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Oakland County is building strong communities by encouraging economic growth and environmental stewardship though OakGreen. This initiative promotes reducing energy consumption to meet the  "Triple Bottom Line:"  Money saved = economic bottom line;  Cleaner Air = environmental bottom line; and Stronger Economy = community bottom line.

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Hit the Lights! Kimberly LED Lighting Takes the Lead in Fast-Growing Multi-Billion-Dollar Industry

Clarkston-based Kimberly LED Lighting is a family-owned company that specializes in energy-efficient LED lighting for the residential, business, and industrial sectors. The LED market is expected to be a $3 billion market in the next three years.

Guest Blogger: Tom Woiwode

Metro Detroit is inching ever closer to being criss-crossed not just by roads, but a network of trails, or greenways. The Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan has made over 150 grants to this end. Greenways Initiative Director Tom Woiwode maps out the where and why of this greenway network.

Clearing the Trail For More Talent

The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund has been a big supporter of trail development projects in southeast Michigan, awarding over half of its municipal grant funding to the cause. These trails, many converted from old railways, connect downtowns with parks and recreation. The benefits aren't just health and recreation-wise, they're also economic, paving the way to attracting new residents. 

Plymouth Technology gives back with internships

Plymouth Technology specializes in helping industrial manufacturers clean up their water, but also helps college students working towards careers in the manufacturing industry get real world work experience and also find out if this is really the right industry for them. 

Daylighting the Clinton River

Few people realize it, but there is a river running through downtown Pontiac - or at least there was. For years the idea of daylighting the Clinton River in downtown Pontiac has been kicked around. Here Matthew Lewis and Oren Goldenberg explore the possibilities that daylighting could bring to Pontiac. 
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Daylighting the Clinton River

A river runs through it. Or once did. Forced below ground (and concrete), folks in downtown Pontiac haven't seen the Clinton River since 1963. Now, there's talk of daylighting the river, which is seen by some as a too-costly proposition and by others as a necessary step toward revitalizing the city's core.

Featured Video: Oakland County International Airport goes green

Oakland County International Airport is now home to Michigan's first LEED-certified green airport terminal. A living wall of tropical plants clean the air; while charging stations power up electric vehicles. This new terminal is leading the nation in environmental aviation design.

Featured Video: NO HAZ

Several communities in Oakland County have come together to provide residents a safe and environmentally responsible way to dispose of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW). These communities form the North Oakland Household Hazardous Waste Consortium (NO HAZ). The NO HAZ Consortium's goal is to provide regular, reliable and easily accessible HHW collection services to its residents.

Featured Video: Earth Day Festival

In honor of Earth Day here's a video recap of the Earth Day Festival in Rochester. You'll see that being green is not only helpful but fun. And remember, Earth Day shouldn't just be one day a year ... it should be every day of the year.

Featured Video: NO Haz in Oakland County

Prosper drops in on a NO Haz pick-up event, where the North Oakland Household Hazardous Waste Consortium was there to take your hazardous materials off your hands. A heads up: There's another event coming up Oct. 17 at the Orion Commerce Center.
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