MDEQ outlines Michigan's commitment to take action on climate change

For Immediate Release
February 21, 2019

DEQ Media Office,, 517-284-9278

Grand Rapids, Mich -- Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) director Liesl Clark today outlined the state’s commitment to addressing climate change at the Michigan Climate Action Network (MiCAN) 1st Annual Summit at Grand Valley State University’s Eberhard Center.

MiCAN is a grassroots network of groups and individuals working to build and mobilize around climate issues across the state. The summit brought together the public, climate advocates, activists, and lawmakers from across the state.

“To quote Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, ‘There’s a piece of the answer in all of us,’” Clark told the MiCAN attendees.

Clark updated attendees on Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s February 20, 2019, Executive Order reorganizing the MDEQ to the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE), which will integrate the State’s mission of protecting the Great Lakes, providing clean drinking water and addressing climate change, while continuing to protect public health and the environment.

On February 4, 2019 Gov. Whitmer signed an Executive Directive entering Michigan into the U.S. Climate Alliance, a bipartisan coalition of governors from 20 other states that have committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions consistent with the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. On February 12, 2019, Wisconsin also joined the Alliance, further adding to the Midwest representation in the Alliance.

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