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Michigan Environmental Council President Chris Kolb on Thursday issued the following statement praising southeast Michigan leaders for reaching an agreement that will allow voters to have their say on the Regional Transit Authority's plan for the four-county area's transportation future
Read MoreAug 4, 2016
The Michigan Environmental Council (MEC) seeks an Agriculture Policy Director to lead MEC in building its new Sustainable Agriculture Program into a driving force for local, state and federal policy decisions that will support Michigan in growing a diverse abundance of food while promoting the long-term sustainability and well-being of our water, climate, and wildlife.
View ArticleAug 3, 2016
Michigan Environmental Council President Chris Kolb on Thursday issued the following statement blasting elected leaders in southeast Michigan for standing in the way of major improvements to the region's transportation system and refusing to give voters a say on the Regional Transit Authority's master plan:
Read MoreJul 28, 2016
The Michigan Environmental Council on Wednesday urged southeast Michigan leaders to come to an agreement around the Regional Transit Authority’s master plan and put funding for the plan before voters in November, noting the Aug. 16 deadline for county clerks to approve ballot language.
Read MoreJul 27, 2016
Michigan Environmental Report
Some pediatricians give kids a lollipop after a checkup. The deal’s a lot sweeter at Mona Hanna-Attisha’s clinic at Hurley Children’s Center in Flint.
“Dr. Mona,” as she’s known around town, sends patients’ families out the door with a $10 voucher to buy fresh, healthy food at the Flint Farmers’ Market—no extra trip required, since the clinic is on the second floor of the market building. It’s also across the street from the bus station, providing an important connection in a city where 40 percent of residents live beneath the poverty line and many families don’t have a car.
It’s a setup that embodies Hanna-Attisha’s integrated approach to medicine and her belief that quality pediatric care can’t be separated from good nutrition and a healthy, stimulating environment. That prescription is needed more urgently than ever in a city whose children already faced daunting struggles before their drinking water was contaminated with toxic, brain-damaging lead.
View ArticleJul 15, 2016 • Spring/Summer 2016 - Michigan Environmental Report
Michigan Environmental Report
Pam Taylor has a habit of naming things. She drives Lenawee County’s dirt roads in a black Ford Focus called the Batmobile, singing along to Motown music—her favorite. Excalibur is a store-bought extension pole, modified by her mentor to reach into rivers and take water samples. And the trucks hauling trailer loads of cow manure away from massive dairy barns? “We call those poop wagons,” she says.
But when it comes to the area’s many concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, Taylor drops the playful language and gets more precise.
“Ultimately, this is not farming,” she says of the industrial feedlots crammed with hundreds or thousands of livestock. “It’s industrial waste production. They produce more manure than milk.”
View ArticleJul 14, 2016 • Spring/Summer 2016 - Michigan Environmental Report
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