Ecology Center honored by Michigan Environmental Council for leadership in transit campaign

MEC shines a 'Spotlight on Success'

The Ecology Center has been honored by the Michigan Environmental Council for its leadership in the millage campaign earlier this year to support expansion of public transit in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township.

The Ecology Center was a leader in Partners for Transit, a coalition formed to support the ballot proposal for a 0.7 mill tax on property that will provide the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority with the resources to extend evening and weekend service, run more buses on busy routes, and expand options for seniors and people with disabilities.

Despite organized opposition, the proposal won support from more than 70 percent of the voters in the May election.

"At this year's MEC Annual Membership Meeting, during a session titled Spotlight on Success, we wanted to honor and learn from several of our member groups on the amazing work they are doing," according to Chris Kolb, the MEC's president and CEO. "The Ecology Center's leadership on the AAATA transit millage is one of the efforts we want to honor this year."

Alexis Blizman, legislative and policy director at the Ecology Center who played a leadership role in organizing and directing the wining campaign, accepted the award for the organization.