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1st Friday Focus on the Environment

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On the first Friday of every month, WEMU Morning Edition host David Fair is joined in-studio by Michigan League of Conservation Voters Executive Director Lisa Wozniak. together they bring in the experts that can speak to issues of environmental importance. In this month's installment, the guest is Jon Allen. Jon heads up the Michigan Department of environmental Quality's Office of the Great Lakes.


  On the first Friday of every month, WEMU sets aside 20-minutes to thoroughly discuss an issue of environmental importance.  WEMU's David Fair and Michigan League of Conservation Voters Executive Director co-host the segment, and this week the guest is Ann Arbor's own Lana Pollack. Lana has served as State Senator, President of the Michigan environmental Council and is currently the U-S Chair of the International Joint Commission, as appointed by President Barack Obama.

The Obama administration wants to continue funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative at its current level of $300 million, but is it enough?  This month's First Friday Focus on the Environment from WEMU examines how the initiative has helped the Great Lakes.  Our guest is the Executive Director of the National Wildlife Federation's Great Lakes Regional Center, Andy Buchsbaum.

A study on food insecurity by the University of Michigan is underway.  The study is directed by  Dr. Dorceta Taylor, professor of environmental sociology at the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources, and she's our guest on this month's First Friday Focus on the Environment from WEMU. 

Washtenaw County will soon surpass 10-thousand acres of land protected from development.  Barry Lonik is President of Treemore Ecology and Land Services, and a long-time advocate for land preservation in the county.  Lonik is our guest for February's First Friday Focus on the Environment from WEMU.

This month's First Friday Focus on the Environment from WEMU is an in-depth examination of Proposal 3 on the November 6th Michigan Ballot, more commonly known as the 25X25 proposal for renewable energy.  The guests are Steve Transeth and Doug Jester.  Transeth is a spokesperson for the group Clean Affordable Renewable Energy, which opposes proposal 3.  Jester is a principal at the strategy and consulting firm 5-Lakes Energy.  Jester speaks in favor of proposal 3.

Ypsilanti, MI – This month's First Friday Focus on the Environment from WEMU examines Michigan's energy future and the roles renewable energy sources and nuclear power will play in that future. Our guest is the President and CEO of DTE Energy, Gerry Anderson.

Ypsilanti, MI – WEMU and Morning Edition local host David Fair present this month's First Friday feature, where the focus is on the recent oil spill in the Kalamazoo River.

Listen to this month's First Friday Focus on the Environment from WEMU, featuring the Executive Director of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, Lisa Wozniak, and this month's special guest, the Director of the Ecology Center in Ann Arbor, Mike Garfield.

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