Environmental Justice for All:
Reviewing and changing policy at the State of Michigan for better policy outcomes.
What We're Working On
- Using practices of Research Justice, we are seeking to create the political will to see race and income as social determinants of health, and reduce the impacts of toxic pollution on Michigan communities.
- We apply rapid response of our technical assistance in the area of air pollution.
Health Impact Assessment of the Integrated Resource Plan
In partnership with scholars from the University of Michigan, Dr. Amy Schulz School of Public Health, Dr. Carina Gronlund ISR, and Dr. Tony Reames of UM-SEAS, MEJC will advance the first Health Impact Assessment for the State of Michigan on the 15-year energy plan from DTE Energy. This research seeks to explore the disproportionate impact of air pollution and energy cost on SE Michigan residents.
Through the leadership and coordination of Dr. Amy Schulz and the support of the Michigan Center on Lifestage Environmental Exposures and Disease (M-LEEaD) Center and Graham Catalyst Award, scholars will look at the pollution exposure of the proposed energy plan, and the health and cost impacts of the different scenarios DTE Energy will present before the Michigan Public Service Commission.“
Rapid Response to Environmental Justice Issues
MEJC will welcome any Presidential Candidate who comes to Detroit, and ask them to respond to climate justice issues in Detroit through aggressive and immediate action for environmental justice.
MEJC responded with media and advocacy to a system failure at Marathon Oil in Feb 2019. As a result of the polar vortex, Marathon Oil had an illegal release of hundreds of pounds of hydrogen sulfide and mercaptan into the neighborhood.
MEJC is working with Eastside residents to help enhance the Community Benefits Agreement with the Fiat Chrysler facility which projects an increase in VOC contamination
MEJC responded to the City of Detroit Greenhouse Gas Ordinance in 2019 to ask that it be expanded to include residential, and industrial sources as well as mobile sources in its reduction, versus only municipal buildings.
MEJC worked with People’s Climate Movement to host events all over the State of Michigan in 2018 in advance of the November election”