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They call energy efficiency ‘the low-hanging fruit’ because it costs less to save electricity than it does to create it.
One way to get started is to join the Michigan Energy Efficiency Network. The network was created by the Michigan Public Service Commission, which regulates major utilities in the state, including Consumers Energy and DTE Energy.
The network is an online community aimed at helping local governments, schools, businesses and other groups to save energy. The goal is to link people who need energy advice with services and government officials who can provide it.
The site includes information about securing grants for energy efficiency improvements, along with ways to find out about successful projects and cost-cutting measures around the country.
The network is online at MichEEN.org. You can use an existing Facebook or Twitter account to sign in.
Others involved in creating the community include the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth; INgage Networks and Michigan State University.
The address again is MichEEN.org
Controlling mosquitoes is getting greener in Bay County.
So far, the new larvicide has proven successful in controlling the bugs.
The product has a lower toxicity rate than other mosquito control products, and not as much has to be applied.
The Natular trials conducted in Bay County helped earn the product a green chemistry award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Natular, made by an environmental products and services company called Clarke, is the fifth pesticide to ever receive the EPA’s Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award.
Bay County was one of only a few mosquito control districts in the U.S. to run the field trials.
It’s hard to talk about invasive species in the Great Lakes without talking about ballast water.
Ocean-going vessels have been blamed for introducing numerous invasives to the Great Lakes, including the zebra mussel and its cousin, the quagga mussel.
But environmental groups and others say there’s still a need for comprehensive federal rules to stem the flow of foreign creatures to the lakes.
Michigan has standards for ballast water, which require ships coming from the Atlantic Ocean to use treatment techniques when they discharge ballast water at ports.
Supporters, including the Lake Carriers Association, say federal standards would be easier to meet, instead of having to follow state-by-state standards.
But there are still concerns over how a federal standard would be regulated, and that federal standards would apply to freshwater vessels under a court ruling. The issue is being discussed by an EPA advisory board.
The Michigan ballast water standard took effect eight years ago, in 2002.
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