Township to Give Out Environmental Awards

By Florian Cherdron
Meridian Times staff writer


Meridian Township will be giving out Environmental Stewardship awards in April. The awards recognize residents and organizations that have contributed to the protection of the environment. LeRoy Harvey, Meridian Township recycling and energy coordinator, was a winner in 2010 for his efforts in recycling, energy improvements and assistance with establishing community gardens. “I’ve been doing this kind of work for the township for three years now,” said Harvey. “It all started early in life with a love of fishing, and I just continued to do things that relate to the environment.”

Nominations are being accepted through March 1, and the ceremony will take place at the April 17 township meeting, as close to Earth Day as possible, according to Brown.

Presentation promotes active transportation

By Dana Casadei
Meridian Times staff writer

MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP — At the Oct. 19 Meridian Township Environmental Commission meeting, Tim Potter and Leonard Provencher discussed the Mid-Michigan Active Transportation Coalition and Friends of Meridian Pathways as part of the ongoing Green Thomas presentations, an environmental education speaker series. Both organizations, and the Environmental Commission, have two important things in common; pollution prevention and promoting a healthy environment, said Provencher. The coalition started about three years ago and promotes policies, programs and planning which integrate active transportation choices in the Mid-Michigan community, according to the group’s website. The group also tries to encourage walking and biking as alternatives to driving, which includes bike valets at some of the larger events in Meridian.