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The Environment Committee welcomes all who want to join us in educating ourselves and
others on the myriad issues affecting our environment. We put on topical programs for both LWV members and the public, confer with schools and other organizations, monitor legislation, and create informational materials like articles for the Capitol Voter and online flyers.
In 2019 we presented the LWVLA Board with a climate emergency resolution that passed unanimously, and toured three different recycling plants (MRFs—Materials Recovery Facilities).
Issues we’ve addressed have ranged from climate change, PFAS, and solid waste to water
quality, recycling and renewable energy. These issues don’t go away, so we’ll continue to
monitor and research those as well others like septic codes and chemicals in the environment. And we need all the help we can get.
Examples of past programs include:
TALKIN’ TRASH: RECYCLING WITH THE EXPERTS
A forum on recycling and waste issues, featuring speakers Kerrin O’Brien, Director of the Michigan Recycling Coalition; Lori Welch, Environmental Specialist with City of Lansing Recycling; and Katie Deska, Education Coordinator for MSU Recycling, followed by a lively question-and-answer period. Talkin' Trash Lunch n Learn 4-9-19
TALKIN’ TRASH: A REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE & ROT DIALOGUE
When is “trash” not trash? When it’s reused, recycled or composted. The Environment Work Group presented tips to share on the 4Rs—and invited attendees to do the same--and how to turn “trash” into something useful for a better environmental outcome.
JOIN US ON THE PATH TO A LIGHTER CARBON FOOTPRINT, ONE STEP AT A TIME....
Environmental Committee Reference Materials
PROTECTING MICHIGAN’S WATER: TAKING ACTION
A forum about ongoing challenges to the integrity of Michigan’s precious waters and how individuals can become involved. Protect Michigan's Water Handouts
SOLARIZE DELTA TOWNSHIP
Co-sponsored with Meridian Township Green Team, this workshop facilitated a discussion around how solar energy systems work, costs and savings, net metering, financing, tax credits, selecting a solar system and contractor, and much more, with Lansing area solar owners sharing their experiences. SOLARIZE Delta Workshop
CRITICAL WATER ISSUES: INGHAM COUNTY DRAIN COMMISSIONER PAT LINDEMAN
Commissioner Lindeman addressed the environmental challenges and opportunities of water management—from rivers and drains to storm water and run-off.
LINE 5 & THE NEED TO SHUT IT DOWN
An informational program on Enbridge’s Line 5, featuring a speaker from Oil & Water Don’t Mix, at East Lansing Public Library
A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE: EXPLORING SOLAR ENERGY OPTIONS
A panel of representatives from Lansing Board of Water and Light, Consumers Energy, and co-sponsors Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association and Michigan Interfaith Power and Light presented options for individuals, public institutions and businesses, and addressed the challenges and opportunities of solar energy. A question-and-answer period followed along with planning for further discussion. Sustainable Future - Solar Energy Flyer