Twenty-one Michiganders have been selected to serve on the state’s first Michigan Advisory Council for Environmental Justice (MAC EJ) under the direction of Governor Gretchen Whitmer. The MAC EJ includes representatives from the public and impacted communities. Council members will advise Michigan’s Interagency Environmental Justice Response Team to ensure all Michigan residents receive equal protection from environmental hazards.
“Meeting people where they are is vital to our commitment to making Michigan a leader in environmental justice,” said Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) Director Liesl Clark. “Creating the Michigan Advisory Council on Environmental Justice is an important step in building the framework to ensure all Michiganders benefit equitably from our environmental laws and regulations. Through both the Office of Environmental Justice Public Advocate and the Interagency Environmental Justice Response Team, we are working to address inequities that impact communities across this state. The creation of this advisory council will play an important role in helping us achieve that goal.”