Charge Up Midwest

The Ecology Center is a key player in a new Midwest partnership aimed at increasing electric vehicle deployment in the region. Charge Up Midwest is a campaign comprised of environmental and clean energy organizations committed to helping the Midwest minimize carbon emissions from the transportation sector. Campaign partners seek to engage with a broad range of stakeholders to support actions that increase investment in electric vehicle infrastructure, create a more resilient and low-carbon grid, expand education of the public and policymakers about the benefits of electric vehicles, and otherwise accelerate the production, sales, and access to electric vehicles in the region for all Midwest residents.

Recently, Midwest Energy News covered Charge Up Midwest’s proposal to Volkswagen’s Zero Emission Vehicle Investment Plan created after their emissions-cheating scandal. The proposal highlighted the opportunities to strategically deploy charging infrastructure in a region that is primed for greater electric vehicle adoption. The campaign proposed working collaboratively with utility companies and other entities to expand and deploy charging infrastructure, and cautioned against displacing existing and proposed infrastructure plans.

The ChargeUp Midwest campaign is already working with electric utilities to expand and strengthen electric vehicle charging infrastructure throughout the region, and conducting research into the economic and environmental benefits of electric vehicles. Charge Up Midwest’s campaign partners are made up of organizations that work in Illinois, Missouri, Michigan, Minnesota, and Ohio.

Campaign Partners include:

The Ecology Center

Great Plains Institute

Fresh Energy

Clean Fuels Ohio

Environmental Law & Policy Center

Natural Resources Defense Council

Sierra Club

Published on March 9, 2017


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The Ecology Center and its Michigan Renewable Schools program is evaluating evidence-based connections between improved student performance and health with strategic clean energy investments in our K-12 school facilities: better lighting, ventilation, exterior building shell, etc
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December 28, 2016
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