Mission: Leading environmental protection in west michigan by inspiring action to promote the general welfare of community by educating and assisting individuals and organizations in order to protect and restore the quality of the environment.
Programs: Sustainable communities - wmeac works to integrate sustainable practices that balance environmental protection, economic vitality and social responsibility in west michigan communities. Issues prioritized by our members, which wmeac works to address, are energy conservation and children's environmental health. Wmeac continued to deliver project light change, an energy conservation program designed to conserve energy through cfl bulb distribution and mercury capture education. Work to complete a grant with the us epa toward improved indoor air quality and children's health continued.
education and advocacy-staff time and supplies to support outreach and education about environmental issues related to wmeac's areas of focus. The outreach and education are achieved by in-person teaching and peer to peer influencing toward the goal of improvings the environment. Examples are the creation of a comprehensive climate resiliency report and an awareness campaign regarding fracking.
protecting water - wmeac involves citizens in action to protect our water resources. This is done via programs including:teach for the watershed-education of youthadopt a stream-engaging business, church and youth groups along with the general public
membership services-membership services includes events and gatherings sponsored by the organization. This is accomplished by organized communications and mass mailing expenses. These events are designed to engage both current and new members in the mission of wmeac. Events include river clean ups, speakers, field trips and general networking amont members and the community.
Under the leadership of Executive Director Rachel Hood, West Michigan Environmental Action Council has begun to take a leadership role in the environmental community in Michigan. Rachel has made the organization stronger financially, and has been able to add two staff positions this year. The new Communications and Member Services position allows us to more effectively communicate and mobilize our membership, while the Policy and Community Activism position will allow us to promote environmentally friendly policies on the local, state, and national level. WMEAC has hired two fine and talented individuals to fill the new positions.