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Local Investment - Michael Shuman's Keynote

Michael ShumanICR's program this week is the full length presentation of his talk

Michael Shuman's Keynote on Local Investment was presented on October 2, 2012 at the Hagerty Center, NMC. His visit was hosted by:
• Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce • Odom REUSE • LIAA • MLUI • Oryana • SEEDS • Great Lakes Bioneers  • Neahtawanta Center • FIM Group • Crystal Mountain Resort • Olson, Bzdok & Howard, P.C. • Baybucks • iCR Investigating Community Resilience.

Great Lakes Bioneers Ready For Its 11th Year

Sarna SalzmanSarna Salzman, Executive director of SEEDS, is in to talk about the upcoming BIONEERS Conference coming soon on the 19-21rst of October at Northwestern Michigan College.   The Great Lakes Bioneers is among the leaders in the Bioneers movement being the very first satellite conferences to expand out of the California event. Great Lakes Bioneers has even spawned three additional Conferences, one in Detroit, Chicago and Cleveland.  Bioneers connects the evvironmental movement with social justice.  Dave and Sarna discuss the role this conference and its efforts builds social capital in our region.

More Resilience Concepts with Bob and Dave

Bob Russell and Dave BarronsBob Russell and Dave Barrons take time to discuss the cornerstones of resilience thinking; we are living in and increasingly complex and fragile world with future challenges that will are unpredictable.  Therefore adaptation is a key concept. Bob and Dave discuss what adaptation means and importantly what it doesn't mean.  Localism, another key concept in resilience thinking, is discussed in detail, also.

More Discussion of the 25-by25 State Referendum

James Cliff, MECJames Clift of the Michigan Environmental Council joins in for more about the ballot referendum facing Michigan voters this November.
Clift recognizes the risk involved in making this a constitutional question: whether to amend the state's constitution in order to achieve renewable enegy sourcing, but Clift points out the state's utilities are already under a legislative mandate until 2015. The new requirement would not change the rate of progress already underway by the state's utilities. And further, in the face of a legislature that has publicly announced it will not deal with energy until after 2015, Clift argues there is no alternative to direct voter action. Electric utilities are facing a big era of change as coal plants are retired anyway, now is the time to direct the future of our energy resource and not simply leave it to market forces.

An Important Two-Part Discussion on Energy

JIM MACINNES, CEO CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN RESORTICR begins two discussions on energy and specifically on the referendum appearing on this November's ballot, asking Michigan residents if they want to mandate that 25% of Michigan electricity needs come from renewable sources by the year 2025. This first discussion is with Jim MacInnes noted businessman as CEO of Crystal Mountain Resort where he has lead that success story towards an energy constrained future. MacInnes is also an electrical engineer and active in several areas of energy policy and action. Jim MacInnes shares his concerns about 25/25, and his experiences operating in the public realm where political discussion is isolating groups from each other.    Part two of this discussion features James Clift of the Michigan environmental Council.

This Conversation Must Get Louder

Tim KeenanIn this edition the theme of investigation is Social Capital. Tim Keenan, president of Veterans For Peace - Chapter 50, joins Dave for a discussion of peace activism and why it matters to a community.  Visuals come from this year's Hiroshima-Nagasaki Memorial Candle Float down the Boardman River in downtown Traverse City. Tim is a Vietnam vet active locally in raising the questions about war and violence that all communities must confront.  War is a near constant in our country's unfolding history. Can our resilience as a nation and as individual communities be sustained at all, when war and its spill-over violence are an option?
 

Art and Artists In The Community

Jerry DennisLocal author Jerry Dennis joins Dave for this edition of ICR as we tackle the most difficult of our themes of resilience investigation: art.  Jerry Dennis has written extensively about the Great Lakes, as a resource and as one of the dominant features of our communities. For many living around the lakes, they are a cornerstone of our sense of place and our connection to the eco-system that sustains us.  Jerry talks about the value of art to a community and the value of an artistic community to all of us in the places we live.

iCR with Lew Coulter

Lew CoulterLew Coulter, recently retired as Executive Director of the Grand Traverse Conservation District joins Dave for a discussion covering issues of community education and social capital. Coulter traces the historic shift of Conservation Districts from direct technical support of farmers to broad based, community wide education programs which recognized that all us are 'land managers' in our own communities, one way or another.

Community Scale Biodiesel Comes To Traverse City

Bill kouckyICR takes a look at the work of local teacher, Bill Kouchy who three years ago publicly announced his plans for a local scale biodiesel production facility.  Under the name Northwest Michigan Biodiesel, Kouchy's production facility is about to start up. Bill shares his experiences with technical development, financial pressures and decisions, and networking with others in the field.  His financial decisions reflects the hurdles that exist to local investment in local-scale projects, his networking an example of building social capital. His ultimate plan includes local production of canola, food grade canola oil to be used in local restaurants, and that oil recycled into biodiesel fuel to be used principally as local farm machinery fuel. A totally local loop!

Energy News

Brian and MikeThis edition brings back Brian Beauchamp and Mike Powers to fill us in on energy news and happenings in energy planning, here in the Bay area. Both guests work for non-profits that are partnering with Traverse City Light and Power in a pioneering program, TCSaves, retrofitting homes for energy efficiency and money saving in the core of Traverse City. They report on the dramatic expansion of the project to include all of Traverse City. This program may lead the broader region over the tipping point and result in a huge increase in the energy efficiency of our business and residential buildings.  Forty percent of our energy use is in buildings. This discussion starts with a quick review of energy consultant, Peter Garforth's thoughts on that: Take on energy use and efficiency first, and all other steps to full energy resilience will follow; fail to do that and all else will fail, as well.

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