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MI Healthy Climate Plan
MI Healthy Climate Plan
Executive Directive 2020-10 charged EGLE, through its Office of Climate and Energy (OCE), with developing the MI Healthy Climate Plan (Plan), the state’s action plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and transition toward economy-wide carbon neutrality.
A key focus of the Plan is on solutions that support communities disproportionately impacted by the changing climate.
EGLE developed the Plan with input from Michigan residents, coordinated through the Council on Climate Solutions. EGLE released the final MI Healthy Climate Plan on April 21, 2022.
NEW! EGLE seeks proposals for Climate Pollution Reduction Program support - submit questions by August 17; proposals due August 30
NEW! Request for Information (deadline September 15, 2023) - continue down the page for more information!
MI Healthy Climate Plan Online Portal
Recently launched, the portal provides an interactive experience where you can learn about current climate initiatives, funding opportunities, how you can get involved, and more!
Request for Information (deadline September 15, 2023 at 5:00 PM)
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With expanded state and federal funding support and new federal funding opportunities on the horizon, the State of Michigan is seeking additional input and stakeholder engagement to inform strategic, equitable implementation of the MI Healthy Climate Plan (MHCP). In September 2020, Governor Whitmer signed Executive Directive 2020-10, committing Michigan to economy-wide carbon neutrality no later than 2050 and charged EGLE, through the Office of Climate and Energy (OCE), with developing the MHCP. Released in 2021 after a rigorous, statewide stakeholder engagement process, the MHCP underscores the urgent need for action on climate and identifies bold, necessary, and strategic measures to deliver a carbon neutral economy. The MHCP identifies actions to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 50-52% from 2005 baselines by 2030 in an equitable manner, including the following priority action areas:
- Commit to Environmental Justice and Pursue a Just Transition
- Clean the Electric Grid
- Electrify Vehicles and Increase Public Transit
- Repair and Decarbonize Homes and Businesses
- Drive Clean Innovation in Industry
- Protect Michigan’s Land and Water
Recent investments by the federal government through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) are an opportunity for Michigan to implement the goals of the MI Healthy Climate Plan and deliver outcomes that curb the worst impacts of climate change, improve public health, create economic opportunity, lower costs, protect our natural resources, and make investments to address historical, current, and future environmental injustices. These investments will also position Michigan’s communities and Michiganders for leadership in the years and decades ahead.
The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to solicit initial feedback on MHCP implementation priorities, strategies, and community engagement that are relevant to key federal funding programs. Specifically, EGLE seeks initial input to inform how to best leverage the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (USEPA) Climate Pollution Reduction Grants (CPRG) program to implement the MI Healthy Climate Plan. Through the CPRG program, the State of Michigan has received a $3 million planning grant that the Office of Climate and Energy will use to refine and implement the MI Healthy Climate Plan and prepare Michigan communities to compete in nationwide competitive federal funding competitions. In addition to state level CPRG funding, the USEPA has directly awarded $1 million to each of the 67 most populous metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) in the country – including Grand Rapids-Kentwood and Detroit-Warren-Dearborn. The lead entity for Grand Rapids-Kentwood is Grand Valley Metro Council (GVMC). The lead entity for Detroit-Warren-Dearborn is Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG). Information gathered through this request for information will be shared with both Michigan MSAs.
Responses to this RFI will also inform EGLE’s approach to other key initiatives to implement the MI Healthy Climate Plan, including but not limited to the following:
- Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF): Through the GGRF, $27 billion is available nationally through three separate competitions: 1) National Clean Investment Fund (NCIF); 2) Clean Communities Investment Accelerator (CCIA); and 3) Solar for All (SFA). State governments are not eligible recipients for the NCIF or the CCIA; however, the OCE seeks to support Michigan non-profits and private sector actors in pursuing funding under both of those competitions. State governments are eligible for the SFA program, and the State of Michigan intends to submit a statewide application to increase access to solar for disadvantaged communities across the State.
- MI Healthy Climate Corps: Through the MI Healthy Climate Corps Program, the Office of Climate and Energy seeks to launch a two-year program placing 30 AmeriCorps members to provide additional capacity support to communities across Michigan in implementing the MI Healthy Climate Plan and pursuing climate-related federal funding.
- For additional background and an overview of implementation opportunities, visit the MI Healthy Climate Plan Online Portal.
Responses must be received by September 15, 2023, at 5:00 PM. Written responses must be submitted via one of the following:
- Or, by email: EGLE-OCE@Michigan.gov
- Or, by regular United States mail to:
Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy
Executive Office, Office of Climate and Energy
P.O. Box 30473
Lansing, MI 48909-7973
This RFI is for information gathering purposes only and should not be construed as a solicitation or obligation on the part of EGLE to provide funding. Respondents should clearly specify which Section and Question they are responding to in each portion of their submission. Respondents do not need to address every question and should focus on those where they have views or relevant expertise. Respondents may provide detailed responses and examples.
All comments received, including attachments and other supporting materials, are part of the public record and subject to public disclosure. Respondents should only submit information that they wish to make publicly available and should not enclose any information considered confidential or inappropriate for public disclosure.
Due to volume of responses anticipated, it will not be feasible for EGLE to incorporate or respond to all input received.
MI Healthy Climate Plan Webinar Series
The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy’s Office of Climate and Energy is presenting this webinar series to highlight opportunities to take action as well as actions taking place around the state to implement the goals in the Plan. The target audience includes local and state government, nonprofits, community groups, universities, businesses, and anyone interested in taking climate action.
Join us as we discuss specific actions and upcoming programs and opportunities designed to help leverage resources, build partnerships, and create meaningful and measurable steps to reaching our goals of 100% carbon neutrality by 2050 in Michigan. A question-and-answer period will follow each presentation. All webinars will be recorded and posted online for future viewing.
About the MI Healthy Climate Plan
Executive Directive 2020-10 charged the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), through its Office of Climate and Energy, with developing the MI Healthy Climate Plan.
The Plan was developed with input from hundreds of Michigan residents, including leaders and advocates in environmental justice, public transit, local food, climate action, business, labor, academia, government, and people of all political persuasions and walks of life and was released in April 2022.
The MI Healthy Climate Plan lays out a pathway for Michigan to reach 100% carbon neutrality by 2050 to avert the worst impacts of the climate crisis, create good-paying jobs, and build a healthier and more prosperous, equitable, and sustainable Michigan for all Michiganders. It has seven objectives:
- Mitigate the worst impacts of climate change
- Spur economic development and create good-paying jobs
- Protect and improve the health of Michiganders
- Position Michigan as a leader in climate action
- Protect our natural resources and wildlife
- Make Michigan energy independent
- Address environmental injustices