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  • published This hunting season, check for lead ammo in News 2020-12-04 10:05:59 -0500

    This hunting season, check for lead ammo

    This article is part of a continuing series on lead threats and lead safety by the Michigan Alliance for Lead Safe Homes. Tina Reynolds, MEC’s environmental health program director, heads the coalition. MEC health policy intern Hailey Dunn wrote the article. Learn more at mileadsafehomes.blogspot.com.

    Deer Hunting season is upon us! In a time of being told to stay indoors and out of the public due to COVID-19, some of us are finding comfort in our favorite hunting spots.

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  • published Where Line 5 stands now and in the future in News 2020-11-20 14:46:06 -0500

    Where Line 5 stands now and in the future

    “In the darkness of despair we saw a vision, / We lit the light of hope and it was not extinguished.” ~ Liam Mac Uistin, “We Saw A Vision”

    Sean McBrearty recited these opening lines hours after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer took bold, decisive action to shut down the Line 5 oil pipeline that cuts through our Great Lakes.

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  • Proposal 1 passes overwhelmingly, a commitment to conservation

    Michiganders made history by overwhelmingly voting 'yes' on Proposal 1 to protect Michigan’s water, wildlife and parks for generations to come.

    More than 84% of voters approved of Proposal 1, which commits oil and gas royalties to protection of our land, water sources and parks in perpetuity by lifting the cap on Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund. This victory sends a clear message to lawmakers that voters across the state prioritize the protection of our natural resources and access to outdoor recreation for all Michiganders to enjoy.

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  • Governor's appointments extend commitment to environment, health

    Seven pro-environment Michigander leaders were appointed or reappointed across three government groups by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Thursday. Michigan Environmental Council gave a thumbs-up to each.

    The advocates, educators and researchers will serve either on the Environmental Rules Review Commission, the Environmental Rules Review Commission or the Great Lakes Protection Fund.

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  • Key groups left out of Council of Future Mobility and Electrification

    Weeks after kicking off her carbon neutrality plan for Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer created a critical mobility council Thursday that included no environmental, transit or non-motorized leaders.

    Michigan Environmental Council, Transportation Riders United and Environmental Law & Policy Center are calling on Gov. Whitmer to add at least one seat to the Michigan Council on Future Mobility and Electrification designated for the aforementioned leadership.

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  • Water shutoff moratorium bill must pass to protect public health, say 16 orgs

    A 16-member assembly of water rights, social justice and environmental organizations and impacted Michigan residents urged Michigan’s Senators to take up and pass, as soon as possible, a bill that would protect public health by ensuring access to clean water and sanitation for all during a global pandemic.

    A substitute version of Senate Bill 241, introduced by Sen. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) would require water utilities to turn water service back on to all customers and place a moratorium on residential drinking and sanitary water shutoffs until Jan. 1, 2021. 

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  • published Candidate forum - 45th House District in Events 2020-10-05 13:48:26 -0400

    Candidate Forum - 45th House District

    Are you a resident of the 48306, 48307 or 48309? A free, online, conservation and environmental forum for candidates of Michigan’s 45th House District will stream live from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9.

    Democrat Barb Anness and Republican Mark Tisdel — one of whom will represent Rochester, Rochester Hills and part of Oakland Township next year — will take part. Clinton River Watershed Council and Michigan Environmental Council will co-host the forum. MEC president and CEO Conan Smith, pictured, will moderate.

    During the event, Anness and Tisdel will discuss their stances and visions on a number of topics, from clean water to recreation opportunities to pollution protections. Attendees will have an opportunity to submit their own questions on conservation, public health and the environment during the Zoom webinar.

    Can’t make the event? Sign up and we’ll send you a recording once the forum concludes.

    For more information on both candidates, go to the League of Women Voters’ nonpartisan site vote411.org


  • House bill throws cold water on warming electric vehicle market

    A bill passed out of committee Wednesday would put the brakes on Michigan’s burgeoning electric vehicle market.

    The Michigan House Government Operations Committee passed House Bill 6233, sponsored by Rep. Jason Sheppard (R-Lambertville), in a 3-1-1 vote. The bill would prohibit vehicle manufacturers from selling their vehicles directly to consumers. These manufacturers would also be unable to service their vehicles in Michigan and conduct test rides.

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  • Historical markers reveal Michigan’s long legacy of environmental activists

    In 1959, E. Genevieve Gillette gathered conservation organizations and citizen activists like herself together. She was tired of the neglect faced by Michigan’s new state park system, which she had helped create.

    The Michigan Parks Association was born from that meeting, and Gillette, its president, fought to improve the funding and direction the state gave to Michigan’s parks.

    Soon after, she successfully lobbied the Michigan Legislature to pass a massive park bond. The following year, at 62 years old, she lobbied the U.S. Congress to pass a conservation fund and create Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Eventually, the two governments heeded all her demands.

    More than 60 years later, civil servants gathered around a remembrance for Gillette: a newly erected historical marker at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park near Muskegon. Now, residents and tourists can read how one Michigan citizen led the charge in creating, expanding and funding Michigan’s state park system.

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  • endorsed 2020-06-11 09:25:35 -0400

    100% Clean Energy Cities

    It’s time for Michigan to lead! Write your mayor today and urge them to join the #renewablecities movement today!

    Join the 100% Clean Energy Cities campaign and we will send you a sample letter to send to your mayor! 

    As the Trump Administration slashes environmental laws designed to protect public health and help us transition to renewable energy, mayors and local officials are leading our nation toward a healthier, stronger future by committing to 100% clean, renewable energy.

    It’s time for more Michigan communities to get on board! Write your mayor today!

    More than 58 U.S. cities have stepped up to combat climate change and reap the benefits of clean, renewable energy by committing to power their cities with 100% renewable electricity.  In Michigan, Traverse City, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor and Northport have committed to 100% goals in the coming decades.

    If we powered all of Michigan with 100% clean energy sources, including for heating and transportation, we would create nearly 150,000 jobs and save the average resident close to $11,000 annually, according to Stanford University.


    About the Campaign

    Through the Michigan Climate Action Network, Michigan Environmental Council helped encourage Traverse City to commit to powering 100% of their city operations—including city buildings, streetlights, traffic signals and water treatment facilities—with renewable energy by 2020. The city is also committed to creating a plan to make all of Traverse City—not just city operations—carbon-neutral by midcentury.

    Many communities in Michigan have climate action plans designed to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels, and others are actively campaigning to encourage their city to make the transition to 100% renewable energy. Our goal is to see 10 new communities commit to 100% clean energy.

    Why 100% Renewable Cities?

    As the price of solar and wind energy drops, and the impacts of pollution become more severe, the transition to 100% renewables is rapidly becoming a mainstream concept. In fact, more than 100 cities worldwide are powered with mostly renewable sources for electricity, and 40 cities get 100% of their electricity from renewables. Burlington, Vermont is one of these cities, and it is saving millions of dollars in energy expenses as a result.

    Many studies have demonstrated how entire states can achieve 100% renewable energy use, and that doing so would bring new jobs, better health, and cost savings. Hawaii passed a 100% renewable goal into law, and several other states are working toward similar goals.

    Setting strong renewable energy goals also helps cities attract the growing number of businesses looking for the price stability and innovation that comes with a clean energy economy. There are more than 100 major businesses with 100% renewables goals, including Michigan-based Herman Miller and General Motors which both plan to achieve 100% renewable electricity for all of their facilities worldwide by mid century.

    How can I get involved?

    Michigan Environmental Council hosts the Michigan Climate Action Network (MICAN) which is leading the “100% Cities” campaign. The MICAN website includes information on which cities have made a commitment, as well as a toolkit to help you guide your community towards 100% renewable energy.  

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