Environment

Debris Pick-Up Continues, as Question about Burying Lines Is Raised

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

 

East Lansing’s Department of Public Works will continue for at least another week to pick-up trees and tree limbs downed by Friday’s storm according to City Manager George Lahanas. Speaking at City Council’s meeting last night, Lahanas praised City employees and residents for coming together to deal with the aftermath of the storm. He asked residents to continue to get downed vegetation to the curb.

Solar Project Going Forward

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

When East Lansing’s City Council voted unanimously to offer a much less lucrative tax abatement than the developer of a local solar project asked, some were worried that the Council’s decision would kill the project. But asked by ELi about whether the project proposed by Inovateus Solar is going forward, the City Manager’s office confirmed this morning that it is.

MSU Solar Array Project Seeks Tax Exemption; Council Split

Monday, June 20, 2016

 

Above: an artist’s rendering of a solar array project from the application for the tax exemption

A Michigan-based company wants to install a large solar array at MSU, and its request for a related tax exemption from the City of East Lansing is causing debate at City Council.

City Sued Over Sewer Backups, Warns Homeowners

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Above: an East Lansing basement floor drain through which sewer back-up has occurred

The City wants you to know that, if a sewer backs up into the drains in your East Lansing home and creates a big mess, odds are high the City will not help you financially and that your homeowner’s insurance will be inadequate to managing the cost of cleanup. That’s the message of a brochure recently distributed by the City on basement flooding.

Recycle! East Lansing Takes Place this Saturday, June 4th

Friday, June 3, 2016

This Saturday, June 4th, the City of East Lansing invites residents to bring their hard-to-recycle items to the Abbott Center to be reused, recycled, or disposed of properly. This annual event began over 20 years ago as a community clean up effort organized by community members, and continues to grow larger every year.

Latest TIF Plan Sharply Limited to Environmental Clean-Up

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Above: the project site at the northeast corner of Grand River Avenue and Spartan Avenue.

The East Lansing City Council voted yesterday on both the site plan and Brownfield Tax Increment Financing (TIF) plan for the White Oak Place project at Spartan and Grand River Avenues (just west of Brookfield Plaza). But in both cases, what the Council approved was significantly different from what the developer had proposed.

Council Gets Update on Demolition, Discusses Crowdfunding Infrastructure, Authorizes Sidewalk Charges

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Above: Some of the vacant buildings downtown set to be demolished this year.

Every week, East Lansing Info (ELi) sends one or more reporters to City Council to bring you a complete "Council Capsule."

Permit parking debate reaches some resolution: Tuesday night’s City Council meeting was again dominated by the issue of residential parking permits (RPP), the only item on the Business Agenda. See our special separate report on that.

MSU Students Study, Save and Spread the Word about Bees

Monday, May 2, 2016

With the arrival of spring come warmer weather, blossoming flowers, and excitement for summer. But for some eager, nature-minded students at MSU, it is also the perfect weather for honey bees. Bailey Bees, a new student group, manages thousands of bees that currently live on the roof of Bailey Hall in the Brody Neighborhood on campus.

Naomi Klein at Wharton on Climate Change

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Photo of Naomi Klein by Kourosh Keshiri courtesy www.naomiklein.org

Canadian journalist and author Naomi Klein spoke the evening of April 4th to a nearly full house in the Wharton Center’s Great Hall, on the Michigan State University campus. Before she came on stage, a giant screen behind the speaker’s podium announced her timely topic and ultimately hopeful thesis: “How climate change is going to change everything (for the worse—or the better).”

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