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

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

Michigan Environmental Council applauds federal proposal to cut carbon pollution

Michigan Environmental Council welcomes the Environmental Protection Agency's action today to curb carbon emissions from power plants, the country's largest source of greenhouse gases. The draft rule announced this morning would require a 30 percent reduction from 2005 levels in power-sector carbon emissions by 2030.
Read MoreJun 2, 2014

Bills would allow use of hazardous materials without landowner's consent

Property owners could have hazardous industrial byproducts placed on their land without their consent under legislation being considered this week in the Michigan House of Representatives.
Read MoreApr 30, 2014

Michigan Environmental Council statement on John Dingell: Thank you for your service

Architect of many of the nation's environmental policies says he won't seek re-election
Read MoreFeb 24, 2014

Wednesday, Jan. 29 forum, panel to discuss proposed changes in speed limits on Michigan roads

Legislation introduced in Lansing could result in changes in speed limits on Michigan roads. The panel will explore issues related to changing the way those limits are established.
Read MoreJan 24, 2014

Sarah Mullkoff hired to lead Michigan Environmental Council’s energy policy work

Mullkoff comes from National Wildlife Federation. Replaces David Gard as MEC's energy program director.
Read MoreJan 10, 2014

Gov. Snyder’s energy blueprint: On the right track

Governor says he wants to eliminate energy waste, reduce pollution, increase clean renewable energy and minimize coal use.
Read MoreDec 19, 2013

Media Statement: Michigan Environmental Council applauds MDNR’s decision to protect Au Sable River watershed from oil and gas drilling

State will seek to make 23 leases "non-development" and thus off limits to drilling.
Read MoreDec 12, 2013

Champions for kids’ health honored at MEC

Michigan lawmakers who helped secured $1.25 million to combat childhood lead poisoning to be honored by the Michigan Alliance for Lead Safe Housing in Lansing.
Read MoreDec 11, 2013

State Senate committee rejects proposal to dump yard clippings in Michigan landfills

Legislation that would have rescinded Michigan's decades-old ban on compostable yard waste in landfills was defeated in a 5-4 Michigan Senate committee vote
Read MoreNov 5, 2013

New state report: Renewable energy among cheapest electricity sources and costs falling

Renewable energy in Michigan is less expensive than almost every other electricity source and costs have dropped as much as 50% since 2008, according to a report released today by the State of Michigan.
Read MoreSep 20, 2013

Join us! September 25-27: Michigan Transportation Odyssey

Public transportation advocates, elected officials, policy experts and media will join in the 3rd annual Transportation Odyssey starting Sept. 25 – using trains, buses, bicycles, and feet to travel from Traverse City to Detroit.
Read MoreSep 19, 2013

Defenders of Michigan waters earn state’s top environmental honors

Helen & William Milliken Distinguished Service Award, Petoskey Prize for Environmental Leadership given annually to defenders of of Michigan's natural resources.
Read MoreJul 2, 2013

President’s call for cuts in carbon pollution will protect ratepayers, public health

President Obama’s call for cuts in carbon pollution, if achieved, will boost the economy, improve public health and protect ratepayers as well as help mitigate the effects of climate change, the Michigan Environmental Council said today. The initiative also gives Michigan an opportunity to harness the economic opportunities by expanding investments in energy efficiency and clean energy, the council said.
Read MoreJun 25, 2013

Success! State budget includes $1.25 million to keep Michigan kids safe from lead dangers

More than 6,500 kids in Michigan have elevated lead levels, which lead to lost IQ, permanent damage to reproductive and endocrine systems, behavior and aggression problems and many others. This funding will help reduce the number of poisoned children.
Read MoreJun 20, 2013

Plan to ram road through sand dune sanctuary first test of law weakening Critical Dunes Act

Developer says weakened dune protection laws allow quarter-mile access road through public park. MEC says otherwise.
Read MoreApr 15, 2013

MEC: Proposed SS Badger agreement not strong enough to ensure halt to coal ash dumping

A proposed EPA consent agreement would give the iconic ferry two more years to dump coal ash into Lake Michigan, with little guarantee that the boat would be retrofitted by 2015.
Read MoreMar 22, 2013

Senate undermines science with bad anti-biodiversity legislation

Legislation would redefine "conservation," prohibit state DNR from managing land and forests for diversity.
Read MoreMar 5, 2013

Senate committee Republicans vote to gut Michigan Endangered Species Act

Bill would prohibit state agencies from managing lands for biodiversity, redefine 'conservation'
Read MoreFeb 21, 2013

MEC cheers governor’s signature on Transit Authority legislation decades in the making

After more than two decades and 20 tries, Southeast Michigan has a coordinating agency charged with developing safe, efficient, reliable and connected public transportation.
Read MoreDec 19, 2012

MEC: Regional Transit Authority legislation a huge win for Michigan

After dozens of years and more than 20 failed attempts, the Michigan Legislature has approved an authority to coordinate public transportation in Southeast Michigan.
Read MoreDec 6, 2012

MEC reminds anti-clean energy stuntmasters from CARE: Watch out for power plant mercury!

Coal power plants are the nation's largest emitters of the dangerous neurotoxin mercury, which makes many Great Lakes State fish unsafe to eat.
Read MoreNov 2, 2012

Proposal 3 will immediately reduce rates for DTE residential customers

Families use 36 percent of DTE's electricity, but pay 69% of the cost. Proposal 3 would immediately rectify this inequity
Read MoreOct 8, 2012
RELATED TOPICS: clean energy, renewable energy

Report: Proposal 3 will reduce energy costs for Michigan ratepayers

Generating one quarter of Michigan’s electricity from renewable sources by 2025 would not have a significant impact on electricity rates and would actually reduce energy costs in the long term, a study released today concludes.
Read MoreOct 2, 2012

MEC's 2012 awardees make impacts globally, locally

Their work ranges from the Oval Office to rural communities, protecting natural resources with courage, perseverance and vision
Read MoreJun 18, 2012

Legislature moves to gut Michigan's bottle bill

The Senate Regulatory Reform Committee today voted out legislation that may be the beginning of the end for Michigan’s bottle bill. The proponents of HB 5660 say they are simply trying to exempt new drink “pouches” that are intended to be frozen then emptied into a glass. However, the language of the bill is much broader and would exempt any beverage container that combines metal with plastic, or plastic with paper.
Read MoreJun 5, 2012

MEC: Michigan Legislature has opportunity to help eradicate childhood lead poisoning

The Michigan Environmental Council today applauded the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) decision to cut in half the reference value for lead in children’s blood. There is no safe level of lead, and the CDC action is a step in the right direction.
Read MoreMay 21, 2012

Donuts, proclamations and celebration planned across Lower Michigan for Saturday’s National Train Day

Trains stations across Lower Michigan will host public celebrations of National Train Day this Saturday, with refreshments, displays, proclamations and experts on hand to discuss recent exciting developments in Michigan train travel.
Read MoreMay 10, 2012
RELATED TOPICS: transportation policy

Michigan poll: Voters support increased taxes for investment in roads, public transportation systems

A poll commissioned by MEC shows Michiganders support increased taxes to invest in transportation infrastructure
Read MoreApr 25, 2012
RELATED TOPICS: transportation policy

Transportation Odyssey starts Wednesday

Dozens of policy experts, elected officials, advocates and citizens will embark on a three-day Michigan Transportation Odyssey Wednesday starting in Detroit, snaking through West Michigan and concluding Friday in Traverse City.
Read MoreMar 19, 2012
RELATED TOPICS: transportation policy

Bill would send yard waste to dumps; ‘guaranteed bankruptcy’ for composters

Bills being considered by the Michigan House of Representatives today would drive the state’s composting operations out of business.
Read MoreMar 15, 2012

Legislation seeks to rescind 17-year-old ban on landfilled yard waste; compost industry jobs at stake

The Michigan House of Representatives is debating bills that would rescind the state’s 17-year ban on yard waste in landfills – a move that would cost jobs in the state’s burgeoning compost industry and eliminate an industry that provides valuable, nutrient-dense compost to Michigan homes and businesses.
Read MoreMar 14, 2012
RELATED TOPICS: green economy, legislation

Media Advisory: MEC launches Michigan Distilled!

Content will range from the technical and wonkish to whimsical and irreverent.
Read MoreFeb 20, 2012

Poll: Midwestern, Michigan voters favor transition toward clean energy sources

Almost 70 percent of Michiganders believe clean energy industries are job creators
Read MoreFeb 20, 2012
RELATED TOPICS: clean energy, wind power

Transportation Groups: Five-year federal bill would shortchange Michigan projects

Proposed federal transportation bill would hurt Michigan, jeopardize key initiatives
Read MoreFeb 2, 2012
RELATED TOPICS: transportation policy

MEC applauds Consumers Energy's decisions on coal-fired power plants

“The Michigan Environmental Council applauds Consumers Energy on its announcement to not move forward with a new coal-fired power plant, and its decision to retire seven smaller units around the state,” said James Clift, policy director of the Michigan Environmental Council. “These decisions are good news for public health in Michigan.”
Read MoreDec 2, 2011
RELATED TOPICS: clean energy, public health

MEC praises governor's veto

Bill would have crippled state's ability to protect Great Lakes
Read MoreDec 1, 2011
RELATED TOPICS: legislation, water protection

Michigan Senate votes to strip Michigan governor’s authority, cede Great Lakes decisions to Washington

Environmental groups blast move to strip Michigan governors of authority to protect Great Lakes and other Pure Michigan treasures
Read MoreNov 10, 2011
RELATED TOPICS: legislation, water protection

Experts, Gov. Snyder convene to help make connected, convenient rail system a cornerstone of Michigan’s prosperity

Policy experts, Gov. Rick Snyder address vital role railroad transportation will play in Michigan's 21st century economy
Read MoreOct 31, 2011
RELATED TOPICS: transportation policy

MEC: Gov. Snyder strikes right tone

The initiatives embraced by Gov. Rick Snyder in today's special message on transportation and infrastructure will help move Michigan into a 21st Century economy.
Read MoreOct 26, 2011
RELATED TOPICS: transportation policy

You're invited! Capitol Summit on rail transportation Monday, Oct. 31 in Lansing

Rail Summit partners include the Michigan Environmental Council, Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Railroads Association, Michigan Municipal League, Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers and The Right Place Inc.
Read MoreOct 25, 2011
RELATED TOPICS: transportation policy

Live coverage from Detroit: Great Lakes Restoration Conference

Hundreds of people from across the country, including members of the Michigan Environmental Council, are in Detroit to discuss the challenges and safeguards for the world's largest freshwater system.
Read MoreOct 13, 2011
RELATED TOPICS: water protection

Two-day Transit Odyssey starts Saturday in Detroit, ends Monday at Transportation Forum in Traverse City

Public transportation experts piece together cumbersome, lengthy trip to call attention to need for more convenient options
Read MoreSep 28, 2011

Our Kids, Our Communities

New campaign will make Michigan a healthy place for kids to grow and thrive.
Read MoreSep 14, 2011

Public forums: Deciding how Michigan rolls

A series of Transportation for Michigan (Trans4M) forums across the state will gather public input on improving Michigan's transportation systems.
Read MoreAug 2, 2011
RELATED TOPICS: transportation policy

Report: Michigan’s old coal plants costing residents $1.5 billion annually in health care

The Michigan Environmental Council called on the State Legislature to provide greater oversight of Michigan utilities today following the release of a report showing that the state’s oldest coal-fired electricity plants cost Michiganders $1.5 billion annually in health care costs.
Read MoreJun 27, 2011

House votes to strip Great Lakes protections, governor's authority

A bill passed by the Michigan House would prohibit Michigan from adopting rules more stringent than federal standards unless authorized by statute. The Great Lakes, then, would be subject to the same rules as ponds in Arizona and creeks in New Mexico.
Read MoreJun 16, 2011
RELATED TOPICS: legislation, water protection

DNR's Becky Humphries, Traverse City activist Ken Smith earn top environmental awards

The Helen and William Milliken Distinguished Service Award and the Petoskey Prize for Environmental Leadership are given annually by the Michigan Environmental Council.
Read MoreJun 1, 2011
RELATED TOPICS: MEC Member Groups

MEC applauds full funding for public transportation

Critical passenger transportation programs avoid cuts in budget passed by the Michigan Legislature today
Read MoreMay 26, 2011
RELATED TOPICS: transportation policy

Senate Republicans Vote to Weaken Protections for Great Lakes

Proposed law would prohibit state from setting protections more stringent than Washington's without legislative approval
Read MoreMay 5, 2011
RELATED TOPICS: water protection

New transportation coalition: Moving Michigan forward

More frequent, reliable and affordable transportation options paired with smart, effective investments in upkeep of roads and bridges are among the group's policy goals
Read MoreApr 7, 2011
RELATED TOPICS: transportation policy

House Dems plan for coal-burning plants: Bad business for Michigan

Michigan's House Democratic leadership courts rate increases, undermines state's clean energy job growth with support for unnecessary coal plants
Read MoreJan 13, 2011
RELATED TOPICS: clean energy, legislation

Michigan 50 Year Vision: Blueprint for a better Michigan, circa 2060 released by Environmental Council

Road map to a better future seeks input on goals for 2, 10, 20 and 50 years on the path to a vibrant, sustainable Michigan
Read MoreDec 7, 2010
RELATED TOPICS: environmental history

Lakes, rivers get key protection with phosphorus restrictions for lawn fertilizer

The Michigan Legislature has passed restrictions on excess phosphorus in lawn fertilizer. The nutrient accelerates weed and algae growth.
Read MoreDec 2, 2010
RELATED TOPICS: water protection

Gubernatorial Debate a “Complete Failure” in Addressing Major Economic and Environmental Issues

Candidates, moderators, ignore energy, transportation, Great Lakes and every other natural resource issue in hour-long debate
Read MoreOct 11, 2010

Groups applaud Michigan House passage of key water protection rules restricting phosphorus in lawn fertilizer

A bill restricting the use of phosphorus in lawn fertilizer will help keep Michigan's lakes and ponds free from runaway algae and weed growth.
Read MoreSep 23, 2010
RELATED TOPICS: water protection

Legislation would raid bond money intended to keep sewage out of the Great Lakes

Voters intended their money to be used to keep the Great Lakes waters clean; legislators want to use it to clean up contaminated land caused by polluters.
Read MoreAug 18, 2010
RELATED TOPICS: water protection

MEC: Michigan oil disaster should be a wake-up call to voters, candidates as primary election nears

Oil spill highlights need for strong legislative support to establish, fund strong protections for Michigan's natural resources
Read MoreJul 28, 2010

State Legislature encourages vibrant cities with passage of Complete Streets measure today

Complete streets will maximize tools like sidewalks, bike lanes and curb cuts to link people to businesses, public transit and workplaces.
Read MoreJul 28, 2010

Saturday action aims to end Detroit’s wasteful incineration in favor of clean energy, jobs

Environmental advocates, Teamsters, and neighborhood residents will march together on Saturday, June 26 to demand the closure of the country’s largest waste incinerator. By engaging in street theater and colorful, positive actions, representatives of Detroit’s pollution-impacted communities will bring attention to the need for a just transition from burning waste, coal and diesel to building a better, cleaner future for Detroiters.
Read MoreJun 25, 2010
RELATED TOPICS: environmental justice

Modern Michigan high speed rail: First in series of public forums Monday in Royal Oak

The first in a statewide slate of public forums on Michigan’s passenger rail transportation future will take place Monday, June 14 in Royal Oak from 6 to 8 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church on Woodward Ave. at 11 Mile Road.
Read MoreJun 10, 2010
RELATED TOPICS: land use, transportation policy

Detroit RiverFront CEO Faye Nelson awarded Michigan’s top environmental honor; recycling pioneer Margaret Weber named grassroots hero

MEC's 12th annual Environmental Awards Celebration to honor duo June 9 at a ceremony on the Detroit RiverFront
Read MoreJun 2, 2010
RELATED TOPICS: land use, MEC Member Groups

Coal plant postponement an opportunity for a better energy future in Michigan

Postponement of Consumers Energy's proposed Bay City coal-fired power plant is an opportunity to establish cheaper, cleaner energy alternatives for Michigan
Read MoreMay 27, 2010
RELATED TOPICS: clean energy

Coal plant denial nixes $77/month rate hike, invites cleaner, cheaper options

Michigan regulators deny permit for proposed 600 megawatt coal-fired power plant in Rogers City, saying the Wolverine Power Cooperative did not consider other alternatives. Public Service Commission estimates it would have cost average residential customer an additional $77 per month.
Read MoreMay 21, 2010
RELATED TOPICS: clean energy

Winds of change from Cape Cod

Federal approval of Cape Cod wind farm opens doors to North American offshore turbines; is a call to action for Michigan legislators
Read MoreApr 28, 2010
RELATED TOPICS: wind power

Clean Car standards will benefit Midwest economy, environment

Federal fuel economy standards will benefit Big Three automakers, consumers in Michigan and the Midwest
Read MoreApr 1, 2010

Michigan Environmental Council asks EPA to probe flaws in state's air quality program

The Michigan Environmental Council (MEC) today requested the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) investigate deficiencies in Michigan’s implementation of the Clean Air Act. Those deficiencies stem from underfunding of the state’s air program.
Read MoreMar 17, 2010
RELATED TOPICS: environmental toxins

Anti-government activists convene science bashing forums at OU, CMU

Scientific consensus remains solid despite anti-regulation groups' campaign to confuse public and derail policies on climate change
Read MoreMar 16, 2010

Report: $438 annual savings for Michigan families if strong efficiency policies are part of federal energy bill

A new study shows that Michigan families would save an average $438 each year on utility bills if strong energy efficiency measures are included as part of the energy bill being debated in the U.S. Senate
Read MoreFeb 24, 2010
RELATED TOPICS: energy efficiency

PSC sides with MEC, orders Consumers Energy to refund $86 million

Environmental Council's intervention helps return improperly collected money to Consumers Energy electric customers
Read MoreFeb 9, 2010
RELATED TOPICS: environmental history

$244 million high speed rail funds inject crucial investment in future transportation system

The White House announced it is allocating $244 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for work on a high speed rail corridor in the lower Lake Michigan region. The Michigan Environmental Council applauds the Obama Administration for making this critical down payment on a prosperous future for our state and our regional economy.
Read MoreJan 28, 2010
RELATED TOPICS: transportation policy

Press statement: Mining approval misguided

Appeal expected in attempt to force regulators to protect Lake Superior and its tributaries
Read MoreJan 14, 2010
RELATED TOPICS: water protection

MEC praises choice of Becky Humphries to lead MDNRE

New director combines leadership, administrative experience and passion for state's natural resources
Read MoreJan 13, 2010

MEC: Smoking ban is welcome news for health, safety in Michigan

Senate, House send ban with exemptions to the governor
Read MoreDec 10, 2009

Upgrades for high speed trains would curb pollution, boost economy

MEC lauds MDOT assessment of Detroit-Chicago rail route improvements that will help make train travel more convenient for commuters and travelers.
Read MoreOct 20, 2009

Wetlands program saved, but state budget puts the Great Lakes and public health at serious risk

The legislature will return to Lansing today to put the final touches on a bill that will keep Michigan’s wetlands program running at the state level for an additional three years. Proposals had been made to send the program back to the federal government to operate on a limited basis.
Read MoreOct 1, 2009
RELATED TOPICS: legislation, water protection

House plan lets Michigan protect Great Lakes and state’s wetlands

Michigan’s environmental community today applauded efforts in the Michigan House Great Lakes and the Environment committee to preserve state-based protection of Michigan’s wetlands and Great Lakes waters.
Read MoreSep 28, 2009
RELATED TOPICS: legislation, water protection

Train Riders Rally to “Stop The Great Train Robbery”

On Saturday, September 12, there will be a press conference and rally to call attention to state budget cuts that threaten the passenger trains serving the Flint and mid-Michigan area. The rally will take place at the Flint Amtrak train station beginning at 6:40 am and continuing until train departure at 7:11 am
Read MoreSep 11, 2009
RELATED TOPICS: transportation policy

Public Service Commission report affirms clean energy strategy

Report finds no new coal fired power plants are needed in Michigan for at least 13 years
Read MoreSep 8, 2009
RELATED TOPICS: clean energy

New report: Transit service cuts and fare increases devastate cities and towns

Cuts to Detroit’s public transit system and those of other Michigan towns are part of a national epidemic making it harder for families and vulnerable citizens to get to jobs and essential services.
Read MoreSep 7, 2009
RELATED TOPICS: transportation policy

Lansing City Council adopts Complete Streets and Non-Motorized Plan ordinance

The Lansing City Council voted unanimously last night to adopt a Complete Streets and Non-Motorized Plan Ordinance. This is a big victory for cyclists and pedestrians in Lansing, and for the Complete Streets movement in Michigan.
Read MoreAug 17, 2009

Climate Council and Gov. Granholm: Michigan must forge ahead with ambitious plan to cut greenhouse gases, become energy independent and create jobs

Governor Jennifer Granholm’s Executive Directive (2009-4), released today, reflects the unique consensus on Michigan energy policy reforms reached recently by a diverse group of leaders from manufacturing, automotive industries, utility companies, environmental groups, universities, and government.
Read MoreJul 30, 2009

U.P. slammed with huge electric rate hike for new coal plants, is Rogers City next?

One dozen groups file comments urging more thorough consideration of cheaper, cleaner alternatives to Rogers City coal burning plant
Read MoreJul 10, 2009

Cookies for Amtrak? Bake sales to raise money for crippled public transit scheduled July 1 in Detroit, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo

Public transit advocates will host bake sales in four Michigan cities Wednesday, July 1 to raise cash in the wake of proposed state budget cuts that would derail Amtrak train routes and cripple bus services vital to connecting Michigan workers with employers. “With more Michiganders losing jobs, income, and the means to afford their own vehicles, public transportation is more important now than ever,” said Megan Owens of Transportation Riders United, Detroit.
Read MoreJun 30, 2009
RELATED TOPICS: transportation policy

MEC responds to State Senate vote to cripple environmental oversight

Response from Michigan Environmental Council to State Senate’s vote to cede authority to federal government, cripple state environmental protections
Read MoreJun 17, 2009
RELATED TOPICS: legislation

Policy wonks float down the Grand River on final day of “Smart Commute” challenge

The week-long Smart Commute challenge in Lansing witnessed perhaps its most offbeat entry yet when a pair of environmental policy specialists from the Michigan Environmental Council (MEC) canoed the Grand River to reach their Lansing office.
Read MoreJun 5, 2009
RELATED TOPICS: transportation policy

Regulators cut proposed cost of utility’s renewable energy plan, find clean energy and efficiency cheaper than new coal

The Michigan Public Service Commission cuts customers' costs for new renewable energy plan and finds clean energy cheaper than new coal. MEC and our allies say costs should come down even further for clean energy.
Read MoreMay 27, 2009

Michigan Environmental Council statement on proposed new mileage, tailpipe standards

The Michigan Environmental Council today applauded President Obama’s plan to establish responsible, uniform mileage standards that will slash greenhouse gas pollution from new vehicles and make the nation more energy independent.
Read MoreMay 19, 2009

Environmental coalition calls for commission to reject Consumers Energy efficiency and renewables plan

Leading environmental organizations filed a brief today calling for the Michigan Public Service Commission (PSC) to reject the energy efficiency and renewable energy plan filed by Consumers Energy. The groups argue the plan costs consumers too much and the energy efficiency plan does not do enough to reduce customers' bills.
Read MoreApr 29, 2009

Former MEC boss Lana Pollack, Au Sable River defender Rusty Gates earn top awards

Lana Pollack has been chosen for the state's highest environmental honor and Rusty Gates is 2009's citizen hero
Read MoreApr 13, 2009
RELATED TOPICS: MEC Member Groups

MEC to State House: Don't sabotage Michigan's Clean Energy jobs

The following letter was delivered to State House Speaker Andy Dillon, Minority Leader Kevin Elsenheimer and Gov. Granholm’s office from leading statewide environmental groups. It is a response to a letter to the governor signed by dozens of House members criticizing her recent Clean Energy executive directive. Many of these House members are Clean Energy supporters, but have been grossly misled about the legality, intent, and effect of the governor’s directive. We hope this letter helps set the record straight…or, at least straighter!
Read MoreMar 26, 2009
RELATED TOPICS: clean energy, climate change

Don't pour stimulus cash into widening highways

Michigan's highways are in abysmal condition. Potholes crater our secondary roads. The undersides of bridges are sheathed with plywood to keep crumbling concrete from striking motorists. There's simply no money to fix problems. So it borders on insulting -- and certainly seems irresponsible -- that Michigan may spend more than $170 million in federal stimulus money to build bigger, wider roads rather than fixing the ones already in desperate straits.
Read MoreMar 19, 2009
RELATED TOPICS: transportation policy

AG tortures law in opinion aiming to block Michigan’s progress toward clean energy jobs

A new era of clean energy jobs and economic development in Michigan has been needlessly threatened by Attorney General Mike Cox’s tortured interpretation of state laws regarding public health and the environment, according to the Michigan Environmental Council and the Sierra Club’s Michigan chapter.
Read MoreFeb 24, 2009
RELATED TOPICS: clean energy, energy efficiency

Detroit joins Michigan cities vowing aggressive cuts in global warming pollution

Detroit today joined the growing ranks of cities embracing a green economy and taking the initiative against climate change, committing to cut its greenhouse gas emissions significantly during the next several years.
Read MoreJan 29, 2009
RELATED TOPICS: climate change, green economy

Year-end flurry caps off good year for environmental, health protections in Michigan

A flurry of year-end legislation protecting public health and Michigan’s environment passed the Michigan Legislature late Thursday. The measures cap a year of tremendous accomplishments in protecting our Great Lakes, stimulating job creation in the clean energy sector and protecting children from toxics in toys and other products.
Read MoreDec 19, 2008
RELATED TOPICS: legislation

Michigan residents win long-fought energy savings battle

Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, Michigan Environmental Council and Michigan Community Action Agency Association intervene on behalf of the public interest to win court fight against Michigan Home Builders
Read MoreOct 24, 2008
RELATED TOPICS: energy efficiency

Great Lakes Compact: Key protections for world’s greatest freshwater resource

Congressional passage of the Great Lakes Compact provides important new protections from large-scale water diversions and a framework for strengthening state water laws, a coalition of Michigan environmental groups said today.
Read MoreSep 23, 2008
RELATED TOPICS: legislation, water protection

Legislature’s energy plan applauded as significant ‘first step’ toward clean energy jobs and economic growth

Legislation passed by the Michigan House and Senate today is a significant first step toward creating a new era of clean energy jobs.
Read MoreSep 18, 2008
RELATED TOPICS: clean energy

Legislation would open the door to more billboards along Michigan roads

Legislation killing billboard control measures could mean thousands more billboards along Michigan’s scenic highways and byways, and should be rejected by the State House of Representatives and/or Gov. Granholm, said the Michigan Environmental Council and Scenic Michigan today.
Read MoreJul 10, 2008
RELATED TOPICS: land use

Agreement scores new, concrete protections for Michigan water resources

A bipartisan agreement announced today establishes important and concrete protections for Michigan’s streams and makes water conservation an integral part of the state’s water stewardship efforts.
Read MoreJun 23, 2008

House energy pact means lower cost, cleaner energy for Michigan's future

An energy package passed by the Michigan House of Representatives will mean lower cost, cleaner electricity for Michigan’s future according to analysis by the Michigan Environmental Council.
Read MoreApr 18, 2008
RELATED TOPICS: energy efficiency, green economy

Senate passes renewable energy initiative for state government; A small first step

Legislation requiring state government to purchase renewably generated electricity is a useful first step toward a statewide clean energy policy. But the measure, passed by the Michigan State Senate today, is primarily symbolic because it affects significantly less than 1 percent of the state’s electricity generation.
Read MoreMar 27, 2008
RELATED TOPICS: clean energy, green economy

Michigan Environmental Council statement on John Dingell: Thank you for your service

Congressman John Dingell, a pioneer of American environmental policy, announced he will not seek re-election.
Read MoreNov 30, -0001
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