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2020 Michigan Climate Action DIGITAL Summit

Watch the recording of the Digital Summit that took place on May 5, 2020!

Michigan Climate Action DIGITAL Summit
How Michigan Can Lead on Climate and Justice in the Time of a Pandemic

Thanks to our Speakers

Kate MadiganKate Madigan, Director of the Michigan Climate Action Network is the Digital Summit moderator. Kate is also Clean Energy Director at Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities.


Maggie Thomas, former Advisor to Gov. Jay Inslee and Sen. Warren and co-author of the Evergreen Action Plan, a roadmap for Congress and the next President to curb the economic crisis with equitable solutions to the climate crisis.


Frank Houston, Regional Director, BlueGreen Alliance talked about BGA's priorities in the COVID emergency to protect workers and bolster our economy. Also, their solidarity for a climate action plan, protecting the vote, and supporting renewable energy jobs.


Regina StrongRegina Strong, Environmental Justice Public Advocate with Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE). She is the former Michigan Director for the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign and brings an extensive background in advocacy and public affairs to her role at EGLE.


Thanks to all who gave updates!

  • Justin Onwenu - Environmental Justice Organizer at Sierra Club
  • Missy Stults - Sustainability and innovations Manager for City of Ann Arbor
  • Naina Agrawal-Hardin - Hub Coordinator at Sunrise Ann Arbor
  • Bentley Johnson - Senior Partnerships Manager at Michigan League of Conservation Voters
  • Charlotte Jameson - Program Director of Legislative Affairs, energy & drinking water policy at Michigan Environmental Council
  • Briana DuBuose - Director of Strategic Community Initiatives at EcoWorks
  • Dan Worth - Energy Program Director at the Groundwork Center
  • Bill Wood - Executive Director at West Michigan Environmental Action Council
  • Sean McBrearty - Clean Water Action and Coordinator of Oil & Water Don't Mix, Line 5 update
  • Aaron Ferguson - Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
  • Todd Allen, - Fastest Path to Zero at U of M
  • Charles Griffith - Director of Climate & Energy Program at Ecology Center
  • Pat Race - Climate Stick Project
  • Jane Vogel - U of M Voices for Carbon Neutrality
  • David Hast - Grand Rapids Climate Action
  • Elizabeth Hammel-Hauptman - Moms Clean Air Force

Slides from the Summit

Maggie Thomas - Evergreen Action Plan (no slides, but check out the plan here)

Regina Strong's Slideshow - Environmental Justice Public Advocate with Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE)

Frank Houston's Slideshow - Regional Director, BlueGreen Alliance

Summit Chat Log with great links and some contact info

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Thanks to our Summit Sponsors for making this event possible

Presenting Sponsors

Groundwork Center
The Wege Foundation
Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy
City of Ann Arbor, Michigan
Michigan Environmental Council
Ecology Center
Harvest Solar
Fastest Path to Zero at U-M

Event Sponsors

Michigan League of Conservation Voters
Michigan Energy Options
National Wildlife Federation
University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability
Washtenaw County, Michigan
Sierra Club Michigan Chapter
BlueGreen Alliance
Environmental Law & Policy Center
Porter Family Foundation
Elevate Energy
Michigan Interfaith Power & Light
Southeast Michigan Sustainable Business Forum
Kolkulations LLC
Climate Stick
Citizens' Climate Lobby
The Climate Reality Project: Washtenaw County, MI Chapter
Moms Clean Air Force
North by Nature Landscapes
Peace Education Center
Sue Shink
Western Michigan University Climate Change Working Group
W.K. Kellogg Biological Station at Michigan State University
Fair & Transparent Elections Research & Education Fund
Kalamazoo Climate Crisis Coalition
Michelle Deatrick
Ban Michigan Fracking
Michigan Clean Energy Conference
Oil & Water Don't Mix
Cherry Republic

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