SOUTHFIELD — There are plenty of ways to live more sustainably, and it’s not just about your light bulbs or your furnace.

A sustainable lifestyle includes careful consideration of everything from the house you live in to the car you drive to the food you eat to the clothes on your back.

Information about sustainability in all those fields is available at Lawrence Technological University’s eighth annual Seminars On Sustainability, Friday and Saturday at the school’s Southfield campus, 21000 W. 10 Mile Road.

Friday’s events are intended mostly for architectural and engineering professionals, and include information on solar homes, environmentally friendly remodeling, sustainability in municipal services delivery and net-zero energy-saving homes.

Saturday, the public is invited. There will be ride-and-drive opportunities in electric and hybrid vehicles, a green expo of various green technology vendors, storm water management for homeowners, and urban gardening.

There’s an audio interview with conference chair Janice K. Means, PE, LEED AP, associate professor of architecture and design at Lawrence Tech, at this link.

The conference kicked off Friday morning with the dedication of new electric vehicle charging stations in Lawrence Tech’s parking lots by the school’s Blue Devil mascot.

Friday’s keynote comes from renowned Chicago architect and sustainability advocate Doug Farr. And Saturday’s keynote comes from Suzanne Lindsay, director of sustainability at the nation’s largest grocery store chain, Cincinnati-based Kroger. Lindsay is also a Lawrence Tech alumna.

More about the conference at


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