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This regional, grassroots environmental organization centered in the Great Lakes fosters awareness of environmental issues, especially those chemical-related, through a network of citizens and groups. It is based in Clare.
This nonprofit of 500 volunteers seeks to improved water quality and sediment by removing harmful bacteria, agricultural nutrients, invasive species and human-caused sandbars and land formations in the Pine River. It works with Alma-area, mid-Michigan and government officials; local residents; and Alma College students and professors to make their mission happen.
This group serves as a liaison for Meridian Township residents in local government affairs. It seeks to work with leaders to preserve the natural beauty of the community; to protect our environment and natural resources from being damaged by the effects of development; and to limit the amount of growth in Meridian Township.
Since 1978 this Bay City-based environmental justice organization has pressed the state and Dow Chemical Corporation to inform and protect the thousands of people living in an area of the Tittabawassee River floodplain contaminated with dangerous levels of dioxin. It does so through education, lobbying and old-fashioned organizing.
While based in Lansing, Mid-MEAC improves the environment and quality of life across mid-Michigan. Its education and activism programs focus on river protection, sustainable business, trails, green-ways and green transportation.
Statewide members with mid-Michigan offices
Clean Water Action is a national organization with local offices in East Lansing, Ann Arbor and Clinton Township. Together, they work to promote clean water, making democracy work and environmentally safe, and water-related jobs locally and statewide.
From its office in Lansing, the League of Michigan Bicyclists promotes bicycling and the safety of bicyclists on the roads of Michigan through advocacy, public policy, education and community events. It is supported by 39 member bike shops, 26 member bike clubs and a host of individuals, businesses and organizations.
This chapter of a national, non-partisan, political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy. The Michigan League of Women Voters is based in Lansing but serves all state residents through its 29 chapters.
From its Okemos office, this consumer advocacy group educates the public and officials on the benefits of improved passenger rail services, publishes studies on improving the state's rail system, and maintains, preserves and promotes rail travel and its infrastructure.
From its Okemos office, Michigan Audubon's 32 local chapters and 3,000 individual and business members connect people with birds for the benefit of environmental research, conservation and education in the state.
This Okemos-based organization leads four local chapters and one regional chapter of botanical clubs. Together, they do following to conserve native plants: educate, sponsor research and legislation, establish sanctuaries and natural areas, and aid in natural resource and scenic programs.
Michigan Energy Options guide communities toward being more sustainable and resilient through the adoption of energy efficiency and renewable energy. It does this with unbiased expertise, research, results-driven programs and collaboration with stakeholders. It has impacted 2 million residents across the state from its East Lansing, Marquette and Grand Rapids locations.
Michigan League of Conservation Voters Education Fund
Michigan LCV's Education Fund engages elected officials, business leaders and Michigan residents to take action on the most pressing land, air and water issues facing the state. It conducts nonpartisan civic engagement work - such as "get out the vote" efforts and citizen organizing on specific policy issues - from its Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Traverse City offices.
This union of registered nurses is the largest in Michigan, working to change workplaces so that there are enough nurses for patients, that no nurse is forced into working overtime, that injuries become few and far between and that nurses have a voice. Its headquarters is in Okemos.
This alliance of individuals, organizations and farms together promote organic agriculture and the development and support of food systems that revitalize and sustain local communities. MOFFA's office is in Okemos, where it seeks to promote and grow its list of 142 organic farmers and growers.
The Michigan Recycling Coalition fosters sustainability by leading, educating and mobilizing business, governments, nonprofits and individuals to advance their own and collective resource use and recovery initiatives in Michigan. It is based in Lansing.
This Midland-based organization is made of natural resource and environmental professionals protecting the sustainability and conservation of Michigan's natural resources while opposing the politicization of resource management and decisions based on unscientific principles.
The Alliance is the statewide voice for users of trails, greenways and waterways and other non-motorized paths. It helps people build, connect and promote trails for a healthier and more prosperous Michigan from its home base of Lansing.
This council is made of 20 Michigan local chapters of Trout Unlimited. Like its local members, the Dewitt-centered council protects, conserves, and restores cold water fisheries and their watersheds.
This coalition protects, preserves and promotes the wise use of inland waters in Michigan for future generations. It does so by participating in legislative efforts, court cases, agencies and departments, largely in tandem with fellow member group Michigan Lakes and Streams Association. It is based in Fenton.