Michigan Environmental Report

News from Michigan Environmental Council on public policies affecting the health of Michigan's people and environment

Michigan Climate Action Network to unite statewide efforts around climate change

Groups from across the state met together for the first time on February 11 at Michigan Environmental Council (MEC) headquarters in Lansing to share their work on climate change and discuss collective future action in Michigan.

Q&A: With climate declaration, Brewery Vivant continues striving to "Beer the Change"

As if making delicious beer wasn't enough to win us over, America's craft brewers have also been strong leaders in showing that businesses can thrive while giving back to their communities and finding innovative ways to protect the environment.

Transportation funding: Here's what Proposal 1 does (and why it's good for Michigan)

Editor's note: This is the second in an occasional series on transportation funding leading up to the May 5 special election. Read part one here.

MEC supports bill for local control of oil and gas

Imagine a football field. Now imagine that your house is in one end zone, and just past the other end zone is a fence. Behind this fence is a drilling rig operated by a company trying to find oil and gas. At this distance, the rig is allowed to operate at 70 decibels, even overnight, which is the equivalent noise level of a vacuum cleaner. Unless you are in Oakland, Macomb, or Wayne County, lights from the drilling rig can shine through your windows all night, every night.

Lead Education Day: MEC and partners take to the Capitol to protect Michigan kids

The Michigan Environmental Council joined more than 30 advocates at the State Capitol yesterday to educate lawmakers about the dangers of lead poisoning and the urgent need to maintain the state's current funding for removing lead hazards from homes.

MEC boosts capacity at Capitol

MEC is proud to announce that we've hired Sean Hammond to strengthen our team of policy experts at the state Capitol.

Transportation funding: How'd we get here?

The package of transportation-funding bills Gov. Snyder signed  earlier this month sets the stage for a ballot initiative with high stakes for drivers, transit riders and Michigan's economy.

Gov. Snyder stands up for biodiversity. Help us say thanks!

Gov. Rick Snyder today took a stand for conservation and good science by vetoing Senate Bill 78, which would have blocked state agencies from designating land to protect biodiversity.