Michigan Environmental Report
With lawmakers back in town following their summer break, the pace of things is picking up here in Lansing.
Everything we do at the Michigan Environmental Council is guided by our vision of a brighter future for our state. We work every day toward a healthy state powered by clean, renewable fuels; known for an irresistible mix of bustling urban areas and unspoiled wild places; connected by convenient buses, trains and trails; and defined by clean, abundant fresh water.
When the leaves begin to turn colors each autumn, the wardrobe around the MEC offices also undergoes an unmistakable change.
Gov. Rick Snyder will lead about 40,000 people on a five-mile walk across the Mackinac Bridge on Monday, continuing a 57-year old Labor Day tradition.
Welcome to the weekend!
John Austin and the Michigan Economic Center at Prima Civitas (a new and exciting player in Lansing policy discussions that we jokingly refer to around here as the "other MEC") recently launched the new "Michigan Dream At Risk" project that's worth a look. In short, it showcases in images, words and numbers the uncomfortable but unsurprising reality of Michigan's perpetually beleaguered economy.
The Michigan Public Service Commission recently issued a report summarizing the work of a group assembled to find ways to deploy more solar power in Michigan. The report offers possibilities for expanding the small programs offered by Michigan's two biggest utilities for customers who want to generate solar power at home, but it doesn't compel the utilities to take any action.