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.

News

News  |  November 13, 2019
On October 8th, 2019 local public health officials, infectious disease specialists, university researchers, and environmental organizations, including the Ecology Center, attended a roundtable discussion led by Senator Stabenow (D-MI).
News  |  September 27, 2019
DTE’s current proposal prioritizes short-term corporate profits over the long-term personal, environmental, and financial health of Michigan families. It tethers us to costly fossil fuels too heavily, for too long. 
Press Release  |  May 2, 2019
Charge Up Midwest, a coalition of electric vehicle experts and advocates, today applauded the Michigan Public Service Commission’s (MPSC) approval of DTE Energy’s Charging Forward program, Michigan’s second utility-led electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure program.
News  |  February 26, 2019
Michigan’s House voted against Governor Whitmer’s executive order that would better position the government to protect the health and safety of families across the state. The move is more than tone deaf, it’s dangerous.
Press Release  |  February 5, 2019
Climate change is endangering the safety of Michigan’s water, threatening the air quality, and increasing unnecessary harm and death from extreme heat, rain, and insect-borne diseases, according to a new report released today by the NRDC and the Ecology Center
News  |  December 17, 2018
The loss of the Chevy Volt weighs the heaviest here in Michigan, not because the job impacts are any worse than the other vehicles slated for the dust-heap, but because the Volt represented the new GM– one that was competing in the race to design the most advanced green cars.