Environment

You Think It's Cold Now?

Monday, February 1, 2016

[Editor's note: We originally ran this story in November, 2014.]

This is Geography Awareness Week, and so MSU’s Geography Chairperson, Prof. Alan Arbogast, wants you to be aware of geography. Explains Arbogast (shown above), geographers like him “think about location—where things are—but we also think about place. By ‘place’ we mean what makes a place distinctive. What makes it funky? Unique? Different? What makes it feel the way it feels?”

Ask ELi: Are East Lansing Recycling Rates Up?

Friday, January 29, 2016

Since the new single-bin program started, recycling is up, but trash is not down by nearly as much. We asked DPW's Cathy DeShambo to explain this and more about the new program.

Balancing Road Safety and Environmental Stewardship

Sunday, January 24, 2016

The photo above shows our City’s Department of Public Works (DPW) snow and ice team—the people who clear and salt our roads when winter storms turn them dangerous. As Ron Lacasse, DPW’s Infrastructure Administrator explains, “the staff in this picture includes all areas of DPW related to the effort, including staff that plows parking lots and sidewalks as well as mechanics who keep everything serviced and repaired during a storm event. All are important pieces of the puzzle that keeps us successful.”

Questions Answered at Burcham Solar Project Forum

Thursday, January 14, 2016

On Monday night, a community forum was held at the Hannah Center for the planned Community Solar Project in Burcham Park. The forum, hosted by the City of East Lansing Commission on the Environment and the Meridian Township Environmental Commission, was an opportunity to provide more information on the project and to address questions, concerns, or suggestions residents may have about the solar park.

Ask ELi: Rainwater Collection and Use?

Friday, December 11, 2015

What is the City doing to encourage and manage localized rainwater use? We asked Bob Scheuerman, Engineering Administrator for the City of East Lansing, a font of water knowledge.

Council Capsule: December 8, 2015

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Image: City Council last night during discussion of the auditors’ report

All Councilmembers were present: Mayor Mark Meadows, Mayor Pro Tem Ruth Beier, and Councilmembers Erik Altmann, Shanna Draheim, and Susan Woods.

Tree Protection Ordinance Debated, Deferred

Friday, December 4, 2015

Above: The old white oak tree on Spartan Avenue, on the site of the proposed “White Oak Place” development.

The third and by far longest of three public hearings at this week’s City Council meeting centered on Ordinance No. 1363, the so-called tree protection ordinance. If it were to pass as proposed, it would protect certain trees within the City of East Lansing by requiring permits before anyone trims or cuts a tree that has been designated “protected.”

Council Capsule: December 1, 2015

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Each week, ELi brings you a summary of what happened at City Council. Our “Council Capsule” allows you to stay on top of what’s happening in our local government.

All present: Mayor Mark Meadows, Mayor Pro Tem Ruth Beier, Councilmembers Erik Altmann, Shanna Draheim, Susan Woods (5 minutes late because she was coming from Austria).

Eli on Earth: Where Do Michigan Reptiles and Amphibians Go in the Winter?

Monday, November 30, 2015

The American Bullfrog, a common frog species found throughout Michigan

Winter is slowly creeping across Michigan and inevitably ice will cover most bodies of water, creating a winter wonderland without reptiles and amphibians. But where do they all go? Do they hibernate? Freeze? Relax? Well, surprisingly, it is a little bit of everything for Michigan’s common cold-blooded animals.

Community Solar Project Planned for Burcham Park

Friday, November 27, 2015

At their work session this past Tuesday, East Lansing’s City Council was presented with a draft lease agreement between the City of East Lansing and Patriot Solar Garden East Lansing, LLC, for community solar project at Burcham Park. Lansing Board of Water and Light (BWL) is also a partner in this project.

Council Capsule: November 24, 2015

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Image of City Council courtesy City of East Lansing.

Each week, ELi brings you a summary of what happened at City Council. Our “Council Capsule” allows you to stay on top of what’s happening in our local government.

All present: Mayor Mark Meadows, Mayor Pro Tem Ruth Beier, Councilmembers Erik Altmann, Shanna Draheim, Susan Woods.

Council Capsule: November 17, 2015

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Above: The “Little Bank Building” as seen from Evergreen Avenue, looking towards Dublin Square. This long-blighted building at the southwest corner of Abbot Road and Albert Street is set to be demolished soon.

Each week, East Lansing Info (ELi) brings you Council Capsule, our summary of what happened at City Council that week.

Deer Debate Heats Up

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Public debate on how (and whether) to manage deer in East Lansing heated up last night at City Council’s meeting, with the new Council deciding not to take any formal action on the matter until at least February. The plan had been to have the culls in the two East Lansing parks start this month, but Council elected last night to put off the cull. Their interest is in part to try to see, from results of the legal hunt this year, how many deer around the area are actually shown to have chronic wasting disease. (Hunted deer are supposed to be tested before people eat them.)

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