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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  |  November 13, 2019
National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (NLPPW) happens each year toward the end of October. This year, the Ecology Center brought together lawmakers, impacted families, health professionals, and environmental organizations to discuss the best policies and practices.
News  |  October 29, 2019
Providence, RI is leading the way in environmentally preferable purchasing (EPP), committing to purchasing products and/or services that have a lesser impact on human health and the environment.
News  |  October 29, 2019
Do we really know what our children are playing on? New testing done by the Ecology Center and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) shows hazardous chemicals present in artificial turf.
News  |  September 27, 2019
Retired cancer doctor, Ecology Center Health Leadership Fellow alumna, and environmental health champion Elaine Chottiner discusses PFAS public education and legislative advocacy.
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. 
News  |  September 27, 2019
A $13 million investment will provide 17 electric school buses to 7 districts, cutting carbon emissions, reducing student absences associated with diesel exhaust pollution, and saving costs for school districts.
News  |  August 29, 2019
The discovery of toxic per- or polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in many Michigan locations, the fear and concern these chemicals have stirred, and the difficulty posed to government officials and the public on how to respond feel familiar to those residents 50 and over.
News  |  August 29, 2019
On July 29, the Ecology Center participated in a community scientific forum in Washington, D.C. to discuss a range of concerns about the ongoing use of crumb rubbers. At the forum, the Ecology Center presented lead testing results from four playgrounds in D.C.  
News  |  July 25, 2019
Our past testing has exposed phthalates in our food supply. This led us to ask: how are phthalates contaminating our food? Which prompted us to undertake the largest study of its kind on vinyl food-handling gloves: Taking off the Toxic Gloves: An Investigation of Phthalates...
News  |  July 25, 2019
Narratives of 21st-century technological development and climate leadership in the U.S. often focus on cutting-edge coastal disruptors, overlooking the middle of the country or portraying the region as a lagging follower.
News  |  June 27, 2019
When school drinking water is sampled and analyzed, it is not uncommon for schools to find lead in many different water sources. This happens because plumbing materials may contain lead that leaches into the drinking water for students and school faculty and staff members.
News  |  June 27, 2019
For 33 years, the Detroit trash incinerator was among the worst examples of environmental injustice & environmental racism in the City of Detroit. For decades, Detroiters breathed burned trash, most of which came from mostly whiter, wealthier communities– Closed now after 33 yrs.
News  |  June 27, 2019
On June 7, the Michigan Public Service Commission approved Consumers Energy’s Integrated Resource Plan. The first long-term utility plan to be approved under new state law, it sets Michigan’s second largest power provider on track for bold progress toward clean energy.
News  |  May 30, 2019
Launched in 2016, Recycle Ann Arbor’s searchable A to Z Recycling Guide catalogues the best local disposal answers for hundreds of items, from aerosol cans and artificial Christmas trees to vegetable oil and wire hangers.

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