MEC commends DNR director for taking Hartwick Pines off the auction block

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The Michigan Environmental Council (MEC) today applauded the Michigan Department of Natural Resources for taking state-owned mineral rights beneath some of the Lower Peninsula's last remaining old-growth forest off the auction block for oil and gas drilling.
Read MoreSep 11, 2014
RELATED TOPICS: conservation, land use

Job Posting - MEC Development Associate

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The Michigan Environmental Council (MEC) seeks a Development Associate 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 ArticleAug 21, 2014
RELATED TOPICS: charitable giving, employment

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

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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

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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

Rich Vander Veen: Guiding communities to clean-power prosperity

Michigan Environmental Report
Corn and soybeans are the cash crops for brothers Kent and Olin Humm, seventh-generation farmers near the Gratiot County village of Breckenridge. But the payments they receive for the four wind turbines on their 3,000 acres sure don’t hurt. “We’re not out working in the field today,” said Kent Humm in his workshop on a wet spring afternoon, “but we’re still making money.” That’s music to the ears of clean-energy entrepreneur Rich Vander Veen, the 2014 recipient of the Michigan Environmental Council’s Helen and William Milliken Distinguished Service Award.
View ArticleJul 3, 2014  •  Spring 2014 - Michigan Environmental Report

President’s Column: How the transportation deal stalled

Michigan Environmental Report
The condition of Michigan’s roads, bridges and public transportation is, to put it mildly, nothing to brag about. So it was a big opportunity for MEC when, in 2011, Gov. Rick Snyder asked us to be at the table as he began to develop his transportation and infrastructure special message to the legislature. We told the governor then what we still say today: How you spend your transportation dollars is just as important as how much you spend. In the three years since, we’ve been working not only to secure adequate funding for our transportation system, but also to transform it.
View ArticleJul 2, 2014  •  Spring 2014 - Michigan Environmental Report
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