WHO
WE ARE

Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition convened in 2011 to attempt the implementation of the 2010 Environmental Justice Plan created by Gov. Granholm. Since that time Detroit  water shutoffs and bankruptcy, the Flint Water Crisis, fast tracking of air pollution and mining permits, fracking, new and aging pipelines, catalyzed under Governor Snyder. In response MEJC began growing its network and membership. Every two years MEJC hosts the Environmental Justice Summit, has three research projects with University of Michigan,  is doing on the ground community education, meeting with federal, state and local government to move the needle on EJ.

vision

All vulnerable communities thrive in a clean, healthy, and safe environment now and through the uncertain climate future

MISSION

The Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition (MEJC) works to achieve a clean, healthy, and safe environment for Michigan’s most vulnerable residents 

VALuES

We work in alignment with the Principles of Environmental Justice. And seek to build relationships based on the Jemez Principles with frontline and fenceline communities across the state and beyond.

TEAM MEMBERS.

Brett Zeuner

Development Associate

Brett is joining MEJC as our first Development Associate!

Ryan 'Rei' Fielder

MAJIC Manager

Ryan 'Rei' Fielder manages the Michigan Alliance for Justice in Climate (MAJIC) campaign.

Juan Jhong Chung

Policy Associate

Juan Jhong Chung is a Policy Associate for the Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition.

Michelle Martinez

Acting Executive Director

Michelle Martinez is a founding member of MEJC and has served as the Statewide coordinator since 2017.

Bridget Vial

Energy Democracy Organizer

Bridget Saunders Vial is the Energy Democracy Organizer with the Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition. She entered into environmental justice organizing in 2016,

Erada Oleita

Detroit Organizer

Erada is the Detroit EJ Organizer for MEJC.

Xandr Brown

Research Associate

Xandr Brown is a MEJC Research Associate with Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition

Lawrence Stallworth

Digital Organizer

Lawrence Stallworth is the Digital Organizer with Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition.

Jamesa Johnson Greer

Climate Justice Director

Jamesa Johnson-Greer, J.D. is the Climate Justice Director for Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition.

Theresa Landrum

Community Education Specialist

Theresa Landrum, a community organizer and activist, has been fighting against
Environmental injustices over twenty years. 

 

COMMITTEES.

MEMBERSHIP

Membership Committee is charged with enhancing the experience, and the management of our membership-based organization.

Committee Members:

 Marnese Jackson, NAACP 

Marwah Hassan, ACCESS

Jamesa Johnson-Greer, MEJC

Management

Management Committee is responsible for the clear direction, and accountable infrastructure supporting members and staff.

Committee Members:

Dr. Kyle Whyte, University of Michigan 

Vincent Martin, Original United Citizens of SW Detroit

Gloria Lowe, We Want Green Too!

Theresa Landrum, Original United Citizens of SW Detroit 48217, Clean Air Council

Michelle Martinez, MEJC

policy

Policy Committee reviews, analyzes and acts on policy, responding to the urgency of the climate crisis and beyond.

Committee Members:

Gloria Lowe, We Want Green Too

 

Simone Sagovac, Delray Community Benefits Coalition

 

Theresa Landrum, Original United Citizens of SW Detroit 48217, Clean Air Council

 

Jamesa Johnson-Greer, MEJC

 

Kathryn Savoie, Empower MI &  Ecology Center

 

Vincent Martin, 48217

 

Bridget Vial, MEJC

MEJC 2021 MEMBERS.

Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition is a Sponsored Project of Allied Media Projects, a charitable 501(c)3.

Carbon Capture Policy Brief

EJ Communities around the country are fighting against carbon capture,  a false solution being advanced by corporate polluters. Learn more about what they are and their implications for the health of Michiganders.

 

Read the brief here.

Energy Burden Study

In partnership with the University of Michigan and We Want Green Too! MEJC is conducting a study to assess the impacts of high energy costs on Michigan families. 

 

In February we complete 680 surveys discussing energy costs, health, and housing in Michigan. Results of the survey and the findings are due to be released in May 2021.

Cumulative Impact (CI) Assessment for Michigan

Researchers at the University of Michigan Zeuner, Major, Grier, used public data to identify those communities most impacted by pollution around Michigan. Cumulative Impact is the most important policy to help reduce environmental disparities in climate and energy policy.

Part I: Assessing the State of Environmental Justice

Read the Full Report

Carbon Markets Policy Brief

EJ Communities around the country are fighting against Carbon Markets, a false solution being advanced by corporate polluters. Learn more about what they are and their implications for the health of Michiganders.

 

Read the brief here.

Health Impact Assessment

MEJC and University of Michigan researchers partner to tell how dirty energy impacts the lives of Detroit residents through the HIA of the DTE Energy's 15-yr energy plan.

Thanks to grassroots advocacy, in September of 2020, Governor Whitmer issued the Executive Directive 2020-10, ordering the MI Public Service Commission to consider health in energy decision making.

CI Part II: Tools for the 21st Century

Reviewing states that have implemented cumulative impact, and hurdles to those policies can be found in Tools for the 21st Century- Part II to the Michigan Cumulative Impact Study assessing institutional barriers to environmental justice.

Part II: Environmental Justice Tools for the 21st Century 

Read the Full Report

See the Learn Gala

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