Growing the Movement: 22nd Annual Environmental Awards Celebration

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MEC’s annual event speaker: Angelou Ezeilo, guide for underrepresented youth

Green foundation founder brings ‘relentless,’ youth into decision-making

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MEC’s 2020 Petoskey Prize Winner: Gary Rayburn, Pine River protector

Alma activist is ‘a heck of an organizer,’ brings Gratiot County together

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MEC’s 2020 Milliken Award winner: Bill Rustem, conservation champion

Rustem’s impact on policy is grounded in partnership, persistence, passion

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Access to residential solar stymied by continued legislative inaction

During its Tuesday session, the Michigan Senate Energy Committee continued to delay urgently needed action that ensures small-scale solar has a future in Michigan.

The Committee unanimously approved two resolutions encouraging the Michigan Public Service Commission to undertake studies on integrating resident-owned generation options - such as rooftop solar - into the electric grid. 

The resolutions, however, do nothing to lift the cap Michigan currently has on small-scale solar, said Charlotte Jameson, program director at Michigan Environmental Council

MEC’s annual event speaker: Angelou Ezeilo, guide for underrepresented youth

By 2050, the plans of many politicians, cities, states and nations to overcome the worst of climate change will conclude.

By then, the Earth will likely be more than 1.5 degrees Celsius warmer than pre-industry times, the mark at which many nations sought to cap global warming during the Paris Accord. 

Meanwhile, the communities that have for so long borne the brunt of environmental injustice — our Asian, Black, Brown, Indigenous and Latinx communities — will make up the majority of America’s population.

Coalition files motion in support of livestock pollution protections

On Thursday, a coalition of eight Great Lakes region organizations filed a motion in support of the area’s people, water and wildlife. 

Michigan Environmental Council, Environmental Law & Policy Center and other partners seek to legally intervene in the 2020 Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation general permit contested by Michigan Farm Bureau and livestock commodity groups.