We abuse land because we see it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect. -Aldo Leopold

NMEAC has been fighting for a clean and just environment in northern Michigan for 40 years. We are an all-volunteer organization that works on a myriad of issues including clean energy, fresh water, smart development, and other issues that preserve and protect northern Michigan as a place to thrive. Become a Member today!

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  • Featured event

    Environmentalist of the Year

    2024 Awards & Celebration


    Purchase tickets below for the 35th Annual Environmentalist of the Year Celebration on Friday, April 19, 2024. 

    It's always a special treat to be welcomed by the music of Sean and Jeremy Reisig, aka J HobbsDavid Milarch, Co-Founder of Archangel Ancient Tree Archive, has an incredible story to tell - he will be our keynote speaker.

    One of the best things about this event is reconnecting with friends in a nurturing setting. Being in a room with people so devoted to protecting our environment is the balm we could all use in these divisive times.

    Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for socialization and heavy appetizers from Taproot Cider House. The program begins at 7:00 p.m. and features our award recipients with music by J Hobbs.

    Explore 2023 Recipients

    Ticket sales are $25 online in advance and end on April 16 at midnight. $30 at the door.

    April 19, 2024 at 5:30pm
    Dennos Museum/Milliken Auditorium
    1410 College Dr
    Traverse City, MI 49686
    United States
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