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‘Buses Without Borders’ explores ways to expand transit connections

Thriving Communities | February 28, 2014 | By James Russell

Traffic congestion is one of northwest Michigan’s most contentious issues, and transportation officials continue to seek ways to alleviate congestion. On Feb. 24, MLUI’s “Buses Without Borders” forum laid out a strategy to make public transportation part of the solution. But a few obstacles remain before transit becomes a truly viable alternative for many workers in the region. For nearly 16,000 people who work in a different county than their home, the county lines make it difficult for them to use buses to commute.

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Planting the Seed with Farm to School

Food & Farming | May 2, 2013 | By James Russell

A plastic dishpan of potting soil, a cup of seeds and some small plastic baggies made their way around a conference room at the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District. These simple materials evolved into tiny greenhouses and a mini-science lesson for teachers to engage their students on local food and agriculture. The Michigan Land Use Institute, TBAISD and FoodCorps teamed up to plant this seed—literally and figuratively—that local food and agriculture can be an integral part of the classroom.

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New Look for

Clean Energy | August 8, 2012 | By James Russell

Things look at little different here at We redesigned the site to improve how you, our loyal readers, access and follow our work. We know change is never easy, but we hope you find the new site a little easier on the eyes.

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