Energy & Climate Change

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.

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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.
February 27, 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
January 30, 2017
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One week down, and the environmental report is in regarding the new Administration: Scientific data scrubbed from federal websites. 2 oil pipelines resuscitated. 3 Cabinet nominations of climate dissemblers pushed forward. And over 2 million people protesting in the streets.
January 30, 2017
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Volkswagen’s emission cheating scandal has resulted in a $14.7 billion settlement with the German automaker. While most of the settlement will reimburse owners of VW diesel vehicles, $2 billion has been set-aside for vehicle infrastructure and education projects.
December 28, 2016
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After almost two years of continued perseverance and hard work, and possibly a bit of luck, the Michigan Legislature was finally able to pass new energy legislation. A deal was reached in the last hours of the legislative session with the passing of Senate Bills 473 and 438.
September 28, 2016
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Ann Arbor City Council, Washtenaw County Commission, Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Chamber of Commerce, the Huron Valley Area Labor Federation, Ypsilanti Downtown Development Authority and Ypsilanti Library Board have endorsed the regional transit millage on the Nov. 8th ballot. Vote YES!

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