Zones, they are a changin’

Warming trend saps sugaring season, worries fruit growersREGION - Long, bitter winters used to be the norm in northern Michigan. But this year, and in year's past, significant stretches of cold temperatures have become such an anomaly in northern Michigan that the U.S. Department of...

Local waste Fighters

What some area businesses are doing to keep it greenWhen the TCBN asked, we received - dozens of emails about what you and your businesses are doing to keep Traverse City the oasis it is. Here is a sampling of what is green in Traverse...

Wind & Wine: Turbine, solar to power up vineyard

LEELANAU CO. - Randy Woods has the perfect property for installing a wind turbine. Woods built Wooden Fish Vineyard six years ago on a high ridge off Hohnke Road in Leelanau County. He had always envisioned the land to be perfect for growing grapes with...

High-tech turbine catches on

TRAVERSE CITY - "Power to the People!" is the slogan for Garth Ward's Traverse City-based company, Michigan Wind Power (MWP).Ward has become one of the first dealers in the country selling a more advanced form of wind turbine to individual households. With Ward's help, individuals...

Company looks to pave the way to more earth-friendly asphalt

TRAVERSE CITY - In a business that's considered far from green - black, in fact - one company in the Grand Traverse area is leading the way with an earth-conscious philosophy. For 14 years, SureSeal has been using an environmentally-friendly asphalt emulsion sealing product. The most...

Greening the office: Consider the computers

We've all heard about going paperless and buying more efficient vehicles to cut costs and reduce our businesses' carbon footprint. But consider this: energy use from office equipment has surpassed lighting in most office environments, accounting for 30 to 40 percent of the electricity bill....

Corwin gives houses a breather, cuts costs

TRAVERSE CITY - Tom Corwin makes his living by venting.It's got nothing to do with the fact he's a licensed minister. It's got everything to do with how he's saving people money on their utility bills.Corwin and his wife, CeeJay, have spent eight years developing...