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August 19 Day of Action -- Keep Oil Out of the Great Lakes

The Great Lakes are Michigan’s most treasured natural resource. But an oil pipeline running through the Straits of Mackinac is putting the Great Lakes at risk.
View ArticleAug 15, 2014

16th Annual Environmental Awards Celebration

Please join us on Wednesday, July 9 in Ann Arbor in celebrating the vision and achievements of Rich Vander Veen and Steve Hamilton—two outstanding environmental champions!
View ArticleJul 7, 2014

Job Posting - MEC Deputy Policy Director

Michigan Environmental Council seeks a Deputy Policy Director to lead and support MEC efforts to defend Michigan’s environment by shaping policy decisions made in the State Capital.
View ArticleMay 20, 2014
RELATED TOPICS: employment

SMART Options report considers a mileage fee transportation funding mechanism for Michigan

This report explores the potential of a mileage fee as a funding mechanism for Michigan’s transportation system. A mileage fee is a charge that motorists pay based upon the distance driven on a defined road network. A mileage fee, compared to the fuel excise tax, is a fairer way of assessing vehicle impact to roads. Road damage is a function of the amount of travel and the weight of the vehicle, and a mileage fee directly addresses the amount of miles traveled, an unconsidered factor in transportation finance.
View ArticleMay 14, 2014
RELATED TOPICS: transportation policy

Michigan Alliance for Lead Safe Housing holds May 7 Legislative Education Day

The Safe Homes/Safe Kids: Michigan Alliance for Lead Safe Housing (MIALSH) coalition—made up of health departments, lead contractors, small business owners, homeowners, landlords, and other service providers—will bring people to the Capitol on May 7 for a day of outreach to state policymakers on the impacts of lead poisoning and the need for consistent funding for prevention and abatement.
View ArticleApr 25, 2014

Mama Summit 2014 calls for action on climate change

This May, moms, dads, grandparents, and kids from across the country will travel to their state capitols to show broad and united support for children's health. Together in a bipartisan setting, participants will demand action to protect the air our children breathe--both indoor and outdoor--and call for action on climate change.
View ArticleApr 11, 2014

Earth Day 2014 activities in Michigan celebrate spring, encourage stewardship

Every day is Earth Day for environmental groups, right? But this annual focus on doing right by the planet provides Michiganders of all ages and interests hands-on opportunities to get outside and care for this beautiful peninsula. From the State of Michigan offering a day of programs for school groups, to local watershed groups hosting spring river cleanups, there is sure to be an event in your area.
View ArticleApr 10, 2014

Lead poisoning prevention advocates come to the Capitol; Rep. Olumba gets personal about his daughters’ lead exposure

Advocates who helped secure $1.25 million for lead poisoning prevention funding in this year’s state budget blanketed the Capitol this month, showing lawmakers that the money is being effectively spent and advocating for continued funding in this year’s budget.
View ArticleFeb 28, 2014

MEC connects WMU students, state lawmakers on Mackinac Straits oil pipeline issue

Dozens of Western Michigan University (WMU) students descended on the State Capitol and the Michigan Environmental Council (MEC) office Wednesday, asking state legislators to address Enbridge Energy Company’s aging oil pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac.
View ArticleFeb 27, 2014

2014 Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference

The theme of this year’s conference is Repair America and will focus on repairing the infrastructure systems we rely on every day to create good jobs and address climate change.
View ArticleJan 15, 2014
RELATED TOPICS: climate change, green economy

Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Wayne County – Detroit reduces housing-related health risks

No one would choose to live in a home poisoned with lead. But unless you know what to look for, the risk can be invisible.
View ArticleDec 5, 2013

Job Opening - Coalition Coordinator

A statewide coalition seeks a talented and organized individual to provide leadership and coordination for a coalition of diverse organizations.
View ArticleNov 1, 2013

Job Opening - MEC Energy Program Director

The Michigan Environmental Council (MEC) seeks a full-time Energy Program Director to lead our organization’s efforts to promote widespread deployment of energy efficiency and renewable power through public policy reform.
View ArticleSep 9, 2013

Saugatuck Dunes needs your help today

The Saugatuck Dunes are under attack and need your help. Please help stop a road that is 10,000 feet long, requires the removal of over 500 trees and would pave over 200,000 square feet of pristine dunes and wetpannes.
View ArticleAug 22, 2013

Something to Celebrate! 15th Annual Environmental Awards Celebration

Please join us on Wednesday, July 10 in Ann Arbor in celebrating the vision and achievements of Dave Dempsey and Bob Andrus—two outstanding environmental champions!
View ArticleJul 3, 2013
RELATED TOPICS: charitable giving

EPA may end SS Badger's long run on coal

The iconic Michigan steamship, the SS Badger, may lose its permit to dump spent coal into Lake Michigan.
View ArticleMar 7, 2013

MEC statement on transportation issues raised in Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of the State address

Michigan must invest in strategic mix of options to create competitive transportation system
View ArticleJan 16, 2013

Job Opening: Director of Major Gifts and Events

The Michigan Environmental Council seeks a Director of Major Gifts and Events to help raise financial support for our programs to defend the health and beauty of Michigan’s environment. This is a full-time position based in our Lansing, Michigan headquarters.
View ArticleJan 15, 2013

Top Twelve Proposal 3 Questions

Across the state, we've been giving presentations on the 25% by 2025 proposal, and fielding good questions. Here are the top 12 questions answered.
View ArticleOct 30, 2012

Take action on 25x25: Send a letter to your family & friends

MEC Development Director Andy Draheim's recent letter to his friends and family encapsulated his reasons for supporting Proposal 3, the 25x25 renewable energy standard on Michigan's ballot. We provide it here as an educational and outreach tool to YOUR friends and family who are interested in cutting through the confusing fog of television advertising and overwrought hyperbole.
View ArticleOct 29, 2012

Proposal 3 Cost Report -- 25% by 2025: The Impact on Utility Rates of the Michigan Clean Renewable Electric Energy Standard

How would Proposal 3 affect your electric bill? Generating one quarter of Michigan’s electricity from renewable sources by 2025 would not have a significant impact on electricity rates and would actually reduce energy costs in the long term, according to an analysis released this month.
View ArticleOct 15, 2012
RELATED TOPICS: clean energy, renewable energy

14th Annual Environmental Awards Celebration

Please join us on June 20 at the Ann Arbor City Club to celebrate the vision and achievements of two outstanding environmental champions! We are proud to honor Rosina Bierbaum with this year’s Helen and William Milliken Distinguished Service Award. Blair Miller, nominated by the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance, will receive the 2012 Petoskey Prize for Environmental Leadership.
View ArticleJun 7, 2012

Michigan Senate OKs changes to dune protection law

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Builders would have an easier time gaining approval for houses, driveways and other projects in sensitive seaside areas under proposed legislation that would make the first significant changes in Michigan's sand dune protection law in nearly a quarter-century.
View ArticleJun 7, 2012

Don't Trash Pure Michigan

Michigan Environmental Council opposes House Bill 5660, which proposes to amend Michigan's successful bottle bill. The legislation looks to exempt alcohol pouch containers from our 10-cent bottle deposit.
View ArticleMay 25, 2012

25 x '25: Creating a new renewable energy standard for Michigan

The Michigan Energy, Michigan Jobs coalition wants to increase the state’s renewable energy standard to 25 percent by 2025. That would mean that a quarter of all the energy used in Michigan would come from renewable sources like the wind and sun.
View ArticleMay 22, 2012
RELATED TOPICS: renewable energy

Grass to gas?

Legislation decried by environmental groups may soon legalize methane production via grass clippings
View ArticleMay 21, 2012
RELATED TOPICS: green economy

One if By Land: The Legislative Ground Assault on Pure Michigan

So much of what makes Pure Michigan so pure starts with our land—the miles of forests, the majestic dunes, the undeveloped trout streams and backcountry trails. Without the incredible Great Lakes landscapes that define us, we’d just be another Indiana, Ohio or Missouri.
View ArticleMay 14, 2012
RELATED TOPICS: legislation

Wolves in sheep's clothing

Beware wolves in sheep’s clothing. Or in this case the waste industry trying to cloak itself in green rhetoric. The issue is legislation that recently passed out of the House Energy and Technology Committee to overturn the 17-year-old ban on yard waste going into landfills. It is on the floor of the House this week. It is a terrible idea on so many different levels that it’s hard to know where to start.
View ArticleMar 14, 2012

Quadruple Your Money for Clean Energy -- Give Online Now

It's down to the wire on Proposal 3 -- the renewable energy campaign. Your financial support TODAY can make the difference between winning and losing. We're going to turn every $1 you give MEC before 5 p.m. Friday into $4 of support for Prop 3.
View ArticleOct 25, 2010
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