The Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition formed in the wake of the signing of the Michigan Environmental Justice Directive in 2009, aiming to hold Michigan state agencies accountable to the implementation of the Michigan Environmental Justice Plan. MEJC has worked on a number of fronts, from addressing concerns about how well state scorecards address harms to seeking to build statewide support for environmental justice.
In 2014, MEJC hosted the first ever statewide conference on Environmental Justice issues, funded by the Michigan State University Sustainable Michigan Endowed Project and the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment.
Over 300 people attended the event, which featured one day of presentations, updates and calls for action. Following the summit, MEJC members met together to discuss the next steps in promoting the Michigan Environmental Justice Plan and improving environmental justice protection in our towns, cities, and neighborhoods.
Today, MEJC works to uplift environmental justice efforts throughout Michigan, with a particular focus for air quality in Southwest Detroit and other downriver communities. In the Fall of 2018, MEJC will host its third bi-annual summit, “Tell the Story, Change the Narrative” to once again convene environmental justice leaders from across the state and empower activists to build a new narrative that empowers us as the heroes of our own future and achieve a broad vision of environmental justice for all!