Media Stories 2015

SEEDS Programs Empower Youth to Create Positive Change in Their Community

Michigan Municipal League, December 21, 2015

SEEDS is empowering at-risk youth to create solutions for at-risk landscapes and ecosystems through after school programs and the Youth Conservation Corps.

Local Advocates Lead the Charge on Energy Efficiency, Renewable Production

Traverse City Record Eagle, December 13, 2015

In Northern Michigan, utilities and nonprofits are working together to bring awareness of renewables, as well as implement local changes such as community solar and prioritize energy efficiency over new building.

Three Ways to Improve a Buildings Energy Efficiency 

Traverse City Record Eagle, December 13, 2015

Together, Networks Northwest and SEEDS are releasing a report detailing the region's energy use and strategies to trim consumption.

Salzman Receives Frank Purvis Award

Traverse City Record Eagle, November 25, 2015

SEEDS Executive Director, Sarna Salzman, received the Frank Purvis Stewardship Award in early November from the Grand Traverse County Planning Commission and Grand Traverse County Chapter of the Michigan Townships Association. She earned the award for her efforts to help municipalities, including Grand Traverse County, manage their energy use

Calling Young Farmers: Putting Down Roots Celebrates Local Argriculture

Traverse City Record Eagle, October 23, 2015

Together with the Northwest Michigan Food and Farming Network, SEEDS and the Great Lakes Bioneers are hosting "Putting Down Roots," a celebration of food and farming. It featured a presentation by Severine von Tscharner Fleming, an advocate for young farmers.

Solar Irrigation Installed at Historic Barns Park

The Ticker, September 18, 2015

A pump which provides water to the SEEDS Farm and the Traverse City Community Gardens at the Historic Barns Park has been solarized.

Youth Conservation Corps Clean Up After Storm

9&10 News, August 12, 2015

Crews continue to clean up storm damage at Sleeping Bear Dunes DH Day Campground.

Developers Remove Invasives, Plant 2,000 Trees

Traverse City Record Eagle, August 4, 2015

Local developer has hired the SEEDS Youth Conservation Corps members for the summer to remove invasive species at the new property and plant 2,000 trees.

MDHHS Partners with Forestry Service to Teach At-Risk Youth Job Skills

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, August 6, 2015

Michigan Youth Opportunities Initiative youth in Lake and Newaygo counties participate in a program involving a partnership between the Lake/Newaygo County office of MDHHS, the US Forest Service, Michigan Works!, and SEEDS.

Local Youth Preserve Historic Buildings

ABC 10 Upper Peninsula, July 29, 2015

A group of local students preserve history through weatherization projects at Keweenaw National Historical Parks. 

Counting Down: Film Fest Gears Up for Tuesday Opening 

Traverse City Record Eagle, July 23, 2015

The Traverse City Film Festival gives SEEDS Youth Conservation Corps members a unique experience, helping set up the festival and production equipment. The SEEDS Youth Conservation Corps has been working to set up and helping set up the festival since its inaugural year.

One Year After Hope Crew

National Trust for Historic Preservation, July 13, 2015

Crew member reflects on experience and skills learned with HOPE Crew.

Project Build Connects More Youth to Public Lands

The Wilderness Society, July 7, 2015

The Wilderness Society forges new partnership with KEEN and 21st-Century Conservation Service Corps.

Youth Conservation Corps Expands

Traverse City Record Eagle, June 3, 2015

The SEEDS Youth Conservation Corps will be expanding into Antrim County this summer with support from the Herrington-Fitch Family Foundation and the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.

Questing with Alan Lomax

Journal of Folklore and Education, 2015

Michigan's historic field recordings inspire a new generation.

The Quest 2015

My North, May 13, 2015

Through a collaboration between Earthwork Music, Blackbird Arts, and SEEDS, students in K-12 from Northern Michigan had the opportunity to work with local Earthwork musicians to write songs inspired by the 1938 Alan Lomax Michigan archives.

Environmentalist Recognized at Annual Awards Ceremony 

Traverse City Record Eagle, April 25, 2015

As part of the NMEAC annual award ceremonies, SEEDS presented the 2015 Great Lake Bioneers Youth Leadership awards to local youth who have become catalysts of change in their community. Awardees exemplify an inclusive leadership style, as well as a "solve-the-whole-problem" approach.


My North, February 3, 2015

Girls United for Resilience, Leadership, and Service receive 2015 Project of the Year Award.

SEEDS Team to be Honored in D.C.

Traverse City Record Eagle,  January 24, 2015

"It made me stronger, smarter, and brave. We all worked as a team," said Cheyenne Crowell of working on the nationally-honored SEEDS GURLS Corps! - the all-girls Youth Conservation Corps crew. The project, a partnership with Child and Family Services of Northwest Michigan and funded through the Biederman Foundation, was developed to motivate girls who are aging out of the foster care system to think more positively about their future.

Traverse City Foster Youth Win National Conservation Award

Interlochen Public Radio, January 6, 2015

A group of teens and young adults in Traverse City won a national award recognizing their conservation work with SEEDS in Northern Michigan

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