From water quality to sustainable transit, climate change and renewable energy, every issue that MEC focuses on can be linked to environmental justice (EJ).
The two basic tenets of EJ are that no group of people — whatever their race, color, national origin, or income — should disproportionately bear negative environmental impacts. EJ also holds that people should have meaningful voices in decisions that impact their environment and health.
MEC’s EJ work centers around educating and encouraging state leaders to develop environmental justice guidelines that encourage citizen participation on issues that impact their environment and health. We are also part of the Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition where we support our member groups, organizations, and communities that are working on the frontlines of the environmental justice movement.
2017-18 Legislative Priorities
- Develop a checklist to ensure that environmental justice considerations are incorporated into governmental decision-making.
- Develop environmental justice metrics for residential participation in the regulatory process.
- Restructure the state environmental justice directive to meet current needs. The environmental justice directive directs state agencies to make EJ a part of their missions.