Clean Energy Solutions

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.

A major focus of our work is assisting the campaign to 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.

The Ecology Center is also working 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

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.
June 29, 2017
News
In December, after years of debate, the Michigan Legislature passed legislation (PA 341 & 342) that increased our renewable energy standard to 15% by 2021 and maintained Michigan’s energy efficiency standard at 1% per year sun-setting in 2021.  
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
News
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
News
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.