Issues of the Environment http://wemu.org en Issues Of The Environment: Coal Ash And Our Water Supply http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-coal-ash-and-our-water-supply <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal;">A House Bill was recently passed that reclassifies coal ash and a handful of other petroleum byproducts from hazardous waste to low-hazard materials that are suitable for “beneficial uses”.</span></p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 08:56:32 +0000 Patrick Campion 47845 at http://wemu.org Issues Of The Environment: Coal Ash And Our Water Supply Issues of the Environment: Using Technology to Protect Birds at Wind Farms http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-using-technology-protect-birds-wind-farms <p>In this week's installment, WEMU's David Fair looks at how technology will help spare the lives of birds around windmill farms, and better map delicate ecosystems. The guest this week is Russell Conard. Russell is Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer for the Washtenaw County start-up company Ornicept.</p><p></p><p>For more info on Ornicept's work:<a href="http://www.ornicept.com/data-solutions/">&nbsp; ornicept.com</a></p><p></p> Wed, 15 May 2013 12:47:52 +0000 David Fair 29419 at http://wemu.org Issues of the Environment: Using Technology to Protect Birds at Wind Farms Issues of the Environment: Oil Pipeline in Washtenaw http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-oil-pipeline-washtenaw <p>Hidden dangers posed by underground oil pipelines could threaten the Huron River.&nbsp; Laura Rubin is Executive Director of the Huron River Watershed Council, and she's our guest on this week's Issues of Environment from WEMU.</p><p></p> Wed, 01 May 2013 13:10:33 +0000 David Fair 28782 at http://wemu.org Issues of the Environment: Oil Pipeline in Washtenaw Issues of the Environment: Where are the safe routes to school? http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-where-are-safe-routes-school <p>Grants encourage students to walk or bike to school rather than ride in a car or school bus.&nbsp;&nbsp; First ward Ann Arbor city council member Sabra Briere is our guest this week on Issues of the Environment from WEMU.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 13:36:21 +0000 Clark Smith 28455 at http://wemu.org Issues of the Environment: Where are the safe routes to school? Issues of the Environment: Fair Food Systems http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-fair-food-systems <p>Find out more about fair food systems on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU.&nbsp; Our guest is Oran Hesterman, who discusses fair food systems in Washtenaw County, and some of the ways in which the county is working to provide equitable access to sustainable foods for all residents.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 15:12:14 +0000 David Fair 27313 at http://wemu.org Issues of the Environment: Fair Food Systems Issues of the Environment: 'Fracking' part 2 http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-fracking-part-2 <p>This week's Issues of the Environment presents part two of our series on hydraulic fracturing,&nbsp; or fracking, in Washtenaw County. &nbsp;Our guest is Jim Peters, Operations Manager for Northstar Energy, and a representative for the Michigan Oil and Gas Producers Educational Foundation.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.mogpef.org/">Michigan Oil and Gas Producers Educational Foundation</a></p> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 14:33:04 +0000 David Fair 26391 at http://wemu.org Issues of the Environment: 'Fracking' part 2 Issues of the Environment: 'Fracking' part 1 http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-fracking-part-1 <p>On this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU, the first of two discussions on 'fracking', or hydraulic fracturing, in Washtenaw County. &nbsp;Our guest this week is John Callewaert, the Director of the Integrated Assessment Program for the University of Michigan's Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 15:48:39 +0000 David Fair 26087 at http://wemu.org Issues of the Environment: 'Fracking' part 1 Issues of the Environment: Winter Seed Sowing http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-winter-seed-sowing <p>Get a head start on your summer garden with winter seed sowing.&nbsp; Master gardener Monica Milla is our guest on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU.</p><p></p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 14:39:17 +0000 Clark Smith 25786 at http://wemu.org Issues of the Environment: Winter Seed Sowing Issues of the Environment: Public Transportation in Washtenaw County http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-public-transportation-washtenaw-county <p>The status and future of public transportation in Washtenaw County is the topic of this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU.&nbsp; Our guest is Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners Chair Yousef Rabhi.</p><p></p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 14:22:46 +0000 Clark Smith 25505 at http://wemu.org Issues of the Environment: Public Transportation in Washtenaw County Issues of the Environment: Alternative Energy http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-alternative-energy <p>Another perspective on incentive-based options to promote alternative energy.&nbsp; DTE Energy spokesperson Scott Simons is our guest on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 14:09:18 +0000 David Fair 25182 at http://wemu.org Issues of the Environment: Alternative Energy Issues of the Environment: Clean Energy http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-clean-energy <p>Weighing the pros and cons of incentive-based energy programs.&nbsp; David Wright is the Clean Energy Program Director at the Ann Arbor-based Ecology Center, and he's our guest on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU.</p><p></p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 13:39:43 +0000 David Fair 24876 at http://wemu.org Issues of the Environment: Clean Energy Issues of the Environment: Sustainable Food Through Aquaculture in Michigan http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-sustainable-food-through-aquaculture-michigan <p>Sustaining our food future through aquaculture.&nbsp;&nbsp; Jim Diana is a Professor of Fisheries and Aquaculture at the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources, and he's our guest on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU.</p><p></p> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 13:38:47 +0000 David Fair 24585 at http://wemu.org Issues of the Environment: Sustainable Food Through Aquaculture in Michigan Issues of the Environment: Radon Awareness http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-radon-awareness <p>January is radon awareness month.&nbsp;&nbsp; Washtenaw County environmental educator Angela Parsons is our guest on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU.&nbsp; She explains the dangers of radon and why you might want to have your home tested for the cancer-causing gas.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 14:26:02 +0000 David Fair 24313 at http://wemu.org Issues of the Environment: Radon Awareness Issues of the Environment http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-400 <p>Evan Pratt is Washtenaw County's new Water Resources Commissioner, and he's our guest on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU.</p><p><a href="http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/drain_commissioner/dc_webWaterQuality/dc_riversafe" target="_blank">Tips from Washtenaw&nbsp;County- </a><a href="http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/drain_commissioner/dc_webWaterQuality/dc_riversafe/dcRiverSafeHomes_brc" target="_blank">RiverSafe</a></p><p></p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 15:02:18 +0000 David Fair & Davi 24043 at http://wemu.org Issues of the Environment http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-399 <p>Brenda Bentley is our guest on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU.&nbsp; She's the author of "River Walks Ann Arbor", with tips on enjoying the outdoors in the Ann Arbor area.</p><p></p> Thu, 27 Dec 2012 15:12:43 +0000 David Fair 23596 at http://wemu.org Issues of the Environment http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-397 <p>The "green" pros and cons of real and artificial Christmas trees.&nbsp; MSU Horticulture and Forestry professor Dr. Bert Cregg is our guest on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU.</p><p></p> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 14:37:52 +0000 Clark Smith 23035 at http://wemu.org Issues of the Environment http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-396 <p>What mode of holiday travel is best for the environment?&nbsp; Dr. John DiCicco has some answers.&nbsp; DiCicco is a professor at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources, and a researcher at the UofM Energy Institute.&nbsp;&nbsp; He's our guest on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU.</p><p></p> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 13:51:55 +0000 David Fair 22766 at http://wemu.org Issues of the Environment http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-395 <p>Ann Arbor's Public Services Communications Liason Nancy Stone discusses how you can 'go green' this holiday season on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU.</p><p></p> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 14:17:19 +0000 David Fair 22497 at http://wemu.org Issues of the Environment http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-393 <p>Michigan's bat population is at risk.&nbsp; Eastern Michigan University biology professor Dr. Allen Kurta explains why&nbsp; on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU.</p><p></p> Wed, 14 Nov 2012 13:49:29 +0000 David Fair 21995 at http://wemu.org Issues of the Environment http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-389 <p>This week, WEMU's Issues of the Environment examines ways to improve solid waste management.&nbsp; Our guest is the CEO of Resource Recycling Systems, Jim Frey.</p> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 13:27:16 +0000 David Fair 20528 at http://wemu.org Issues of the Environment 8/15/12 http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-81512 <p>Veganism and the environment. In this week&#39;s installment of Issues of the Environment&nbsp;WEMU&#39;s David Fair talks with the President of &quot;VegMichigan.&quot;</p><p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 12:55:14 +0000 David Fair 18087 at http://wemu.org Issues of the Environment 8/15/12 Issues of the Environment http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-360 <p>Growing the local food movement.&nbsp; Our guest on this week&#39;s Issues of the Environment from WEMU is Jane Bush, owner of Apple Schram Orchard near Lansing, and a business development consultant for food and farm systems.</p> Wed, 15 Feb 2012 13:50:58 +0000 David Fair 9712 at http://wemu.org