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President's Column: Moving forward, recommitted to protecting the health of Michigan’s people and environment

November 9 didn’t turn out to be the morning many of us had hoped for or expected. Between Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, a scant 80,000 votes—fewer than the number of Michigan football fans at the Big House on a typical fall Saturday—determined the outcome in the Electoral College. In Michigan, the difference was just over 10,000 votes, about two-tenths of a percentage point.
View ArticleJan 20, 2017  •  Fall 2016 / Winter 2017 - Michigan Environmental Report
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Michigan Climate Action Network helps communities take action against climate change

Though he made a name for himself as a venture capitalist, Tom Porter may have been destined to be an environmental activist. “It’s sort of in my DNA,” he admits, recalling frequent childhood treks in the woods with his father, a botanist. “We couldn’t walk for more than 25 feet without stopping to look at another plant.”
View ArticleJan 15, 2017  •  Fall 2016 / Winter 2017 - Michigan Environmental Report

MEC uses panel appointment to push for more recycling and composting, less landfilling

Michigan’s landfill-first approach to waste management is getting a much-needed overhaul, and MEC is helping to lead the charge. For more than a year, Deputy Policy Director Sean Hammond has served on the state’s Solid Waste and Sustainability Advisory Panel (SWSAP), created by the Department of Environmental Quality to review Part 115 of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, which regulates solid waste management. The SWSAP also includes Kerrin O’Brien, executive director of MEC member group Michigan Recycling Coalition, along with local governments, waste industry representatives and others. While it is different from the Governor’s Recycling Council created a year earlier specifically to increase residential recycling rates, the groups play complimentary roles in moving recycling forward in Michigan.
View ArticleJan 15, 2017  •  Fall 2016 / Winter 2017 - Michigan Environmental Report
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