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Recycling is American as apple pie

April 25, 2008 MARQUETTE — Betty and Charlie Shirtz of Harvey don’t hesitate picking up abandoned furniture from the side of the road. They welcome used work surfaces such as their church’s old kitchen counter to. more »»

Family’s lifestyle is ‘globally sustainable’

April 18, 2008 MARQUETTE — Surrounded by tall trees and a rugged escarpment, John Jungwirth stirs hot maple sap over a fire in an open air teepe. more »»

Corn prices reflect trend

April 11, 2008 MARQUETTE — Some areas of the United States may feel it more than others, but the cost of food at dinner tables across the nation has increased. more »»

NMU offers energy focus

April 4, 2008 MARQUETTE — One day Adam Schofield wants to install residential wind turbines and solar systems. That’s why the 24-year-old is enrolled in Northern Michigan University’s alternative energies minor. more »»

Deerton home powered by wind turbine

March 28, 2008 DEERTON — Christine and Sam Simonetta’s energy source is 126 feet tall. It’s a wind turbine that produces 100 percent of their home’s electricity. more »»

Easter tradition gets a colorful new twist

March 21, 2008 MARQUETTE — It’s that time of the year again when white eggs turn pink, green and blue as a tradition of Easter celebration. more »»

Vegetable oil fuels pickup

March 14, 2008 K.I. SAWYER — Randall Webber likes grease. In his garage he keeps a barrel full of grease from K.I. Sawyer’s Tailwinds Grill and Bar. more »»

Sorting things out the green way

March 7, 2008 MARQUETTE — Three out of four households participate in Marquette’s curbside recycling program, according to Lynn Morgan, spokeswoman for Waste Management in Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula. more »»

Switchgrass may become energy option

February 29, 2008 MARQUETTE — Farmers in the Upper Peninsula who want to play a role in alternative energy may soon be adding a new crop to their list — switchgrass. more »»

‘Spudware’ makes debut at NMU

February 22, 2008 MARQUETTE — Forks and spoons made out of potatoes and cups made out of corn? Such “strange” items can be found in Northern Michigan University’s dining halls, according to Art Gischia, NMU’s interim... more »»

Reusables catch on locally

February 15, 2008 MARQUETTE — Grace Andrews, 5, of Gwinn carefully lifted groceries from the Super One grocery belt and put them into reusable shopping bags. The rack of plastic and paper bags was untouched. more »»

BLP goes ‘green’ with soy-filled transformers

February 1, 2008 MARQUETTE — Every half-block of households receiving electrical power in the city of Marquette requires a transformer. more »»

Earth-friendly house erected in Skandia

January 25, 2008 SKANDIA — When Amy and Scott Doughty decided to build their first house, they wanted to do it in a responsible, Earth-friendly and affordable way. more »»



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