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Speaking of Resilience, with host Kate Madigan, explores the rapid and just transition to a carbon neutral economy for Michigan and the globally rare Great Lakes. National, state, and local leaders examine the multitude of issues and opportunities we face as we move along this exciting path: equity, investment, jobs, infrastructure, land use, and many more. Tap in and share the journey! Created by Michigan Climate Action Network and Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities.
 
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When we think about energy infrastructure, we tend to think in extremes: either gigantic utility scale installations that cover hundreds of acres or micro installations that cover a single garage roof. But there’s another option, an in-between option called community solar. It’s gaining momentum across the nation because in addition to potential to…
 
Unflagging persistence and sharp legal insight enabled the attorneys at Environmental Law & Policy Center to convince the Michigan Public Service Commission that climate impacts must be considered in the environmental assessment of the proposed Enbridge Line 5 oil tunnel. The decision was a historic first: No project had ever had to answer to CO2 e…
 
With votes expected this month on two historically huge spending bills moving through Congress—one focused on broad infrastructure and the other focused on climate action—we ask Bentley Johnson and Sara Chieffo, top government affairs staff with the League of Conservation Voters, to shed light on the bills’ status and what they might mean for Michi…
 
Bryan Lewis settled into the executive director position at Detroit’s EcoWorks environmental nonprofit in October 2020, taking the helm of a 40-year-old organization that has fought for environmental equity since day one. With the strength of the organization’s legacy as a base and a fresh generation of organized and inspired BIPOC leaders at the r…
 
Code red. It’s nearly unheard of for scientists to use such startling language, but the latest report on global warming by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change sounded just such a bold alarm. How do each of us process the report's dark warnings, and what do we do now? In this episode of Speaking of Resilience, host Kate Madigan invites Jen…
 
Reducing carbon emissions has been the passionate focus of climate change activists, and understandably so. But as Dr. Elizabeth Del Buono, MD and cofounder of Michigan Clinicians for Climate Action, reminds us in this episode of Speaking of Resilience, a constellation of human health impacts flows from fossil fuel combustion. Those impacts—ranging…
 
Michigan’s Upper Peninsula offers a fascinating microcosm for assessing the challenges and opportunities of a clean energy transformation. On the one hand, the U.P. seems ripe for rapid transition: Though many of the counties rank among the state’s lowest in individual income, people there pay some of the highest electricity rates in the entire nat…
 
Though just graduating high school this year, Naina Agrawal-Hardin has already become one of Michigan's leading young voices in the push for a just transition to a clean energy future. As part of the Sunrise Movement and U.S. Youth Climate Strike Coalition, she has helped bring Michigan issues to the forefront. Naina has lived in India and the Unit…
 
Governor Whitmer has made a bold pledge to bring Michigan’s carbon emissions to net zero by 2050, but state legislation would add tremendous momentum and authority to help drive that mission forward. So far, though, big climate change legislation has not passed in the Mitten. We invite leading Michigan legislators to discuss where there can be agre…
 
“Laboratories of democracy”—that’s how, back in 1932, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis described the states, and that same idea extends to clean energy progress today. With a lack of strong federal leadership, the states have been essential laboratories for policies and action to propel climate action forward. Michigan has joined in with G…
 
Listen in as Kelly Speakes-Backman, Acting Assistant Secretary of Energy and the most empowered clean energy field general the nation has ever seen, shares thoughts on the strategy for climate progress. Speakes-Backman explains how the Biden administration is pushing to convert the power grid to 100% renewable energy by 2035, creating hundreds of t…
 
In the climate change discussion, one fact is irrefutable: Of all the people on the planet today, our young people will bear the greatest burden of global warming during their lifetimes. Youth live with this fact every day, and it has fueled their passion and pressed them to act—from marching in the streets to walking the halls of state houses and …
 
In the recent Michigan Climate & Clean Energy Summit, co-hosted by Michigan Climate Action Network and Groundwork, we invited Michigan’s U.S. Senators Peters and Stabenow, and U.S. Representative Rashida Tlaib to discuss the likelihood and scope of potential congressional action to stop global warming. This episode of our podcast is a recording of …
 
Today we have a special episode to talk about the Michigan Climate & Clean Energy Summit coming up on May 24-27. This year we have decided to combine two successful events - the Michigan Climate Action Summit and Groundwork’s Michigan Clean Energy Conference - into one big digital event. Joining me today to talk about the exciting speakers and sess…
 
Our guest today is Nancy Wang, executive director and a founding member of Voters Not Politicians, the organization that led the successful ballot initiative to end gerrymandering and draw fair districts in Michigan. Nancy led the policy committee that wrote the constitutional amendment language with input from the public. Nancy is an attorney, and…
 
Enbridge is trying to keep climate impacts from being considered as the State reviews their proposed oil tunnel. Esosa is one of the attorneys leading the fight to get the state of Michigan to consider the climate impacts of Enbridge’s massive oil tunnel as part of its review. In this episode we interview Esosa Aimufua, an associate attorney at Env…
 
This episode of Speaking of Resilience features LaUra Schmidt, co-founder of the Good Grief Network, a nonprofit organization that creates community space to process the painful feelings and realities of our time, and to help participants orient their lives toward meaningful action. Many come into these spaces to process climate grief and eco-anxie…
 
We invite Jim MacInnes, CEO of Crystal Mountain Resort, in Benzie County, Michigan, to discuss the impact of warmer winters on the people, culture and business of Michigan—and what we must do now to slow global warming. Jim is among the best people in the nation to explore this topic because prior to running a ski resort he was an electric power en…
 
On September 24, Michigan’s Governor Gretchen Whitmer took executive action that, among other things, sets a goal for Michigan to be carbon neutral by 2050 and cuts climate emissions 28% by 2025. This bold goal makes Michigan a national leader on climate. A Council on Climate Solutions is now beginning to meet to create and implement a plan for ach…
 
This episode of the Speaking of Resilience Podcast was recorded right before Governor Whitmer announced and signed her climate executive directive, which sets a goal for the State of Michigan to be carbon neutral by 2050, and to cut emissions by 28% within 5 years. These goals are economy-wide, meaning our electricity generation, transportation sec…
 
On November 13, Michigan's Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced she was revoking the easement that gives Enbridge permission to operate Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac, where it crosses the Great Lakes. This is a huge win for the Oil & Water Don't Mix coalition and other organizations in Michigan, and thousands of people who have been working to g…
 
Charles Griffith, director of the Climate & Energy Program at the Ecology Center, has more than 20 years of experience in research and advocacy on clean energy solutions, and he is one of the top experts in the region on the automotive and transportation sector and advocating for cleaner vehicles, fuels, and transportation choices. In our interview…
 
The engineers and marketers who made Detroit the global center of automobiles were stunningly successful in getting us off the sidewalks and into our cars. Now urban planners see the need to reverse that scenario: get people on bikes, e-scooters and on their feet—out and about for the health of our people and our community cohesion. Justin Snowden …
 
Oakland County is ground zero for Michigan's conservative movement, the place where power brokers and big donors reside. Is there reason to hope that the county can also be a place that embraces clean energy and the environmental justice opportunities that can blossom from a transition to a carbon free economy? This week's Speaking of Resilience po…
 
Today in the second part of our two-part series on siting, we’re diving back into an issue that’s especially important for the success of developing renewable energy in Michigan and that’s the work to find land to build new solar and wind projects, and getting the projects approved by local townships. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to go b…
 
The clean energy transformation is so often associated with the political left. But there's a strong and growing movement among conservatives to embrace new, cleaner energy infrastructure as well. The conversation is different: talk U.S. energy security, national security, stable economy, revenue streams for farmers. Just don't mention climate chan…
 
In this episode of the Speaking of Resilience Podcast, our guest is Dr. Laura Sherman. Dr. Sherman is the President of Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council and Institute for Energy Innovation. She most recently served as the organization’s Vice President for Policy Development and as a Senior Consultant at 5 Lakes Energy, and previously as p…
 
This week marks ten years since the oil spill into the Kalamazoo River from Enbridge’s Line 6b pipeline - one of the largest oil spills in US history. Our guests today are Larry Bell, founder of Bell’s Brewery and a founding member of the Great Lakes Business Network, and Beth Wallace, with the National Wildlife Federation and co-coordinator of the…
 
In this episode of the #SpeakingofResilience podcast, Kate Madigan, director of the Michigan Climate Action Network #MICAN and Clean Energy Program Director at the Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities, interviews Justin Onwenu. Justin is a passionate advocate for environmental justice and a rising star in Michigan. In our interview, Justin a…
 
In this episode of the Speaking of Resilience Podcast, Kate Madigan interviews Dr. Brandy Brown. Brandy leads the Office of Climate and Energy within the MI Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy. This office was created by Gov. Whitmer to lead the state’s work to achieve aggressive climate action goals. Brandy is an experienced energy …
 
Kate Madigan and Jim Lively interview Bryan Newland, Chairman of the Bay Mills Indian Community of the Eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan. There is a lot going on with Line 5 right now, and our interview with Chairman Bryan Newland about Line 5 could not be more timely. The conversation focuses on the impacts of the aging Line 5 pipeline owned by …
 
In this episode of the Speaking of Resilience Podcast, Kate Madigan and Dan Worth interview Dr. Jonathan Foley. Dr. Jonathan Foley is the executive director of Project Drawdown, a nonprofit organization that seeks to help the world reach “Drawdown”— the future point in time when levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere stop climbing and start t…
 
In our first episode of the Speaking of Resilience Podcast, Kate Madigan and Dan Worth interview Dr. Missy Stults. Missy is the Sustainability and Innovations Manager at City of Ann Arbor, and is responsible for ensuring Ann Arbor meets its climate and sustainability goals and to make Ann Arbor one of the most sustainable and equitable cities in Am…
 
Join Dan Worth and Kate Madigan for a series of interviews with experts to explore how we solve the climate crisis while creating economic stimulus in this changing landscape. If you care about our overheating planet, and want to rebuild the economy to be more resilient, just, and sustainable, Speaking of Resilience is the podcast for you.…
 
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