100% Michigan

About the project

  • CGI U Commitment to Action lies behind the transitioning from dirty coal powered energy into 100% renewable energy production throughout the state of Michigan through the increase of various sources of renewable energy. To achieve this state-wide increase, Marshall plans to investigate innovative approaches to implementing economic and technological frameworks that couple private landowners, including farmers, across the state with emerging new cooperative models, such as Mutual Aid Networks. These investigations will be conducted with an eye towards identifying the approaches that can be scaled up from the local to state levels in the most rapid and efficient manner as possible.

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The Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) brings together college students to address global challenges with practical, innovative solutions. A CGI U Commitment to Action is a new, specific, and measurable plan that addresses a challenge on campus, in the local community, or around the world. Commitments can be small or large, global or local. No matter the size or scope, commitments help CGI U participants translate practical goals into meaningful and measurable results.

The Clinton Gobal Initiative (CGI) – America

The mission of CGI is to turn ideas into action. CGI America brings together leaders in business, philanthropy, government, and nonprofits to develop solutions that encourage continued economic growth, support long-term competitiveness, and increase social mobility in the United States. Each CGI America participant makes a Commitment to Action: a new, specific, and measurable plan that supports increased economic growth and opportunity. Since the first meeting in 2011, CGI America participants have made more than 500 Commitments to Action, which have already improved the lives of nearly 2.4 million people.


  • Sustainability
    • Environmentally sound, economically viable, socially just or equitable.
      • “Meeting the needs of your generation without compromising life for future generations.” – Brundtland Commission 1987
  • Escaping “Industrial Food Trap”

Food as a relationship

  • Participating in food production to extent that you can
  • Prepare your own food
  • Learn origins of the food you buy – buying close to home
  • Engage with local farmers
  • Learn – economy + technology of food production
  • Learn – best farming and gardening practices
  • Learn – life histories of the food species.

5 Key Principles – Sustainable Agriculture

  • Living soil
  • Protect the water of life
  • Ecological Pest Management
  • Maximize biodiversity
  • More $ for the farmer

Oil We Eat



* Identifying and measuring community energy needs in food and electricity;
* Mapping community assets in time, tools, and talents locally available;
* Modeling system-level socioeconomic transformation on a bioregional basis;
* Creating and developing a local complementary currency;
* Building resilient community energy hands-on infrastructures.


  • 100% statewide renewable energy production.


Plugging Into Storage – 2019 Energy Storage Symposium

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