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Michigan Environmental Council

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Causes: Environment

Mission: Informing and educating the public and decision makers about environmental issues.

Programs: Cleaner energy: mec works to spur investment in energy efficiency and locally produced renewable power that will create jobs and curb the negative health, climate and economic impacts caused by our dependence on imported fossil fuels. In the auto industry, mec supports policies and practices that will move michigans largest industry to the forefront in the design, manufacture and sales of attractive, practical alternative technology vehicles.

clean plentiful water: mec works to protect water from toxins like mercury, and contamination from inadequate municipal sewer systems, failing septic, agricultural runoff, and leaking underground petroleum storage tanks. Mec promotes conservation and defends michigan lakes, rivers and streams from adverse impacts related to unwise use and diversion of our water outside the great lakes basin. Mec works to defend inland seas from harmful invasive species, and advocate for protection of drinking water sources and vital wetlands.

sustainable communities: mec calls for re-investment in michigan's urban centers and other established communities as an antidote to sprawl and the loss of farms, forests and open spaces. Mec supports transformative change to michigan's transportation system to catalyze sustainable land-use, spur economic activity in our cities and towns, and connect people to jobs, affordable housing and other opportunities. Mec favors investments in public parks and natural areas, and promotes sustained, healthy ecosystems and biological diversity.

healthy people: mec is fighting to reduce exposures to lead and other dangerous substances; curb asthma-inducing air pollution; keep air and water pollution sources away from schools, day care centers and homes; and improve access to healthful foods and recreational opportunities as part of a broader strategy to address childhood obesity in michigan.

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