Greening of the Great Lakes

Russ White

“I used to think that we were having an argument about climate change and if we just wrote more books, eventually our leaders would be persuaded. But that’s not true; the argument ended a long time ago,” renowned environmentalist Bill McKibben told me on Greening of the Great Lakes. “Science is very clear about what’s going on.”


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MSU AgBioResearch is a major research arm of Michigan State University.  Administered by the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, MSU AgBioResearch spans the entire University, supporting over 300 scientists in seven colleges.  Research topics include food safety, environmental stewardship, childhood obesity, community development, alternative energy generation and sustainable agricultural production. 


Ford Reports its Environmental Progress

Aug 30, 2017
Ford Motor Company

Ford has released its 18th annual Sustainability Report, and its titled Creating a Future Where Everyone Moves Better. John Viera is the company’s director of global sustainability.

“When we talk about Ford as an auto company and moving people around, we think about the products we’re producing because people buy them to move around,” Viera says on Greening of the Great Lakes. “And we’re going to continue to do that; we’re not backing away from that.


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“We’ve started building 25 tiny homes, 250 to 400 square feet each on lots from 30 to 100 feet, for formerly homeless people, low-income senior citizens, and students who have aged out of foster care,” Reverend Faith Fowler tells Kirk Heinze on Greening of the Great Lakes. “The idea is that they’ll rent the homes for seven years based on the home’s square footage – a dollar per square foot per month.”


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“Michigan State University has launched a new food education initiative that aims to help consumers become better educated about food production and food choices,” says host Kirk Heinze as he welcomes Sheril Kirshenbaum to Greening of the Great Lakes.

Kirshenbaum is helping MSU’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources with the development and roll out of Food @ MSU: “Our Table.” 


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Detroit Renewable Power (DRP) is an energy-from-waste facility on Detroit’s east side that processes up to 3,300 tons of municipal waste each and every day. It’s transformed into fuel that’s burned to create 720,000 pounds of steam per hour.


Jack Lessenberry on Environmental Issues| GGL

Jul 14, 2017

Ubiquitous and respected journalist Jack Lessenberry joins me on Greening of the Great Lakes to share his thoughts on a variety of environment-related topics in the news.


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Developments in energy generation, transmission, use and conservation are increasingly in the news, and the folks at DTE Energy are more than willing to share programs and initiatives in all things energy.

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A frequent and favorite guest on Greening of the Great Lakes is Dr. Jeff Andresen, state climatologist for Michigan and professor in MSU’s Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences.


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Alessandra Carreon is determined to be sure that every day is Earth Day. She’s determined to make a difference.  To Ale, as she is known to her friends, sustainability is more than a way of life, it’s a mindset needed to ensure a better future for generations to come that should happen every day.


The Henry Ford

After many months of time and effort have been invested in the creation of ‘strategic plans,’ too many end up woefully neglected either yellowing in files or gathering dust on bookshelves.  That’s why it is always refreshing to witness a successful strategic plan implementation, as in the case of the 2012-2017 Michigan Tourism Strategic Plan.


Inland Seas Education Association

May brings warmer weather, and that means another season on the water for the Suttons Bay-based Inland Seas Education Association (ISEA).

With a mission of “helping people of all ages experience the science and spirit of the Great Lakes through shipboard and on-shore educational programs,” the ISEA annually hosts teachers and students representing over 120 classrooms from across Michigan.


The book, Food Truths from Farm to Table: 25 Surprising Ways to Shop & Eat without Guilt,  was a #1 new release by Amazon earlier this year, and its provocative goal is “to serve as a guide for overcoming confusion and reducing guilt” when it comes to consuming food. 

Kirk Heinze recently interviewed the book’s author, Michele Payn, founder and president of Cause Matters, and an exceedingly loyal Spartan alumna.


winery photo
April Van Buren / WKAR

May is Michigan Wine Month. Dr. Kirk Heinze of MSU's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources has a closer look at the impact of the wine industry on our state's economy. 

Click here for a link to Michigan's wine industry and events celebrating Michigan Wine Month!

“Right now we’re fighting the third battle of Lake Erie,” Dr. Jeffrey Reutter tells Kirk Heinze on Greening of the Great Lakes. “We fought the first battle during the War of 1812. The second battle was during the 1970’s. The Cuyahoga River burned in 1969, which was the bellwether moment in this country when many people became fed up with pollution and the state of our environment. The next year the U.S. EPA and NOAA were formed, and we had the first Earth Day.”


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