Identifying Michigan’s top energy issues

As the first year of the Biden administration ends at a time that some experts call the “greatest transition in energy infrastructure” and the “third energy revolution,” it may be opportune to check on some of the top energy issues facing Michigan in the future. Here are three of them.

Threats to the native berries amongst us

A century after National Geographic published its article on berries, Michigan is witnessing some changes due to climate change and invasive species.

Michigan classrooms gain access to hands-on help for learning conservation science

Michigan students now can test watershed quality and model how groundwater flows in three dimensions with a new state classroom initiative. The Environmental Education Resource Lending Station became available in early December to Michigan educators through the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) Classroom Initiative.

Oakland County home to many of Michigan’s safest small cities

Michigan’s top five safest small cities are all in Oakland County, according to a recent national study. Safety was calculated by factoring in the violent-crime rate, property-crime rate and motor vehicle crash deaths per capita.

Economic health affects other indicators of livability

Flint ranked the worst for economic health in Michigan small cities in a recent report by WalletHub, a personal finance organization that tracks financial and other trends. To evaluate economic health, the study looked at population, job and income growth, along with the unemployment rate.

Holland ranks first in quality of life for Michigan small cities

Holland, Michigan ranks number one in the state for quality of life in “Best Small Cities in America,” a study published by WalletHub, a personal finance website that tracks financial and other trends. It is one of five measures the study used to rank the desirability of small cities. Quality of life was assessed by measures like average commute time, city walkability and number of bars, restaurants and cultural centers per capita.

Some Michigan small cities are more affordable than others

Small cities across the nation are filling up, according to a national study by WalletHub, a personal finance organization.  In Michigan this growth affects small rural communities like Holt, about eight miles south of Lansing, and mid-sized cities that lay just outside of Michigan’s metropolises, like Southfield near Detroit.