2013: I will be spending this summer working with the Michigan Land Use Institute in Traverse City, Michigan. My primary job will be producing articles on a weekly basis that have to do with their three main themes of research and advocacy: Food and Farming, Clean Energy, and Thriving Communities. I will be choosing topics that are of a personal interest and doing academic research, as well as reaching out to the community, business members, and government officials. In addition to the articles, I will be assisting with other projects and participating in events held by the Institute. In addition to the work that I will be doing with MLUI, I’m excited about exploring Traverse City and getting to know the community and surrounding areas.
– Zoë McAlear ’16
2012: I’m interning at the Michigan Land Use Institute (MLUI, pronounced ‘muh-loo-ey’ at the office), where I’m working with both the Energy and Food & Farming divisions. I’m helping with odd jobs and projects, helping the organization switch over to a new website, and tagging along to meetings with all kinds of fascinating people and groups! End goals: promote local food and farmers in the Grand Traverse region by whatever means appropriate; help home- and business-owners (as well as elected officials, of course) see the importance of energy efficiency and take steps to build an energy-smart community; and, last but not least, get outdoors to help on a farm and make the most of northwest MI.
– Marie Greaney ’14
2011: This summer I am in Traverse City working for the Michigan Land Use Institute doing work primarily related to energy options for the state of Michigan. I am working on an “UpNorth Energy Saver Guide” for residents and local businesses. The Guide will serve as a database for residents in 9 counties who would like to be more energy efficient and will provide a host of ideas and resources available by county. I am also reporting on policy changes as they relate to job growth and the renewable industries. In doing so, I am learning a lot about advocacy, renewable energy strategies, and community involvement – all the while getting to explore the Traverse City area!
– Claire Perry ’14