Wind energy costs and benefits are topics at MAREC event: The economic side of producing wind energy in West Michigan will be discussed at an event at Grand Valley State University’s Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center The event is part of the monthly Lunch and Learn Series. “The Cost of Wind” will be held
Wednesday, April 27, at noon at MAREC, 200 Viridian Drive in Muskegon. Paul Isely, professor and chair of Grand Valley’s economics department, will discuss job creation, local energy sourcing, manufacturing, and construction, and will compare costs of wind-generated electricity with other forms of energy used to generate electricity. RSVP for the event at or (231) 722-4371. For more information, visit or contact Kim Walton at

UM Conference On Climate Change Adaptation May 5-8: The ICARUS II conference will bring together nearly 100 scholars, researchers, students, decision makers, and activists interested in working on adaptation to climate variability and change. ICARUS is the Initiative on Climate Adaptation Research and Understanding through the Social Sciences. The full title of the conference is “ICARUS II: Climate Vulnerability and Adaption: Marginal Peoples and Environments.” Members of the ICARUS initiative are particularly interested in social-scientific and humanistic approaches to understanding climate-related vulnerabilities, risks, and human and ecosystem responses to vulnerability and risks over time and across scales. The event will be held at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment, 440 Church St., Ann Arbor. (Map here.)


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