From some of the skeptical comments found on blog comments in the Eco-All Stars Group, it's clear that not everyone is concerned about alternative energy, global warming, and other environmental conditions. This is America, and everyone has the right to their own opinions. In fact, in trying to keep my commitment to 12 articles for Earth Day, I've found some very slanted points of view from each side of the argument.
My concerns were partially alleviated when I found out about the following projects Michigan students were participating in. This is only a partial list. If you know of other projects please leave a note below.
- The State of Michigan (DLEG) website http://michigan.gov/cis describes the Energy Education Kit (EEK!) Program as; "The EEK! curriculum teaches students about energy with hands-on, science-based, interdisciplinary lessons. The EEK! curriculum was developed by Western Michigan University and the Sustainable Futures Group with grant assistance from the Michigan Energy Office. The EEK! curriculum is designed for students from Kindergarden to eighth grade." The Kalamazoo School District has expressed interest in the program.
- In an article by Molly Montag, "CARSONVILLE- As school budgets continue to tighten, Carsonville-Port Sanilac Superintendent Harold Titus thinks the district can find a natural way to pay its electrical bills - the wind." That's correct, at least one of Michigan' cash strapped school districts is thinking about the future! Read the entire article here .
- Wayne State University is now the home of a first-of-its kind biofuel technology development lab. According to a press release; "WSU's National Biofuels Energy Lab serves as a catalyst to facilitate technology transfer to Michigan's growing alternative energy industry. In fact, Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm chose WSU's College of Engineering as the site to announce the first $100 million distribution of her 21st century jobs fund initiative, which includes five Wayne State projects totaling more than $7 million in grants." More information can be found here.
- Two of Michigan's Universities are competing in this falls Panasonic World Solar Challenge. The University of Michigan, a perennial favorite, and Michigan State University with their first entry. Participants will attempt to travel 3000 km (1800 miles) across the Australian Continent, from Darwin to Adelaide. This fall is the 20th anniversary of the World Solar Challenge. Information on Michigan State University car is available on their website http://www.egr.msu.edu/solar/ The University of Michigan's solar car information can be found on their website www.engin.umich.edu/solarcar/ Purchase a UM solar cell today.
- Lawrence Technological University is the only Michigan University chosen to compete in the Solar Decathlon in Washington D.C. The International competition will be held on the national mall during October. LT will be competing against 20 other teams More information can be found online the AloExaminer. Please support Lawrence Tech with their effort.
If you know of a Michigan school or school districts efforts to change our environment please post the information below.