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New tests find bee-killing pesticides in 51% of “bee-friendly” plants from garden centers across U.S. and Canada

[DETROIT, MI]– Many “bee-friendly” home garden plants sold at Home Depot (NYSE: HD), Lowe’s (NYSE: LOW) and Walmart (NYSE: WMT) have been pre-treated with pesticides shown to harm and kill bees,...

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Momentum building in campaign to enhance transit

Momentum is building in the campaign to enhance public transportation in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township, but a strong effort will be needed to win...

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Can local action save the climate?

If the snow keeps falling like it has around here so far this month, we’ll exceed the record for January with a week to spare.

“The scientists tell us that extreme weather is one of the...

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Ann Arbor city council calls for divestment from fossil fuels

The Ann Arbor city council has adopted a resolution calling on the city’s retirement board to divest from fossil fuels, making the city one of the first 20 cities in the country to pursue...

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Renowned climate scientist James Hansen will headline the Ecology Center's annual dinner Oct. 3

James Hansen, the scientist whose testimony before Congress in 1988 first raised the threat of global warming to national and international attention, will be the keynote speaker at the Ecology...

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350 Garden Challenge

The food industry accounts for about 10 percent of fossil fuel use in the United States, and about 40 percent of its carbon footprint is due to packaging, processing, and transportation. We gather community members together to put food gardens into front yards, teaching people where their food comes from and helping reduce our community’s per capita carbon footprint.

Household Energy

Figuring out how to reduce the carbon footprint of a home can be both intimidating and boring. By arranging tours of homes whose owners have already gone quite a few extra miles, we’re able to make climate-friendly home improvements seem like no-brainers.

Bike Tours

Bicycle tours are a fun way to teach participants about climate-friendly activities and help them get to know their community better. This is part of our Car-Free Commutes goal.

Public Action

We participate in program development for the Ann Arbor Climate Action Plan, as well as helping launch and/or promote existing programs (PACE - Property Assessed Clean Energy, Commuter Challenge, etc.).  Each year, we organize local events for global action days like the 10/10/10 Global Work Party and the 2011 Moving Planet Day.  We have our eyes out for new opportunities and programs for our community and mobilize to support them.