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You're invited to sponsor our 17th Annual Environmental Awards Celebration

May 20, 2015
Michigan Environmental Council invites you to sponsor our 17th Annual Environmental Awards Celebration, which will be held on the evening of Wednesday, June 24 in Ann Arbor.  Celebration sponsors help MEC protect Michigan’s environment through a tax-deductible donation.

Your sponsorship also will help us recognize Andy Buchsbaum, a visionary Great Lakes leader, as the 2015 recipient of The Helen and William Milliken Distinguished Service Award.

Established in 2000 with the enthusiastic support of its namesakes, the Milliken Award is Michigan’s highest environmental honor. The award recognizes individuals who show outstanding leadership, enduring commitment and extraordinary public service in protecting natural resources at the local, state and national levels.

As an organization deeply committed to defending Michigan’s freshwater heritage, MEC is inspired by Buchsbaum’s decades of service as a leading champion and defender of the Great Lakes.

Now the national Vice President of Conservation Action for the National Wildlife Federation, Buchsbaum long served as the Regional Executive Director of NWF’s Great Lakes Regional Center in Ann Arbor. In 2004, he co-founded the 120-member Healing Our Waters coalition—the leading nongovernmental voice for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Since President Obama and Congress first authorized GLRI funding in the 2010 federal budget, it has invested $1.9 billion in 2,500 regional restoration projects.

Andy also served as a lead negotiator for the Great Lakes Compact, the seminal accord committing the region’s eight states and two Canadian provinces to protect our water from adverse impacts within the Great Lakes Basin and diversion or export outside of it.

Through decades of environmental leadership, Buchsbaum has shared his deep knowledge of law and science through congressional testimony and major research reports. He has been a frequent, effective partner of MEC and our member groups. As program director for the Public Interest Research Group in Michigan during the late 1980s, Buchsbaum teamed with MEC and then-State Senator Lana Pollack to lead the charge for Michigan’s landmark Polluter Pay Law for cleaning up toxic waste sites. As an attorney for the National Environmental Law Center in the 1990s, he collaborated with MEC members Lone Tree Council and Ecology Center on a legal case that led to the ongoing $29 million cleanup of dioxin-contaminated sediments in the Tittabawassee River watershed. While his tireless advocacy is more than enough to earn our profound respect, admiration and recognition as a Milliken Award recipient, Andy is also inspiring the next generation of environmental leaders as an adjunct law professor at the University of Michigan.

At our awards celebration, MEC also will honor Bill Craig with The Petoskey Prize for Environmental Leadership, which is given each to year to a grassroots leader whose efforts on behalf of Michigan’s environment are marked by commitment, creativity and courage. MEC inaugurated the Petoskey Prize in 2001 to inspire others to safeguard Michigan's air, land and water for future generations. Winners are able to designate $5,000 to the Michigan environmental organization of their choice.

Bill Craig has spent 25 years as president of the Holliday Nature Preserve Association, a 500-acre sanctuary in Wayne County. Born of a dispute over a proposed golf course, the Preserve has since worked to unite the community as a beloved refuge for recreation and education. A tough Navy veteran who also is a patient nature guide for local school kids, Craig is a tireless volunteer for the Rouge River watershed who has led an annual cleanup in the Preserve since 1988 and has transformed the way volunteers manage woody debris for wildlife habitat in the Rouge and watersheds statewide.

In addition to helping us honor two outstanding Michigan residents, your sponsorship of our 17th Annual Environmental Awards Celebration will provide vital financial assistance to MEC’s ongoing programs.

Established in 1980 to provide a strong and responsible voice for the environment in the State Capitol, MEC is a coalition of more than 70 environmental, public health and faith groups. We promote public policies to ensure Michigan families will always enjoy clean water, pristine beaches, beautiful landscapes and healthy communities.

Among other initiatives, your backing will strengthen our centerpiece pursuit of positive solutions to remaining challenges facing our world-class lakes and rivers—work we do in partnership with Andy Buchsbaum, NWF and our many outstanding state and local allies.

How to Become a Sponsor

Celebration sponsors help MEC protect Michigan’s environment through tax-deductible gifts ranging from $500 to $10,000. The individual sponsorship level begins at $500. The business sponsorship level begins at $1000. As a sponsor, you will be recognized in event promotional materials and public displays, on our website, and in MEC publications throughout the year.

To make your sponsor gift online, use our online donation system
and type "2015 Event" in the Comments box.

You can also call our Lansing office at 517-487-9539.

We hope you will join us in making the 2015 edition of our annual event the most successful ever. Your support makes a big difference!
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