The Council on Climate Solutions was created by Governor Whitmer's Executive Order 2020-182 as an advisory body in the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE).
The Council on Climate Solutions will act in an advisory capacity to the governor and the department in formulating and overseeing the implementation of the MI Healthy Climate Plan, which will serve as the action plan for this state to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and transition toward economywide carbon neutrality. This work must include, but is not limited to:
The Catalyst Communities Initiative is a comprehensive initiative that aims to provide education, training, planning and technical resources to local public officials as they prepare for climate impacts on emergency response and public health. This initiative is a multi-tiered instruction curriculum on adapting locally to the impacts of climate change on communities, mitigating harms and implementing clean energy solutions.Learn More
Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-182 and Executive Directive 2020-10 to create the MI Healthy Climate Plan. The governor's comprehensive plan will protect Michiganders' public health and the environment and help develop new clean energy jobs by putting Michigan on a path towards becoming fully carbon-neutral by 2050. The Office of Climate and Energy has scheduled two listening sessions to hear public comment about the MI Healthy Climate Plan.
Those who wish to speak should send an email to EGLE-ClimateSolutions@Michigan.gov with "Public Comment Request," the date of the session at which you would like to speak, and your name in the subject line. Those who send an email request will be allowed to speak first. Members of the public who do not submit their names ahead of time will still be allowed to make a comment.
Individuals needing language assistance or accommodations for effective participation at the meeting should contact Kimber Frantz (FrantzK@Michigan.gov or 517-284-5035) at least seven days prior to the event to request language, mobility, visual, hearing, translation, and/or other assistance.
EGLE does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, age, national origin, color, marital status, disability, political beliefs, height, weight, genetic information or sexual orientation in the administration of any of its programs or activities, and prohibits intimidation and retaliation, as required by applicable laws and regulations.
March 10 - Michigan is moving aggressively to address climate change on numerous fronts, with a focus on ensuring that low-income residents and communities of color are equitably represented in the actions, EGLE Director Liesl Clark told an audience at the Climate Leadership Conference in Detroit last week.
"We are thinking not only about the adaptation and stress issues caused by climate but also equity and ensuring that low-income residents and communities of color are provided with the tools to both adapt to climate effects and that they'll benefit from climate initiatives like clean jobs and green infrastructure," she said during a plenary address to the audience.