Ypsilanti continues to push forward with a goal of becoming a solar destination.
What began as a grassroots effort in 2005, has progressed to the point where the Ypsilanti City Council has passed a resolution establishing a goal of having one-thousand solar roofs in the city by the year 2020. Our guest this week is Dave Strenski.
He launched Solar Ypsiback in 2005, and you can see the grassroots efforts successes at a variety of locations around the city.
Washtenaw County has launched a new website to educate motorists on the environmental and financial costs of unnecessary idling. The website is part of a larger educational campaign being run by Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County officials.
Jeff Kruchmerrick is the Environmental Program Supervisor for Washtenaw County. He explains that there is some simple advice people can follow if they want to help cut down on unnecessary idling.
Kruchmerrick adds that unnecessary idling costs Americans millions of dollars each year and is responsible for about 5 percent of the gas used in the US each year.
2014 marks the 37th year of the Ann Arbor Folk Festival, a two-night celebration of roots music, a fundraiser for The Ark, Ann Arbor’s non-profit home for folk, roots, and ethnic music. The 37th Ann Arbor Folk Festival is presented by Ford Motor Company Fund.
Friday, January 31, 2014 Iron and Wine Willie Nile Pearl and the Beard The Appleseed Collective Seth Walker, MC ...and more to come! Saturday, February 1, 2014 Patty Griffin Ingrid Michaelson Jeff Daniels Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys Johnnyswim PigPen Theatre Co. The Crane Wives **program subject to change
People interested in cutting through all the information and misinformation about healthcare reform can turn to an online class from the University of Michigan. U of M is offering a free online class to help everyone get a better understanding of US health care reforms.
WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more on the Understanding and Improving the US Healthcare System class:
Of 22 fatal crashes in Washtenaw County in 2012, six of those fatalities were bikes and pedestrians. Some say our speed limits are too fast, while others say they are too low. In this month's installment of WEMU's "The Green Room", Reporter Barbara Lucas explores the controversies regarding speed limits.
In this week's installment of Cinema Chat, WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater Executive Director and CEO Russ Collins cover Hollywood news and a look at the gamut of movies available in the area over the coming weekend.
Bruce Dern, Will Forte and a sneak peak of an Oscar contender!
The Ann Arbor School board considered several options on how to roll-out enhanced security at the front doors of schools presented by district administrators. While it was just an informational item so no formal vote was taken, board members appeared to agree on a plan to have the buzzer doors added at 12 schools by next fall, and then go district ride the following year.
Superintendent Jeanice Swift says the board has been balancing several competing issues, adding that the 12 schools chosen to go first all have offices that don't have direct line of site with the front door.
She remarked that rolling out the enhanced security measures will include communication and education with families as well as the front office staff. Additionally, the district will also work on signs to help visitors know where to go and how to use the cameras and buzzers.
This two phase approach will cost about $85,000 in the first year, and $105,000 the following year.
The Ann Arbor School Board will likely eventually renew their contract to participate in a consortium of three county-wide high school options, but have frustrations on the agreement. The board discussion last night took place after a large number of Washtenaw International High School and the Early College Alliance spoke in favor of their programs.
Author and humorist Roy Blount, Jr. is a frequent guest on NPR's "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me" and "A Prairie Home Companion." His one-man show at the American Place Theatre was described by the New Yorker as "the most humorous and engaging 50 minutes in town."
Eastern Michigan University officials continue to meet with representatives from the city of Ypsilanti and others to discuss ways to improve safety in response to a string of off-campus attacks on students, including the death of Wide Receiver Demarius Reed.
To reach out to a wider group of students a public safety meeting was held in the middle of the food court at lunch time at the Student Center Wednesday.
EMU President Susan Martin says they're working quickly to improve security off campus. She says a meeting with campus police and department leadership was taking place today.
Martin says a meeting with Ypsilanti officials took place yesterday, with another planned for Friday. She says they're "moving as quickly as we can".
EMU Police chief Bob Heighes says students are safe on campus, but they need to get involved by calling the police when they see things. He says they are working with the city to improve safety off-campus as well.
Students are leading a Stop the Violence march, rally, and vigil Thursday.
The "Brown Marmorated Stink Bug" is already in 36 states and in the District of Columbia. So far, it has made its way to 12-counties in the State of Michigan.
In 2010, in the Mid-Atlantic Region the bugs caused some 40-million dollars worth of crop and economic damage. And, be rest assured, you don't want these bugs to invade your home. It's name should tell you all you need to know about that! What can be done?
Listen to WEMU's David Fair explore the issues with Dr. Jamin Eisenbach. He is an Entomologist and Professor in Eastern Michigan University's Department of Biology.