Central Michigan University faculty and students are conducting or have completed the following Research Surveys:
West Michigan Air Quality Survey
Dr. Mary Senter, director of Central Michigan University's Center for Applied Research and Rural Studies (CARRS), in collaboration with Tom Rohrer, director of the Great Lakes Institute for Sustainable Systems, received a small grant from the West Michigan Clean Air Coalition to conduct a citizen survey on the awareness of Clean Air Action Days in Kent, Muskegon and Ottawa Counties.
The project is occasioned by the efforts of the West Michigan Clean Air Coalition to assess the extent to which residents in the three counties are aware of air pollutants and the problems associated with them and are knowledgeable about and actively engaged in Clean Air Action Days and related activities.
Additional analysis will determine the extent to which subgroups of the population (e.g., senior citizens, mothers) are more or less aware of air pollution problems and more or less actively involved in remediation efforts. More than 400 households in west Michigan counties were surveyed.
Duke Energy Benzie-Manistee Wind Farm Project
Dr. Mary Senter, director of Central Michigan University's Center for Applied Research and Rural Studies (CARRS), in collaboration with Tom Rohrer, director of the Great Lakes Institute for Sustainable Systems, received a $21,581 contract from Duke Energy to conduct a survey of citizen attitudes toward commercial scale wind energy development in Benzie and Manistee Counties.
The survey was conducted by CARRS in the winter and spring of 2011 and the results were presented to Duke Energy at their Buelah, Mich. field office on May 19, 2011.