LANSING – Today, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) awarded 20 Rural Development Fund Grants designed to promote the sustainability of land-based industries and support infrastructure that benefits rural communities.“This round of rural development grants has turned out to be one of the most diverse yet,” said MDARD Director Gary McDowell. “Just look at that list. Funds will be helping to develop or support everything from infrastructure and community gardens to craft beverages and beehives. With every round of grants, not only are we making an impact on rural areas in Michigan, but we’re also learning just how much is going on in our state, and how much it has to offer.”The department received 110 proposals with requests totaling more than $8.4 million. Of those, MDARD awarded the following 20 projects totaling $1,400,241, leveraging a match of more than $2.3 million:More
LANSING, Mich. — Today Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Senate Bills 650 and 651, with bipartisan support, to continue the Dropout Recovery Program, which encourages school districts to identify students who have dropped out of school and enroll them in a specialized program to help finish their high school degree.More
Only 30 more days until MEECA’s 3rd Annual Summer Golf Outing!
The sale of foursomes is picking up. Register today for one of the EE industry’s best networking events of the year. Details are available at the event website.
And don’t forget to check out our remaining sponsorships. While all major sponsorships have sold out, there are still options available at other price points. This is a great way to market your company!
With six weeks to go until our 6th Annual Banquet & Awards Celebration, sponsorship and ticket sales are picking up. Don’t forget to register for the Michigan EE industry’s most anticipated networking opportunity of the year!
Reminder to MEECA members: The deadline for submitting award nominations is COB Friday, February 14th. If you have questions about the nominating process, contact David Gard at david@meeca.More
The Michigan Energy Efficiency Contractors Association (MEECA) is excited to announce that nominations for our 2020 awards are now being accepted in the following categories:
– Residential Project of the Year
– Commercial/Industrial Project of the Year
– Contractor of the Year
– Implementation Contractor of the Year
– Energy Advisor of the Year
– Home Energy Rater of the Year
– Public Official of the Year
Left to Right: Bali Kumar (Lean & Green Michigan), Shelley Sullivan (Energy Sciences), David Gard (MEECA), Energy Committee Chairman Rep. Joseph Bellino, Mary Templeton (Michigan Saves), Alex Van Rijn (Building Performance Solutions)
MEECA closed out another busy year by presenting to the Michigan House Energy Committee on December 4, 2019. Executive Director David Gard was joined by four member companies to educate lawmakers about the benefits of saving energy by installing efficiency measures to buildings and equipment. This opportunity to interact with policymakers came at the invitation of Rep. Greg Markkanen who represents the 110th District in the Western U.P.More
Left: Attendees tour a PACE project site; Right: Members talk with MPSC Chairman Sally Talberg.
As a nonprofit trade association, MEECA is required by law to conduct an annual membership meeting to elect new board members and officers. This is also a time to review recent accomplishments and set new goals for the coming year. The 2019 Annual Meeting was held on October 29th in downtown Lansing. More than 30 people participated. After organizational business was finished, MPSC Chairman Sally Talberg shared her current priorities and answered questions from our members. In particular, she described the MPSC’s recently announced MI Power Grid stakeholder initiative. She encouraged MEECA to actively participate in this multi-year effort focused on Michgian’s clean energy transition.More
3:00-7:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 29, 2019
This month MEECA members and guests will gather for the annual membership meeting. The program—sponsored by Development Solutions Midwest—will feature a conversation with MPSC Chairman Sally Talberg (tentative) and a case study of a nearby PACE project. Members will also receive a brief organizational report and learn results of the board election.
We will convene at the Michigan Environmental Council’s historic office located at 602 W. Ionia Ave. in downtown Lansing. After touring the PACE project site just down the block, attendees will head to Lansing Brewing Co. for networking until 7:00 p.m.More
MEECA is co-hosting an upcoming conference in Detroit focused on achieving deep energy savings and on-site renewable generation in commercial retrofits and new construction. The event will take place during 8:30-5:00 on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at the Jam Handy, 2900 E. Grand Blvd.
Note: Click here to register. Space is still available and MEECA members receive a discount on registration. If you missed the email with the special code, contact David Gard at email@example.com or 517-896-2960.More