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Interagency Environmental Justice Response Team

Group touring Southwest Detroit neighborhoods
Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

Interagency Environmental Justice Response Team

Regina Strong
StrongR1@Michigan.gov
517-249-0906

Integrating equity and Environmental Justice into state government is vital for the state of Michigan.

The Interagency Environmental Justice Response Team was created with the goal of assuring that all Michigan residents benefit equitably from the protections and policies of state government. Governor Whitmer's Executive Order 2019-06 named the Departments of Agriculture and Rural Development, Civil Rights, Health and Human Services, Natural Resources, Transportation, the Michigan Strategic Fund, and the Public Service Commission to the Response Team.

Since its inception, several other agencies were invited to provide a comprehensive picture of programs and policies affecting Environmental Justice communities.

Workgroups

To achieve Response Team and Office priorities, four work groups were formed. Representation from the departments represented on the Response Team take part in the following work groups: 

Regina Strong speaking to audience at Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition meeting April 18 2019

Communication and outreach

The Communication and Outreach work group focuses on fostering public engagement with new and existing Environmental Justice programs. The group is currently working on developing the state’s first Environmental Justice Conference.

The State of Michigan capitol building's iconic dome against a blue sky

Planning and policy

The Planning and Policy work group is charged with recommending and creating pathways for Environmental Justice to be infused into state governance.

Screenshot of the MiEJscreen tool showing census tracts in blue and red indicating overall EJ score

Research and data

The Research and Data work group is developing an Environmental Justice screening tool specific to Michigan which will identify areas of concern based on environmental data and health impacts.

Crowd shot at RRD conference in Lansing

Training

The Training work group is working to development Environmental Justice and Equity Training for state employees.

Response team members

IEJRT Chairperson Regina Strong

Interagency Environmental Justice Response Team (IEJRT) Chair

DNR Director

Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Director

EGLE Director

Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) Director

MDARD Director

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Director

MDCR Interim Director Mary Engelman

Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR) Executive Director

MDHHS Director Elizabeth Hertel

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Director

MDOT Director

Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Director

Michigan Strategic Fund/Michigan Economic Development Corp., (MEDC) Chief Executive & Economic Competitiveness Officer

Michigan Strategic Fund/Michigan Economic Development Corp., (MEDC) Chief Executive & Economic Competitiveness Officer

Dan Scripps, chair of the Michigan Public Service Commission

Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) Chair

Additional Departments