Archive by Author

How Michigan can save money while reducing greenhouse gases

From my guest commentary in Bridge Magazine: The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan will limit greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector. Under the proposed rule, the EPA will assign each state an emissions reduction target for carbon dioxide, the predominant greenhouse gas. Michigan’s proposed target would be to reduce carbon dioxide emissions […]

Comments Off on How Michigan can save money while reducing greenhouse gases Continue Reading →

Climate policy is innovation policy

My guest column “Climate policy is innovation policy” was published on MLive.com (Michigan newspaper consortium) on December 23, 2014. It seems to have struck a chord – it generated 1,985 comments in the first 24 hours. http://www.mlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2014/12/guest_column_climate_policy_is.html  

Comments Off on Climate policy is innovation policy Continue Reading →
The Grenadine islands attract many boating tourists during the high season. Many Vincentians operate small businesses that cater to the tourists.

Building resilience in St. Vincent and the Grenadines

St. Vincent and the Grenadines is one of the most disaster-prone nations in the world. The changing climate may make these disasters even worse. There is, however, hope in building a nation that is more resilient to storms, floods, earthquakes, and fires; more adaptable to changes in temperature and precipitation patterns; and stronger in the […]

Comments Off on Building resilience in St. Vincent and the Grenadines Continue Reading →

Climate change adaptation in St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Erik Nordman, Ph.D. will be working with the Pan American Development Foundation to create a curriculum in climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction for St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The curriculum will prepare young adults of the Caribbean island nation to build resilient communities in the face of natural disasters and a changing climate. […]

Comments Off on Climate change adaptation in St. Vincent and the Grenadines Continue Reading →

Renewable energy opportunities for Africa

Erik Nordman gave a lecture at Grand Valley State University on the renewable energy opportunities for Africa and some of the Michigan-based companies that are delivering energy services to the region. http://www.lanthorn.com/article/2014/02/gvsu-professor-explores-renewable-energy-options-in-africa

Comments Off on Renewable energy opportunities for Africa Continue Reading →

Suggestions for Fulbrighters and others living abroad

Jen and I put together a list of suggestions and “things we wished we had known.” It is specific to our experience as Fulbrighters in Kenya, but anyone studying or living abroad might find it useful. Money and Finance Set aside about 15% of the total grant value for taxes. Set up wire-transfer paperwork at […]

Comments Off on Suggestions for Fulbrighters and others living abroad Continue Reading →
Erik and GVSU alumna Katie Hekstra at Nairobi National Park (with some random kids)

Interview, pictures, and meeting a GVSU alumna in Nairobi

Erik and GVSU alumna Katie Hekstra at Nairobi National Park (with some random kids) It’s been a busy time these last few months, trying to wrap up projects before we leave in July. It’s hard to believe we’ll be back in Michigan in 3 weeks. Here are a few things we’ve been up to. I […]

Comments Off on Interview, pictures, and meeting a GVSU alumna in Nairobi Continue Reading →
Dunga_beach2

More student pictures from field trip

Here are more pictures of students from the field trip. Click on the image to see a larger picture. If anyone would like high-quality copies, just ask and I will send them to you.

Comments Off on More student pictures from field trip Continue Reading →
Our guide explains the medicinal value of a rainforest plant.

Student Field Trip to Western Kenya

The 3rd year environmental studies students traditionally take an extended field trip touring the western part of Kenya including the northern Rift Valley, Lake Victoria, Kakamega Forest, and Lake Bogorio. I was invited to tag along on this year’s trip. We started our journey at lunchtime on Monday, after the students had completed their last […]

Comments Off on Student Field Trip to Western Kenya Continue Reading →
Here is another termite queen from the mound the men broke up earlier that morning.

Digging out the termite mound

I heard the workers in our backyard, but I assumed they were chopping up the tree stump left over from last week’s felling. After about an hour, I looked out and noticed they were digging up our termite mound. Yes, our house has a “proper termite mound” as our English biologist friend Harry put it. […]

Comments Off on Digging out the termite mound Continue Reading →