Lawrence Tech hosts sustainability conference Sept. 27-28: The ninth annual sustainability conference, Sustainability Strategies for People, Profit & Planet, will be held at Lawrence Technological University on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27-28. The conference is presented by Michigan Interfaith Power & Light and Lawrence Tech’s Center for Sustainability. For more information and to register for Friday’s seminars, go to No registration is required for Saturday’s complimentary tours and movies. The conference will bring together architects, engineers, entrepreneurs, homeowners, educators, students and those responsible for both for-profit and non-profit buildings. Friday’s seminars will feature the latest information on energy efficiency tips/techniques, urban gardening, efficient lighting options, the living building challenge, interfaith theories on faith and sustainability, resource reuse in Detroit, and much more. Two highlights will be the EPA Portfolio Manager Utilities Tracking Workshop and Solar Detroit: Going Beyond Net Zero. Saturday attendees will be treated to two inspirational sustainability movies and tours of the on-campus stormwater management education trail, a 10kW photovoltaic system, and the A. Alfred Taubman Student Services Center, a LEED Silver building which has a green roof, a geothermal heat pump system, rainwater flush toilets and waterless urinals, and many more sustainable features. The two keynote speakers for this year’s conference are William Spratley, executive director of Green Energy Ohio, and Terry Gips, CEO of Sustainability Associates based in Minneapolis. Michigan Interfaith Power & Light (Michigan IPL), a non-profit organization started in 2002, is geared toward assisting houses of worship make the connection between faith and the environment, primarily through energy efficiency education, efficient upgrades, and behavioral changes, with the main goal of reducing utility bills and encouraging additional sustainability measures. Michigan IPL members include more than 190 Michigan congregations of various faiths. Lawrence Technological University,, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. Lawrence Tech is listed in the Princeton Review’s “Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2013 Edition.” PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 7 percent of universities for return on undergraduate tuition investment, and highest in the Detroit metropolitan area. Lawrence Tech is also listed in the top tier of Midwestern universities by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 102-acre campus include over 60 student clubs and organizations and a growing roster of NAIA varsity sports.

Fall Household Hazardous Waste Collections Set for September in Waterford and Orion Townships: Residents of the 12 North Oakland Household Hazardous Waste (NO HAZ) communities can get rid of their household hazardous waste on Sept. 7 at Oakland Community College’s Highland Lakes campus in Waterford and on Sept. 28 at the Wildwood amphitheater of Orion Township. The collection is open to residents of Addison Township, Groveland Township, Lake Angelus, Lake Orion, Leonard, Oakland Township, Orion Township, Oxford, Oxford Township, Rochester, Rochester Hills and Waterford Township. Residents should bring ID with their current address included in order to participate. The following communities must pay $10 to participate: Addison Township, Groveland Township, Leonard, Oakland Township, and Rochester Hills. The fee will be collected at the site in exact cash or a check made payable to: Oakland County NO HAZ. Participants also must fill out a registration form that bills the remainder of the collection fee to their communities. The form is available at the site or online at, where it can be downloaded and filled out in advance. Waterford Township residents must obtain a voucher from the township hall before the collection events. The voucher can be purchased for $10 on the third floor of town hall at the Building Department counter, 5200 Civic Center Drive. Quantities are limited and are on a first come first served basis. Residents of Lake Angelus, Oxford, Oxford Township, and Rochester are encouraged to obtain a free voucher from their community offices in advance. Residents of non-participating communities should contact their city, village or township office or visit their websites for disposal options. Residents of Lake Orion and Orion Township can participate at no charge and no voucher is required. Residents of other communities can participate for a $60 charge to be paid at the event. Items collected at the NO HAZ events include: household paints and stains, antifreeze, gasoline, kitchen and bath cleaners and polishes, mercury and mercury thermometers, aerosols, pesticides, herbicides and computer and electronic equipment. For a more comprehensive list of accepted materials, or for additional disposal information, visit the NO HAZ website at, or call the NO HAZ Hotline at 248-858-5656. The Sept. 7 collection is from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at OCC Highland Lakes campus, 7350 Cooley Lake Road, in Waterford Township. Enter the campus from Hospital Road. The Sept. 28 collection at the Wildwood amphitheater of Orion Township is 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. The collection will be in the parking lot at Civic Center Park, 2700 Joslyn Court, north of Waldon Road. NO HAZ is a consortium of nine Oakland County communities representing 12 local governments that offer residents a safe and environmentally responsible way to dispose of household hazardous waste. The NO HAZ Consortium encourages residents to gather all of their household hazardous waste and attend one collection event per year, as the communities are charged for each car that attends the collections. Since the program began in 2003, residents of more than 26,000 households have disposed of more than 2.9 million pounds of hazardous materials, which have been recycled or disposed of properly.

Macomb-OU INCubator Sets Capital Raise Meetup: The Macomb-OU INCubator will “show you the money” in its monthly capital raise meetup Sept. 10 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the incubator, 6633 18 Mile Road in Sterling Heights. If you are a startup or early-stage growth-based business looking for funding, come meet and listen to capital expert, Mike Brennan. He will detail the various capital sources in Michigan, and talk about how to properly position your company to be qualified for private funding, including private equity, the angel network and venture capital, or public funding, including grants, pre-seed, micro-loans and venture match. Brennan will provide a group presentation, as well as individually help each present company to determine their needs. To register for this free event, please contact Joan Carleton at or (586) 884-9324.


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