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Letters 12-22-2014

Affordable Housing Alternatives In Scott Hardy’s opinion piece in the December 15 edition, he offered six concrete ideas to address the ongoing community discussion about increasing affordable in-town housing in Traverse City.

Powerful Homeless Event Homelessness is far more complex than we thought. “Everyone Has a Story—Sit and Share Our Bench” was a wondrous performance Sunday, December 7, that opened my eyes to a wide range of experiences with homelessness, bridging the gap between “us and them.”

Long-Lasting Effects of Measles I understand several cases of measles have occurred in Traverse City. I also became aware that in Michigan, persons are three times less likely to be immunized.

Changing The Electoral College Republicans are thinking about changing how Michigan allocates Electoral College votes. Michigan, like all but two states, gives all of its electoral votes to the statewide winner of the popular vote.

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Greenfest

Erin Crowell - May 3rd, 2010
GreenFest aims for ‘edutainment’ by the Bay
By Erin Crowell
Earth Day may have come and gone this year, but there’s still an
opportunity to think “green” at the second annual GreenFest, which
invites residents and a
rea visitors to learn more about environ-mental products, services and
projects at Traverse City’s Clinch Park, on May 8, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
“We like to call it edutainment,” says Kim Pontius, executive vice
president of the Traverse Area Association of Realtors (TAAR), one of
the GreenFest sponsors. “The event combines educational resources with
entertainment. If people aren’t having fun, they’re just not
interested.”
Part of the fun will include kids activities. There will be a kite
building contest using recyclable materials at the open space, as well
as a coloring contest for the younger crowd, and an essay contest for
grades K-12 that answers the question, “What do I want my green job to
be when I grow up?’
The marina will bring the Northwestern Michigan College Underwater
Studies exhibit, featuring an amphibious vehicle and other underwater
mechanisms.

HYDROGEN CAR
It may not go underwater, but the BAT 11dk Alfa Romeo-style Bertone
will be on display in Clinch Park. This car’s design originated in
Traverse City and was shown at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2008. It
is currently a concept car with plans for a limited production of a
hybrid or hydrogen powered engine.
There will also be two free movies showing at the State Theater that
day: “Ice Age 2,” at 10 a.m.; and “Greensburg: A Story of Community
Rebuilding,” produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, at 8 p.m.
Vendors include The Grand Vision, Michigan Windpower, Grand Traverse
Watershed Center, Cherryland Electric Cooperative, Michigan Land Use
Institute, American Waste and many more.
The event also features several guest speakers, including Joel Diotte
and architect Eric Hughes for the first LEED Certified home in Grand
Traverse County at noon; and “Reducing Home Energy Costs” with TJ
Ewing at 2:30 p.m.
Don’t miss “The Green Dream” with featured speaker John B. Carnett,
photographer and inventor for Popular Science Magazine. Carnett will
discuss
his latest project—building a “green”
family home using leading edge technology—at the Con Foster Building
in Clinch Park,
at 1 p.m.
“I’ve got a subscription to Popular Science and have been following
Carnett’s green home building story; but as he says – he’s not green,
it’s just because he’s really cheap,” Pontius laughs.
Cheap is just one advantage of going green, both in the home and beyond.

NOT JUST FOR HOMEBUYERS
The event is presented by Green Solutions 4—a collaboration between
TAAR, the Home Builders Association of Grand Traverse Area (HBAGTA)
and the Michigan Green Consortium.
Pontius adds that the association is learning more all the time about
“being green,” so educating the public, as well, seemed like a logical
step.
Recently, TAAR added searchable green building program certifications,
ratings and green building features to its Multiple Listing Service
with technological support from the Home Builders Association – a
major step in bringing green building into the mainstream.
So is this event for homebuyers and builders only?
“Absolutely not,” says Matt Dakoske of RE/MAX Bayshore Properties and
TAAR president. “We’re about educating the public on various
‘greening’ issues. It’s not about selling houses.”
Dakoske and Pontius say they hope the location of the event and time
of year will bring in large numbers.
“We learned that people just want to be outdoors this time of year,”
says Pontius.
The last GreenFest event took place in fall of 2008, and although it
drew up to 500 people to the Hagerty Center, Pontius says the event
could have drawn more.
“It’s spring, and people usually think green in the spring,” he says,
“and they’re thinking about home projects.
“Our motto is ‘Where Green Meets Blue’ because we realize nothing can
be done by going ‘green’ if you don’t think about blue. The watershed
is a vital part of our environment and community. Having (GreenFest)
near the water just made sense.”

For more information on GreenFest and Green Solutions 4, visit
www.greensolutions4.com. More information on green certified homes and
buildings available in Northern Michigan may be found at www.TAAR.com
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