Environment Picture

Michigan Environmental Report

Fall 2016 / Winter 2017

Vol. 34 Issue 3

The eBikes cometh

Next year marks the 200th anniversary of the invention of the bicycle. Over those two centuries, bikes have evolved—slowly. But with the advent of the electric assist bicycle, two-wheeled evolution has taken a disruptive leap forward. What does this mean for road cyclists, trail riders, mountain bikers and commuters? It means we need to rethink issues of access and cycling infrastructure to determine where eBikes fit in, or others will do it for us.
View Article2017-01-14  •  Fall 2016 / Winter 2017 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: land use, transportation policy

Michigan Climate Action Network helps communities take action against climate change

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.”
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100% renewable cities

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.
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MEC uses panel appointment to push for more recycling and composting, less landfilling

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 Article2017-01-15  •  Fall 2016 / Winter 2017 - Michigan Environmental Report

Gov. Snyder appoints MEC President Kolb to public health commission

Michigan Environmental Council President Chris Kolb was appointed in mid-November to the Public Health Advisory Commission by Gov. Rick Snyder. Kolb will represent nonprofit environmental and health organizations on the 24-member panel, which is charged with completing an assessment of Michigan’s public health delivery system at the state and local level. The commission will issue a final report to the governor by April 1, 2017.
View Article2017-01-10  •  Fall 2016 / Winter 2017 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: public health

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

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 Article2017-01-20  •  Fall 2016 / Winter 2017 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: legislation, renewable energy

Freshwater Dune Summit is May 7-8 in Muskegon; #howyoudune combines advocates, science and adventure in support of Great Lakes coastal dunes

Registration is now open for this first-time event welcoming outdoor adventurers, sand dune advocates, academic researchers and tourism professionals with a casual mix of recreation, information, and local food and beer, all in celebration of the beauty and value of our amazing natural asset.
View Article2017-03-17  •  Fall 2016 / Winter 2017 - Michigan Environmental Report

Job Posting - Policy Associate / Energy

Michigan Environmental Council seeks a Policy Associate to coordinate and support MEC efforts to defend Michigan’s environment by shaping policy decisions made in the State Capital. With a primary focus on energy policy, this position will also assist all other MEC policy areas and initiatives. This position utilizes a range of skills and relationships to strengthen Michigan’s economic resilience in the face of climate change, fuel price uncertainty, pollution-related health impacts, and other challenges linked to our energy system. This position will be based in MEC’s Lansing, Michigan, headquarters.
View Article2017-08-03  •  Fall 2016 / Winter 2017 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: employment
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