100% Renewable, Really?

Can a city actually run on 100% renewable electricity? Well, yes. We know this because some cities are already doing it. The particulars will be different for each city. The resources available will differ, as will the timeline and the public’s understanding of the benefits of renewable and the disadvantages of fossil and nuclear fuels.

Here’s a short film that takes 14-1/2 minutes to explore one city that has done it:

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Solar Power in Michigan

Solar Power in Michigan” is the topic for the local Sierra Club program for Thursday, May 4, 2017. It’s free and open to the public; any interested person can attend. The location is the Elks Lodge, 2401 E. 4th St., Royal Oak, MI (at the corner of 4th St. & SB I-75 Service Drive, South of 11 Mile Rd.). From 6:30-7:00, snacks & socializing; announcements from 7:00-7:10; the presentation starts at 7:10.

This meeting will feature a three-person panel with deep practical experience of solar power in Michigan. The Michigan Chapter of the Sierra Club is partnering with Michigan Solar Solutions, Solar Winds and McNaughton-McKay Electric Company to help Michigan Sierra Club members and supporters make their homes solar-powered! The partnership means these carefully vetted, qualified, residential solar-power installers and providers of the highest quality solar products can help move you into the clean energy column. Read more about this at https://sierrasemg.wordpress.com/your-own-solar-power/. Continue reading “Solar Power in Michigan”

Peoples’ Climate March, April 29

The Peoples’ Climate March in Washington, DC on April 29 is a national event which the Sierra Club is supporting. For details, see https://peoplesclimate.org/.

Buses from the Detroit Metro area to the Peoples’ Climate March are being organized by Andrew Sarpolis. For details about cost and schedule, download the flyer here. Contact Andrew at andrew.sarpolis@sierraclub.org or (248) 924-4857 if you want to reserve a seat.

If you don’t have time or money to go to Washington, there’s also a local event. The program starts promptly at noon on April 29 at the Charles h Wright museum of African American History, 315 East Warren Avenue in Detroit. The march to Peck Park in Detroit (Brush and Frederick Street) begins from the museum at 12:45 pm. At Peck Park, “The Future of Detroit is NOW” rally starts at 2:00 pm, ends at 4:00 pm.

Native Plants

Brendan Nolan, the owner of Plants for Ecology (313 802-3411) will give a presentation on Michigan native plants; how to plant them and grow them in your yard and why you should. It does have something to do with keeping bees and butterflies alive and healthy, but effects on the local ecology go beyond that.

This is the SEMG Sierra Club program for Thursday, March 2, 2017, 6:30 pm
Elks Lodge, 2401 E. 4th St., Royal Oak, MI
(at corner of 4th St. & SB I-75 Service Drive, South of 11 Mile Rd.)

Regular Sierra Club SEMG Membership meeting, 1st Thursday, monthly.
Open to the public; any interested person can attend.
6:30-7:00 Snacks, socializing
7:00-7:10 Announcements
7:10 Presentation

See also https://www.facebook.com/events/352785571788522/