Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition








Recent History:

June 2019: MEJC launches the DTE canvass with EMEAC, Soulardarity and partners, teaching youth about energy democracy, and the DTE Integrated Resource Plan

May 2019: MEJC meets with Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib to bring residents and advocates in the conversation about the Green New Deal

April 2019: MEJC comments on the City of Detroit Greenhouse Gas Ordinance, indicating municipal buildings are too narrow to make a significant impact on climate justice needs

March 2019: MEJC seeds the Work for ME, DTE Campaign to bring accountability to the bad practices of the local investor-owned monopoly utility DTE

February 2019: MEJC responds to the illegal release of hydrogen sulfide in SW Detroit by Marathon Oil due to system failure from the polar vortex

February 2019: Governor Whitmer signs Executive Order naming the Environmental Justice Community Advocate and Interagency Taskforce

January 2019: MEJC launches the second Clean Air Council in SW Detroit to teach residents about the clean air act

December 2018: MEJC Convenes leaders statewide to consult for the newly elected Whitmer Transition Team

September 2018: MEJC Hosts 250 people in Flint MI for the 4th Statewide EJ Summit

Aug 2018: Michigan Department of Environmental Quality finally DEFINES Environmental Justice

June 2018: MEJC wins again in advocating for the MDEQ to define Environmental Justice! Department of AQD defines EJ– yet there’s still work to do…

May 2018: Dearborn Planning Commission denies the request by Levy Corporation, steel slag processing center, to expand their industrial zoning in a residential neighborhood– preventing continued burden of manganese and more!

April 2018: MEJC meets with the newly hired Katie Kruse, Environmental Justice and Tribal Liaison for the State of Michigan. She began her job within the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality in January 2018 as an outreach specialist to EJ Communities. 

March 2018: MEJC hosts informational session with Great Lakes Environmental Law Center at Salida Intermediate. Special guests included Dr. Amy Schulz, University of Michigan, Andrew Sarpolis, Sierra Club, Farah Erzouki, ACCESS, JC Kibbey,  Union of Concerned Scientists, Theresa Landrum 48217 facilitated by Karima Alwishah of S. Dearborn. They shared information regarding the rush to natural gas and the health impacts of the new DTE Energy Natural Gas plant planned to be built in Dearborn.

January 2018: MEJC, along with key partners like Great Lakes Environmental Law Center, Sierra Club, the Clean Air Council, and more pulled together to show up with State Rep Chang and Hammoud, and other local leaders to say no to the Dearborn Industrial Generation permit to expand their “natural” gas facility. We overwhelmed the DEQ with the turnout. Just two weeks later, the Consumer’s Energy pulled its permit.

November 2017: The City of Detroit passes the bulk storage ordinance making operators of petroleum coke, hazardous waste from the tar sands processing, reign in operations. Pet coke and other bulk materials must now monitor and cover their piles, adding much needed safeguards for the community.

August 2017: Welcome Michelle Martinez as the new Coordinator for the Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition. She brings a decade of experience in organizing to end racism in environmental issues, and justice for all people! We look forward to a great year under her collaborative leadership modeling.

May 2017: Congratulations Jeremy Orr on assuming the position of National Director of Organizing & Legal Counsel for IWJ -a national social justice advocacy and organizing network- where, among other things. He was asked to oversee the creation of a national initiative focusing on environmental health and justice in the workplace.

December, 2015: Jeremy Orr has begun his role as the Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition Coordinator! See his Bio and his information on the About MEJC Page.

March, 2016: Visit the Issues and Events page to see the MEJC Statement on the Flint Water Crisis.


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