Environment Picture

Michigan Environmental Report

Fall 2008

Vol. 26 Issue 4

Changing of the guard: Chris Kolb hired to lead MEC into new era

Former State Representative Chris Kolb—an environmental champion in the legislature and a veteran of the environmental management field, has been hired as the new president of the Michigan Environmental Council.
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Lana winds down 12 years at MEC

Michigan Environmental Council President Lana Pollack steps down at the end of 2008 after a 12-year tenure overseeing unprecedented growth, tremendous victories for the state’s natural resources and an increasingly robust influence in the corridors of power at the State Capitol.
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RELATED TOPICS: legislation, MEC Member Groups

PRESIDENT’S COLUMN: Passing the baton to the right leader at the right time as MEC starts a new chapter

Chris Kolb is a man I’ve long liked and admired—and an excellent choice for the next Michigan Environmental Council president.
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RELATED TOPICS: MEC Member Groups

Bell ringers! Environmental successes won in recent weeks

In each issue of the Michigan Environmental Report, we celebrate accomplishments by MEC and member groups.
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Clean energy legislation signed by Governor: The economy and the environment win

A victory for Michigan’s environment and economy was secured in September with the adoption of new energy efficiency programming and the state’s first renewable energy standard.
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MEC readies to battle for modern energy codes in new buildings

MEC and its allies are gearing up to convince state legislators to overhaul the state’s outdated and inefficient construction codes for new buildings.
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Michigan’s offshore winds harbor vast potential for energy, economic development

Our beloved Great Lakes are our nation’s most valuable fresh water haven. But in the age of peak oil, renewable energy standards and grandiose ‘Pickens like’ energy plans, our lakes’ second most plentiful resource lies hundreds of feet above the waters. That resource is offshore wind energy.
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RELATED TOPICS: renewable energy, wind power

Great Lakes Health Banner making a comeback!

The Great Lakes Health Banner—a powerful documentary of the work of Great Lakes and Michigan organizations concerned about the health effects of toxins and the lack of effective action by elected officials—is making a comeback.
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Kennecott still lacks state, federal permits to proceed with mine plan

The proposed Kennecott nickel mine that would threaten the headwaters of several Lake Superior tributaries with acid mine drainage contamination is not a done deal by any means, according to Upper Peninsula groups working to safeguard the region’s water resources.
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RELATED TOPICS: land use, water protection

Landmark at the lakeshore: State dedicates first natural area since 1988

Michigan has a new natural area on state land for the first time in 20 years—and members of the MEC member group Michigan Natural Areas Council (MNAC), among others, are delighted with the good news.
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RELATED TOPICS: conservation, MEC Member Groups

City mulls options for cheaper, safer post-incinerator garbage disposal

A blueprint for a cleaner, healthier, cheaper way of handling Detroit’s waste is being considered by Detroit Mayor Kenneth Cockrel, Jr. in the wake of the city’s decision to stop burning garbage at the expensive, polluting Detroit incinerator.
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WMEAC to replace 5,000 energy-sucking light bulbs with more efficient CFLs

West Michigan Environmental Action Council has started Project Light Change, a program to engage businesses and individuals in the use and recycling of CFL bulbs.
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West Michigan Environmental Action Council hosts 40th birthday celebration

WMEAC, one of the Michigan Environmental Council’s founding organizations, was among the first environmental education and advocacy groups to emerge in the country in the late 1960s.
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RELATED TOPICS: MEC Member Groups

Washtenaw Land Trust, two other Michigan groups among nation’s first accredited land conservancies

Three Michigan land conservancies—Chikaming Open Lands, Leelanau Conservancy, and MEC member group Washtenaw Land Trust—have the distinction of being among the first conservancies in the country to be awarded the Seal of Accreditation.
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RELATED TOPICS: conservation, MEC Member Groups

New book fosters our sacred relationship with the Earth, ethic of reverence for all life

A new book by an MEC member group on meditative walks in nature will guide readers to heal, transform and connect themselves more deeply with God through the community of creation.
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