MSU homecoming Grand Marshall, Ernest Green, sat in on a special screening of the documentary The Road to Little Rock. The documentary tells the courageous story of one visionary judge and nine determined teenagers who are now known as The Little Rock Nine. Ernest Green, who was one of the nine students that were a part of this historic movement and subject of the film, talked about his groundbreaking time at Michigan State. “Any student coming here should see this as a lifetime opportunity and its more than going to classes, it’s getting to know people and building relationships,” said Green.
While most people associate the public service department with basic township building maintenance, the Delhi Charter Township Public Services department does much more. Director of Public Services Sandra Diorka said that the department does take care of the usual public maintenance such as maintaining cemetery grounds, putting up holiday decorations and maintaining streetscapes. Diorka said that the department runs some more unusual programs such as the recycling center and taking care of the community gardens owned by the township. The department also sponsors programs that benefit the community like the 50/50 tree program. Diorka says this program was started to get more street trees in the township.
GRAND LEDGE — Green infrastructure is increasingly relevant to Michigan, the region and the country. With five Great Lakes and two peninsulas, Michigan represents connectivity. “Many people think green infrastructure has to do with just energy, but really green infrastructure is any infrastructure that is sensitive to the environment,” said Jon Bayless, Grand Ledge city administrator. With green infrastructure improvements well underway in Grand Ledge, such as possible dam deconstruction, recreational trail extensions and rain gardens, community support is essential. “The community has been very supportive of locally-initiated and state-mandated efforts to build and maintain a green infrastructure,” said Kalmin Smith, mayor of Grand Ledge.
By HALEY WALKER
Capital News Service
LANSING — Planting the rooftops in Detroit would have the same environmental benefit as removing 10,000 SUVs from the road, a new study shows. Michigan State University researchers found that planting vegetation on roofs can store heat-trapping carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas emitted by burning fossil fuels such as oil, natural gas and coal for transportation, power production and industrial development. High concentrations are linked to global warming. “This study is the first of its kind,” said head researcher Kristin Getter.