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UPEC Livestreams: Keeping you connected with the UP environment

Our series of livestreams, co-hosted by Board President Horst Schmidt and Vice President Evan Zimmermann, keeps you up-to-date with environmental issues facing the Upper Peninsula.

Please note: as of November 2021, you can view all archived recordings of the livestreams anytime on UPEC’s Facebook page. Earlier posts below link to UPEC’s YouTube channel, which is no longer being used for this purpose.

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This UPEC “This Is It!” livestream featured Professor Chelsea Schelly of Michigan Technological University, who discussed intentional communities — planned residential living communities designed to have a high degree of social cohesion and collaboration through shared technologies, economies, and activities of daily life.  Several intentional communities were offered as examples of the diversity of forms they can take.

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UPEC’s “This Is It!” livestream interactive conversation, held on June 27, 2020, explored new bipartisan legislation that could transform recycling and waste reduction in Michigan. Horst Schmidt and Evan Zimmermann, president and vice president of UPEC, respectively, hosted the livestream and presented the latest news on Michigan’s waste problems, past and present, and a recent bipartisan legislative move to address them. They’ll were joined by Sean Hammond, the policy director at the Michigan Environmental Council, who relayed what he has been working on during the past five years to change our waste to resources — bringing Michigan into the 21st century.

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Jim Olson, Founder and President of the group FLOW (For Love Of Water), and Joe Kaplan of Common Coast Research & Conservation.  Olson will discuss issues surrounding Enbridge Energy’s Line 5, a major oil and gas pipeline that crosses the length of the Upper Peninsula, passes through the Straits of Mackinac on the lakebed, and continues through the Lower Peninsula to Sarnia, Ontario.  Kaplan will talk about the potential dangers large-scale solar farms pose to migrating birds.



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