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Speaking of Resilience

Speaking of Resilience

By Groundwork Center
The Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities is a nonprofit implementing and advocating for solutions in food, energy, and transportation to improve daily life and build strong, healthy communities. The Michigan Climate Action Network (MiCAN) is working for rapid and just climate solutions by building a stronger climate movement, making climate and justice a top priority in Michigan, and advancing solutions at the local and state level.
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Speaking of Resilience Podcast #11 - Micro-Mobilty in Detroit with Justin Snowden
The engineers and marketers who made Detroit the global center of automobiles were stunningly successful in getting us off the sidewalks and into our cars. Now urban planners see the need to reverse that scenario: get people on bikes, e-scooters and on their feet—out and about for the health of our people and our community cohesion. Justin Snowden (above), chief of Mobility Strategy, City of Detroit, shares insight from his unique perspective in the Motor City.   Justin Snowden is a Mobility Strategist and Project Manager in the City of Detroit’s Office of Mobility Innovation. In this role, Justin works to test and deploy new technology, with the goal of bringing advanced mobility options to Detroit.    In our interview, Justin and Kate discuss public transit in Detroit and we talk a lot about micro-mobility vehicles (like scooters, bikes) and how to make different transportation options accessible to everyone. We also talk about some lessons learned from the current pandemic and how streetscapes are changing as a result of people relying less on cars.   Speaking of Resilience is created by the Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities and the Michigan Climate Action Network. This episode was produced by Miriam Owsley and Jeff Smith, hosted by Kate Madigan.
32:08
August 26, 2020
Speaking of Resilience Podcast #10 - Turn Oakland County Green
Oakland County is ground zero for Michigan's conservative movement, the place where power brokers and big donors reside. Is there reason to hope that the county can also be a place that embraces clean energy and the environmental justice opportunities that can blossom from a transition to a carbon free economy? This week's Speaking of Resilience podcast guests, Marnese Jackson, of Mothers Out Front, and Grover Easterling, of Michigan League of Conservation Voters, are working hard to make that answer "yes" through the Turn Oakland County Green campaign. The good news: they see signs of positive change. Marnese is an environmental and climate justice advocate who works as the Frontline Organizing Program Director with Mothers Out Front, and she is the former Midwest Regional Organizer for NAACP’s Environment and Climate Justice Program. Grover is the SE Michigan field organizer for Michigan League of Conservation Voters, and previously worked as a legislative assistant to Detroit City Council, and led events and direct actions with a group of organizations known as the Coalition for Black Struggle.   Speaking of Resilience is created by the Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities and the Michigan Climate Action Network. This episode was produced by Miriam Owsley and Jeff Smith, hosted by Kate Madigan.
39:56
August 19, 2020
Speaking of Resilience Podcast #9: Dr. Sarah Mills - Local Governments and Renewable Energy Siting, Part 2
Today in the second part of our two-part series on siting, we’re diving back into an issue that’s especially important for the success of developing renewable energy in Michigan and that’s the work to find land to build new solar and wind projects, and getting the projects approved by local townships. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to go back and listen to last week’s episode, with Ed Rivet, from Michigan Conservative Energy Forum on the siting of renewable energy and his work with local governments to build support for new renewable projects. Today, my guest is Dr. Sarah Mills, Senior Project Manager at the University of Michigan’s Ford School’s Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy. Sarah’s research focuses on how renewable energy development impacts rural communities. Speaking of Resilience is created by the Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities and the Michigan Climate Action Network. This episode was produced by Miriam Owsley and Jeff Smith, hosted by Kate Madigan.
41:41
August 11, 2020
Speaking of Resilience Podcast #8: Ed Rivet - Local Governments and Renewable Energy Siting
The clean energy transformation is so often associated with the political left. But there's a strong and growing movement among conservatives to embrace new, cleaner energy infrastructure as well. The conversation is different: talk U.S. energy security, national security, stable economy, revenue streams for farmers. Just don't mention climate change. In this week’s edition of the Speaking of Resilience podcast, Ed Rivet, executive director of the Michigan Conservative Energy Forum (and Chevy Volt driver), joins host Kate Madigan, director of Michigan Climate Action Network, for a look at the many points on which liberals and conservatives can agree when it comes to moving clean energy forward in the Mitten!  In our interview, we dive into an issue that’s especially important for the success of solar and wind energy projects in Michigan: the process of finding appropriate sites for those projects, and getting them approved by local townships. Kate Madigan talks with two guests over the next two weeks who are very familiar with the challenges of siting renewable energy projects. A lot of this work focuses on working with local governments and local communities to build support for new renewable projects. Speaking of Resilience is created by the Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities and the Michigan Climate Action Network. This episode was produced by Miriam Owsley and Jeff Smith, hosted by Kate Madigan.
29:18
August 4, 2020
Speaking of Resilience Podcast #7: Dr. Laura Sherman - Michigan's Clean Energy Future
In this episode of the Speaking of Resilience Podcast, our guest is Dr. Laura Sherman. Dr. Sherman is the President of Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council and Institute for Energy Innovation. She most recently served as the organization’s Vice President for Policy Development and as a Senior Consultant at 5 Lakes Energy, and previously as policy advisor to Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado on energy, agriculture, and environment issues.  Speaking of Resilience is created by the Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities and the Michigan Climate Action Network. This episode was produced by Miriam Owsley and Jeff Smith, hosted by Dan Worth.
48:46
July 28, 2020
Speaking of Resilience Podcast #6: Larry Bell & Beth Wallace - 10 Yr since Enbridge Kzoo Oil Spill
This week marks ten years since the oil spill into the Kalamazoo River from Enbridge’s Line 6b pipeline - one of the  largest oil spills in US history. Our guests today are Larry Bell, founder of Bell’s Brewery and a founding member of the Great Lakes Business Network, and Beth Wallace, with the National Wildlife Federation and co-coordinator of the Great Lakes Business Network, which is also co-coordinated by the Groundwork Center’s Jim Lively.    In today’s podcast, we talk about what we learned from the Kalamazoo River oil spill, and how it relates to the efforts to prevent a catastrophic spill in the Straits of Mackinac from the Line 5 oil pipeline. We’ll also learn about how business leaders are getting involved through the Great Lakes Business Network, and specifically how they are challenging Michigan’s Governor Gretchen Whitmer to step up and take required action to shut down the pipeline.    Now is a critical time to take action.   If you are a business, join the Great Lakes Business Network. Go to: glbusinessnetwork.com and become a member.   For everyone else, go to oilandwaterdontmix.org to contact Gov. Whitmer - click on TELL WHITMER: SHUT IT DOWN FOR GOOD   Speaking of Resilience is created by the Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities and the Michigan Climate Action Network. This episode was produced by Miriam Owsley and Jeff Smith, hosted by Kate Madigan.
50:28
July 21, 2020
Speaking of Resilience Podcast #5: Justin Onwenu
In this episode of the #SpeakingofResilience podcast, Kate Madigan, director of the Michigan Climate Action Network #MICAN and Clean Energy Program Director at the Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities, interviews Justin Onwenu.    Justin is a passionate advocate for environmental justice and a rising star in Michigan. In our interview, Justin and Kate discuss climate change and extreme weather events and its disproportionate impacts on low income communities and communities of color - including his experience with Hurricane Harvey and the devastation that storm caused he observed while he was in college that inspired a lot of his current work. We also talk about water shut offs in Detroit and their significance during the #COVID crisis, and how his work has changed to respond to community needs.    Justin is a 4th generation Detroiter and environmental justice organizer for the  @NationalSierraClub . As a #Detroit based organizer he fights for clean air, clean and affordable water and a just economy for all communities. He currently serves on the Inaugural Michigan Advisory Council on Environmental Justice, appointed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer. He was also recently appointed to the Democratic National Committee’s Environment and Climate Crisis Council Platform Committee where he is one of 12 nationwide members responsible for helping develop recommendations for the climate, environment and energy planks of the 2020 Democratic Party Platform.  Speaking of Resilience is created by the Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities and the Michigan Climate Action Network. This episode was produced by Miriam Owsley and Jeff Smith, hosted by Kate Madigan.
44:44
July 15, 2020
Speaking of Resilience Podcast #4 - Dr. Brandy Brown - Climate Action and Michigan's Future
In this episode of the Speaking of Resilience Podcast, Kate Madigan interviews Dr. Brandy Brown. Brandy leads the Office of Climate and Energy within the MI Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy. This office was created by Gov. Whitmer to lead the state’s work to achieve aggressive climate action goals. Brandy is an experienced energy strategist with deep industry knowledge after working for several years designing energy programs for utilities and businesses.    Speaking of Resilience is created by the Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities and the Michigan Climate Action Network. This episode was produced by Miriam Owsley and Jeff Smith, hosted by Kate Madigan, with support from our friends at Desmond Liggett Wealth Advisors.
37:01
July 8, 2020
Speaking of Resilience Podcast #3: Chairman Bryan Newland - Line 5
Kate Madigan and Jim Lively interview Bryan Newland, Chairman of the Bay Mills Indian Community of the Eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan. There is a lot going on with Line 5 right now, and our interview with Chairman Bryan Newland about Line 5 could not be more timely. The conversation focuses on the impacts of the aging Line 5 pipeline owned by Canadian oil company Enbridge, which sits in the open waters at the Straits of Mackinac. We hear from Bryan about the backroom deals made by an outgoing Republican-led Michigan Legislature from the perspective of Michigan's native communities, whose treaty rights are at stake, especially in the event of a catastrophic oil spill.  On June 30, 2020 we learned that a Line 5 anchor support was damaged, and as a result of that discovery, Michigan's Attorney General Dana Nessel was successful in getting a judge to issue a temporary restraining order, temporarily shutting down Line 5. In the legal hearing about this issue, we also learned that there were two additional incidents where ships anchors or cables struck Line 5 in the Great Lakes, unbeknownst to Enbridge, only to be discovered when they were fixing damaged coating on the pipeline. This alarming revelation raises increased concern about this 67 year old pipeline and highlights the need for Gov. Whitmer to join the AG to act to revoke the easement. In the coming weeks we’ll continue to cover this issue in more depth.  Don’t forget, go to miclimateaction.org to urge the Governor to take action to revoke the easement and shut down Line 5. Speaking of Resilience is created by the Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities and the Michigan Climate Action Network. This episode was produced by Miriam Owsley, hosted by Kate Madigan and Jim Lively.
45:01
June 30, 2020
Speaking of Resilience Podcast #2: Dr. Jonathan Foley
In this episode of the Speaking of Resilience Podcast, Kate Madigan and Dan Worth interview Dr. Jonathan Foley. Dr. Jonathan Foley is the executive director of Project Drawdown, a nonprofit organization that seeks to help the world reach “Drawdown”— the future point in time when levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere stop climbing and start to steadily decline. He is a world-renowned environmental scientist, sustainability expert, author, and public speaker. His work is focused on understanding our changing planet, and finding new solutions to sustain the climate, ecosystems, and natural resources we all depend on.    Speaking of Resilience is created by the Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities and the Michigan Climate Action Network. This episode was produced by Miriam Owsley and Jeff Smith, hosted by Kate Madigan and Dan Worth.
59:17
June 23, 2020
Speaking of Resilience Podcast #1: Dr. Missy Stults
In our first episode of the Speaking of Resilience Podcast, Kate Madigan and Dan Worth interview Dr. Missy Stults. Missy is the Sustainability and Innovations Manager at City of Ann Arbor, and is responsible for ensuring Ann Arbor meets its climate and sustainability goals and to make Ann Arbor one of the most sustainable and equitable cities in America. In two short years, she has been at the helm as Ann Arbor set a goal to be carbon neutral by 2030, the most ambitious city climate goals, and created a detailed plan to get there, which was just unanimously passed by the city. She has called it a moonshot goal for Ann Arbor, a nod to her previous work as a Program Manager at NASA. Speaking of Resilience is created by the Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities and the Michigan Climate Action Network. This episode was produced by Miriam Owsley and Jeff Smith, hosted by Kate Madigan and Dan Worth, with support from Harvest Solar and Desmond Liggett Wealth Advisors.
49:02
June 16, 2020
Speaking of Resilience Podcast Trailer
Join Dan Worth and Kate Madigan for a series of interviews with experts to explore how we solve the climate crisis while creating economic stimulus in this changing landscape. If you care about our overheating planet, and want to rebuild the economy to be more resilient, just, and sustainable, Speaking of Resilience is the podcast for you.
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May 20, 2020