Greening of the Great Lakes

Kirk Heinze took Greening of the Great Lakes on the road to Ann Arbor to attend the Michigan Environmental Council’s 18th Annual Environmental Awards Ceremony, this year honoring the achievements of two, outstanding environmental leaders:  Flint’s Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha (Milliken Distinguished Service Award) and Pam Taylor (Petoskey Prize for Environmental Leadership).

With the recent, explosive growth in craft breweries, Michigan has become a hub for brewers and beer enthusiasts around the country.  The Great Lakes State ranks among the top U.S. destinations for exploring craft beer, even adopting the nickname, “The Great Beer State.”

by Kirk Heinze

(Author’s note:  Over the seven years we have produced “Greening of the Great Lakes,” I have interviewed a plethora of business executives about sustainability planning.  I have been impressed by the innovative and creative breadth and depth of many of these plans—plans which embody a genuine commitment to leaving our planet richer in life and possibility for future generations. 

Michigan State University’s Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum presents two exhibitions showcasing the often disheartening relationship between climate change and societal misfortune internationally. Steven Bridges, the assistant curator, meets with the host, Kirk Heinze, on Greening of the Great Lakes to discuss the social and cultural pillar of sustainability represented in art.

Dr. Jeff Andresen, state climatologist for Michigan and a professor in the MSU Department of Geography, joins Kirk Heinze on Greening of the Great Lakes to catch up on recent climate patterns in Michigan as we enter the first weeks of summer.

Following what Andresen reports as the 5th warmest winter on record, Michiganders can continue to expect mean temperatures warmer than normal as we transition from El Nino to La Nina in the coming months.  He explains the transition is a global phenomenon, which is why it rightfully gets so much attention.

MSU Today | May 15, 2016

May 15, 2016
Roger Cargill

Kirk Heinze broadcasts Greening of the Great Lakes from the 2016 Governor's Recycling Summit and Michigan Recycling Coalition Annual Conference.

Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago photo
Kim Scarborough / flickr creative commons

Greening of the Great Lakes host Dr. Kirk Heinze from MSU Today brings us a conversation about a new Chicago exhibit on Great Lakes energy. "Future Energy Chicago" is currently on display at the Museum of Science and Industry.

Septic system photo
Soil Science / flickr creative commons

Dr. Kirk Heinze and Michigan Environmental Council policy director James Clift discuss some of the most important issues facing our state in the coming months.

Jeff Andresen photo
Courtesy MSU Today

"Greening of the Great Lakes" host Kirk Heinze talks with state Climatologist Jeff Andresen at the Michigan Sustainability Conference.

MSU Today | July 19, 2015

Jul 19, 2015

Sustainability initiatives in Michigan agriculture

SportsTalk | Mon 3/18/13

Mar 19, 2013

Russ White and Kirk Heinze, hosts of Greening of the Great Lakes, takes listeners through SportsTalk this week.  The duo discusses the latest of MSU basketball in the NCAA tournament, and also wrap around to Detroit Tiger baseball.  The two take guest callers, inviting you to give your take on sports news around the country.