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Soulardarity's leadership team: Nikkia Jones and Jackson Koeppel

Community lighting group to potentially partner with Highland Park on ambitious project

When the gutting of Highland Park's lighting grid left residents in the dark four years ago, a grassroots group called Soulardarity sprang up to try to remedy the problem. Now, they're trying to forge an unprecedented partnership with Highland Park to light the entire city with solar power.

Andrew Berki at one of North Campus' Solar Power locations

How green is the Maize and Blue? U-M's big sustainability goals

With climate change and sustainable practices starting to dominate public discourse, Concentrate takes a look at the University of Michigan's green initiatives and how they compare with other universities across the country.

Maurice Cox (right) at the Green Garage

Walkability, historic preservation, and equity priorities for Detroit's new planning director

Last Friday, new Detroit planning director Maurice Cox gave a talk at the weekly community lunch at the Green Garage in Midtown. Here are a few highlights.

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Detroit Grease moves from Ann Arbor to Detroit to grow waste oil conversion business

Detroit Grease collects waste oil that is turned into either biodiesel fuel or feedstock. The company recently moved from Ann Arbor to Detroit's Recycle Here! complex.

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Can Ypsilanti become a solar destination?

As the effects of climate change become more and more pronounced, communities are looking to develop more sustainable practices and policies. Concentrate chats with SolarYpsi's Dave Strenski about the current state of local solar energy initiatives.

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Deconstructing the past for a zero-energy future

After 30 years of neglect, two century-old Ann Arbor homes are being salvaged, nail-by-nail, for use in a new commercial net-zero energy building. How cool is that?

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Can we power the Mitten with "energy freedom"?

It's a brave new energy world in Michigan. Coal is on the way out, natural gas, wind and solar are on the way in. But the bigger question is who will generate electricity in the future-- traditional utilities, or individuals and communities? Metromode's Nina Ignaczak plugs in to find out.

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How 'smart' is Michigan's electrical grid?

You may have a smart meter on your house, but what's so "smart" about it? We explore Michigan's foray into the "smart grid" and how it affects you.

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A more efficient beer: Metro Detroit's greenest breweries

When you consider what it takes to make your favorite microbrew, there's no getting around the fact that it is an energy- and resource-intensive process. Metromode checks in with our most green-minded breweries and what they're doing to make a more sustainable beer.

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Powering the Mitten: As coal plants shut down, where will our electricity come from?

Michigan's aging coal-fired power plants are reaching the end of their life, and new regulations are accelerating timelines for their retirement. So how will Michiganders power their laptops, devices, homes and businesses in the future?

Jenny Buchman and her family at their home in Royal Oak

Powering the Mitten: Making southeast Michigan's electricity grid more resilient

Power outages in metro Detroit have become a fact of life for many. How can we make our electric grid more resilient to severe storms and hot days?

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A green building culture is emerging in Detroit

What do a small business incubator, a loft building, a homeless shelter, and a municipal building all have in common? They're all saving energy and money in Detroit thanks to green practices.

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Intergenerational partnerships fuel success in metro Detroit companies

"Make new friends and keep the old..." is more than just a nice sentiment, it can be a smart business strategy. Pairing the energy and creativity of young entrepreneurs with the experience and contacts of elder business leaders has proven to be a powerful tool for several metro Detroit firms.

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Living la vida net zero

Over the last decade Matt Grocoff has turned his Old West Side home into a net zero energy residence, hoping to certify it as the second such home in the United States. And while that bar might be set a bit high for the average Ann Arborite, he offers some important thoughts about what we can do in our own community to live more sustainably.

Dilip Nigam of Arborwind with a model of his wind turbine

Ann Arbor Startups That Don't Start in Ann Arbor (But We Wish They Did)

Ann Arbor may be Michigan's hotbed for innovative startups but sometimes those innovations have trouble gaining a toe-hold in the local market. From healthcare apps to wind energy technology, Concentrate takes a look at a trio of technologies we'd like to see more of here.
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