Bill Latka

  • published Charlevoix Business Invests in Solar Power in News 2017-04-19 10:56:26 -0400

    Charlevoix Business Invests in Solar Power

    From his office at Manthei Landscape Supply, Peter Manthei can tell you how much energy is being produced at his family’s solar array in Charlevoix.

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  • published Store 2017-04-10 19:46:57 -0400

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  • published Environment Over Economy in Michigan in News 2017-03-03 15:57:10 -0500

    Environment Over Economy in Michigan

    Most Michigan residents would prefer policymakers prioritize the environment over economic growth, finds a new survey by Michigan State University researchers.

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  • Michigan utility withdraws plans for electric vehicle charging network

    A Michigan utility has withdrawn its plans for a $15 million statewide electric vehicle infrastructure network following concerns raised over the past several months by state officials, clean energy advocates, and the private sector.

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  • published Two New Michigan Community Solar Projects Take Off in News 2017-02-20 23:09:46 -0500

    Two New Michigan Community Solar Projects Take Off

    Two new community solar projects are launching in Michigan, moving our state one step closer to 100% renewable energy.

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  • Traverse City's 100% Renewable Goal featured on Michigan Radio

    Last month, Traverse City officials pledged that by the year 2020, all city operations will be powered by renewable energy. That means traffic signals, street lights, and city-owned buildings will get their power from wind, solar, and other clean sources. 

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  • published TC renewable energy goal is good for the community in News 2016-12-21 12:09:31 -0500

    TC renewable energy goal is good for the community

    This Op-Ed appeared in the Traverse City Record-Eagle. Bob Sutherland is the owner of Cherry Republic and will join the Michigan League of Conservation Voters Board of Directors in January.

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  • published Organization Members in About MiCAN 2016-11-21 15:12:16 -0500

    Organization Members


    Organization Members

    • The Americana FoundationAmericana Foundation

      The Americana Foundation supports the sustainable development of agriculture and community food systems, the protection of natural resources, and the conservation of early American heritage.

    • Ann Arbor 350Ann Arbor 350

      Ann Arbor 350 is inspired by, a global campaign of people around the world working together to find solutions to the climate crisis. Ann Arbor 350 mobilizes people in the local area to “get Ann Arbor to 350”, to reduce emissions by 80% by 2050!

    • Citizens' Climate LobbyCitizens' Climate Lobby

      Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change. 

    • Clean Water Action of MichiganClean Water Action

      Clean Water Action is a one million member organization of diverse people and groups joined to protect our environment, health, economic well-being, community quality of life and organizes strong grassroots groups, coalitions, and campaigns to elect environmental candidates and solve environmental and community problems.

    • Climate BlueClimate Blue

      Climate Blue has a mission to unite, educate, and empower our members, U-M students, and Michigan citizens by making them more knowledgeable about climate change science, policy, and its impacts on our community.

    • Climate Change Education Solutions NetworkClimate Change Education Solutions Network

      Climate Change Education Solutions Network is a group of faculty, students, scientists, teachers, and community partners at Grand Valley State University who are passionate about student-centered and solution-oriented climate change education for all ages.

    • Climate Witness ProjectClimate Witness Project

      The Climate Witness Project is a campaign of the Office of Social Justice and World Renew designed to walk with congregations as they learn about the realities of climate change, as they seek to be better stewards, and as they find their voice to speak to their public officials about common sense climate policy.

    • Colina FoundationColina Foundation

      The Colina Foundation is a small family foundation dedicated to helping improve the lives of children. 

    • Detroit 2030 DistrictDetroit 2030 District

      2030 Districts are organizations led by the private sector, with local building industry leaders uniting around a shared vision for sustainability and economic growth – while aligning with local community groups and government to achieve significant energy, water, and emissions reductions within our commercial cores. Property owner/manager/developers join a local 2030 District to help them make significant changes to their properties to create reductions necessary to transition to a low carbon economy.

    • Detroiters Working for Environmental JusticeDetroiters Working for Environmental Justice

      Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice champion local and national collaboration to advance environmental justice and sustainable redevelopment. We foster clean, healthy and safe communities through innovative policy, education and workforce initiatives.

    • Ecology CenterEcology Center

      Ecology Center focuses our efforts in a few specific areas, where we’ve developed deep expertise, analyzed opportunities, and identified strategies for maximum impact. We describe these overarching areas as Environmental Health, Sustainable Food, Energy & Climate Change, and Zero Waste.

    • EcoWorksEcoWorks

      EcoWorks is a Detroit-based nonprofit with over thirty years of experience providing services at the intersection of community development, sustainability, and social justice.

    • Environmental Council of Huron ValleyEcoWorks

      We are a NON-political group of local citizens from Milford, Highland, Commerce, White Lake and Wixom, Michigan acting as stewards of our planet: to protect, preserve and mend our environment for the best quality of life for all people.

    • Environmental Law & Policy CenterEnvironmental Law & Policy Center

      The Environmental Law & Policy Center is the Midwest’s leading public interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization, and among the nation’s leaders. 

    • FLOW - For Love of Waterflow logo

      FLOW is a Great Lakes water law and policy nonprofit dedicated to protecting the common waters of the Great Lakes Basin through public trust solutions. 

    • Food & Water WatchFood & Water Watch

      Food & Water Watch is a non-profit organization that advocates for common-sense policies that will result in healthy, safe food and access to safe and affordable drinking water.

    • For Our Future Michigan (FOFMI)For Our Future Michigan

      For Michigan’s Future works to connect issues and elections, because the two go hand in hand. Community-based and issue-driven, we are committed to building power on the ground for Michiganders and by Michiganders, so we don’t need to start over or reinvent the wheel every election cycle and every legislative session.

    • Grand Rapids Climate ActionGrand Rapids Climate Action

      Grand Rapids Climate Action is a grassroots organization focused on making the city of Grand Rapids a leader and a model for other cities in Michigan and nationally in the fight against climate change. They work to mobilize their region to insist on meaningful, just, rapid action locally in this unprecedented challenge.

    • Great Lakes Bioneers Detroitbioneers.png

      Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit is a regional chapter of the national organization, Bioneers. Founded in 1990, Bioneers seeks to highlight innovative approaches to environmental and social challenges.

    • Great Lakes Renewable Energy Associationglrea-temp.png

      The Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association (GLREA) was founded in 1991 to promote the design, construction, manufacture, marketing, sales, use and education of the general public in the practices of renewable energy sources in the Great Lakes Bioregion.

    • Groundwork Center for Resilient CommunitiesGroundwork Center for Resilient Communities

      Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities is a nonprofit collaborating respectfully with citizens and leaders to protect everything we love about Michigan with a focus on solutions that improve daily life and build community health—things like food, energy, transportation, and economy.

    • Heart of the LakesHeart of the Lakes

      Heart of the Lakes’ efforts conserve forests, farmland, coastline, and other important places for the benefit of generations to come.

    • Huron River Watershed Councilhuron-river-watershed-council.png

      The Huron River Watershed Council is southeast Michigan’s oldest environmental organization dedicated to river protection and restoration.

    • Hutan for World HealthHutan for World Health

      Hutan is dedicated to improving world health through research, education, and programming that aims to connect children, adults, and the community to relevant health and conservation issues for the purpose of overall well-being.

    • Kalamazoo Climate Crisis CoalitionKalamazoo Climate Change Coalition

      The Kalamazoo Climate Crisis Coalition is comprised of representatives from over 40 organizations, businesses, and institutions, committed to addressing climate change at a local level through the coordination of projects that mitigate the effects of climate change, dissemination of climate resources, and empowerment of community members to take action.

    • Kalamazoo Nature CenterKalamazoo Nature Center

      The Kalamazoo Nature Center is a not-for-profit organization located in Kalamazoo, Michigan whose mission is to inspire people to care for the environment by providing experiences that lead them to understand their connection to the natural world.

    • Land Information Access AssociationLand Information Access Association

      The Land Information Access Association provides technical, scientific, educational, and informational services to individual citizens, local interest groups, local governments, and other nonprofit corporations for land-use planning, resource management, emergency management planning, and environmental protection.

    • Leelanau EnergyLeelanau Energy

      Transforming the Leelanau Peninsula into a community 100 percent powered by clean, renewable energy sources.

    • Michigan Clinicians for Climate ActionMichigan Clinicians for Climate Action

      Michigan Clinicians for Climate Action (MiCCA) is a coalition of Michigan health professionals focused on mitigation and prevention of adverse health effects of climate change through educating, empowering, and engaging health professionals, the general public, and policymakers.

    • Michigan Economic CenterMichigan Economic Center

      The Michigan Economic Center (MEC) is a place for ideas and a network of state and local leaders and citizens working to: Advance a vision for Michigan’s economic renewal; Provide policy ideas and solutions that realize the vision; Engage and support a diverse network of citizens, leaders, and organizations in advancing the vision, while making ideas for a more competitive, innovative, and global Michigan a reality.

    • Michigan Environmental CouncilMichigan Environmental Council

      Michigan Environmental Council is a coalition of more than 70 organizations created in 1980 to lead Michigan’s environmental movement in achieving positive change through the political process. MEC promotes public policies to ensure that Michigan families will enjoy clear waters, clean beaches, beautiful landscapes, and healthy communities for years to come.

    • Michigan Green CommunitiesMichigan Green Communities

      Michigan Green Communities is a statewide network of local government and university staff that collaborate with one another, through peer learning and information sharing, to promote innovative solutions and move sustainability initiatives forward at the local, regional, and state level.

    • Michigan Interfaith Power & LightMichigan Interfaith Power & Light

      Michigan Interfaith Power & Light’s mission is to inspire and equip people of faith to exercise stewardship of and love for all Creation. We offer practical ways to put faith into action by promoting energy efficiency, renewable energy, and other sustainable practices that lead to a cleaner, healthier, and more just world.

    • Michigan League of Conservation VotersMichigan League of Conservation Voters

      Michigan League of Conservation Voters is the leading non-partisan political voice for protecting Michigan’s land, air, and water. We use our power to elect and hold accountable public officials to ensure the right policies are enacted to protect our families’ – and future generations’ – health, economic well-being, and ability to enjoy the pure beauty of our state.

    • National Wildlife Federation - Great Lakes Regional CenterNational Wild Life Federation - Great Lakes Regional Center

      Since 1982, the National Wildlife Federation Great Lakes Regional Center has been a leader in protecting the Great Lakes for the wildlife and humans that depend on this invaluable resource. NWF is taking the lead to assess vulnerability, create policies, and design “climate-smart” restoration and conservation projects that protect wildlife in the Great Lakes from climate change.

    • The Natural Resources Defense Council 

      The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is an international environmental nonprofit organization with more than three million members and online activists. Since 1970, we have combined the power of our members, scientists, lawyers, and policy advocates across the globe to safeguard the earth—its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends.

    • Northern Climate NetworkNorthern Climate Network

      The Northern Climate Network is a campus-wide consortium at Northern Michigan University providing opportunities for faculty, staff, students and community members to discuss and learn about climate change in our region. Our mission is to share current scholarship on climate change from a wide range of disciplines and to build an interactive database of people interested in working on and teaching about climate change at NMU.

    • Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council

      Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is the oldest environmental advocacy group in northern Michigan, with 25 years of accomplishments. We remain the preeminent group to tackle environmental issues and continue to help other citizen groups organize.

    • One World Center IICDNorthport_Energy.png

      We are a non-profit research organization with a mission to inspire & empower ordinary people to take action against worldwide poverty & climate change. Using an innovative teaching & learning environment, we cultivate social change through the power of ideas & direct action to help build sustainable communities around the world. One World Center is an international movement waiting for you.

    • Origin ExpeditionsOrigin Expeditions

      Origin Expeditions is a registered 501(c)(3) professional wilderness guiding nonprofit based in Grand Rapids, MI. Origin was founded upon the knowledge that being outside is congruent with human design and beneficial to an individual's health and relationships. Outdoor recreation possesses an incredible power that fosters wellness, community, and care for our world. With that, increasing access to the outdoors for demographics with the least exposure is a step in its goal of cultivating values of sustainability, personal growth, and cooperation in the Great Lakes region.

    • Peace Education Center of Greater LansingPEC-logo.png

      The Peace Education Center of Greater Lansing is a community with the belief that all life has value. We work to promote compassion and awareness of the world’s potential for interdependence and lasting peace.

    • Porter Family Foundation
      Porter Family Foundation

      The Porter Family Foundation is an Ann Arbor-based foundation that supports organizations working for solutions to climate change and other pressing issues and is one of the founding members of the Michigan Climate Action Network.

    • The RobinThe Robin

      The Robin is a news service for activists around Michigan to better coordinate their efforts. Whether the struggle is for clear water or climate change, the better communication we have with each other, the more that can be accomplished.

    • Sierra Club of MichiganSierra Club of Michigan

      The Michigan Chapter of the Sierra Club is the statewide voice for the nation’s oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization. For nearly five decades, the Michigan Chapter has organized the bold action of citizens working together to protect and restore our Great Lakes state’s health and heritage.

    • The Stewardship Networkstewardship-network-logo.png

      The Stewardship Network connects, equips and mobilizes people and organizations to care for land and water in their communities throughout the Great Lakes region. Our vision is a world of empowered, connected communities caring for land and water, now and forever.

    • SunriseSunrise

      Sunrise is a youth-led movement to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process. We work to make climate change a more urgent priority across Michigan and expose the corrupting influence of Big Oil lobbyists and executives on our politics.

    • TC350tc350-logo.png

      TC350 is a Traverse City area chapter of the national climate organization We are people united to take personal and societal action to combat climate change by reducing CO2 emissions to 350 ppm.

    • The Americana FoundationThe Americana Foundation

      The Americana Foundation supports educational and advocacy programs that address the sustainable growth and development of American agriculture and community food systems, the conservation and preservation of our natural resources, and the protection and presentation of expressions of America's heritage.

    • Union of Concerned Scientistsucs-logo.png

      UCS was founded in 1969 by scientists and students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Throughout our history, UCS has followed the example set by the scientific community: we share information, seek the truth, and let our findings guide our conclusions.

    • USGBC West Michigan ChapterUSGBC West Michigan Chapter

      The USGBC – West Michigan Chapter, organized in 2004, is one of 70 chapters of the U.S. Green Building Council that operate as licensed separate non-profits across the United States. Our mission is it to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life in one generation.

    • Voices for Carbon NeutralityVoices for Carbon Neutrality

      The mission of Voices for Carbon Neutrality is to serve as a catalyst and accelerant to drive the University of Michigan toward carbon neutrality consistent with the urgency of the 2019 IPCC report and President Schlissel’s announcement on Oct. 4, 2018 to establish a President’s Commission on Carbon Neutrality (PCNN).

    • Vote SolarVote Solar

      Our mission is to make solar a mainstream energy resource across the U.S. Since 2002, Vote Solar has been working to lower solar costs and expand solar access, by advocating for state policies and programs needed to repower our electric grid with clean energy and working to remove regulatory barriers and implement key policies needed to bring solar to scale.

    • West Michigan Environmental Action CouncilWest Michigan Environmental Council

      West Michigan Environmental Action Council has been West Michigan’s preeminent resource for environmental education and advocacy since 1968. WMEAC is a non-profit organization uniquely positioned to respond to emerging issues and new threats to West Michigan’s natural and human ecologies strategically focused on building sustainable communities and protecting water resources.

    • We The People of DetroitWe The People of Detroit

      We the People of Detroit is a community-based grassroots organization which aims to inform, mobilize, educate, and empower Detroit residents on imperative issues surrounding civil rights, land, water, education, and the democratic process, to improve their quality of life.


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