurants with local farmers. ...

Keep Politics Out of Traverse City’s Clean Energy Future

Blog Archive | October 27, 2010 | By Brian Beauchamp

“Don’t toss the baby out with the bathwater.”...

Sun Is Shining on Michigan’s Solar Industry

Blog Archive | October 22, 2010 | By Glenn Puit

The Solar Foundation, a Washington D.C.-based non-profit, reports that Michigan is now fourth in the nation for job creation in the solar industry. ...

The Big U.P. Deal

Blog Archive | October 11, 2010 | By Glenn Puit

The Nature Conservancy and the State of Michigan said this week that new conservation easements and acquisitions would protect 271,000 acres of wilderness and natural area, including the Fox and Big Two-Hearted Rivers....

Urban Agriculture: A True Story from WWII

Blog Archive | October 6, 2010 | By Patty Cantrell

My family here in Germany, where I’m visiting this week and next, has a favorite story about my great grandfather, Karl Bader....

Utilities, State Plug Fast Car-Charger Incentives

Blog Archive | October 5, 2010 | By Glenn Puit

But if you’re driving one of those new, very cool electric vehicles, GM’s Volt, or Nissan’s Leaf, which will start rolling off assembly lines later this year, where will you “fill up” with electricity instead of gas?...

It’s Not Just About the Food

Blog Archive | September 10, 2010 | By Janice Benson

As I turn the calendar to September, things look different to me. Yes, apples are coming in, the days are getting shorter, and I’m noticing the usual seasonal changes at this time of year. But this year is different....

Rating Plates in Benzie

Blog Archive | September 8, 2010 | By Karly Wentzloff

I am not a meat and potatoes girl, but the chefs participating in the Green Plate challenge—a local food entre contest among four Frankfort-Elberta restaurants—are starting to change that....

TCL&P’s Good First Step

Blog Archive | September 3, 2010 | By Brian Beauchamp

Traverse City Light and Power just took a step toward unleashing a powerful jobs and income machine: It installed a new “net metering” policy, allowing TCL&P’s customers to generate limited amounts of renewable energy and sell it back to the utility....

Hey, Locavores: Rate the Plate!

Blog Archive | August 3, 2010 | By Karly Wentzloff

Do you ever wish eating local could be easy? Well, for the next seven weeks in Frankfort and Elberta, it is not only easy, it’s spiced up with some friendly competition....

Benzie Citizens Moving Grand Vision

Blog Archive | August 2, 2010 | By Shauna Fite

More than 20 Benzie residents, community leaders, and local officials are now working together to further the goals of the regional, citizen-based Grand Vision planning process in Benzie County....

Good Coops Make Good Neighbors, Better Eggs

Blog Archive | July 27, 2010 | By Sharron and Paul May

What exactly is an Eggmobile? It’s essentially a chicken coop on wheels, and a great way to move our hens around to another fresh, un-pecked pasture every few days so that they have steady access to the foods they really like-grass and bugs....

Creating a Community Climate Action Plan

Blog Archive | July 23, 2010 | By Alicia Pettys

There is widespread consensus that real action must be taken now to decrease the impact we are having on our environment and combat climate change. To help guide the actions our community takes, SEEDS is launching a Climate Action Planning Survey....

To Be a Star, Hire an Energy Czar

Blog Archive | July 6, 2010 | By Jim Dulzo

So far, our answers to Traverse City Light & Power’s questions about our “20-20″ proposal have explained that saving a watt is the same as generating a watt and is much cheaper, so spending on efficiency makes way more sense than spending on new power plants....

Extinction? Forever! Seed-Saving Class? Next Month!

Blog Archive | June 23, 2010 | By Jim Sluyter

“Extinction” usually makes me think of things like mastodons or civil political discourse, not tomatoes or apples....

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