The Michigan Land Use Institute is an independent, nonprofit research, educational, and service organization operating in the public interest. We value the integrity of local economic self-reliance, and endeavor to look well beyond the "jobs vs. environment" debate. Our goal is to help build a new kind of economy that celebrates the region's unique character, and recognizes the need to conserve open land and protect clean air and water. The Institute focuses its work on land stewardship, energy development, resource protection, agriculture, transportation, and environmental and economic policy. Towards this end, we publish the Great Lakes Bulletin, a magazine that features investigative mat][/text]-[colng news articles, and incisive commentary on causes and solutions to sprawl and environmental degradation.