For the second year in a row, testing by researchers at the Ecology Center revealed high levels of hazardous chemicals, many of which have been banned in
children’s products, in garden hoses. Phthalates and the
toxic chemical BPA were all found in the water of a new hose after
sitting outside in the sun for just a few days.
Veteran environmental activist David Stead was elected to serve a three-year term on the Ecology Center board of directors at the organization's annual meeting last week (May 23).
At the same meeting, University of Michigan Prof. Stuart Batterman was re-elected to a second three-year term on the board.
Most of our readers know that the Ecology Center dates its
founding to the first Earth Day celebration back in 1970, so we are really
geeked to see the different ways the holiday is observed all over the world
"Road Warriors, casual
riders, kids, families, foodies, arts lovers and everyone in our
community who supports sustainable living will enjoy EcoRide 2013," according to Ecology Center events coordinator Ken Kozora.
In a major step forward for the Great Lakes and children's
health, the Safe Chemicals Act of 2013 was introduced by New Jersey Senator Frank
Lautenberg, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and 27 other senators earlier this month.
“Retailers have the power to make substantial improvements
in public health and safety, and with that power comes a moral obligation, a
corporate social responsibility,” according to Jeff Gearhart, research director
of the Ecology Center’s HealthyStuff.org
great example of a good start, Ann
Arbor’s city council passed a resolution earlier this month identifying additional ways to prepare the
city’s infrastructure to support plug-in electric vehicles.
speech on energy policy last fall, Governor Rick Snyder said he supported
energy efficiency and renewable energy, but we know we’re going to have to work
hard to hold him to those commitments,” according to Alexis Blizman, the
Ecology Center’s legislative and policy director.
Devin Gill, who has served as an intern and staff member at the Ecology Center over several years, will be taking her commitment to environmental stewardship to another continent early next month when she leaves for a two-year stint with the Peace Corps in Malawi.
When nearly 50,000 activists convened on Washington Feb. 17 to demand action on climate change, the crowd included dozens of Ecology Center supporters who rode together to the rally on buses organized by Ann Arbor 350, a
program of the Ecology Center working on practical and local solutions
to climate change.
Many Michigan-based environmental groups, including the Ecology Center, found reason to object to Governor Rick Snyder's long-awaited message on energy and environmental
policy, delivered at the end of November.
Despite decades of scientific evidence, encouragement by legislators, advocacy by environmental and health groups and bans in California and
other countries, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced at the end of November that it will allow the continued use of a neurotoxic
pesticide in shampoos and lotions used predominantly on children.
Michigan mother Lisa Turner often cuddles with her kids on the couch in her home.
So you can be sure the Berkley woman was recently surprised to find out that the couch contains toxic flame retardants.