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Making connections and moving forward at MEC’s legislative breakfast

Michigan Environmental Report
Good food, good conversation and a good turnout made the Michigan Environmental Council’s 2017 legislative breakfast perhaps our best yet.
View ArticleJan 31, 2017  •  Spring / Summer 2017 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Legislation, MEC Member Groups

Michigan Environmental Council lays out policy agenda for 2017-2018

Press Releases
Testing all children for lead exposure, passing a statewide code for septic systems and becoming the first state east of the Mississippi River to open an Office of Outdoor Recreation are among the priorities in a new policy agenda unveiled Monday by the Michigan Environmental Council.
Read MoreJan 30, 2017

Michigan Environmental Council Policy Priorities 2017-2018

Research Reports
Following the Flint water crisis, it is clear that state government must refocus its attention on protecting public health and the environment. Michigan Environmental Council will focus on the following priorities in the 2017-2018 legislative session. These policy priorities were developed in collaboration with our member organizations from throughout Michigan.
Download ReportJan 30, 2017

MEC welcomes release of Governor's Child Lead Poisoning Elimination Board report

News Updates
The Board, formed after the Flint crisis and in light of the thousands of Michigan kids needlessly lead poisoned each year, worked diligently over the summer and fall to craft these comprehensive recommendations to end childhood lead poisoning.
View ArticleNov 17, 2016

Groups praise Michigan's decision to protect Lake Erie

Press Releases
Michigan environmental groups on Thursday praised the state's designation of its portion of the Western Lake Erie Basin as an impaired watershed under the Clean Water Act, a decision with potential to dramatically reduce nutrient pollution and improve water quality.
Read MoreNov 10, 2016

Coast-to-Coast passenger rail project is worth pursuing and potentially profitable, study finds

Press Releases
Passenger rail service reconnecting Detroit with Grand Rapids could generate millions of dollars in annual profits and provide well over a million trips per year, a study released Monday finds.
Read MoreFeb 22, 2016

MEC submits comments on state’s 30-year water strategy

Michigan Environmental Report
MEC and several of our partners and members submitted formal comments on the draft document, Sustaining Michigan’s Water Heritage: A Strategy for the Next Generation, created by the Office of the Great Lakes (OGL) at the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
View ArticleFeb 19, 2016  •  Winter 2016 - Michigan Environmental Report

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

Fish Farming EPIC MRA statewide poll

Research Reports
State officials are considering multiple proposals to site commercial fish farms in Michigan's Great Lakes waters, where none are currently permitted. Recent state reports confirmed many of the environmental concerns raised by conservation groups, including the dumping of untreated waste into the Great Lakes, potential disease transmission to wild fish and the possibility that escaped farm fish will breed with wild fish, weakening the genetic diversity and hardiness of Great Lakes fish populations. EPIC-MRA poll results on Great Lakes aquaculture show that Michigan residents overwhelmingly favor taking steps to keep commercial fish farming out of public waters.
Download ReportFeb 1, 2016

Health advocates applaud Flint aid, urge continued investment

Press Releases
Health advocates today applauded the Legislature's approval of $28 million in state aid for families impacted by the lead poisoning crisis in Flint, recognizing that the appropriation is only a down payment on what must be a continuing commitment of state resources for the city's recovery.
Read MoreJan 28, 2016

Great Lakes champion Buchsbaum, Rouge restorer Craig earn top environmental awards

Press Releases
The Michigan Environmental Council (MEC) next week will honor two outstanding advocates for the Great Lakes and Michigan's inland waters and wildlife. Andy Buchsbaum -- whose leadership and vision made possible recent landmark protections for the Great Lakes -- will receive the Helen & William Milliken Distinguished Service Award. Bill Craig -- a tireless volunteer dedicated to restoring the Rouge River and conserving natural areas -- will receive the Petoskey Prize for Environmental Leadership. The awards will be presented Wednesday, June 24 at a celebration in Ann Arbor starting at 5:30 p.m. For information on the event, call 517-487-9539.
Read MoreJun 19, 2015

Petoskey Prize recipient Bill Craig: ‘Long and difficult doesn’t matter’

Michigan Environmental Report
“This was all woods,” says Bill Craig, sweeping his arm across a scene of suburban sprawl in Westland, Michigan. Craig grew up not far from here, in Garden City. When he was a boy his parents would drop him and his two younger brothers off at the forest’s edge with peanut butter sandwiches and apples. “I had some great adventures that way,” he says. “That was the Huckleberry Finn part of my life.” Only a ribbon of those woods remains—the 500-plus-acre William P. Holliday Forest and Wildlife Preserve—but Craig still roams there whenever he can. For 25 years he has served as volunteer president of the Holliday Nature Preserve Association (HNPA).
View ArticleJun 17, 2015  •  Spring/Summer 2015 - Michigan Environmental Report

President's Column: Two huge thank-yous and a to-do list for 2015

Michigan Environmental Report
In the months since the fall print edition of the Michigan Environmental Report, MEC won two important victories that underscore the power of the respect and relationships we’ve cultivated among state leaders.
View ArticleMar 19, 2015  •  Winter 2015 - Michigan Environmental Report

Funding Michigan's natural resources

Michigan Environmental Report
At the Michigan Environmental Council’s 2014 annual meeting of member groups, we assembled a panel of experts to tackle one of the most challenging—and least understood—aspects of Michigan’s environmental and natural resource policy arena: funding. Rather than dive deeply into all the specific budgets of various departments and divisions, we took a different tack, and asked our speakers to think about big trends, philosophies of funding for environmental priorities, and options for the future.
View ArticleMar 19, 2015  •  Winter 2015 - Michigan Environmental Report

Author challenges environmental groups to reimagine black relationship with nature

Michigan Environmental Report
There’s plenty of evidence that American popular culture takes an off-kilter view of who cares about the environment and belongs in the outdoors. On the first night of MEC’s annual meeting in northern Michigan, members gathered around a stone fireplace in a cozy riverside lodge surrounded by woods to explore that concept with geographer and author Carolyn Finney.
View ArticleMar 18, 2015  •  Winter 2015 - Michigan Environmental Report

Michigan Climate Action Network to unite statewide efforts around climate change

Michigan Environmental Report
Groups from across the state met together for the first time on February 11 at Michigan Environmental Council (MEC) headquarters in Lansing to share their work on climate change and discuss collective future action in Michigan.
View ArticleMar 15, 2015  •  Winter 2015 - Michigan Environmental Report

MEC lays out policy priorities to move Michigan forward in new legislative term

Press Releases
Michigan Environmental Council today released a proactive policy agenda outlining actions state leaders should take in the upcoming legislative cycle for a stronger economy, cleaner environment and higher quality of life in the Great Lake State. The list of policy priorities encompasses a broad range of issues, from protecting our water resources and iconic wild places to accelerating our state’s transition to a clean-energy economy, building a modern transportation system and ending lead poisoning in Michigan.
Read MoreDec 22, 2014

Michigan Environmental Council Policy Priorities 2015-16

Research Reports
Michigan Environmental Council will focus its energy on the following priorities in the new legislative session. These and other goals emerged after five regional meetings with MEC member groups and partners statewide. At MEC’s annual meeting in October 2014, member groups identified this final priority list as the most important set of issues to address in the near term.
Download ReportDec 22, 2014

President's Column: President’s Award spotlights successful campaigns

Michigan Environmental Report
It is so easy to get overwhelmed by the negativity in our political decision-making process that we forget to see how much good is actually getting done in our communities.
View ArticleDec 2, 2014  •  Summer / Fall 2014 - Michigan Environmental Report

Historic climate march creates ripples of hope

Michigan Environmental Report
With the sun setting on the New York City skyline behind us, Bill Latka, a filmmaker and leader of the Traverse City chapter of 350.org, read the following passage over the loudspeaker to the 55 exhausted and exhilarated travelers as we began our 18-hour bus ride home: “Organizing a big march is like throwing a rock in a pond: the splash is exciting, but the real beauty is in the ripples.” It was written by one of the organizers of the People’s Climate March, and it rings so true.
View ArticleDec 1, 2014  •  Summer / Fall 2014 - Michigan Environmental Report

Putting a price on carbon

Michigan Environmental Report
More than 20 Michigan volunteers with Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) traveled to Capitol Hill this summer and joined almost 600 other CCL volunteers from across the country to lobby members of Congress for bipartisan legislation that puts a price on carbon.
View ArticleDec 1, 2014  •  Summer / Fall 2014 - Michigan Environmental Report

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

News Updates
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

Steve Hamilton: Spearheading a river’s recovery with sound science

Michigan Environmental Report
Steve Hamilton was on his way to a meeting in East Lansing in 2010 when he heard about the oil spill. A pipeline owned by Canadian energy giant Enbridge had gushed more than a million gallons of heavy crude into a Kalamazoo River tributary. As details emerged, the startling reality became clear: The river Hamilton loves had just suffered the worst inland oil spill in U.S. history.
View ArticleJul 2, 2014  •  Spring 2014 - Michigan Environmental Report

Mama Summit 2014 calls for action on climate change

News Updates
This May, moms, dads, grandparents, and kids from across the country will travel to their state capitols to show broad and united support for children's health. Together in a bipartisan setting, participants will demand action to protect the air our children breathe--both indoor and outdoor--and call for action on climate change.
View ArticleApr 11, 2014

Earth Day 2014 activities in Michigan celebrate spring, encourage stewardship

News Updates
Every day is Earth Day for environmental groups, right? But this annual focus on doing right by the planet provides Michiganders of all ages and interests hands-on opportunities to get outside and care for this beautiful peninsula. From the State of Michigan offering a day of programs for school groups, to local watershed groups hosting spring river cleanups, there is sure to be an event in your area.
View ArticleApr 10, 2014

Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Wayne County – Detroit reduces housing-related health risks

News Updates
No one would choose to live in a home poisoned with lead. But unless you know what to look for, the risk can be invisible.
View ArticleDec 5, 2013

Bob Andrus: Tireless champion for Michigan’s cold water trout streams

Michigan Environmental Report
When MEC President Chris Kolb called Bob Andrus to tell him he’d won MEC’s Petoskey Prize, Andrus took the call standing waist-deep in the Holy Waters section of the frigid Au Sable River. That figures.
View ArticleJun 20, 2013  •  Spring 2013 - Michigan Environmental Report

Powerful op-eds and on-point letters: Key tools in standing up for Michigan’s natural resources

Michigan Environmental Report
Providing the state’s newspapers, niche publications and blogosphere with strong voices on behalf of Michigan’s natural resources is a critical component of the Michigan Environmental Council’s work. We stand ready to provide professional communications and media relations advice to member groups.
View ArticleMar 22, 2013  •  Winter 2013 - Michigan Environmental Report

MEC hosts biennial breakfast to welcome new and veteran lawmakers

Michigan Environmental Report
More than 100 legislators, legislative staff and MEC member group representatives gathered Jan. 30 for the Michigan Environmental Council’s biennial Legislative Breakfast.
View ArticleMar 16, 2013  •  Winter 2013 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: MEC Member Groups, Legislation

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

Harnessing the power of Mom

Michigan Environmental Report
As clean air standards are debated in Congress this year, a Michigan environmental group has hired two dynamic residents to help ensure our children will be guaranteed clean and safe air.
View ArticleApr 12, 2012  •  Winter 2012 - Michigan Environmental Report

League of Michigan Bicyclists petitioners to Amtrak: Let us bring bikes aboard!

Michigan Environmental Report
A grassroots drive to convince Amtrak to accommodate bicycles on passenger trains has generated thousands of online petition signatures and excitement among rail advocates.
View ArticleApr 10, 2012  •  Winter 2012 - Michigan Environmental Report

Solar panels boost output at Michigan Energy Options demonstration center in E. Lansing

Michigan Environmental Report
A suite of solar panels installed this winter at Michigan Energy Options’ (MEO) East Lansing office and energy demonstration center is the latest example of the organization’s commitment to “walking the talk” in regards to renewable power and energy efficiency.
View ArticleApr 5, 2012  •  Winter 2012 - Michigan Environmental Report

Sierra Club celebrates milestone anniversaries in 2012

Michigan Environmental Report
From the Grand Canyon to Michigan’s outstanding wilderness areas, tangible results of the Sierra Club’s successes are everywhere as the organization celebrates big anniversaries in 2012.
View ArticleApr 5, 2012  •  Winter 2012 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Conservation, MEC Member Groups

President's Column: MEC: Bringing vital discussions to member groups and policy leaders statewide

Michigan Environmental Report
The schedule just keeps getting packed with more good stuff here at the Michigan Environmental Council. Following our successful annual awards celebration in June, MEC hit the road for its five regional meetings.Each year, we meet with our member groups to let them know what we're doing and hear what they are working on. Each meeting has a program designed to address the interest of members groups and allies.
View ArticleDec 22, 2011  •  Fall 2011 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: MEC Member Groups

Michigander Bike Tour’s 20th underscores value of Complete Streets policies

Michigan Environmental Report
Peddling beneath a canopy of West Michigan trees, Michigander Bicycle Tour cyclists hit the trails July 16-22 for the 20th annual Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance two-, six- and seven-day bike tours.
View ArticleSep 10, 2011  •  Summer 2011 - Michigan Environmental Report

President's Column: Passion to protect Michigan’s natural resources stoked from a young age for awardees, and for kindred spirits at Michigan Environmental Council

Michigan Environmental Report
Each year the Michigan Environmental Council honors a pair of outstanding environmental leaders by awarding the Helen and William G. Milliken Distinguished Service Award and the Petoskey Prize for Environmental Leadership. Once again, we have two great honorees: Becky Humphries and Ken Smith, respectively.
View ArticleJun 5, 2011  •  Spring 2011 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: MEC Member Groups

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

Press Releases
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

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 ArticleMar 23, 2011  •  Winter 2011 - Michigan Environmental Report

MEET & GREET: MEC breakfast introduces member groups to Michigan’s new legislators

Michigan Environmental Report
At the beginning of each legislative term, the Michigan Environmental Council hosts a breakfast to introduce new and returning lawmakers to member groups. This year, the Feb. 9 event took place in the Anderson House Office Building near the State Capitol. Some 126 people attended, including 22 legislators, 18 legislative staff members, 64 member group representatives and three members of Gov. Rick Snyder’s cabinet.
View ArticleMar 23, 2011  •  Winter 2011 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: MEC Member Groups

MEC Annual Awards Celebration

Michigan Environmental Report
Gala on the RiverWalk: Two extraordinary women are honored at MEC awards event
View ArticleAug 29, 2010  •  Summer 2010 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: MEC Member Groups

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

Press Releases
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: MEC Member Groups, Land Use

An eternal optimist and unyielding advocate, Faye Alexander Nelson is turning Detroit’s riverfront from blight to spectacular blessing

Michigan Environmental Report
The Michigan Environmental Council has awarded Detroit RiverFront Conservancy President Faye Alexander Nelson the state’s highest environmental award, the Helen and William Milliken Distinguished Service Award, for her work on the Detroit RiverWalk project. Detroit community activist Margaret Weber earned MEC’s award for grassroots work, the Petoskey Prize for Environmental Leadership.
View ArticleMay 30, 2010  •  Spring 2010 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: MEC Member Groups

Steadfast and sincere, Margaret Weber is the engine that keeps Zero Waste coalition moving toward curbside recycling in Detroit

Michigan Environmental Report
Living in America’s largest city without curbside recycling, Margaret Weber just wanted to do her little part. That, she has.
View ArticleMay 29, 2010  •  Spring 2010 - Michigan Environmental Report

Annual member meeting focuses on creating 50-year vision for a prosperous Michigan

Michigan Environmental Report
Big picture and long-term thinking were the order of the day at the Michigan Environmental Council’s 2009 annual meeting held Dec. 11 near Lansing. The day focused largely on gathering input for the development of a far-reaching, 50-year vision for Michigan. Participants from MEC member organizations broke into small groups to brainstorm ideas on what a vibrant, clean, healthy state should look like in 2060, and how best to reach that goal.
View ArticleMar 1, 2010  •  Winter 2010 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: MEC Member Groups

Garlic provides seeds of new program to help establish small Michigan organic farms

Michigan Environmental Report
An innovative new program of the Michigan Land Trustees (MLT) aims to use sales of organic garlic as a catalyst to help small organic farmers become better established in Michigan.
View ArticleMar 1, 2010  •  Winter 2010 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: MEC Member Groups

Legacy Land Conservancy adds six new lands

Michigan Environmental Report
For Legacy Land Conservancy, 2009 ended with a bang—six projects completed in 2009, all during the month of December!
View ArticleMar 1, 2010  •  Winter 2010 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: MEC Member Groups, Conservation

Fire: An agent of change on IHM campus

Michigan Environmental Report
Fire isn’t always a destructive force, as the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM Sisters) demonstrated recently when they harnessed it as an agent for regeneration.
View ArticleMar 1, 2010  •  Winter 2010 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: MEC Member Groups

Ecology Center honored as pioneer of Green Chemistry advocacy in Michigan

Michigan Environmental Report
The Ecology Center of Ann Arbor was among recipients of the state’s first Green Chemistry Gubernatorial Awards at a ceremony in Detroit this fall. The Center was acknowledged in the “public” category for its work advocating for Green Chemistry policy in Michigan.
View ArticleNov 27, 2009  •  Fall 2009 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: MEC Member Groups

Urban & Northern Options is now Michigan Energy Options

Michigan Environmental Report
After 31 years of operating as Urban Options and a few years as Urban & Northern Options, the organization has officially changed its name to Michigan Energy Options.
View ArticleNov 27, 2009  •  Fall 2009 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: MEC Member Groups

LocalMotion becomes LocalMotionGreen, kicks off new website

Michigan Environmental Report
In celebration of its tenth year as a Michigan environmental nonprofit, LocalMotion has refreshed its name and logo and is launching an exciting new website: www.localmotiongreen.org. The organization’s new name is LocalMotionGreen.
View ArticleNov 27, 2009  •  Fall 2009 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: MEC Member Groups

Pact reached: Nestlé agrees to reduced water taking in Mecosta County

Michigan Environmental Report
A grassroots Michigan group declared victory on behalf of the state’s water resources in July after a protracted nine-year battle with an international corporation’s water bottling operation in West Michigan. Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation (MCWC), an MEC member group, stopped Nestlé Waters North America from pumping more water from a stressed stream in Mecosta County as part of a settlement agreement announced July 7.
View ArticleAug 28, 2009  •  Summer 2009 - Michigan Environmental Report

President's Column: ‘Teleological planning’: My $64,000 phrase for Michigan in 2060

Michigan Environmental Report
When I was at the University of Michigan, Dr. Greg Daneke taught energy policy. Besides introducing us to amazing ideas and cutting-edge thinkers (e.g., Amory Lovins), he taught a concept called “teleological planning.” That was and still is my $64,000 phrase.
View ArticleAug 28, 2009  •  Summer 2009 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: MEC Member Groups

Stimulus plan boosts prospects of high speed rail service in Michigan

Michigan Environmental Report
City-to-city passenger railroad service in Michigan may become the bright spot in the state’s transportation system.
View ArticleJun 3, 2009  •  Spring 2009 - Michigan Environmental Report

Dowagiac Woods: The crown jewel of the Michigan Nature Association sparkles

Michigan Environmental Report
Dowagiac Woods Nature Sanctuary in Southwest Michigan is a living example of how forests were when the early settlers beheld them—and with the recent addition of 149 acres, it’s growing!
View ArticleMay 29, 2009  •  Spring 2009 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Conservation, MEC Member Groups

Conservancy without borders: Washtenaw Land Trust renamed Legacy Land Conservancy

Michigan Environmental Report
While bureaucratic boundaries are important for politics, they are not heeded by ecosystems, landscapes, rivers or wildlife. Taking its cue from the landscape, the Washtenaw Land Trust has worked beyond the borders of Washtenaw County for years.
View ArticleMay 29, 2009  •  Spring 2009 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Conservation, MEC Member Groups

MEC environmental heroes

Michigan Environmental Report
Lana Pollack is at home in the boisterous halls and backrooms of the State Capitol. Rusty Gates is more comfortable wading in the cold clear waters of the Au Sable River. Both have made innumerable contributions to environmental protection in Michigan.
View ArticleMay 29, 2009  •  Spring 2009 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: MEC Member Groups

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

Press Releases
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

New President Kolb takes charge at MEC

Michigan Environmental Report
Chris Kolb assumed the presidency of the Michigan Environmental Council on Jan. 1, 2009.
View ArticleFeb 15, 2009  •  Winter 2009 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: MEC Member Groups

PRESIDENT’S COLUMN: New ethic of stewardship opens the door for environmental and economic progress

Michigan Environmental Report
With one month under my belt, what can I share with you in my first column? First, I want to publicly thank the Board for the opportunity to lead the Michigan Environmental Council. It is a great honor to be chosen president of such an outstanding organization.
View ArticleFeb 15, 2009  •  Winter 2009 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: MEC Member Groups

‘Michigan’s Magnificent Birds’ is theme for state Audubon chapter’s 105th annual conference

Michigan Environmental Report
“Michigan’s Magnificent Birds” is the theme for Michigan Audubon’s 105th annual conference March 6-7 at the Kellogg Center on Michigan State University’s campus.
View ArticleFeb 15, 2009  •  Winter 2009 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Conservation, MEC Member Groups

Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation continues fight for water rights; Nestlé asks for court do-over

Michigan Environmental Report
The legal battle of Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation (MCWC) v Nestlé has taken another turn.
View ArticleFeb 15, 2009  •  Winter 2009 - Michigan Environmental Report

Lana winds down 12 years at MEC

Michigan Environmental Report
Michigan Environmental Council President Lana Pollack steps down at the end of 2008 after a 12-year tenure overseeing unprecedented growth, tremendous victories for the state’s natural resources and an increasingly robust influence in the corridors of power at the State Capitol.
View ArticleDec 14, 2008  •  Fall 2008 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Legislation, MEC Member Groups

PRESIDENT’S COLUMN: Passing the baton to the right leader at the right time as MEC starts a new chapter

Michigan Environmental Report
Chris Kolb is a man I’ve long liked and admired—and an excellent choice for the next Michigan Environmental Council president.
View ArticleDec 14, 2008  •  Fall 2008 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: MEC Member Groups

Landmark at the lakeshore: State dedicates first natural area since 1988

Michigan Environmental Report
Michigan has a new natural area on state land for the first time in 20 years—and members of the MEC member group Michigan Natural Areas Council (MNAC), among others, are delighted with the good news.
View ArticleDec 14, 2008  •  Fall 2008 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Conservation, MEC Member Groups

City mulls options for cheaper, safer post-incinerator garbage disposal

Michigan Environmental Report
A blueprint for a cleaner, healthier, cheaper way of handling Detroit’s waste is being considered by Detroit Mayor Kenneth Cockrel, Jr. in the wake of the city’s decision to stop burning garbage at the expensive, polluting Detroit incinerator.
View ArticleDec 14, 2008  •  Fall 2008 - Michigan Environmental Report

WMEAC to replace 5,000 energy-sucking light bulbs with more efficient CFLs

Michigan Environmental Report
West Michigan Environmental Action Council has started Project Light Change, a program to engage businesses and individuals in the use and recycling of CFL bulbs.
View ArticleDec 14, 2008  •  Fall 2008 - Michigan Environmental Report

West Michigan Environmental Action Council hosts 40th birthday celebration

Michigan Environmental Report
WMEAC, one of the Michigan Environmental Council’s founding organizations, was among the first environmental education and advocacy groups to emerge in the country in the late 1960s.
View ArticleDec 14, 2008  •  Fall 2008 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: MEC Member Groups

Washtenaw Land Trust, two other Michigan groups among nation’s first accredited land conservancies

Michigan Environmental Report
Three Michigan land conservancies—Chikaming Open Lands, Leelanau Conservancy, and MEC member group Washtenaw Land Trust—have the distinction of being among the first conservancies in the country to be awarded the Seal of Accreditation.
View ArticleDec 14, 2008  •  Fall 2008 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Conservation, MEC Member Groups

New book fosters our sacred relationship with the Earth, ethic of reverence for all life

Michigan Environmental Report
A new book by an MEC member group on meditative walks in nature will guide readers to heal, transform and connect themselves more deeply with God through the community of creation.
View ArticleDec 14, 2008  •  Fall 2008 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: MEC Member Groups

Quality, ecology are goals of new-look newsletter

Michigan Environmental Report
Welcome to your new and improved Michigan Environmental Report! This issue marks a new beginning for the Report, which brings you the highlights of issues affecting the health, beauty and economic vitality of our incredible Great Lakes State and the efforts of MEC and its 70-plus member groups to enhance those attributes.
View ArticleFeb 1, 2007  •  Winter 2007 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: MEC Member Groups
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