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Michigan Environmental Council in the news

“Faced with such a serious threat, state leaders should immediately enlist the public and independent experts to identify and evaluate every possible solution to keep oil out of the Great Lakes…Snyder must step up now to protect this resource shared and beloved by all Michiganders.”
—Chris Kolb in an Oct. 10 Detroit Free Press OpEd—co-written with Gail Gruenwald of Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council—on the threat from a pair of aging oil pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac

“I’m less proud of the certificates on the wall and more proud of how that translates into less energy, water and unsustainable materials used by our organization.”
—Andy Draheim in a July 26 Lansing State Journal story on MEC earning LEED Platinum designation for our Victorian-era headquarters

“We appreciate Director Creagh’s respect for the Hartwick family’s wishes, and thank him for making the right decision to protect this one-of-a-kind park. Personally, I’m thrilled that the experience of standing beneath the park’s towering white pines will remain unchanged for visitors to enjoy.”
—Kolb in a Sept. 12 Bridge Magazine story on the DNR taking mineral rights for most of Hartwick Pines State Park off the auction block for oil and gas drilling

“I am in favor of long-term, state-level energy planning and long-term utility planning. The big investor-owned utilities have to begin making long-term decisions. We hope to encourage them on a path to retire the oldest coal-fired plants, utilize efficiency measures, and increase renewables as part of their portfolio.”
—Sarah Mullkoff in an Aug. 14 Metromode feature on Michigan’s changing energy landscape

“These students face real adult problems. The kids are stepping forward to raise the quality of life, the feeling of hope in their community.”
—Sandra Turner-Handy in a Sept. 8 Kresge News (Kresge Foundation) article on her work with Denby High School students to make their community safer and more sustainable

“I think we make it unduly complex for the homeowner, and I think we’re missing some economic development potential. Not only could it help small businesses, but it could also make the grid more resilient.”
—James Clift in a July 22 story in Midwest Energy News on “Energy Freedom” legislation to encourage small-scale renewable power projects

“We would like to see the state parks become a model for local and regional parks. To see those parks become places where kids can get exercise and can also get a healthy snack, particularly in communities where access to nutritious food might be limited.”
—Andy McGlashen in a July 29 Great Lakes Echo article on MEC’s effort to expand healthy food options in state parks

“They’ve filled up pretty much every year and what it’s showing is there’s a lot of pent up demand for these programs and people seem to like the idea of generating their own electricity.”
—Mullkoff in an August 7 story on MLive.com about calls for Michigan utilities to expand their solar power programs
-Andy McGlashen, MEC
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