November 8, 2010

Thank you so much for your interest in becoming an EMEAC volunteer. If you haven't already, please take a look at each of our programs to get a better idea of where you may want to help us carry out our mission of advancing environmental justice causes in Southeast Michigan.

Several volunteer opportunities are available. Once you've decided on which EMEAC program(s) would be a good fit for you, please take time to fill out the volunteer information form below. The information will be forwarded to our volunteer coordinator Kim Sherobi and she will follow up with you as soon as possible. If you have any questions, contact Kim at (313) 556-1702 x708 or mail at kim@emeac.org.

Once again, thank you for you interest in helping furthering the cause of environmental justice in the community. To view a list of In-Kind donations we're currently seeking, please visit our Wishlist.

Become a Member

By becoming an EMEAC member, you will help to protect the environment. Your membership dollars make it possible for us to continue our work for clean and healthy air, water, and land. Your support also helps strengthen our voice in Lansing. We invite you to become actively involved.

Membership contributions to EMEAC are tax deductible. Make checks payable to EMEAC and mail to:

4605 Cass Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201
Start your membership with an online donation via Network for Good

Regular membership dues start at $20.
Students and seniors memberships are $10.

Other amounts are greatly appreciated:
  • $5,000 + - Lifetime member
  • $1,000 - $4,999 - Founding member
  • $500 + a year - Benefactor
  • $100 - $499 - Friends
  • $50 - $99 - Sustainers
  • $10 - $50 - Donor
*For gifts of $50 or more your name will appear on the EMEAC Focus Earth newsletter

All EMEAC members:
  • Receive EMEAC's newsletter, Focus Earth, and other EMEAC publications.
  • Receive Action Alerts on critical environmental issues.
  • Are invited to EMEAC's board meetings and annual public events.
EMEAC is a non-profit, public interest organization founded in 1970 for the purpose of improving the quality of the environment for citizens of southeast Michigan. Today, scientists, lawyers, doctors and other concerned citizens are working together with staff to address environmental issues effectively and professionally. EMEAC provides members with information and opportunities to contribute to these efforts.

Contact Us

East Michigan Environmental Action Council

4605 Cass Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201

EMEAC Office:313 556-1702
EMEAC Fax:313 556-1702

Diana Copeland
313 556-1702 x700  
Email: Diana

Ife Kilamanjaro
313 556-1702 x707 
Email: Ife

Dee Collins
Finance Director
313 556-1702 x704 
Email: Dee

William Copeland
Youth Program Director
313 556-1702 x717 
Email: Will

 Charity Hicks
313 556-1702 x713 
Email: Charity

Sanaa Green,
Environmental Educator
313 556-1702 x705
Email: Sanaa

Priscilla Dziubek,
Environmental Educator
313 556-1702 x711
Email: Priscilla

Siwatu-Salama Ra,
Youth Leadership Coordinator
313 556-1702 x706
Email: Siwatu

Kim Sherobbi,
Facilities Manager
313 556-1702 x708
Email: Kim

Sign up for our E-Newsletter by adding your Email the form below:

Staff & Board


    Diana Copeland, Co-Director

    Diana has an extensive background in environmental justice advocacy, environmental project management, and community organizing. Mrs. Copeland earned her BS in Environmental Science and Tribal Natural Resource Policy at The Evergreen State Collegewatershed management at University of Washington Program in Streamside Studies, and her MS in Environmental Justice at the University of Michigan. She worked in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, connecting community leaders to solve environmental and health challenges in Rio's favelas (autonomous communities) before coming to EMEAC. She has been very active in forming coalitions between environmental organizations, community and environmental justice groups to win environmental justice and health victories. email: Diana

    Dee Collins, Finance Director

    Dee joined EMEAC in 2012 as Finance Director.  With over 30 years experience in finance and accounting, she has worked for various non-profits in the Detroit Metropolitan area. Dee has also volunteered for numerous churches and non-profits to help with bookkeeping challenges. email: Dee

    Priscilla Dziubek, Senior Engagement Program Coordinator
    Priscilla is a community activist involved locally in the international struggle for water as a human right, held in the public trust, as a precious resource.  She is coordinator of our inter-generational gardening program, Gardening Angels, and instructs environmental labs within Detroit Public Schools.  She is a master composter and was instrumental in establishing the Barbara Jordan school garden.  Currently, Priscilla is planning gardening activities for the summer months that will involve both students and community seniors.  email: Priscilla

    Sonya Green, Multicultural Environmental Science and Arts Lab Coordinator

    Sonya, spiritually known as Sanaa Nia-Joy, is an informal educator with the EMEAC Greener Schools program. Prior to returning to Detroit and beginning her role at EMEAC, she worked with youth groups in Washington, DC. She is a graduate of Howard University and a Ecopsychology Masters degree candidate in Naropa University's Transpersonal Psychology department. She is also a Reiki practitioner, Belly Dance instructor and nature lover. All of her work enhances the goal of helping people express their brightest self and have a closer relationship to the earth both of which will be healing for the earth and humanity. email: Sanaa 

    Kim Sherobbi, Community Partners and Facility Coordinator

    Ms. Sherobbi is a retired school teacher and community activist. For 26 years, she taught physical education for the Detroit Public Schools. Her involvement in metro Detroit neighborhoods has span for over 20 years. Kim has volunteered for numerous non-profit and government agencies such as Adams Butzel Recreation Center, Reggie Mckenzie Foundation, Money Matters for Youth, Detroit Parent Network, Birwood Block Association and Detroit Impact. She is excited about helping EMEAC build stronger relationships with the community. email: Kim 


    2013 Board of Directors

    • Victor Arbulu - Treasurer
    • Hugh McDiarmid Jr. - President. Environmental Journalist
    • Bill McNight - Member, First Unitarian Universalist Detroit 
    • Odessa Murphy - Marygrove University, student; youth activist
    • Nick Schroeck - Wayne State University Law School, Professor
    • Dr. Mike Spencer - University of Michigan, School of Social Work, Associate Dean

      Board of Directors

      • Hugh McDiarmid Jr., President. Environmental Journalistd
      • Victor Arbulu, Treasurer
      • Alfred Defreece - Learning Through Internship Coordinator and University of Michigan PhD Candidate
      • Lisa Oliver-King - Executive Director, Our Kitchen Table
      • Dr. Mike Spencer - University of Michigan, School of Social Work Associate Dean
      • Board of Advisors
      • Adele Nieves
      • Talitha Johnson  - 

      About Us

      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:

      • REMEDIA

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