Environment

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Western Michigan University invests very little of its money in fossil fuel companies. That’s the finding of a panel that has studied the environmental impact of the university’s investments.

The committee's report was one of several items the Board of Trustees considered on Thursday.

The panel says that while the university owns no stock in fossil fuel companies, a small amount of the cash the university puts in investment funds does go to unsustainable energy. But faculty member Tom Edmonds, who serves on the panel, says it found the amount was less than one percent of Western’s operating cash.

Japanese knotweed pushing up through concrete on South Westnedge Avenue in Kalamazoo.
Hannah Hudson

As invasive species continue to pop up in Michigan, the state is organizing to fight them. With the help of a $3.6 million grant, Michigan has created regional programs to battle invasive species. They’re called CISMAs or Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas. They aim to find and treat invasives, but they can’t do it alone. State environmental stewards need everyday people to help stop the spread of invasive species. 


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(MPRN-Lansing) Monday is the deadline for companies to bid on the chance to conduct a study on the safety of an oil-and-gas pipeline that that runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac. 

A deer and a squirrel eat from bird feeders Tuesday, June 3, 2014, in Nashville, Tennesse.
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The City of Portage is trying to decide what to do about its deer problem. The Portage Environmental Board will hold a public meeting about the issue Thursday night at 7 p.m. in Portage City Hall. The meeting will include a presentation by a Kalamazoo Christian High School class.


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(MPRN-Lansing) The mayor of Waukesha, Wisconsin, is on a tour of state capitals in the Great Lakes region. 

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