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Michigan Environmental Report

Spring/Summer 2016

Vol. 34 Issue 2

Mona Hanna-Attisha: Unwavering voice for Flint’s children

Some pediatricians give kids a lollipop after a checkup. The deal’s a lot sweeter at Mona Hanna-Attisha’s clinic at Hurley Children’s Center in Flint. “Dr. Mona,” as she’s known around town, sends patients’ families out the door with a $10 voucher to buy fresh, healthy food at the Flint Farmers’ Market—no extra trip required, since the clinic is on the second floor of the market building. It’s also across the street from the bus station, providing an important connection in a city where 40 percent of residents live beneath the poverty line and many families don’t have a car. It’s a setup that embodies Hanna-Attisha’s integrated approach to medicine and her belief that quality pediatric care can’t be separated from good nutrition and a healthy, stimulating environment. That prescription is needed more urgently than ever in a city whose children already faced daunting struggles before their drinking water was contaminated with toxic, brain-damaging lead.
View Article2016-07-15  •  Spring/Summer 2016 - Michigan Environmental Report

Petoskey Prize recipient Pam Taylor: Fighting factory farm pollution with data and diligence

Pam Taylor has a habit of naming things. She drives Lenawee County’s dirt roads in a black Ford Focus called the Batmobile, singing along to Motown music—her favorite. Excalibur is a store-bought extension pole, modified by her mentor to reach into rivers and take water samples. And the trucks hauling trailer loads of cow manure away from massive dairy barns? “We call those poop wagons,” she says. But when it comes to the area’s many concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, Taylor drops the playful language and gets more precise. “Ultimately, this is not farming,” she says of the industrial feedlots crammed with hundreds or thousands of livestock. “It’s industrial waste production. They produce more manure than milk.”
View Article2016-07-14  •  Spring/Summer 2016 - Michigan Environmental Report

President's Column: Lessons learned from serving on the Flint Water Advisory Task Force

Last October I received a phone call that would dramatically impact me professionally and personally. It was Gov. Rick Snyder’s office calling, asking me to serve as co-chair of the governor’s Flint Water Advisory Task Force. The task force’s charge was to determine what happened in Flint and why, and to provide recommendations on how to prevent this from ever happening again. The group would meet for five months, release three letters to the governor and issue a final report that contained 36 findings and 44 recommendations.
View Article2016-09-07  •  Spring/Summer 2016 - Michigan Environmental Report

Three key questions in Michigan's energy debate

The Senate Energy and Technology Committee continues to deliberate on a package of bills that lay out a misguided approach to Michigan’s energy future—one that would suspend Michigan’s transition to cleaner energy sources, lead to major rate increases for Michigan families and throw a wrench in economic development in our state.
View Article2016-08-31  •  Spring/Summer 2016 - Michigan Environmental Report

18th Annual Environmental Awards Celebration recognizes outstanding environmental leaders

Looking back on it, things really couldn’t have gone much better. In fact, our 18th Annual Environmental Awards Celebration on July 20 may have been the best one yet. Almost 200 sponsors and guests turned out. The atmosphere was festive. Silent auction bidding was competitive. And our honorees were inspiring.
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18th Annual Environmental Awards Celebration Sponsors

Michigan Environmental Council gratefully acknowledges the financial support of our 18th Annual Awards Celebration Sponsors.
View Article2016-07-20  •  Spring/Summer 2016 - Michigan Environmental Report
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Thank you to our generous donors

We are grateful to the following individuals and organizations who made financial contributions to the Michigan Environmental Council, December 1, 2015 - July 31, 2016.
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Experienced fundraiser Joe Bower joins MEC as Director of Development

We are happy to announce that MEC has hired Joe Bower to expand our fundraising efforts as our new Director of Development. Joe’s efforts will be focused on expanding MEC revenues by strengthening our relations with individual and corporate donors.
View Article2016-07-08  •  Spring/Summer 2016 - Michigan Environmental Report
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