News from across Turtle Island
Posted on February 17, 2017 4:39pm
Tiffany Pupa was going on break at about 3 a.m. She turned around to the tent she just left to see the dark of the night around her. The glow from the large white tent was spectacular in its contrast to the dark – but more spectacular to Pupa was seeing the shadows cast against the tent of the pack of volunteers she had with her at this insane hour of the day.
What were they doing?
For several weeks, the group of more than 150 students, faculty, their family members, and even some of their pets had assembled at the MSU Recycling Center to build the university’s first tiny house.
“Sparty’s Cabin” is the house’s name and the brainchild of Pupa, who graduated in May 2016 from the Honors College with a degree in interior design from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Coming in at 177 square feet, the tiny house features an upstairs sleeping loft, modern kitchen and a composting toilet.
Posted on February 15, 2017 9:46am
William A. Demmer, CEO of Demmer Corporation, a manufacturer of large military and construction equipment components, will receive the Distinguished Service Award from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) at Michigan State University (MSU) during the ANR Week Luncheon on March 7.
Posted on February 15, 2017 9:36am
Michigan State Senator Darwin Booher will receive the Distinguished Service Award from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) at Michigan State University (MSU) during the ANR Week Luncheon on March 7.
Posted on February 15, 2017 9:35am
Ray VanDriessche will receive the Distinguished Service Award from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) at Michigan State University (MSU) during the ANR Week Luncheon on March 7.
Posted on February 13, 2017 4:19pm
Posted on February 13, 2017 2:01pm
Eight MSU students competed in the 13th Annual Midwest Dairy Challenge in Madison, Wisconsin.
Posted on February 6, 2017 3:29pm
Nearly 50 community residents huddled around tables one spring evening discussing the good and the bad of a treasured community park in Ishpeming, Michigan. Concerns and hopes voiced included environmental quality of the area, accommodations for social events and community gatherings, and the economics of an adjacent non-profit museum. The conceptual vision that emerged that evening was one of a park that offered the community clean water for swimming and fishing, efficient and practical space for large community events and a financially sound venue celebrating the community’s culture and heritage. In short, it was a vision of a sustainable future in which the environmental, social and economic dimensions of the area were all thriving and working together for the benefit of the whole site.
And, so is the goal of the Michigan State University Sustainable Built Environment Initiative (SBEI). Begun as a pilot in 2013 as a means of assisting communities to address physical planning, design and land use issues, it offers a graphic visioning process that provides citizens with a set of images and recommendations to guide improvements in their community with a sustainability theme.
Posted on February 6, 2017 3:02pm
Ryan Vroegindewey, CSUS PhD Student, Receives Environmental Documentary Film Making Grant
Posted on February 3, 2017 4:26pm
Inside the Linwood YMCA Saturday, a video screen showed color sprouting on light poles and crosswalks along a stretch of Cleveland Avenue near a temporary bike repair shop and a community garden.
This was how Cleveland Avenue between 27th and 31st streets looked to five students from Michigan State University. They’ve been studying the area in conjunction with a technical assistant on brownfields development working with Kansas State University. . .
. . . One idea: “Yarn bombing,” said Pat Crawford, a Kansas City native who works with those students as associate director of the School of Planning, Design and Construction at Michigan State. She described yarn bombing as a European thing starting to take hold in the United States.
“A community gets together and they decide they’re going to bomb an area with yarn,” Crawford said to about 20 attendees. “They wrap things — they come up with patterns — light poles or power poles. The whole area is this colorful strip.”
Or, she said, “celebrate the crosswalks” with paint, perhaps making one look like piano keys. There were digital displays and poster boards showing just what Crawford and her students had envisioned.
Posted on February 3, 2017 2:45pm
The Forest Carbon and Climate Program in the Department of Forestry at Michigan State University receives support from the Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund. It will help create a new web-based course on forest carbon and climate change.