• Environmental Justice Projects and Initiatives


    • EJ Community Resiliency Planning Pilot – The Office of the Environmental Justice Public Advocate, along with community partners, is initiating a pilot project in 48217/Southwest Detroit to build an EJ Community Resiliency plan development process. Funded through a grant from the EPA, the project is a two-year planning process designed to provide guidelines for addressing issues that impact communities to provide a blueprint for resiliency.
    • Air Quality in EJ Community Schools – The Office is collaborating with the EGLE Energy Office to launch an EJ Community Schools Air Quality program to assess HVAC systems in a select number of schools in EJ communities. The fully funded assessments are designed to determine needs in public school building to protect students from air borne contaminants.
    • EJ Community Mobile Air Project – The Office, in conjunction with EGLE’s Air Quality Division, has launched a mobile air monitoring project utilizing a fleet of Purple Air monitors to address short term and immediate air quality concerns. The monitors can assess small particulate matter (PM 2.5) in the air.
    • Michigan Wild Rice Initiative – The Office coordinates the Michigan Wild Rice Initiative (MWRI). The initiative stems from a collective understanding among State and Tribal governments that the protection and restoration of wild rice in Michigan should be elevated in importance. It brings together specialist and managers from all 12 federally-recognized tribes, multiple state departments and federal agencies, and others to share information, coordinate approaches, and elevate awareness about wild rice conservation and restoration.

    Attendees at the Tribal Summit in Michigan's Upper Peninsula standing on fallen leaves during fall

    • Tribal Leaders and EGLE Director Environmental Roundtable – The Office hosts an annual roundtable with Tribal Leaders and EGLE’s Director. The initial meeting was held in the fall of 2019. The 2020 roundtable was not held due to COVID-19 concerns. In 2021, the annual meetings will resume to discuss environmental priorities, challenges, and issues.