The LWVMI Environmental Network focuses on educating the public, advocating for protection of our environment, fighting climate change, and alleviating environmental injustice.
All League members are welcome to join! Contact email@example.com
On November 28, 2023 Governor Whitmer signed landmark clean energy legislation: the Clean Energy & Jobs Act!
The new laws set a 100% clean energy standard for Michigan by 2040 and requires 60% of Michigan’s energy to come from renewable sources by 2035. The laws begin the work of holding big utilities accountable for their pollution, and giving the Michigan Public Service Commission authority to consider climate, equity, and affordability in its decision-making processes. This legislation also fosters energy independence by creating a tenfold increase in access to rooftop solar and creates some of the most robust energy efficiency standards in the country, helping to address affordability, health, and safety for many low-income Michigan households.
Of course, this is not the end of our fight. There is still important work to do in the coming months and years to establish community solar, invest in environmental justice communities, promote clean mobility, building decarbonization, and other opportunities to reduce pollution and lower electric bills. But for now, we take a moment to celebrate this victory! YOU CAN WATCH THE SIGNING VIDEO HERE
All League members are welcome to participate in the LWVMI Statewide Environmental Network. We meet monthly on the third Thursday of each month at 11:00am via Zoom to discuss what’s happening in our regions to address Climate Change and protecting our Natural Resources and Environment. We also host educational presentations by experts in these areas. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. LWV members can find the next meeting link on the LWV Only page.
Clean energy, mobility, energy efficiency make progress in Michigan budget. Legislature inks budget that fights pollution, grows clean energy jobs, saves Michiganders money
LANSING, Mich. – A diverse group of non-profit organizations today highlighted the Michigan Legislature passed a 2023-2024 budget that makes investments in clean energy, transportation and weatherization of homes and small businesses. These investments will help create jobs, save consumers on their energy bills, protect public health, and address climate change. READ MORE
YOUTUBE VIDEOS OF PAST ENVIRONMENTAL EVENTS
Click here for the Bipartisan Policy Center’s summary of key climate and environmental provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act. These provisions are estimated to reduce Greenhouse Gas Emission by 40% by 2030. Another key provision of the Act clarifies the EPA’s authority to use the Clean Air Act to fight greenhouse gas emissions, and use its power to push the adoption of wind, solar and other renewable energy sources.
Read the Climate Change Resolution adopted by the League of Women Voters of Michigan on January 8, 2022. This resolution acknowledges that we are facing a code red for humanity. Global warming is happening faster than most of us hoped or expected. 2023 has surely been the warmest year on record. Nearly every day we read reports of devastating fires, hurricanes, rainstorms, droughts, toxic algae blooms, extinction of animals and other catastrophes — all due to climate change.
We all need to work together NOW to reduce greenhouse gas emissions — so our world will be a livable place for us, our children and our grandchildren.
Details on the Resolution and Action steps:
The League of Women Voters of Michigan is one of 21 members of the Oil and Water Don’t Mix Coalition that continues to fight the operation of the Line 5 Pipeline through the ecologically sensitive Straits of Mackinac as well as the proposed construction of a tunnel.
Many public health and environmental issues are threatening Michigan and its residents that need to be addressed by legislators. Decision-makers in the Capitol need to deal with these issues thoroughly and swiftly, but they do not have to do it alone. Read about the MEC’s 2023-24 Environmental Priorities. The League of Women Voters of Michigan is a member of the Michigan Environmental Council.