Michigan Environmental Report

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

Michigan Environmental Council applauds passage of e-bike legislation

Today the State Legislature approved a three-bill package (HB 4781, 4782 and 4783) which creates a framework for the legal operation of electric-assist bicycles (e-bikes) in Michigan. Under the previous law, e-bikes were treated the same as a moped, requiring licensing and insurance.


Action Alert: Tell your Senator to vote NO & protect the Great Lakes

The health of our Great Lakes shouldn't be put in the hands of the Trump Administration, but earlier this summer the House approved a bill that would block state leaders from doing anything more than the federal bare minimum to protect our environment.


MEC Statement: House’s “No Stricter” bill signals the end of “Pure” Michigan if approved by Senate

Legislation approved Thursday by a Senate panel would demote the Office of the Governor and put the Great Lakes and public health at risk by blocking state leaders from doing anything more than the bare minimum to protect Michigan's environment and natural resources.


Matt Cullen: Reimagining the Motor City

Helen and William Milliken Distinguished Service Award 2017 Recipient

The downtown Detroit of today stands in stark contrast to the Detroit of ten years ago; a new energy pulses through the city's core, a feeling of possibility and hope for a better future. New residents and businesses are moving into formerly blighted buildings. The abandoned industrial sites along the riverfront are being replaced with parks and bicycle paths. A new streetcar is inspiring residents to rethink mobility in the Motor City.


Native Detroiters earn state’s top environmental awards

Michigan Environmental Council to honor Matt Cullen & Mark Covington for their contributions to a vibrant, sustainable Detroit Sep 18, 2017 

Matt Cullen, principal at Rock Ventures, CEO of JACK Entertainment and former GM executive, has been named the recipient of Michigan's highest environmental award in recognition of his instrumental role in the sustainable revitalization of downtown Detroit.


Mark Covington: Growing food and community on Georgia Street

Petoskey Prize for Environmental Leadership 2017 Recipient

Mark Covington is a humble man, whose quiet dedication to his northeast Detroit community has transformed the lives of young people and given residents renewed hope for their neighborhood’s recovery. When asked about his work, he is quick to flash a smile and tell you his accomplishments have all been “by mistake.”


Thank you to our generous 2017 Awards Celebration sponsors!

Michigan Environmental Council’s 19th Annual Environmental Awards Celebration is made possible by these sponsors.


Join us September 27 to celebrate two Detroit champions

Michigan Environmental Council's 19th Annual Environmental Awards Celebration is on Wednesday, September 27, 2017.