Annual Michigan Energy Fair moves to Novi
The Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association is holding the 5th annual Michigan Energy Fair June 25 to 27 at the Rock Financial Showplace in Novi. In previous years the Michigan Energy Fair has taken place at the Manistee County Fairgrounds in OnekamaI. The Michigan Energy Fair has traditionally hosted 6,000 attendees over the course of a weekend, 150 exhibitors, over 75 seminars and involved Governor Jennifer Granholm, and Lt. Governor John Cherry, as keynote speakers. Workshops are presented on a variety of topics including energy efficiency improvements, controlling energy costs, green building guidelines, wind siting, climate change, and tax credits for home and business energy systems. www.glrea.org or call 517-646-6269.
Chipotle expands produce program
Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) is expanding even further its locally grown produce program. The company began serving produce from local farms in all of its restaurants two years ago, and remains the only national restaurant chain with a significant commitment to serving locally grown produce.
Chipotle is working with some 50 local, family owned farms to provide romaine lettuce, green bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, red onions, oregano, and tomatoes to restaurant locations around the country. The produce generally comes from within about 250 miles of Chipotle’s distribution centers, with nearly 70 percent coming from within 150 miles, and one-third of the produce arriving from within 50 miles. On average, produce eaten in America travels some 1,500 miles from where it is grown to where it is consumed. Chipotle will serve about 5 million pounds of produce from local farms this year. For more information, visit Chipotle.com.