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E-M:/ Sustainable Development Grants Awarded to InnovativePartnerships



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Enviro-Mich message from Michele E VanAllen <MVANALLEN@pscinc.com>
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     

CONTACT: Julie Stoneman
Michigan Environmental Council  517-487-9539
Bill Rustem
Michigan Economic & Environmental Roundtable  517-484-4954

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GRANTS AWARDED TO 
INNOVATIVE PARTNERSHIPS

February 6, 1998 (Lansing)—The Michigan Economic and Environmental
Roundtable in partnership with the Michigan Environmental Council
today announced eight grant awards totaling $20,000 to groups
promoting sustainable development.  The funds will be used by the
recipients to hold forums and workshops aimed at forging local and
regional partnerships between business, environmental, and other
community interests in the pursuit of sustainable growth.

The funding for the grant program, designed to promote alternatives to
sprawling land use practices, is provided by the C.S. Mott Foundation
based in Flint.  The eight recipients chosen from twenty-two
applications requesting a total of almost $70,000, demonstrated sound
commitments to community outreach and collaboration.

*Green planning has to be built on a consensus model, and these
workshops will provide many citizens with their first look at a
proactive ecological approach to problem-solving,* says applicant Thom
Peterson of the Committee for Alternatives to the Bypass (Grand
Haven).

Grants were awarded to the following:

   MSU Extension/Kirtland Community College—An educational forum that
will bring together major stakeholders (tourism, timber and wood
product industries, general business community, MDNR, U.S. Forest
Service, and environmental groups) to generate ideas on how to make
northern Michigan forests sustainable in one of Michigan’s fastest
growing areas.

  Chestonia Township/Partners for Environmentally Educated
Communities—Workshops designed to introduce the community and local
businesses of the area to basic environmental principles and the
concept of sustainability in order to empower the community to make
educated choices about land use planning and managed growth.

  Lakeshore Center for Independent Living/Committee for Alternatives
to the Bypass—Two workshops for various interests (business, agency,
local government, agricultural, and residential) to explore
alternatives to new highway construction while introducing principles
of sustainable development.  

  Four Township Water Resources Council, Inc. (Kalamazoo and Barry
counties)—Forums to help the community learn how to manage impending
growth with minimal degradation to environmental resources and the
agriculture base.  The Council is a group of concerned citizens
dedicated to protecting environmental quality and maintaining the
rural community.

  Macomb County Farm Bureau—Forum/workshop on the protection and
preservation of farmland and open spaces.  The objective is to
establish a county-appointed task force comprised of representatives
from agriculture, business, industry, and the general public, that
would conduct studies and make growth management recommendations for
the county.

  Bay County Environmental Affairs and Community Development—Forum
that would encourage discussion and develop strategies for managing
growth.  Wetland areas, coastal habitat, and farmlands are in need of
protection and land use planning is needed to encourage sustainable
community development.

  The Forum for Kalamazoo County and the Riverfront 2020
Coalition—Plans to develop a community-driven riverfront design for
the City of Kalamazoo.  The Coalition hopes to bring together the
needs and interests of both economic and environmental concerns
through comprehensive planning and a four-hour workshop.

  Les Cheneaux Chamber of Commerce and The Nature Conservancy
(Michigan Chapter)—Six-month public education and training process
involving the Les Cheneaux community in land use planning.  Plans will
be integrated into the township’s master plan.  Housing requirements
and greater public access to the waterfront are among the needs to be
addressed.

The Michigan Economic and Environmental Roundtable is a nonprofit
organization committed to developing new approaches to resolving
environmental, economic, and social issues affecting the sustainable
use of Michigan’s natural resources.  Roundtable members represent
both business and environmental interests.  The Michigan Environmental
Council, a member of the Roundtable is a nonprofit coalition of state,
regional, and community environmental organizations promoting a
stewardship ethic and sound land-use decision making in Michigan.
                                                                      
                                                                      
                                                                      
                                                                      
                                                                      
                                                                      
                                                                      
                                                                      
                                                                      
                                                                      
                                                                      
                                                                      
                                                                      
                                                                      
                                                                      
                                                                      
                                                                      
                                                                      
                                                                      
                                                                      
                                                                      
                                                                      
                                                                      
                                                                      
                                                                      
                                                                      
                                                                      
                                                                      
                                                                      
                                                                      
                                                                      
                                                                      
                                                                      
                                                                      
                                                                      
                                                                      
                                                                      
                                                                      
                                                                      
                                                                      
                                                                      
                                                                      
                                                                      
                                                                      
                                                                      
                                                                     

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