Michigan Environmental Report

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

U-M law students support Detroit neighborhood’s revitalization with day of service

Clearing brush and painting vacant buildings south of Eight Mile Road is not how many students expect to spend their last week of summer, but for University of Michigan’s first-year law students it has become a biannual tradition.


Senate passes bill that politicizes Natural Resources Trust Fund

Legislation passed Wednesday by the state Senate would change longstanding practices for managing the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund that have proven effective at keeping the fund's allocations nonpartisan and above the political fray over its four-decade history of purchasing and developing high-value outdoor recreation sites across the state, the Michigan Environmental Council said.


MEC praises pipeline safety bills from Sens. Peters and Stabenow

Michigan Environmental Council President Chris Kolb issued the following statement in response to pipeline safety legislation introduced Wednesday by U.S. Sens. Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow:


Michigan House says bare minimum is good enough for Great Lakes

Legislation passed by the House of Representatives would cede Michigan's environmental authority to the federal government and prohibit state leaders from doing anything more than the bare minimum to protect public health or natural treasures like the Great Lakes, the Michigan Environmental Council said.


Life on the edge: Shoreland Stewards program provides conservation tools for lakefront property owners

With Memorial Day fast approaching, many Michiganders are preparing to re-open cottages on the state's more than 11,000 inland lakes. If you're lucky enough to have a summer place on the water or live lakeside year-round, the way you landscape and manage your property can have a big impact on water quality and lake-dwelling wildlife.


MEC cheers DTE plan to add clean energy, slash carbon emissions

Michigan Environmental Council President Chris Kolb issued the following statement in reaction to DTE Energy's announcement that it will add 6,000 megawatts of renewable energy and cut its carbon emissions by more than 80 percent by 2050.


First #HowYouDune summit celebrates Michigan's coastal treasures

More than 60 scientists, natural resource professionals, outdoor recreation enthusiasts and others gathered in Muskegon on Monday for the Freshwater Dune Summit, organized by MEC and our partners at Heart of the Lakes and West Michigan Environmental Action Council.


MEC rallies with Michiganders at People's Climate March

One thing you wouldn't want during a Washington march for climate action is unseasonable cold. It wouldn't do to sound the alarm on global warming on a spring day in coats and scarves. Bad optics.