Ecology Center Calls on the Snyder Administration to End Lead Poisoning in Michigan

Adequately Funding Public Health is Critical to Michigan’s Future


Published on February 5, 2016

January MRF (Materials Recovery Facility) Open House Recap

Ann Arbor’s Recycling Plant-education center was taken over by a family of robots at this month’s open house, held on January 15th. Each month, the Materials Recovery Facility, or MRF, hosts an Open House that allows folks from the community to get up close and personal with their old recyclables through a floor tour and recycling-related activity. The Ecology Center leads the programming, through funding provided by the City of Ann Arbor, to educate residents on solid-waste related issues.

Ecology Center Program Director Leading the Midwest Region’s Global Warming Solutions Working Group.

On January 1st, our Climate and Energy Program Director, Charles Griffith, started a new role for the RE-AMP network as their Global Warming Solutions Working Group leader. RE-AMP is a 160-strong coalition of Midwest nonprofits and foundations working on energy policy and climate change.

Congress' Update of Toxic Chemical Controls Can Do More.

A recent Op-Ed by Ecology Center's Deputy Director, Rebecca Meuninck. 

Warm Up With Winter Squash Recipes

Cultivate Michigan, a campaign of the Michigan Farm to Institution Network (the Network) celebrates the variety of shapes, sizes, and flavors of winter squash. The Ecology Center is one of the primary coordinators of the Network.

Nail Polish, Safe Enough?

When shopping for a safer nail polish, many moms and dads are relieved to see either the phrase “DBP-free” or “3-free” on the label. The first term indicates the product does not contain di-butyl phthalate (DBP), a plasticizer and an endocrine disruptor. DBP is banned for use in Europe due to its link to cancer and birth defects. The second term indicates omission of DBP, as well as toluene (affects the brain and nervous system) and formaldehyde (a known carcinogen).To achieve this, consumer advocates spoke out about the hazards of toxics in nail polish.

Energy Efficiency for Michigan K-12 Schools

From 2009-2011, the Michigan Renewable Schools Program provided comprehensive energy efficiency assistance to selected Michigan K-12 schools. Sixty-seven school facilities participated in the initial pilot and currently save over $400,000 annually as a result of the program.

The Ecology Center in partnership with the Michigan School Business Officials and Michigan Saves, funded through the C.S. Mott Foundation, is pleased to announce that this program is recommencing and new resources are being allocated for K-12 school energy efficiency projects. The program provides the experience and resources to support K-12 facility efforts to save money, reduce operating expenses, and improve classroom environments.


For questions on survey or more information, please contact:

Jason Bing, RA LEED AP


Read the Michigan Renewable Schools Progress Report for 2009-2011: 

Part 1: Intro

Part 2: Energy Efficiency Program

Part 3: Renewable Energy Program

Part 4: Education Resources Program

Part 5: Post-Secondary Program 

Part 6: Student and Teacher Led Initiatives & Marketing Support

The Ecology Center and Recycle Ann Arbor Team Up to Bring Recycling to Dearborn Public Schools

The Ecology Center and Recycle Ann Arbor are thrilled to have recently received a $25,000 grant from the City of Dearborn to engage the city, public schools and larger community in a thoughtful, collaborative and results-driven process to build recycling awareness within Dearborn’s public school system.  The City of Dearborn does have a curbside recycling program, but has struggled to achieve high participation rates and a quality mix of products capable of being mar

From Ann Arbor to Paris, We Can All Combat Climate Change

On December 12th, more than 190 countries came together to adopt a historic agreement to combat climate change.  The Paris Agreement established a long-term global framework to reduce carbon emissions, with all countries committing to developing specific targets and reporting their progress.

US Senate Approves Chemicals Reform Bill: Advocates Call for Stronger Protections

Health advocates call on Congressman Upton to fight to protect state’s rights and halt imports of toxic products in conference

Rebecca Meuninck

Published on December 18, 2015