, Kelly Join Institute Staff
...Judy Cunningham and Carolyn Kelly bring smarts, energy, and commitment to the Institute at a moment of intense transition.Judith Cunningham, one of the respected grassroots environmental advocates in northwest Michigan, and Carolyn Kelly, who last year served as a reporter on our news desk, have joined the staff of the Michigan Land Use Institute.
and Carolyn, who bring the number of full-time Institute professionals to 16, are at the leading edge of a breaking wave of new staff to support the organization.
and Carolyn have the talent and drive to take us places.
That clearly is the case with Judy
, who has accomplished exceptional public interest work in Benzie and Manistee Counties.We've known Judy a long time, ever since the early 1990s when the Institute's predecessor organization, the Michigan Communities Land Use Coalition, was just getting started.Judy
was one of our most active supporters in Manistee County.
At the time Judy
was the program coordinator for the Manistee Area Public Schools
and organized a collaboration between industry, educators, students, and local governments in Manistee to recycle paper in four county school districts.The trash-to-cash project collected 1,200 tons of paper and returned almost $30,000 annually to youth activities in Brethren, Bear Lake, Onekama, and the public and Catholic high schools in Manistee.In the late 1990s, as the program coordinator for Lakeshore Enterprises
helped to organize a similar school-based paper recycling program in Benzie County. Judy
convened 200 students for the first Manistee County regional youth environmental conference, which the Institute co-sponsored in 2003.She
was a leader in the 2004 citizen campaign to block a coal-fired power plant in Manistee and develop a cleaner alternative regional energy strategy.She now serves as the Institute representative on a committee organizing the first Michigan Renewable Energy Fair, to be held in Manistee County next June."I feel passionately about the changes we need to make in our world view and the way we live if we are to survive," said Judy, a graduate of Michigan State University who lives in an energy-efficient and resource-conserving straw bale house she built herself in Bear Lake.
Carolyn and Judy
, welcome aboard.