Issues of the Environment

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  • Wednesday, July 16, 2014 9:09am

    Meet the Gold family from Superior Township. They've turned their land into an innovative,  self-sustaining property. 

      Overview   

    The Gold family owns and operates a farming “homestead” in Washtenaw County known as “Our Handmade Life”, where they live a self-sustaining, green life and they offer courses to the public on how they do it.

    The farm, on Vreeland Road, features a bio-intensive passive greenhouse (no fossil fuels!), the Michigan Folk School, dozens of varieties of organic produce, mushrooms, goats, and chickens.

    Jason and Julia Gold have operated “Our Handmade Life” since 2011, and both the farm and the school have expanded every year since. They are currently offering classes on chicken butchering, earth ovens, soap making, fermentation, ale brewing, and much more.

  • Wednesday, July 9, 2014 9:56am

    Boaters Can Take Responsibility for Mitigation of Environmental Harm

  • Wednesday, July 2, 2014 11:33am

    Overview

  • Wednesday, June 11, 2014 8:30am

    Deer overpopulation in Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County is responsible for increasing home and vehicle property damage and is threatening the area's ecological balance.

    This week, David Fair talks with Maurita Holland about the issues creating the problem and the potential solutions.

  • Wednesday, June 4, 2014 8:30am

    Thousands have taken to the City of Ann Arbor's expanded composting program. It now allows residents to add all food scraps to their composting carts, and keeps the material out of landfills, benefiting the environment and, ultimately, the budget. WEMU's David Fair discusses the early successes of the program with Ann Arbor Solid Waste Coordinator, Tom McMurtrie
     

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Environment
9:26 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Waste Reduction at WCC

This week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU examines Washtenaw Community College's efforts to reduce, recycle, and now, compost.  Our guest is WCC's Facilities Maintenance Manager, Barry Wilkens.

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Environment
11:12 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Fair Food Systems

Find out more about fair food systems on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU.  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.

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Environment
9:45 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Energy Efficient Vehicle Infrastructure

Plug-In Ready Michigan is a statewide plan that provides the necessary information and tools to planners, local officials, consumers, and private enterprises to prepare for an increase in plug-in electric vehicle use.

This week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU examines infrastructure needs to meet the growing demand for electric vehicles and hybrids.  Our guest is the project manager for "Plug-in Ready Michigan", Mark Rabinsky. 

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Environment
9:28 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Solar Arrays in Ann Arbor

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Some controversy over large solar power arrays in northeast Ann Arbor.  Ann Arbor city council member Jane Lumm is our guest on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU.

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Environment
9:33 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Issues of the Environment: 'Fracking' part 2

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This week's Issues of the Environment presents part two of our series on hydraulic fracturing,  or fracking, in Washtenaw County.  Our guest is Jim Peters, Operations Manager for Northstar Energy, and a representative for the Michigan Oil and Gas Producers Educational Foundation. 

Michigan Oil and Gas Producers Educational Foundation

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Environment
10:48 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Issues of the Environment: 'Fracking' part 1

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On this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU, the first of two discussions on 'fracking', or hydraulic fracturing, in Washtenaw County.  Our guest this week is John Callewaert, the Director of the Integrated Assessment Program for the University of Michigan's Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute.

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Environment
9:39 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Winter Seed Sowing

Get a head start on your summer garden with winter seed sowing.  Master gardener Monica Milla is our guest on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU.

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Environment
9:22 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Public Transportation in Washtenaw County

The status and future of public transportation in Washtenaw County is the topic of this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU.  Our guest is Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners Chair Yousef Rabhi.

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Environment
9:09 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Alternative Energy

Another perspective on incentive-based options to promote alternative energy.  DTE Energy spokesperson Scott Simons is our guest on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU.

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Environment
8:39 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Clean Energy

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Weighing the pros and cons of incentive-based energy programs.  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.

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Environment
8:38 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Sustainable Food Through Aquaculture in Michigan

Indoor Aquaculture Facility
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Sustaining our food future through aquaculture.   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.

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Environment
9:26 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Radon Awareness

January is radon awareness month.   Washtenaw County environmental educator Angela Parsons is our guest on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU.  She explains the dangers of radon and why you might want to have your home tested for the cancer-causing gas. 

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Environment
10:02 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Issues of the Environment

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.

Tips from Washtenaw County- RiverSafe

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Environment
9:27 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Issues of the Environment

This week, WEMU's Issues of the Environment examines ways to improve solid waste management.  Our guest is the CEO of Resource Recycling Systems, Jim Frey.

Environment
9:05 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Issues of the Environment

This spring's record-setting rainfall .
Angela Cesere | AnnArbor.com

Sizing up the effects of climate change in our area.  UofM research associate Evan Mallen is our guest on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU.

Environment
8:45 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Issues of the Environment

Some environmentalists oppose the 25X25 proposal on Michigan's November ballot.  Hear why on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU.

Environment
8:30 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Issues of the Environment

Ann arbor Greenway
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Planning underway for a new park and greenway for Ann Arbor's Allen Creek corridor.   Find out more on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU.

Environment
8:47 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Issues of the Environment

Spring Valley Trout Farm
Spring Valley Trout Farm

This week, Issues of the Environment from WEMU is "goin' fishing" with Spring Valley Trout Farm owner Jim Kaercher.

Electric Motorcycles
12:52 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Electric Cycle Savings

Current Motor Company

Electric cars get a lot of media buzz, but how about electric motorcycles?  This week David talks to Nik Klopf, Sales Manager of Current Motor Company.

Mill Creek Park Opening
9:05 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Parks and Creeks

villageofdexter.org

This week David talks to  Allison Bishop, the Village of Dexter Community Development Manager about Mill Creek Park. After three years of hard work, Dexter's Mill Creek Park is set to open soon.

Clean Water Action
2:53 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Start Your Engines

David talks to Susan Harley, the Michigan Policy Director of Clean Water Action about cleaning up old diesel engines and making new ones more environmentally friendly this week.

Safe Chemicals Act
9:40 am
Wed June 27, 2012

The Safe Chemicals Act

This week, David talks to the Environmental Health Campaign Director for the Ann Arbor-based Ecology Center, Rebecca Muenink, about the new "Safe Chemicals Act" that's been stalled in Congress.

Homegrown Food, Homegrown Music
9:23 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Rapping for Local Food

This week, David talks to Lucas DiGia (a.k.a. "Homegrown"), who has been rapping for a decade and also works with  Project Grow in Ann Arbor. www.rapforfood.org

Greenovation and Mission Zero
9:20 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Green Houses and Green Energy

GreenovationTV

Founder and host of GreenovationTV Matt Grocoff arrives on the air to talk about Greenovation's mission and some ideas to save costs on energy, as well as his 'Mission Zero' to eliminate the negative environmental impact of every home in America.

Politics in Environmental Policy
10:18 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Sustainable Development and U.S. Policy

U.S. Partnership for Education and Sustainable Development

Today David talks about government policies regarding recycling, renewable energy, and environmental impact with Debra Rowe, President of the U.S. Partnership for Education and Sustainable Development.

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