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A Case Study of British Columbia’s Carbon Tax

June 30, 2021
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Eli Levine
In the face of the urgent and growing climate crisis, policy experts on climate and the economy have pushed for national and other governments to implement a tax on carbon. The Biden administration is considering adopting such a policy (Green,...
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Cities of plight: Climate justice intervention in Baltimore and Seattle

June 3, 2021
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Senna Catenacci
Though the climate crisis will eventually spare no one, it is inherently an issue of justice and equity. This paper aims to discern how two coastal cities - Baltimore and Seattle - are contending with climate change and, more specifically, climate...
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Pioneering EPR Policies in the United States

June 3, 2021
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Gabriella Valderrama
Waste is a growing issue in the United States that can be potentially aided with Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) methods. This paper analyzes the current inventory of all EPR policies across the US. The analysis consists of the bill author’s...
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Vote Share Analysis Findings

April 30, 2021
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Chris Campbell
Each spring, the Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS) asks officials from Michigan’s cities, townships, counties and villages about a range of topics concerning their jurisdictions’ administrative, fiscal, and social health, as well as other...
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Zoning Codes and the Adoption of LEED in Michigan Cities

May 1, 2020
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Michael Ngan
Because of an absence of federal policies in the US mandating green building certification, this paper aims to explore if local policy efforts can, as an alternative, effectively drive sustainable design and increase the number of green buildings....
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Understanding the Goals of Urban Agriculture Policy in State Legislation

May 1, 2020
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Meghan Monaghan
Literature suggests that incorporating urban agricultural practices into urban planning and policy making could be an effective method of improving economic and environmental sustainability, as well as increasing urban food security if adopted on a...
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State Wildlife Action Plans Adaptation to Climate Change

May 1, 2020
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Adam Carpenter
Early conservation efforts were focused on setting aside lands to remain undeveloped and for plant and animal species to have a protected zone. Shifting environmental problems such as climate change have created a need for conservation efforts to...
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Comparing Public Opinion and Legislation on Fracking in Pennsylvania

May 1, 2020
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Anya Satyawadi
In recent years, natural gas production has increased greatly in the United States. This is, in large part, because of an attempt to decrease dependence on foreign energy sources. With increased use of natural gas comes the use of hydraulic...
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Electric Scooters and Micro-Mobility in Michigan

March 1, 2019
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Perry Holmes
This paper examines the emerging international trend of dockless electric scooters and evaluates how Michigan’s state and local policymakers can best respond. While there are important public safety and other concerns that must be addressed with...
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Housing Affordability in Michigan: Public and Private Sector Tradeoffs

March 1, 2019
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Jacob Murray
Housing is becoming increasingly unaffordable. The for-profit housing market is failing working class and low-income families. As a lingering effect of the 2007 foreclosure crises, over 36% of households now rent their home. 1 Rent continues to...
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Equitable Placemaking in Detroit

March 1, 2019
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Ashley Tjhung
During, and in the wake of, Michigan’s Lost Decade and the Great Recession, Michigan’s urban centers struggled to retain and attract young people. This dilemma became known as the “brain drain” and led to a number of issues, including an unwelcome...
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Michigan K-12 College-Readiness

March 1, 2019
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Taylor Smith
When exploring the K-12 curriculum structure, it is important to note what the most effective methods are when it comes to making sure that students are getting all of the training that they need in order to be ready for college when the time comes....
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Autonomous Vehicle Development in Michigan

March 1, 2019
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Paige Brogan
Autonomous vehicles (AVs) are the transportation of the future, promising mobility like the world has never seen. The development of this technology is still underway, and a finished product is years-to-decades away. Michigan should fight to be the...
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Ethics & Transparency in Michigan: A State Falling Behind

March 1, 2019
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Nick Guisinger
The United States Government and the various state governments all have laws establishing rules around government ethics and transparency. These are put in place to avoid conflicts of interest or corruption among public officials and to ensure that...
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Reinvest in Adult Workforce Development

March 1, 2019
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Kelia Washington
A decade of major job loss resulted in declining government revenue, wages, and youth population in Michigan, all of which has place economic strain on the state and its residents. Michigan, once the leader in auto industry manufacturing, now...