Cities & Hometowns

Protecting our environment isn’t limited to forests and wild spaces -- it’s also about making our communities greener, cleaner and better places to live, work and play.

Everyone should have the right to live in a clean, safe and healthy community, but industrial pollution and auto emissions have polluted our cities and suburbs. In rural communities, agricultural pollution, sewage, and other contaminants pollute our water supplies and fuel toxic algae blooms.

We believe Michigan can do better. We want to see our cities, suburbs and rural communities become healthier and more sustainable places to live. Many of MEC’s programs aim to create stronger, more resilient communities. We work to lower energy bills; promote clean energy; protect drinking water; and encourage mass transit and other transportation solutions to make it easier, cleaner and safer for everyone to get around.

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Solid Waste & Recycling

Michigan’s landfill-first approach to waste management is getting a much-needed overhaul, and MEC is helping to lead the charge.

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Detroit has an exciting opportunity to reposition itself as a city where sustainability is a cornerstone of success.

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First came the floods. Sewer water gushed up from drains and onto the streets of Dearborn Heights. The river rose into nearby neighborhoods. Then came the stories. Basements flooded and molded. Thousands of dollars and cherished possessions were l...

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Failing septic systems and sewer overflows can send human waste and toxic chemicals into our water. We have holistic solutions to alleviate both.

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PFAS in Michigan

PFAS are a pervasive group of manufactured chemicals that have been found in Michigan's drinking water.

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Public Lands

Michigan is well positioned to become a national leader in outdoor recreation -- boosting our economy and strengthening our state’s commitment to conservation. We believe that a dedicated state office can make it happen.

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Advancing Transportation

Michigan may be home to the Motor City, but to tackle climate change and ensure that all people have equitable access to transportation, we need to shift our focus to how we move people, not just cars.

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