Greening of the Great Lakes

Corporate Responsibility Puts Ford Among World’s Most Ethical Companies for Eighth Straight Year

With its focus on being a good corporate citizen, Ford Motor Company has been named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute for the eighth straight year – the longest streak for any auto manufacturer.

“I have the honor of seeing our Flint kids almost every day in clinic, and they’re amazing,” Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha tells Kirk Heinze on Greening of the Great Lakes. “They are smart, they are strong, they are bright, they’re resilient and they’re brave. They appear to be doing well, but time will tell. Our work in Flint is really just beginning.”

Enbridge officials attended a meeting in Lansing on March 13 to try to assuage fears and concerns about the company's Line 5 pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac. Valerie Brader is executive director of the Michigan Agency for Energy and co-chair of the Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Board.

“We’re about environmental education, action and advocacy,” says Mary Robinson, director of development for the Grand Rapids-based West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC). “We’ve been around for 49 years and have been involved in some of the biggest environmental advocacy movements from saving the dunes to the bottle bill to helping put together the EPA.”

Pat Mroczek

“Our mission is to inform state public policy and improve governance in Michigan, and a forum like this one is part of our broader mission to connect the university with the Capitol downtown,” Matt Grossmann tells Kirk Heinze on Greening of the Great Lakes from the February 15 "Michigan's Drive toward Autonomous Vehicles" forum held by the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR) at Michigan State University.

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development director Jamie Clover Adams joins Kirk Heinze on Greening of the Great Lakes to examine the recently released 21st Century Infrastructure Commission Report from an agriculture and rural development perspective.

“Recently Consumers Energy installed a smart meter on my home, and I’ve been learning firsthand about how it gives me more information about – and greater control of – my home energy use,” Kirk Heinze says on Greening of the Great Lakes as he welcomes the company’s outreach coordinator for the Smart Energy program Kathryn Burkholder to the show.

MSU Today | February 12, 2017

Feb 12, 2017

Kirk Heinze talks about a variety of sustainability-related topics with USA Today business writer Nathan Bomey.  Adam Ingrao on efforts to expose veterans to the healing powers of agriculture.  Jeff Dwyer and Suzanne Pish of MSU Extension on managing farm stress. All about the March 4 Quiet Water Symposium.

Adam Ingrao is a doctoral student in the Department of Entomology at Michigan State University, an Army veteran, and also a national leader in connecting veterans like himself to careers in agriculture.  Ingrao tells Kirk Heinze on Greening of the Great Lakes about his passion for educating veterans about agricultural careers.  Most veterans, much like the general public, have very little understanding of the agricultural enterprise.

USA Today

“Eastern Michigan University alumnus and USA Today business writer Nathan Bomey has been very, very busy of late covering the North American International Auto Show, implications for American business as we transition to a new regime  in Washington, the on-going saga of the Volkswagen settlement—and more,” says Kirk Heinze.

“In December, Gov. Snyder signed some very important energy legislation that not only represented a paradigm in what compromise can accomplish, but seems to have been very well received by virtually all parties involved, from the utilities to environmental groups,” says Greening of the Great Lakes host Kirk Heinze.  He welcomes Michigan Public Service Commission chair Sally Talberg to the show.

“Governor Snyder is taking the long view and starting to put the building blocks in place for the conversation that we need to have around infrastructure, whether that be roads and bridges or water and sewer systems or our energy infrastructure,” says Dan Scripps.  “It’s really all one piece, and I commend the governor for taking a comprehensive view on all of this.”

“After all this discussion of do we repeal things or do we go backwards, we took steps forward, and we think that’s very positive,” Michigan Environmental Council policy director James Clift tells Kirk Heinze on Greening of the Great Lakes when discussing Michigan’s new energy legislation. 

Detroit Free Press

“The biggest trend that we’re going to see is SUV’s,” Detroit Free Press automotive critic Mark Phelan tells Kirk Heinze on Greening of the Great Lakes while previewing the 2017 North American International Auto Show.  “The growth in that type of vehicle’s sales has been incredible; it’s outstripped what any automaker expected.  And we’re just going to see more and more of it.

Hesterman at trade show
Michigan Nightlight

A national leader in sustainable agriculture and food systems founded the Fair Food Network about 15 years ago.  Among the network’s goals is to provide healthy, fresh food to underserved communities like Detroit.