Michigan Green Leaders

Michigan Green Leaders Michigan Green Leaders are individuals, businesses and organizations working toward a more environmentally sustainable Michigan. The Detroit Free Press is proud to recognize people, businesses and organizations that are moving the state in a greener, more sustainable direction through the Michigan Green Leader awards.

Every year, we seek nominations of those are doing outstanding work in the area of environmental sustainability.


Go Green Friday Tip #14: Be good to your wallet, wardrobe and the planet by washing full loads of laundry in cold water. For an even greener punch, switch to an Energy Star washing machine that uses 20% less energy and 35% less water.


Go Green Friday Tip #13: Forget plastic and refresh your palate with a swig from a reusable metal or glass container.


The pros and cons of solar power.

Solar power uses cells to convert sunlight into electricity.

Pros: Unlimited supply of sunlight and no pollution.

Cons: It relies on sunlight, so it doesn't generate electricity at night or when overcast. It's more expensive than other sources. It takes a large geographical footprint to generate a significant amount of energy. Panels can cause glare.


The pros and cons of hydroelectric power.

Hydroelectric power is generated from flowing water, which turns turbines and generates electricity.

Pros: It's clean; abundant, where there are bodies of water.

Cons: Dams can create environmental concerns, and it is restricted to where there is water.


Go Green Friday Tip #12: Swap clothes, books, magazines and DVDs with neighbors and friends in place of buying new. Or turn to online trading sites like swap.com.


The pros and cons of Biomass power.

Biomass power comes from plants, trees and other organic material that is burned.

Pros: It is abundant, and can be used without interruption, cleaner than fossil fuel.

Cons: Can result in air pollution, takes a lot of energy to produce, can be seasonable and competes with food production.


The pros and cons of wind turbines:

Pros: No pollution, limited maintenance, relatively inexpensive to build.

Cons: No energy when the wind isn't blowing. The towers are visually displeasing to some people. It creates noise, and can be harmful to birds and wildlife. It also requires a lot of land.


Go Green Friday Tip #11: Make it a weekly ritual to clean out your refrigerator's vegetable bin and get rid of spoilage-causing bacteria.


Go Green Friday Tip #10: Drive the speed limit, avoid rapid acceleration and brake less (except when it counts!) to increase your car's fuel efficiency.


Go Green Friday Tip #9: Look to your kitchen cabinet for natural cleaning products, such as baking soda, white distilled vinegar and essential oils.

Auburn Hills-based Guardian Industries reached a potential settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. E...
Guardian Industries reaches $70M settlement with EPA

Auburn Hills-based Guardian Industries reached a potential settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to resolve allegations that it violated the Clean Air Act by releasing harmful air emissions from its flat-glass plants in Michigan and six other states.

For more details on the settlement: http://on.freep.com/1MFOIZk

Auburn Hills-based Guardian Industries has reached a settlement with the federal government.


Go Green Friday Tip #8: Bring your pasta or rice to a boil, then put a lid on the pot and turn off the stove. Your food will cook just as well, and you'll save some energy.


Go Green Friday Tip #7: (M)eat less. Put meat on the menu just a couple of times a week; livestock is a high contributor of greenhouse gases.

A list is out for the 10 most polluted cities in the US:http://usat.ly/1PseLUb
The most polluted cities in America

A list is out for the 10 most polluted cities in the US:


In the 2015 report, six cities set local records for the most days with dangerously high levels of particle pollution, including the San Francisco and Visalia, Calif., metropolitan areas.


Go Green Friday Tip #6:

Install a high-efficiency showerhead (look for the WaterSense label) and cut your family's water use by 2,900 gallons a year.


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