About Us

November 8, 2010

EAST MICHIGAN ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION COUNCIL (EMEAC) began as a response in the 1960's to environmental concerns in southeast Michigan. Algae blooms were choking out life in Great Lakes and inland waters. Household and industrial wastes were piling up in landfills. Air pollutants were becoming a health issue in many urban neighborhoods and highways and buildings were covering up wetlands and open areas at the urban fringe.

Several groups joined together forming EMEAC to consider what they could do to resolve these problems and to influence southeast Michigan's environmental policies. A cornerstone of EMEAC's formation was the belief that informing the public about environmental issues would lead to solutions to environmental problems. Founding members and staff established an organization that would always predicate its public information and advocacy on careful research. With the help of our members' continuing support and enthusiasm, EMEAC will continue to pursue its mission: To empower the Detroit community to protect, preserve and value the land, air and water.  We build community power through environmental justice education, youth development and collaborative relationship building.

For almost fifty years, EMEAC has been working in the legislature, in the courts, in township halls and in schools. We played a role in the enactment of most of Michigan's environmental laws. We have used those laws in court to protect air and water quality, wetlands, natural areas, farmlands and wildlife. We have drafted regulations for local governments and have provided public information and environmental education opportunities throughout southeast Michigan.


Our Programs Include:

  • STAND UP SPEAK OUT (SUSO)
  • GREENER SCHOOLS
  • MULTICULTURAL ENVIRONMENTAL ARTS & SCIENCES (MEAS) LABS
  • THE UGLIEST SCHOOLYARD COMPETITION
  • THE GARDENING ANGELS
  • REMEDIA
  • DIGITAL MEDIA ECONOMY COLLABORATIVE

For more programs information, visit EMEAC Programs.
  
For Staff & Board information, visit EMEAC Staff & Board.