Michigan universities launch online tools for planners, activists, citizens

Are you looking for information on lightening your neighborhood’s or town’s environmental footprint? Want to figure out how to reduce your own energy and material consumption? Or, just need facts on hand for that annoying climate-change denying brother-in-law? Michigan’s largest universities have released new online tools that may have you covered in all of these situations.

The Michigan Citizen Planner, a project of the Michigan State University extension, the Land Policy Institute, and MSUGlobal, has rolled out a new online training program titled “Growth through Green Development.” While targeted for planners, the non-credit instructional module addresses topics that would be useful for anyone interested in green development (or redevelopment). Issues covered include “Green Infrastructure,” “Design the Community on a Human Scale,” and “Green Site Development.” The complete training module costs $69.99.

If you’re looking for more general information that won’t cost you anything, the University of Michigan’s Center for Sustainable Systems has released “Sustainability: Learn It, Live It.” Based on a series of fact sheets from the Center, the site offers quick facts, and more detailed sets of information, on waste, buildings, energy, water, food, and other topics. While university web sites can be notoriously difficult to navigate, this one has a very intuitive interface… you’ll be able easily find what you need.

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Via WWJ News Radio 950

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