2017 Impact Highlights

March

Eliminating Childhood Lead Poisoning

We led the charge that persuaded Gov. Snyder to create a commission to end lead poisoning in Michigan and pushed the legislature to invest an additional $1.25 million to implement the commission’s policy priorities, nearly doubling the state’s funding for lead poisoning prevention.

May

Breathe Free Detroit Campaign

With our Detroit partners, we launched the Breathe Free Detroit Campaign to shut down the Detroit Incinerator - one of the world’s largest trash incinerators. We’ve gathered thousands of petition signatures and trained over 50 people who went on to testify at public hearings opposing the incinerator.

June

Environmental Education for K-12

Our education team provided more than 30 different workshops, 369 classroom programs, and 31 staff trainings about zero waste and environmental health. Over 16,000 students, teachers, and community members participated in our education programs.

July

Klean Up Kraft Campaign

Healthy Stuff and partners launched “Klean Up Kraft” to persuade Kraft to remove phthalates from their products. Our study, revealing widespread phthalate contamination in cheese, was featured in Slate Magazine, The Atlantic, Time Magazine, CNN, and a top trending New York Times article had over 10 million views!

August

Charge Up Midwest Campaign

Our Charge Up Midwest Campaign released a study regarding the massive potential of electric vehicles that would save Michigan millions. Our efforts led Michigan to start the formal process for utilities to invest in the charging network needed for the growth of electric vehicles.  

September

Fresh Prescription in Detroit

Our work with the Fresh Prescription program in Detroit was featured in a peer-reviewed journal article that measured the health impact of fruit and veggie prescriptions, finding significant improvements in blood sugar levels among participants with diabetes.

November

Local Climate Action

We persuaded the City of Ann Arbor to commit to 100% clean and renewable energy for all City operations, to establish a climate action fund, and to greatly improve their handling of recyclables, saving them nearly $750,000 per year and recycling more material in the process.