Michigan Leadership to Discuss the State’s Efforts to Bring Green Alternatives to the Motor City

Deputy Director of the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth to Address EcoTuesday Meeting Attendees on May 26 in Detroit
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DETROIT, May 22, 2009 – EcoTuesday Detroit, Michigan’s preeminent green grassroots organization dedicated to serving and inspiring business leaders, will host Liesl Eichler Clark, deputy director of the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth (DELEG) for a discussion on greening Michigan at its next meeting on Tuesday, May 26, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Old Shillelagh in Detroit.

Clark will discuss Michigan’s vision of investing in the emerging green economy by identifying, engaging and supporting research and organizations in clean technologies and other industries, including wind energy, solar and photovoltaic technology, alternative fuels, electric vehicles and more.

“Michigan businesses large and small are uniquely positioned to lead the nation’s investment in environmentally-focused businesses,” said Curt Lalonde, co-ambassador of the Detroit Chapter of EcoTuesday and co-principal of element-e. “By collaborating with Michigan leadership, our state’s business community can only become stronger, and we are proud to host Liesl Clark at our EcoTuesday meeting to learn of the state’s many efforts to boost our economic growth.”

As deputy director, Clark oversees all government-related energy-sector activities to make Michigan a national leader in renewable energy, advanced energy technologies and energy efficiency.

The EcoTuesday Detroit Chapter meets each month with the goal of inspiring area business leaders to expand Detroit’s green portfolio. In an informal meet-and-greet atmosphere, attendees interact at each meeting with a new speaker who addresses various green topics, including clean tech, alternative energy, transportation, waste recovery, biofuels, energy conservation and other topics.

Registration is $5 in advance online (www.ecotuesday.com) or $10 at the door. Sponsors of the event are element-e and Airfoil Public Relations. Future meetings will be held on the fourth Tuesday of every month at different locations.

The Old Shillelagh is located at 349 Monroe Street at the Brush Street intersection in Greektown, Detroit, Mich. 48226. For directions, please call 313-964-0007 or check out the Web site at www.oldshillelagh.com.

About EcoTuesday
EcoTuesday is a monthly networking event that brings together sustainability-minded people from all areas of business. It started in February, 2007, in San Francisco and has grown its way across the country. The organization currently has events in Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Detroit, Silicon Valley and Washington DC.  For more information, visit www.ecotuesday.com.

About element-e
Located in Brighton, Mich., element-e is focused on helping clients align their environmental commitments with their operational and marketplace actions. element-e provides clients with a full range of marketing communications solutions, training services, and environmental- compliance assessment and reporting.  For more information, visit www.element-e.biz or call 877-822-5230.

About Airfoil Public Relations, Inc.
Airfoil, with offices in Detroit and Mountain View, Calif., is an independent PR firm that specializes in marketing communications and public relations for both emerging and established brands. Established in 2000, Airfoil was named “2008 Technology Agency of the Year” by the Holmes Report; is ranked 10th among O’Dwyer’s top 50 technology PR firms; and has been recognized by PR Week as one of its Top 100 PR firms. Airfoil was also a recipient of the PR Week Boutique PR Agency of the Year Honorable Mention. For more information about Airfoil Public Relations, please call 866.AIR.FOIL or visit www.airfoilpr.com.

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