Jason Bing (left) and Charles Griffith (right) standing atop Miller Manor, Ann Arbor Affordable Housing, in front of their solar power display. 

The Ecology Center brings a unique strategy to the energy debate, focusing our educational and advocacy efforts on the human health impacts of a dirty energy system. From polluting coal-fired power plants to the dangerous health impacts of climate change, we fight to protect our environment and our communities.

We work to rapidly phase out the use of fossil fuels, stabilize the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and ward off the worst impacts of climate change.  Our role is to develop innovative municipal clean energy programs and policies; to mobilize diverse stakeholders to participate in public policy debates in Michigan and the Midwest and bring regional expertise to those forums and to help draw the connection between the threat to public health and our current energy economy.

Our energy program seeks to help update our state's energy efficiency and renewable energy policies.  We are working to engage health professionals and the voices of health-affected groups in the effort to move away from dirty, health-threatening energy sources, toward those that are cleaner and also better for the state's economy.

In order to protect our health and the natural systems on which we depend, we need to rapidly phase out the use of fossil fuels. Doing so demands sharp reductions in the intensity of energy use by redesigning our buildings, communities, transportation systems, and resource and waste management systems. Renewable technologies must be brought to scale at a pace rivaling the growth of information technologies over the past generation.

We work to promote healthier clean energy solutions by supporting programs that help Michigan property owners fund energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades, as well as invest in community solar development to overcome high installation costs and increase access to renewable energy solutions.

News

October 25, 2017
Media Mention
The Illinois Commerce Commission has launched a new "NextGrid: Illinois' Utility of the Future" study to explore the use of emerging technologies to improve the state's electric grid.
September 27, 2017
News
A group of Michigan lawmakers has proposed new legislation that could impact the health and wellness of students across the state. The seven proposed bills target K-12 public school districts to increase protections for indoor air and water quality, site environmental quality...
September 26, 2017
News
Given that the fastest-growing job in the U.S. between 2012 and 2016 was solar photovoltaic installer, and that 2016’s fastest growing job was wind energy technician, today’s students must be prepared to be the future leaders of our clean energy economy.
August 24, 2017
Media Mention
News Channel 3 covers a new report on the economic benefits of EV expansion. Charge Up Midwest recruited energy consultants, M.J. Bradley & Associates, to perform an economic analysis of the use of electric vehicles in the state of Michigan.
July 25, 2017
News
The Detroit trash incinerator, one of the largest in the world, is a prime example of environmental racism. Here is a facility that pumps out carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrous oxides, and particulate matter daily, and has violated the Clean Air Act 379 times since 2015.
April 13, 2017
Press Release
Charge Up Midwest, a new partnership aimed at catalyzing Midwest leadership on electric vehicles, calls for more Midwest cities to benefit from zero emission vehicle investments.