Aquarium featuring sharks, other sea life, planned for Great Lakes Crossing

Visitors to Great Lakes Crossing Outlets in Auburn Hills will soon have the option of visiting a 35,000-square-foot saltwater aquarium.

Bloomfield Hills-based Taubman Centers Inc. (NYSE: TCO) has entered an agreement with London, England-based Merlin Entertainment plc to bring Sea Life Michigan to the mall in early spring 2015.

Visiting sharks up close will be part of the mall experience next year when a saltwater aquarium opens at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets.    

Merlin is leasing the former Game Works location on the I-75 side of the outlet mall, near the Rainforest Café, food court and AMC Star Great Lakes 25 movie theater.

Demolition inside the space has already begun, and new construction for the aquarium is set to begin in June, said Steve Berlow, general manager of Great Lakes Crossing.

The aquarium, Merlin’s seventh Sea Life Center to open in the United States, will include a large tropical ocean tank and walk-through underwater tunnel. It will feature a range of saltwater creatures, including shrimp, starfish, seahorses, sharks and rays, along with some aquatic creatures associated with the Great Lakes region, the companies said in a news release.

The Sea Life Centers offer viewing windows, educational presentations, feeding demonstrations and other ways to interact with some of the creatures.

They also highlight the work of Merlin’s charity, Sea Life Marine Conservation Trust, which will include new projects developed locally, the companies said. Merlin Entertainment’s Sea Life Centers highlight the work of the company’s charity, Sea Life Marine Conservation Trust.

Merlin operates Sea Life aquariums at Legoland in California; at the Mall of America in Minneapolis; and in or near locations in Tempe, Ariz; Kansas City; Dallas/Fort Worth; and Charlotte, N.C.

The British company also operates the Legoland resorts/theme parks in California and Florida, and Legoland discovery centers in several cities, as well as the Madame Tussauds celebrity wax museums in New York; Washington, D.C.; Las Vegas; and Hollywood.

By: Sherri Welch



Why Go Green?

There are likely as many answers to the question “Why Go Green?” as there are people who live a sustainable lifestyle. It is a deeply personal, encompassing choice that is usually embraced wholeheartedly by the individual.

I’ve laid out the most frequently discussed reasons below. Many reasons will vary greatly from each other. Some people will disagree with some of these ideas while others draw from several of them when discussing their decision.

Despite disagreements, within every person living sustainably is a common thread: the strong conviction we feel for our lifestyle and the empowerment we experience through our actions. Whether it’s a lifestyle given to us by our culture or our own research, we live this way because it fulfills us. And despite what some may feel about another person’s answer to the question “Why Go Green”, it is a source of inspiration to be able to bond through our animation and personal convictions.

This is a lot of really heavy information. You may want to grab a cup of something and take your time reading through it. Or you might want to just skim through it before delving into The Steps. Whatever you do, don’t let it overwhelm you! It’s here only as a learning resource, not to depress you.

Climate Change

Probably most well-known as “global warming”, the science behind climate change is one of the most hotly debated topics among many people today. Although it is often a huge motivator behind the green movement, there are still those who fail to acknowledge its validity, many others who feel helpless and very few who ask the real question: Man-made or not, does it really matter?

Peak Oil

Peak oil has been gathering a lot of attention. The term refers to a peak in oil extraction followed by a decline of production and a dramatic rise in cost. The idea that we can actually run out of (or at least, cease to be able to afford the increasingly difficult extraction of) oil is a disconcerting idea when almost every aspect of our Western lifestyle depends on it as a cheap commodity.

Environmental Impact

While climate change and peak oil can be debated, the impact of environmental pollution on humans and habitat is undeniable. Every year more fresh water is polluted, natural landscape is lost and animals are becoming endangered or extinct. A loss of biodiversity raises the risks of disease, blight or famine and the rate at which humans pollute the Earth is much faster than the rate at which the Earth can be restored.

Health and Wellness

Every week we read about a new study that explains how some environmental factor is affecting our health or has found another danger in one of our household products or personal care items. Cancer has been linked to cleaning products, dementia to antiperspirants, a lack of nutrition to conventional farming and asthma to air pollution. Why go green if not for your own health?

Frugal Living

Too many people think going green is expensive, but it shouldn’t be. In fact, frugal living tends to be a natural by-product of a simply and sustainable living. This topic is a passion of mine, that’s why we’ve created a free ebook to show you how you can save money fast and over time, while eating and living healthier, finding more fulfillment in your life and family and decreasing your impact on the Earth.

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4 Trends That Predict the Home of Tomorrow

1.  Extreme Energy Efficiency

Utility bills are expected to skyrocket over the next couple of decades. This will result in sustainable updates that push the green needle of household standards.

Waterless toilets: Nope, we aren’t talking about porta potties, but clean and sanitary indoor thrones that will one-up low flush loos.

Why we picked this prediction: It makes sense since residential water rates are rising in the U.S., and toilets are responsible for nearly 27% of our total water use. Plus, Dow Chemical says waterless toilets will become a household standard.

Grey Water Systems: According to, systems like these currently reuse up to 60% of your household water for watering the lawn and flushing toilets.

Why we picked this prediction: In the future, the real big boppers will be high-tech purification systems that return wastewater to drinking-quality level. A good example is the orbital shower. This concept saves 90% of the water and 80% of the energy used, trimming as much as $1,000 off yearly energy bills.

Energy dashboards: You know how cars share the miles per gallon we’re getting? An energy dashboard will do the same for our homes.

Why we picked this prediction: It’s all about the emerging technologies that will surround the future modernization of the electric grid. Called the Smart Grid, it will allow a two–way dialogue between homeowners and their utility companies so we can understand our energy use and its costs in real time.

Garages wired for the electric vehicle revolution: predicts we will be charging our vehicles at home, and filling up at the gas stations less.  This is based on the growing number of electric vehicle sales across the U.S.

Why we picked this prediction: One city has already embraced this idea. In Palo Alto, Calif., building code requires new homes to come pre-wired for electric car chargers.

2.  The Rise of Super Storms

Since super storms are becoming the norm, homeowners can be left without electricity for weeks, even months — as they were after Hurricane Sandy.

Whole house generator: This will allow people to live comfortably until their power is restored. FYI, homeowners can currently recoup 52% of the cost of a midrange electrical backup system.

Why we picked this prediction: Thanks to climate change and our aging power grid, blackouts are becoming more common. The Department of Energy says that thunderstorms, hurricanes, and blizzards account for 58% of outages in the U.S. since 2002.

3.  The Locally Grown Movement

The desire to eat healthier, better-tasting foods continues to increase. This will make indoor gardens more common.

Edible indoor kitchen gardens: These hydroponic systems will add to home enjoyment by allowing people to create the farm to table experience in their own kitchens.

Why we picked this prediction: Urban farming has been on the rise. It combats rising food prices and reduces the energy consumption of transporting food.

4.  Sophisticated Appliances and Fixtures

General Electric recently revealed their vision for the home of the not too distant future — 2025 to be exact.  Their vision is not about smartphone apps controlling our homes, but about the things in our abodes working harder.

Faucets: They won’t be just for water. They will also dispense ice, various beverages, and vitamins.

Kitchen Sinks:They will also do double duty as dishwashers. The in-sink dishwasher will wash small loads in just a couple of minutes.

Laundry machines: They will clean and fold clothing into compact pellets. This will be a big space saver and allow consumers to carry an entire outfit in a small gym bag or purse.

Why we picked GE’s predictions: Smartphones have replaced the need for other items like alarm clocks and cameras. With that idea in mind, it makes sense that countertop appliances will become replaced by multi-purpose “uber appliances” that make our lives a little bit easier.

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11 Ways Detroit Changed the World for the Better

By: Alexandra Zaslow and Ashley Woods

The 2013 version of Detroit may be bankrupt and beginning to rebuild, but the city is drawing from its tremendous wealth of history as it looks ahead. From music and industry to sports and invention, Detroit has led the way since being founded by explorer Antoine Laumet de la Mothe, sieur de Cadillac in 1701. The city’s geographic location on the Detroit River helped the settlement grow into a thriving fur-trapping and trade hub.

Detroit’s contributions to American and international history are significant, in part because of its shared border with the Canadian city of Windsor. Detroit was the last stop for many slaves who passed through the Underground Railroad to freedom in Canada. That border also made Detroit a natural center for hatching liquor-running schemes during Prohibition.

Here are 11 incredible ways Detroit has changed the world for the better.

1. When Martin Luther King Jr. previewed the “I Have A Dream” speech.

Before the March on Washington, 25,000 Detroiters gathered in Cobo Hall to hear a preview of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech on June 23, 1963. Known as the “Detroit Walk to Freedom,” MLK Jr. marched down Woodward Avenue with Walter Reuther, the Reverend C.L. Franklin and 125,000 other civil rights believers. For the 50th anniversary in June 2013, thousands gathered to walk down Woodward Avenue in remembrance. Wendell Anthony, Detroit NAACP president, told WJBK that the march signified “that the work for freedom and justice must continue.”

2. When the Red Wings won the first Stanley Cup in 42 years.

The Detroit Red Wings’ journey to back-to-back Stanley Cup championships in 1997 and 1998 ended one of the longest cup droughts in NHL history. A million people showed up to celebrate the team at a parade down Woodward Avenue in 1997. The Red Wings’ first championship in 42 years gave some credence to the nickname “Hockeytown,” that Detroit had adopted. It set the stage for greatness behind the Red Wings bench and on the ice (22 straight playoff appearances!), leading some to dub them the greatest franchise in pro sports. The team’s integration of European and Soviet-style hockey strategies, best expressed by the famous Russian Five lineup, led the push to make hockey a truly international game.

3. When Hazen S. Pingree’s potato patch inspired the nation to feed the hungry.

He was the greatest mayor Detroit would ever know. Hazen S. Pingree, an avowed social reformer and enemy of major corporations and monopolies, fought during his 1890-1897 tenure to expose corruption and negotiate fair costs for Detroiters. But Pingree is best remembered for his potato patch. The Panic of 1893 hit Detroit hard, and by late 1894, there was no money left to care for the poor. Pingree mounted an unprecedented public works campaign and opened the city’s massive holdings of vacant land for garden plots and potato patches. “Pingree’s potato patches broke the back of hunger,” the Detroit Free Press later wrote, according to Historic Detroit. “They were nationally acclaimed and copied. They revealed a city of boundless energy and industry unwilling to live on doles.”

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