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  • Know Your Coastal Areas Website

    Description:

    This website provides web-mapping tools to help individuals and organizations make informed decisions with regards to Michigan's coastal areas. It provides access to spatial layers of township-specific information about ecologically sensitive coastal sites, using data organized around ecological impact, land use change, and urbanization. The site also provides a link to the Institute's Web site, Digital Watershed, a nationwide Web application tool for effective watershed management.

  • Maintenance Management In The Water/Wastewater Field (Online, Self-paced)

    Dates:

    This self-paced course is open online through December 31, 2019

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    This self-paced, online program consists of five lessons that focus on the management of a maintenance department, program or function within the water/wastewater industry.  Upon registration, you will receive two textbooks specific to maintenance management and a guide to tell you which chapters and sections to read and much additional material to refer to, with detailed instructions on how to complete the program requirements.

  • Michigan Conservation Stewards Program (2018)

    Location:

    Please see locations and dates of upcoming programs at the website indicated below.

    Description:

    CSP participants learn about the history of conservation activities in Michigan, ecological principles, ecoregional classifications, and how to make choices to manage our natural resources. In addition to this foundation, participants learn about terrestrial ecosystems (forestlands and grasslands) and aquatic ecosystems (wetlands, lakes and streams) through classroom and in-field instruction.

    Becoming a conservation steward involves the completion of the following: 1. Classroom and field-based training led by experts in various fields of conservation and natural resources, including lectures, interactive learning and field experiences; 2. Self-paced online learning modules provided via Michigan State University’s Desire2Learn (D2L) course management interface which participants will complete on their own; and 3. Volunteer service including the completion of an in-class Capstone Project related to an area of interest as well as additional community volunteer service related to restoring and conserving Michigan’s ecosystems.

  • Michigan Forests Forever Teaching Resources

    Description:

    Michigan Forests Forever is an effort to provide information to teachers and classrooms about Michigan's forests and forestry. The project consists of three components: a CD-ROM, an award-winning video, and an online Teacher's Guide. The Teacher's Guide is correlated to the Michigan Curriculum Framework Standards and Benchmarks. Topics covered in the materials include: Tree Basics; The Environment; Wood Products; Forest; Recreation; The Balancing Act; Fun Fast Forest Facts.  Also included is a field-tested forestry curriculum designed to provide students with an overview of forest management, with an emphasis on the connection between natural resources and utilization.

  • Michigan Natural Features Inventory

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    The Michigan Natural Features Inventory (MNFI) is a comprehensive, continuously updated source of data on Michigan's endangered, threatened, or special concern plant and animal species, natural communities, and other natural features. MNFI offers several resources, including: survey forms for recording observations on special plant and animal species; lists of endangered and threatened animals, special animals and plants, natural communities, and resources; abstracts; maps; publications, including quarterly and annual reports; and information on many types of permit applications.

  • Michigan Sea Grant

    Location:

    East Lansing Office: Greening Michigan Institute, Manly Miles Building, Room 305, 1405 S. Harrison Road, East Lansing, MI  48823

    Description:

    The Michigan Sea Grant partnership promotes understanding and intelligent use of the Great Lakes. It addresses Great Lake issues to help Michigan citizens protect and enjoy the nation’s extensive freshwater resources. Current areas of research include fisheries, coastal erosion, river restoration, and exotic species. Extension agents located in coastal communities around the state actively assist residents, decision-makers, and resource managers in resolving problems, recognizing opportunities, and broadening understanding of the Great Lakes.

  • Michigan Turfgrass Environmental Stewardship Program

    Location:

    7113 Demerly Road, Benzonia, MI 49616

    Description:

    This program is intended to organize efforts of state agencies, Michigan State University (MSU), and environmental advocacy groups to advance the environmental stewardship of the Turfgrass industry and to recognize environmental achievements. This program is based around 12 modules that need to be completed for certification. Once completed a site visit is conducted to verify all items are completed by a trained MTESP Stewardship Specialist.

  • Michigan's Water Withdrawal Assessment Tool

    Location:

    Online at: http://www.miwwat.org/

    Description:

    The Water Withdrawal Assessment Tool (WWAT) is designed to estimate the likely impact of a water withdrawal on nearby streams and rivers. Use of the WWAT is required of anyone proposing to make a new or increased large quantity withdrawal (over 70 gallons per minute) from the waters of the state, including all groundwater and surface water sources, prior to beginning the withdrawal.

  • Mid-Michigan Health Impact Assessment

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    The Mid-Michigan Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is a sustainability toolkit designed for planners, developers, community leaders, and the general public concerning the planning of future development in the Tri-County Area and how it impacts our health.  Specifically, it uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS) programs to help inform users why or why not a particular development should be built in a specific location.

  • Mid-Michigan Health Impact Assessment Toolkit

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    Health Impact Assessment is defined as a combination of procedures, methods, and tools by which a policy, program, or project may be judged as to its potential effects on the health of a population, and the distribution of those effects within the population. HIA identifies appropriate actions to manage those effects.  The HIA Toolkit helps support the HIA process by providing free access to environmental and health data to planners, decision makers, and the public; mapping and visualization applications; and assessment of impacts that will showcase how to integrate an assessment of public health impacts within a greater, dynamic movement towards sustainability in our region.

  • Midwest Invasive Species Information Network

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    The Midwest Invasive Species Information Network (MISIN) is a regional effort to develop and provide an early detection and rapid response (EDRR) resource for invasive species.  The goal of this regional resource is to assist both experts and citizen scientists in the detection and identification of invasive species in support of the successful management of invasive species.

  • MSU BioEconomy Network

    Location:

    Office of Biobased Technologies located at 109 Agriculture Hall, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    The MSU BioEconomy Network (MSU BEN) coordinates the increasingly diverse range of bioeconomy activities on campus, which span research, policy, economic analysis and education, as well as corporate and government collaborations and commercialization. The MSU BioEconomy Network reinforces MSU’s role in expanding the bioeconomy and underscores our commitment to partnerships with both the public and private sector. The BioEconomy Network can:

    • Provide a link to researchers from many different disciplines
    • Disseminate information to leverage new federal, foundation and corporate research and development opportunities
    • Support the preparation of large, multidisciplinary grant applications
    • Act as a point of contact to MSU's administration and other institutions
    • Support meetings and symposia
    • Help you work closely with MSU support units (e.g., MSU Technologies, MSU Business-CONNECT) and other assets (e.g., MBI)
  • MSU Center for Regional Food Systems

    Location:

     Natural Resources Building, 480 Wilson Rd, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    The goal of the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems is to engage the people of Michigan, the United States and the world in applied research, education and outreach to develop regionally integrated, sustainable food systems.  It strives to:

    • Partner across Michigan to advance the goals of the Michigan Good Food Charter.
    • Educate new generations to lead regional food systems research and practice.
    • Cultivate and support communities of practice around emerging regional food systems issues and opportunities.
    • Increase the visibility of and access to MSU resources that support regional good food systems.
    • Expand the resource base for regional food systems applied research, education and outreach.
    • Develop farmers and farms for regional food systems
    • Expand and coordinate engagement of MSU faculty and staff in interdisciplinary regional food systems applied research, education, and outreach.

     

     

  • Native Plants and Ecosystem Services

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    This Website provides information and recommendations for habitat management that include maintaining or planting species that provide floral resources in or near crop fields, orchards and vineyards. Resources available include: Plant fact sheets; images; regional plant lists; publications; and teaching tools.

  • Networked Neighborhoods for Eco-Conservation Online (NECO)

    Description:

    Networked Neighborhoods for Eco-Conservation Online (NECO) helps you to map and to share photos, experiences, and information about your rain barrels, rain gardens, or other water conservation practices. You can also connect with others in your geographic neighborhood who are doing similar things.

    NECO utilizes existing social networking websites such as: Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and others to help share information and connect individuals and businesses working toward a common goal of improving their local environment through the installations of green practices.

  • Oil and Gas Leasing Resources

    Location:

    Please see the website below.

    Description:

    Since 2010, there has been renewed interest in oil and gas exploration in Michigan. This page is designed to help landowners and local officials learn more about oil and gas leasing, the issues related to oil and natural gas exploration and sources of information.

  • Partnership for Ecosystem Research and Management

    Description:

    The Partnership for Ecosystem Research and Management's novel approach to promoting cooperation among its partners, facilitating cutting-edge natural resource research, and applying results to resource management is reflected in its objectives, which include to:

    • Augment regional capability for ecosystem-level applied research;
    • Provide outreach services to management agencies; and
    • Serve as a liaison between management agencies to facilitate cooperative research on high priority problems.

    PERM faculty members bring a common ecosystem perspective and emphasis on state-of-the-art qualitative and quantitative approaches to meet the needs of partner agencies.  In addition to addressing research needs of the partner organizations, PERM faculty provide significant technical and outreach expertise that serve agency information and technology transfer needs as well building capacity to make sustainable decisions about Michigan’s ecosystems.

  • Planning and Zoning Center

    Location:

    Human Ecology Building, 552 W. Circle Drive, Rm 112, East Lansing, MI, 48824

    Description:

    The Planning and Zoning Center is a multi-disciplinary team of professionals devoted to research, education, and consultation on best practices for community planning and development control. It works both independently and in cooperation with many other groups both on and off campus to build a sustainable Michigan. The goal of PZC is to improve the quality of life in the state of Michigan through sustainable development based on proper planning and the application of appropriate land use policies and development regulations. It seeks to play a major role in improving the institutional and legal structure for state, regional, county, and local planning and development regulation in the state of Michigan through applied research, outreach and training, serving citizens, public and nonprofit organizations, government, and the academic community.

     

  • Project FISH Workshops

    Location:

    131 Natural Resources Building, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    Project FISH (Friends Involved in Sportfishing Heritage) is a sportfishing and aquatic resource education program for youth. The program's goal is to teach youth fishing skills and provide education on natural resources, environmental awareness, and fisheries stewardship to help preserve a natural heritage, while encouraging kids to appreciate the outdoors. Adult and teen volunteers are encouraged to spend time with the youth as mentors and teachers. Project FISH conducts workshops and classes in Michigan communities to educate interested teachers and volunteers on the fine art of fishing and the importance of caring for Michigan's vital aquatic resources. Workshop themes include: Michigan Aquatic Ecology; People and Fish; Tackle Crafting; and Angling Skills.

  • Project GREEEN Agricultural Research

    Location:

    109 Justin Morrill Hall of Agriculture, 446 West Circle Drive, East Lansing, MI, 48823.

    Description:

    Project GREEEN, Michigan’s plant agriculture initiative housed at Michigan State University, is a cooperative effort by plant-based commodity groups and businesses in cooperation with Michigan State University AgBioResearch, Michigan State University Extension and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to advance Michigan’s economy through plant-based agriculture.  Project GREEEN has a three-pronged mission:

    • Develop research and educational programs in response to industry needs
    • Ensure and improve food safety
    • Protect and preserve the quality of the environment
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