Council on Climate Solutions
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:
- Identifying and recommending opportunities for the development and effective implementation of emissions-reduction strategies.
- Identifying solutions to resolve impact disparities across Michigan and recommending targeted solutions for communities disproportionately impacted by the changing climate.
The Council may establish advisory workgroups composed of individuals or entities participating in Council activities or other members of the public as deemed necessary by the Council to assist it in performing its duties and responsibilities. The Council may adopt, reject, or modify any recommendations proposed by an advisory workgroup.
The Council will consist of 14 residents of this state appointed by the governor, representing the range of sectors, experiences, and expertise relevant to this issue. Additionally, the director or their designees of EGLE, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD), Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO), the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) Chair, and the Department of Treasury shall serve as ex-officio members. After the initial appointments, members will serve four-year terms.
In compliance with current state measures designed to suppress the spread of the Covid-19 virus, and in accordance with the Open Meetings Act changes – Public Act 254 of 2020, effective Dec. 23, 2020, the Council on Climate Solutions meetings through March 2021 are scheduled as virtual meetings held via Microsoft Teams. You do not need to be a member of an organization or have a Teams account to join a Teams meeting. The meeting is available to the public for participation via online/phone.
Individuals needing language assistance or accommodations for effective participation at a meeting should contact Kimber Frantz at 517-284-5035 in advance of a meeting to request language, mobility, visual, hearing, translation, and/or other assistance.
The Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (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.
Please send your comments regarding the work of the Council on Climate Solutions to: EGLE-ClimateSolutions@Michigan.gov.
Comments submitted via the above email address will be shared with all Council members. Comments submitted will become part of the public record and subject to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.