The Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) works to protect Michigan’s environment and public health by managing air, water, land, and energy resources. As such, EGLE is tasked with addressing some of the major aspects of climate change in Michigan. EGLE Deputy Director James Clift and Environmental Justice Public Advocate Regina Strong join us to present and discuss MI Healthy Climate Plan development at EGLE, including the environmental justice and equity aspects of the agency’s forthcoming climate plan.
James Clift is Deputy Director at the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) where he oversees policy and engagement work for the department. He oversees the offices of Legislative Affairs, Public Information, and Great Lakes; as well as three offices newly created under the administration of Governor Gretchen Whitmer: Climate and Energy, Clean Water Public Advocate, and Environmental Justice Public Advocate.
For more than 30 years, Regina Strong, MS APR, has been a leader in public affairs, advocacy, and the fight for justice and equity. Regina serves as the Environmental Justice Public Advocate in the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE). She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University, as well as a Master of Science degree from Purdue University. Regina earned her Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) from the Public Relations Society of America and is also a Senior Fellow in the Great Lakes Region for the Environmental Leadership Program.
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Green Street is Wayne State University’s main celebration of Sustainability in Higher Education.
Hosted by the Office of Campus Sustainability, Green Street happens in October and it is a month of activities and curated conversations between disciplines and communities about environmental challenges, environmental science, environmental justice, the environmental humanities, and more.
This year's focus is on environmental justice and sustainability. Our program includes online talks by a local meteorologist, state of Michigan policymakers, scholars, panels, and outdoor activities to raise awareness about environmental justice and sustainability.
The events are open and free to the greater Detroit and Wayne State community.