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Topic: MEC Board

PRESIDENT’S COLUMN: What I’m looking for in the next DEQ director

Michigan Environmental Report
The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is now in need of a new leader, due to Dan Wyant’s resignation in the wake of the department’s mishandling of the Flint drinking water crisis. Keith Creagh, director of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), is serving as the interim director until a permanent replacement can be found. So what qualities should a new director bring to this position?
View ArticleFeb 20, 2016  •  Winter 2016 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: MEC Board, Public Health

Bell ringers! Environmental successes won in recent weeks

Michigan Environmental Report
In each issue of the Michigan Environmental Report, we celebrate accomplishments by MEC and member groups.
View ArticleFeb 15, 2016  •  Winter 2016 - Michigan Environmental Report

It shouldn't take a cardiac arrest!

Michigan Environmental Report
I do not recommend life-threatening cardiac arrest as a way to increase awareness of public transportation’s value. But, it worked for me! Perhaps I should explain.
View ArticleDec 10, 2013  •  Fall 2013 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Transportation Policy, MEC Board

Rosina Bierbaum: Shaping policy, leaders

Michigan Environmental Report
A life spent researching mollusks and microbiology might have suited Rosina Bierbaum just fine. We’ll never know. A timely series of interventions redirected her ambitions from marine biology to the chaotic intersection of politics, science and public policy. In that arena—working for employers as lofty as the President of the United States, the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment and the University of Michigan—Bierbaum has carved out a definitive role in shaping public policy and training young people to make positive impacts on resource protection.
View ArticleJun 17, 2012  •  Spring 2012 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: MEC Board, MEC Member Groups

Blair Miller: Building a sense of place in his community

Michigan Environmental Report
Blair Miller’s life is a contact sport. He’s scrapped with what he describes as the “good old boy network” in rural Vermontville Township, where he was elected to the township board before getting broomed in a recall election. He learned to fly planes in three weeks—insisting on landing at Chicago’s Midway Airport during training because: “If I’m going to fly, I’m going to learn how to do it in the busiest place.” And in response to a running dispute with the University of Michigan, Miller once mowed a massive block “M”—framed by a circle with a line slashed through it—in the fallow field outside his home. Private planes would fly by to see the oversized protest.
View ArticleJun 17, 2012  •  Spring 2012 - Michigan Environmental Report

14th Annual Environmental Awards Celebration

News Updates
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
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