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EarthKeepers II - News Release Press Conference Announcement About Interfaith Energy Conservation and Community Garden Initiative Across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

EarthKeepers II - News Release Press Conference Announcement About Interfaith Energy Conservation and Community Garden Initiative Across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

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Interfaith Energy Conservation and Community Garden Initiative Across the Upper Peninsula to Restore Native Plants and Protect the Great Lakes from Toxins and Airborne Mercury Under the EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

The EarthKeepers II Initiative is sponsored by 10 U.P. Faith Communities With Assistance From Students at Northern Michigan University, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Forest Service and the Native American Communities of Northern Michigan

Interfaith Energy Conservation and Community Garden Initiative Across the Upper Peninsula to Restore Native Plants and Protect the Great Lakes from Toxins and Airborne Mercury Under the EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

The EarthKeepers II Initiative is sponsored by 10 U.P. Faith Communities With Assistance From Students at Northern Michigan University, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Forest Service and the Native American Communities of Northern Michigan

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Interfaith Energy Conservation and Community GardenInitiative Across the Upper Peninsula to Restore Native Plantsand Protect the Great Lakes from Toxins and AirborneMercury Under the EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
The EarthKeepers II Initiative is sponsored by 10 U.P. Faith Communities WithAssistance From Students at Northern Michigan University, the U.S.Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Forest Service and the NativeAmerican Communities of Northern Michigan
(Marquette, MI) - An Interfaith Energy Conservation and Community Garden Initiative across theUpper Peninsula will be announced during a press conference at 11 a.m. ET this Friday (1-18-13)inside the Pavilion at Presque Isle Park in Marquette, Michigan.The press conference will be hosted by the Northern Michigan University EarthKeepers II StudentTeam:
Katelin Bingner, Tom Merkel and Adam Magnuson
.The NMU students are planning to write and record public service messages with energyconservation tips, information on protecting the Great Lakes and about the importance of native plants restoration – with assistance from U.P. radio stations, newspapers and television stations.The EarthKeepers II Initiative is sponsored by the churches/temples of 10 faith traditions that wereinvolved in the original Earth Keeper Initiative (2004-2009):
Roman Catholic, Episcopal, Jewish,Lutheran, Presbyterian, United Methodist, Bahá'í, Unitarian Universalist, Zen Buddhist.
Speaking at the press conference will be the Bishops and other denominational leaders from these10 faith communities plus U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Regional Botanist Jan Schultz, Delta GreenEx. Dir. Doug Russell and Cedar Tree Institute Ex. Dir. Rev. Jon Magnuson.Over the next two years, the EarthKeepers II projects include energy conservation audits at 40 U.P.churches/temples plus grants ranging from $500 to $1,000 for each site to assist in changes/repairs.These faith communities are demonstrating the importance of energy conservation to lower utility bills and reduce and prevent toxins/pollution including airborne mercury from entering LakeSuperior as part of the
EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
.Congregations will be given information on energy conservation kits and utility company rebates tolower household bills.Among the energy conservation costs/analysis involved in the audits are insulation (walls/roof),lighting fixtures, ventilation, and heating systems like boilers/furnaces including whether they unitscan be updated with new controls, repaired or replaced.The project includes 30 community gardens (approx. two per county/more possible). These gardenswill grow native (indigenous) plants and vegetables for community distribution and food pantries.The nonprofit Cedar Tree Institute in Marquette has been extensively involved in U.P. native plantrestoration to fight invasive species that are vital to the health of all wildlife. For example, the U.P.is on a flight path for migrating Monarch butterflies who depend on milkweed for food and
 
reproduction.Project participants include the nonprofit Cedar Tree Institute, EPA, USFS Eastern Region 9technical assistance, nonprofit Delta Green and U.P. Ojibwa (Anishinaabe) communities.Religious community leaders signed the northern Michigan Earth Keeper Covenant in 2004 pledging to actively participate in environment projects, build bridges with other faiths and reachout to Native American communities.EarthKeepers II is the next phase of the Earth Keeper Initiative that held three Earth Day CleanSweeps involving 150 churches/temples plus planted 12,000 trees during a summer that saw severalsevere forest fires across the U.P.The U.P. Earth Keepers Clean Sweep events (2005-2007) involved free Earth Day collection sitesacross a 400-mile area of northern Michigan.Over 15,000 residents turned in 320 tons of e-waste (old computers/cell phones), 45 tons of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) including car batteries, oil-based paint, pesticides, liquidmercury, and other common poisons; and over one ton of pharmaceuticals including $500,000 innarcotics.The hazardous waste was either recycled or properly disposed.

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