The Snyder Administration recently initiated a public input process to gather feedback about the State's energy policy. Specific areas of focus include the renewable energy standard, energy efficiency incentives and electric choice. We encourage League members to submit their comments before April 25 at http://www.michigan.gov/energy. In addition to the website, there will seven in-person listening sessions in various locations starting February 14 and ending April 22. See http://www.michigan.gov/energy/0,4580,7-230-54408---,00.html for the complete schedule of events.
Luke Forrest is Project Coordinator with the Center for 21st Century Communities. Contact him by email or on Twitter.
Michigan Environmental Council (MEC) and Michigan Energy Options (MEO) are excited to host an evening of information, conversation and refreshments with a focus on big-picture economics in a resource-constrained world. Mr. Jim MacInnes, President & CEO of LEED-Certified Crystal Mountain Resort and Spa, will discuss his recent experience at the national Biophysical Economics (BPE) conference in Vermont. He will be joined by MEC Energy Program Director David Gard who will report back on the Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas (ASPO) conference in Austin.
The event is free but space is limited. Please RSVP to ensure yourself a spot.
Feb. 4, 2013 4:30 - 6:30pm
Location: 405 Grove St., East Lansing, MI, 48823 (Map)
Luke Forrest is Project Coordinator with the Center for 21st Century Communities. Contact him by email or Twitter.
The Great Lakes Adaptation Assessment for Cities (GLAA-C) is a three-year project that seeks to strengthen the science and decision-making for more effective urban adaptation to climate change in the Great Lakes region. The project, which is funded by the University of Michigan and Kresge Foundation and led by the University's Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute, teams researchers with city decision makers in five Great Lakes cities in order to identify adaptation needs, opportunities for action, and relative costs of response options to climate change. The programs developed for the five cities will include implementation steps which will be able to be universalized and replicated in other cities in the region. This conference call is an opportunity for Michigan communities to learn about GLAA-C and how it can be applied locally and regionally.
Join the conference call at 10am eastern Wednesday, January 16, by calling 734-794-6099 and using code 43720. Once the call begins you can view presentation slides here.
Luke Forrest is a Project Coordinator with the Center for 21st Century Communities. Contact him by email or Twitter.
The Citizens' Institute on Rural Design (CIRD) is issuing a request for proposals to rural communities facing design challenges to host local workshops in 2013. Successful applicants will receive a $7,000 grant and in-kind design expertise and technical assistance valued at $35,000. The Request for Proposals is on the new CIRD website: www.rural-design.org.
The deadline for submitting a proposal is Tuesday March 5, 2013 at 5:00 pm EST.
CIRD (formerly known as "Your Town") works to help rural communities with populations of 50,000 or fewer enhance their quality of life and economic vitality through facilitated design workshops. The program brings together local leaders, non-profits, and community organizations with a team of specialists in design, planning, and creative placemaking to address challenges like strengthening economies, enhancing rural character, leveraging cultural assets, and designing efficient housing and transportation systems.
The Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design is a National Endowment for the Arts leadership initiative in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Project for Public Spaces, Inc., along with the Orton Family Foundation and the CommunityMatters® Partnership. A task force of national experts in rural design and planning is also being assembled to help shape the CIRD program.
Arnold Weinfeld is Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at 517-908-0304 or by e-mail