Friday, June 10, 2022 at 11:30 AM

Railroad Woes: An Environmental Injustice - Capitol Connection webinar

When we think of mergers, social media sites, airlines and phone companies tend to come to mind. But there's another sort underway, and if it's approved it could have major implications on our qualities of life.

Canadian Pacific Railway is attempting to buy a competitor, Kansas City Southern. If they have their way, Canadian Pacific would become the only railway to serve all of North America. It also means that freight trains could be making frequent stops at the Detroit Intermodal Facility, where numerous passenger trains drop off and pick up people on the daily.

The fossil fuel pollution these trains could bring to populated, frequently visited neighborhoods across the continent already has environmental leaders in places like Texas and Michigan worried, and they're beginning to coalesce a movement against the merger.

Join one of those players, Dr. Michael Dorsey, and Conan Smith, Environmental Council president & CEO, as they lay out the situation at its potential implications.



Can't make the event live? Register and we'll send you a recording.

The Capitol Connection webinar series is generously sponsored by: 

Steve & Judy Dobson

Friday, June 24, 2022 at 11:30 AM

Infant Mortality & the Environment - Capitol Connection webinar

Join Amy Zaagman, executive director of the Michigan Council for Maternal and Child Health as she discusses the connection between high infant mortality rates and the harmful environments that often exist in these bubbles.



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The Capitol Connection webinar series is generously sponsored by: 

Steve & Judy Dobson

Thursday, July 21, 2022 at 06:00 PM
Eastern Market in Detroit, MI

24th Annual Environmental Awards Celebration

24th Annual Event

Presenting our signature yearly salute

Please join us for the return of this can't-miss gathering of Michigan's environmental community. We'll be gathering at Detroit's Eastern Market. More details about the event are forthcoming.


Anne & Tom WoiwodeHelen & William Milliken Distinguished Service Award Winners

Anne and Tom Woiwode will receive the Helen & William Milliken Distinguished Service Award for their collective 90+ years of visionary environmental leadership. Anne’s long tenure as the director of the Sierra Club’s Michigan chapter yielded an incredible mix of enduring protections and policies.

Just as inspiring, Tom’s service with The Nature Conservancy, Fund for the Environment, Earthshare and Community Foundation established and expanded our land-conservation and environmental philanthropy movements.

Read more about the award

Diane CheklichPetoskey Prize for Environmental Leadership Winner

Diane Cheklich will be presented the Petoskey Prize for Environmental Leadership in recognition of her commitment to expand and protect bird habitat in Detroit. Since 2016, she has steered innovative Detroit Audubon projects that convert neglected parks into meadows, support more avian species, increase residents’ access to nature and strive to restore native prairie across the region.

Read more about the prize


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