ELi on Earth

Recycle! East Lansing Set for Saturday, June 3

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Get stuff out of your house and into the hands of folks who can use it at the City of East Lansing's annual recycling event. You can also volunteer, for a great chance to serve your community and the environment. ELi's Cassandra Heos tells you how.

East Lansing Celebrates Earth Day

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Several MSU student organizations are collaborating on The Big Green Gig, a celebration of Earth Day, in Valley Court Park this Saturday. The event will feature live music, plant giveaways and hands-on activities.

Popular Quiet Water Symposium to Take Place March 4

Monday, February 27, 2017

This Saturday marks the 22nd annual Quiet Water Symposium, an event focused on non-motorized outdoor activities and environmental conservation. ELi's Paige Filice brings you the story.

What’s Happening in October’s Night Sky?

Friday, October 7, 2016

Astronomer Robert Victor provides ELi's readers news about our October night skies along with details about how you can start by heading to the MSU Observatory this weekend for Public Observing Nights.

Four Years After Application Submitted, DEQ Reviews EL Wastewater Plant's Permit

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Four years after East Lansing applied for a renewal of its expired environmental permit to dump millions of gallons a day of treated wastewater into the Red Cedar River, the DEQ is suddenly reviewing the application. A lot has happened at that plant since that application went in. The DEQ is giving the public only until Friday to weigh in.

Five Planets to Be Visible; Abrams Offers Viewing

Friday, July 15, 2016

Above: The moon and Venus, as seen from East Lansing a few months ago

This Friday and Saturday, July 15 and 16, mark the start of a five-week interval when all five bright planets or our solar system can be observed during evening twilight in East Lansing.

Eli on Earth: Grow a terrarium, for green inside and out

Monday, May 16, 2016

With summer headed toward  East Lansing, we will be seeing more and more green outdoors. If you want to add a touch of green to the indoors - without extensive care - terrariums are a great way to add a low maintenance garden to any space.

Don’t let your black thumb steer you away from trying a terrarium. There are plants that even the most inexperienced gardeners won’t be able to kill.

Transit of Mercury to Be Visible from East Lansing May 9

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Editor’s note: The author, Shannon Schmoll, PhD, is Director of MSU’s Abrams Planetarium. The photograph above is of SunSpotter in use showing an image of the sun.

When people think of astronomy, they often think of the stars and planets in the darkness of night. However, we have a rare treat of a daytime astronomical event coming up. On Monday, May 9, 2016, the planet Mercury will transit in front of the sun. Weather permitting, East Lansing residents will be able to observe the phenomenon as explained below.

ELi ON EARTH: Earliest Flowers Are Out in EL

Monday, April 25, 2016

Photo of a snowdrop flower with a honeybee in the author's East Lansing yard this past weekend

 

This past Friday’s equinox marked the beginning of the astronomical spring season, although usually it takes the climate of East Lansing a couple of weeks to catch up to the calendar. But the warm days of the last couple of weeks have brought on some spring blooms to coincide with the appearance of spring on this year’s calendar.

Bicyclists Concerned about Rapid Transit Plan

Monday, March 14, 2016

Bicycle advocates in East Lansing are concerned that CATA’s plan for a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) does not include more and better provisions for bicycle use in the downtown East Lansing/Grand River Avenue corridor. But City Planning staff told Council last week that CATA it is doing what it can while being hampered by space and funding limitations.

Eli on Earth: How does EL's recycling get sorted, and what can go in my cart?

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Do you place bottles, cans or other recyclables in plastic bags before disposing them in your single-stream curbside recycling container? If so, it is likely that your recyclables are not actually getting recycled at all.

Curbside recycling materials picked up in East Lansing are combined with City of Lansing recycling items and hauled to ReCommunity’s Material Recover Facility in Ann Arbor. ReCommunity sorts the materials using a wide variety of manual and mechanical methods including vibrating screens, gusts of air, magnets and optical sorting.

You Think It's Cold Now?

Monday, February 1, 2016

The geography of East Lansing all comes back to a big old glacier known as the Laurentide Ice Sheet.

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