Upcoming events open to the public. 

Monday, May 18, 2020

Time: 11 a.m. Refreshments

           11:30 a.m. Program

Program: Great Lakes Symposium: A Report by Shelley Patterson

Meeting Open to the Public

Location: Wirt Library Conference Room

500 Center Ave., Bay City


Sarah Banas Mills, PhD
Senior Project Manager – Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP)
University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
– Why are we seeing so many proposed renewable energy projects in Michigan?
–  What impacts have wind energy projects had on Michigan communities? 
–  Why might you want a windfarm in your community? Why might you NOT want one?
–  How do the impacts of solar farms compare to those of windfarms?
–  How do local laws impact whether or not renewable energy projects can be built?
MONDAY, MAY 20, 2019
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
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Sarah Mills serves as project manager for the National Surveys on Energy and Environment (NSEE) and the Center’s Energy and Environmental Policy Initiative. Sarah’s research considers how renewable energy development impacts rural communities, the disparate reactions of rural landowners to such projects, and how state and local policies facilitate or hinder renewable energy deployment. She has a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Michigan, a master’s in engineering for sustainable development from the University of Cambridge, a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Villanova University.

Monday, March 19, 2018
GUEST SPEAKER:  MICHAEL KELLY, Director, The Conservation Fund’s Great Lakes Office

“Saginaw Bay WIN – Conservation, Restoration & Community in the Saginaw Bay Watershed”

Monday, February 20, 2017
“Pollinators & Bee Keeping”

Monday, February 15, 2016
GUEST SPEAKER:  LAURA OGAR, Bay County Director of Environmental Affairs & Community Development

“Restoring Access to the Saginaw Bay”  Youtube
Highlighting the community’s work to:
Restore beachfront maintenance at the Bay City State Recreation Area
Build a boardwalk to the beach and possible fishing pier
Create shoreline access through Phragmites control