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2024 MI Healthy Climate Conference

More than 900 people from local, state, federal, and tribal governments; universities; nonprofits; community groups; businesses; and more from throughout Michigan and beyond attended the two-day MI Healthy Climate Conference in Lansing, May 16-17, hosted by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE).

Along with presentations by more than 80 thought leaders and experts representing many sectors, conference-goers heard major announcements from special guests Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist II. Check out our MI Environment Article – Governor, Lieutenant Governor break big news at the MI Healthy Climate Conference – where the following initiatives were announced:

  • The Climate Justice Challenge, developed by EGLE’s Office of Climate and Energy (OCE) in coordination with the Michigan Infrastructure Office (MIO), makes up to $11 million in grant and technical assistance funding available to community based organizations (CBOs) through the Make it in Michigan Competitiveness Fund to maximize federal investments in Michigan from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Environmental and Climate Justice Community Change Grants (CCG). More information is available on EGLE’s Community Change Grants web page.
  • U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Loan Programs Office (LPO) has determined EGLE and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to be State Energy Financing Institutions (SEFI). The announcement marks the launch of the joint EGLE-MEDC SEFI Program and opening of applications for eligible SEFI projects.
  • The MI Healthy Climate Justice40 Technical Assistance Program will be a 12-month, cohort-based program for community-based organizations to implement the MI Healthy Climate Plan by providing resources they need to serve disadvantaged communities with technical assistance and training to apply for and deploy state and federal climate-related funding. Watch for updates regarding the program launch on EGLE's Justice40 Technical Assistance web page.

Watch the 2024 Climate Conference Plenary Recordings