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Ann Arbor is receiving a silver designation from the national SolSmart program.  WEMU's Heather Irvine has more about what that means.


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Each week, WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Sarah Rigg, project manager for "On The Ground-Ypsi," an online source of positive things happening in the Ypsilanti community.

This week, Lisa and Sarah talk with Dave Strenski, the founder of SolarYpsi, about what's new in bringing solar-powered energy to the Ypsilanti area 15 years after he began his efforts.


City of Ann Arbor

The City of Ann Arbor will install a new solar and energy storage system at the Northside Community Center as part of its A2 Zero Carbon Neutrality plan.  

City of Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor’s city council has approved the city’s “A2 Zero Carbon Neutrality Plan” after making an amendment to the project.  

Ann Arbor Solarize Program Underway

May 12, 2020

Ann Arbor’s city council hasn’t officially adopted the city’s community-wide carbon neutrality plan, but part of that plan is already in motion.  


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According to the Association of Oil Pipelines, pipelines are energy “lifelines."  They create jobs, keep costs down, and are the safest way to transport oil and gas.  It’s easy to see they currently fuel the American way of life.  But there’s disagreement on whether building more pipelines is in our collective best interest. 


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There are plenty of opportunities for civic and community engagement this week.  WEMU's David Fair and Mary Morgan of the CivCity Initiative  run them down for you in this week's edition of "Civic Matters!" 


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In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair welcomes 5th Ward Ann Arbor City Council member Chip Smith to discuss the recent resolution to power 100% of the city's municipal government operations with clean and renewable energy sources by 2035.


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Back in August of 2017, the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners agreed, in principle, to sell a county-owned parcel of land in Ann Arbor for a development to be known as, "Verdian at County Farm."  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's Patrick Campion speaks to Washtenaw County Commissioner Conan Smith about how this project will affect Washtenaw County's overall sustainability.


Solar Array
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In this week's "Issues of the Environment," we talk with Jennifer Young, Project Manager at Michigan Interfaith Power and Light.  The group is working to get houses of worship in Ann Arbor to 'go solar.' 


Christopher Taylor
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The city of Ann Arbor continues its push to remain an environmental leader.  There are ongoing efforts to reduce its carbon footprint and better remediate a 1,4 dioxane plume.  Many of the environmental initiatives and local opportunities will be highlighted in the upcoming 17th Annual Mayor’s Green Fair.  David Fair covers these topics with Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor in this week’s edition of "Issues of the Environment." 


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Coal remains an important component of Michigan’s energy mix.  That is changing and, in the foreseeable future, the use of coal is likely to become obsolete.  In this week’s "Issues of the Environment," WEMU’s David Fair explores the energy future in a two-part conversation with DTE Energy chairman and CEO Gerry Anderson.


Solar Array
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The Ann Arbor Solar Club is a cooperative effort aimed at adding 500 new solar installations throughout Washtenaw County this year and in each ensuing year.  In this week's “Issues of the Environment,” WEMU's David Fair talks with Nate Geisler, an Energy Programs Analyst with the city of Ann Arbor, about the initiative. 


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 A bill that will allow utility companies to collect energy produced by residential solar panels and sell it back to homeowners at retail price continues to be stalled in a state Senate Committee.