Michigan Leads Midwest in Clean Energy Jobs, Needs Volunteer Boat Inspectors

For Friday, Aug. 24, 2018

New air times: 7:49 a.m. and 9:49 a.m.

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1 – More than 122,000 state residents work in clean energy industries, in every Michigan county.

A new analysis of jobs data from Clean Energy Trust and a business group called Environmental Entrepreneurs finds that Michigan’s clean energy workforce now employs more than all the waiters and waitresses, computer programmers, lawyers and web developers in Michigan combined.

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Energy efficiency led all clean energy sectors in Michigan, accounting for six in 10 of all clean energy workers.

Advanced transportation came in second, led by hybrid and electric vehicles.

Advocates say clean energy needs to be seen as the economic driver and the new report is meant to convey that message to state leaders and voters.

Overall, Michigan now employs nine times more workers in clean energy than fossil fuels. The state also leads the Midwest in clean energy jobs.

 

2 – A volunteer program is looking for boat inspectors.

Clean Boats, Clean Waters is a volunteer education program designed to assist boaters with keeping their vessels free of invasive species and help halt the spread of invaders.

Volunteers show boaters how to inspect their boats, trailers and gear.

Tips for boaters include:

  • Inspect and remove any visible mud, plants, fish or animals before transporting your recreational equipment.
  • Drain water from your boat, motor, trailer and live wells before transporting it.
  • Wipe with a towel and air-dry the equipment for at least five days.
  • Dispose of unwanted live bait in the trash.

You can sign up online at MIcBcW.org.

– Mr. Great Lakes is heard at 7:49 a.m. and 9:49 a.m. on Fridays in Bay City, Michigan, on Delta College Q-90.1 FM NPR. Follow @jeffkart on Twitter #MrGreatLakes

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