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Nature and business, no longer in conflict?

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Nature and business, no longer in conflict?
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THE NATURE CONSERVANCYHelen Taylor is the state director of the Michigan Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, serving as the nonprofit’s top leader in the state since 1999. Appointed by former Gov. Rick Snyder, Taylor also serves on the Great Lakes Commission, 21st Century Infrastructure Commission and the Environmental Rules Review Committee. Taylor, 59, got a new pair of Carhartt overalls for Christmas and spent the recent holiday break bushwacking a trail on her property in Northern Michigan. The Northern Michigan University graduate has dedicated the last 30 years of her career to the Great Lakes and conservation.

Crain’s Detroit Business: Conservation and the environment has never been more controversial. Despite political loggerheads, are Michigan’s many businesses more engaged in conservation than before? The intersection of business and natural resources goes as far back as this state’s existence. But the protection of nature is becoming a more central concept to business and being understood as a driver of economic activity. When I got involved in this effort some years ago, businesses cared about the environment as a public relations platform. Now it’s part of actual business decisions,  […]

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