Policy internships at Michigan Environmental Council

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Michigan Environmental Council’s policy internship program is designed to identify the next generation of leaders working for Michigan’s people and environment, cultivate their talents and shape their future. We seek highly motivated interns who are looking to expand their knowledge of public policy and environmental issues while building a base of contacts in the environmental community and beyond.
View ArticleFeb 21, 2017

Michigan Environmental Council lays out policy agenda for 2017-2018

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Testing all children for lead exposure, passing a statewide code for septic systems and becoming the first state east of the Mississippi River to open an Office of Outdoor Recreation are among the priorities in a new policy agenda unveiled Monday by the Michigan Environmental Council.
Read MoreJan 30, 2017

President's Column: Moving forward, recommitted to protecting the health of Michigan’s people and environment

Michigan Environmental Report
November 9 didn’t turn out to be the morning many of us had hoped for or expected. Between Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, a scant 80,000 votes—fewer than the number of Michigan football fans at the Big House on a typical fall Saturday—determined the outcome in the Electoral College. In Michigan, the difference was just over 10,000 votes, about two-tenths of a percentage point.
View ArticleJan 20, 2017  •  Fall 2016 / Winter 2017 - Michigan Environmental Report
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MEC uses panel appointment to push for more recycling and composting, less landfilling

Michigan Environmental Report
Michigan’s landfill-first approach to waste management is getting a much-needed overhaul, and MEC is helping to lead the charge. For more than a year, Deputy Policy Director Sean Hammond has served on the state’s Solid Waste and Sustainability Advisory Panel (SWSAP), created by the Department of Environmental Quality to review Part 115 of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, which regulates solid waste management. The SWSAP also includes Kerrin O’Brien, executive director of MEC member group Michigan Recycling Coalition, along with local governments, waste industry representatives and others. While it is different from the Governor’s Recycling Council created a year earlier specifically to increase residential recycling rates, the groups play complimentary roles in moving recycling forward in Michigan.
View ArticleJan 15, 2017  •  Fall 2016 / Winter 2017 - Michigan Environmental Report

Michigan Climate Action Network helps communities take action against climate change

Michigan Environmental Report
Though he made a name for himself as a venture capitalist, Tom Porter may have been destined to be an environmental activist. “It’s sort of in my DNA,” he admits, recalling frequent childhood treks in the woods with his father, a botanist. “We couldn’t walk for more than 25 feet without stopping to look at another plant.”
View ArticleJan 15, 2017  •  Fall 2016 / Winter 2017 - Michigan Environmental Report

100% renewable cities

Michigan Environmental Report
In a day of events in Traverse City focused on climate change, former Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell encouraged community members to act locally and shared his vision of how setting a goal of 100% renewable energy by 2025 is changing life for the better in Grand Rapids. “To achieve great things, you must set bold goals,” Heartwell said. Grand Rapids was the first city in Michigan to set such a goal in 2008, and there are now at least 19 cities around the U.S. with 100% renewable energy goals.
View ArticleJan 14, 2017  •  Fall 2016 / Winter 2017 - Michigan Environmental Report
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