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Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC)
PO Box 1166
Traverse City, MI 49685

(231) 946-6931

  • Greg Cross
    commented 2019-05-12 19:40:47 -0400

    I am collecting buttons from campaigns and organizations working to protect the environment and sensitive habitats. My involvement in social and political movements inspired me to begin collecting buttons as a way of preserving this aspect of our history.

    Would you please send me a selection of any you have?

    Thank you!


    Gregory Cross
  • Ann McInnis
    commented 2019-03-25 19:52:01 -0400
    Last year Doug McInnis received the “Special Renewable Energy” Award but noticed it wasn’t listed in the 2018 EOY column. Will Doug McInnis be handing out the same award for 2019 to someone?
  • Terri Reisig
    commented 2019-03-07 11:23:09 -0500
    Mission Statement – Elk Rapids Indigenous Youth Initiative provides

    educational hands on experiences where students learn the importance of preserving culture, building positive relationships, sustainable living and taking care of the environment.

    I wanted to include this on my nomination for this group. for EOY
  • Pete Nelson
    commented 2019-02-01 17:05:55 -0500
    I’m an entomologist interested in the intersection of agriculture and ecology, born and raised in Alpena, who has recently returned to Michigan. This past summer I worked as a tree fruit consultant in NW Michigan, an experience that reaffirmed my desire to engage in conservation in this great state. As a graduate student, I was involved in teaching and outreach and found the interaction with students of all ages thoroughly rewarding. I’m hoping to utilize more of my skills to share with others how amazing NW Michigan’s natural history is.

    I’m reaching out to NMEAC because the goals of the organization align with my professional and personal perspective as well as interests. If someone has the time to meet and discuss what you perceive the natural history and conservation educational needs of northwest Michigan are, I would greatly appreciate it.

    Thank you
  • James Hilgendorf
    commented 2019-01-25 23:51:03 -0500
    I’m writing from El Cerrito, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area.

    I’m a filmmaker, speaker, poet, and the author of ten non-fiction books, part of a new journey called “Traveling to a New America.”

    This coming year, I’m giving talks and holding conversations in towns and cities all across America, both in-person and online via Zoom video.

    Amid all the divisiveness, chaos, and loss of hope we see all around us, this is a time of immense opportunities, of a deep, transformational shift in all our lives that is beginning to reshape the core and heart of America.

    Would you and your group like to sponsor one of my talks?

    In America today, there’s so much talk about borders and walls. You can see me reading a passage from one of my books on this topic – called “Hurricane”.

    I love to engage audiences, large or small, through my talks and readings from my books, and a conversation about who we are, and who we are to become, here in America.

    For an online event, we would be talking together on Zoom video.

    You can download the Zoom app ( free. There is no technical expertise required. I would simply send you an email with a notice of a certain time to click a link, and we would be automatically connected and online. All you need is a computer or laptop with a good built-in camera.

    If you have an interest in sponsoring one of my talks in person, instead of online, and have a budget for this, we could also discuss details for that.

    Any payment for my talks in various ways, according to your circumstances – a direct payment or honorarium; admission charges; admission charges with free books being given away; a split from proceeds of a dinner, etc., would be appreciated.

    If you have an interest in talking further, please contact me directly by email or phone.

    Thanks, and best wishes.

    James Hilgendorf

    Cell: 510-501-9564



    My website is at:

    My Facebook Page, “Traveling to a New America”, is at:

    Here are a few comments from my previous talks:

    Comments from Talks:

    SOMOS – Society of the Muse of the Southwest, Taos, New Mexico:

    “I was deeply moved by your talk. It resonated on many levels.”

    “It was inspiring and challenging. The author is a combination of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Bernie Sanders, Karl Marx, the Buddha, Ralph Nader, and Walt Whitman.”

    “I enjoyed your presentation, especially your optimism and dedication. I am inspired to remain optimistic in these changing times.”

    Napa Valley Arts Association

    “Thank you for your presence and words. Very inspiring.” Emily Freiman, President

    “Thank you for your thoughtful, eloquent presentation!”

    “Thank you for your presentation at the Art Association. I especially love your writing! Very very strong. Huge WOW. Thank you for your dedication and talent. Loved your reading from the America book. Poignant.

    Santa Barbara Chapter of IANDS – the International Association for Near-Death Studies

    “James Hilgendorf presented a one-hour talk tonight, titled “Waking Up To Who You Really Are” to an audience of about 100 of our attendees. During the talk, he presented ideas from his own Buddhist background, as well as ideas and commentary from a wide array of famous people, including Arnold Toynbee, Joseph Campbell, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Leo Tolstoy, Friedrich Nietzsche, Henri Bergson, Kenneth Ring, Daisaku Ikeda, John Wheeler and others, in an attempt to stimulate reflection upon the nature of our lives and our relationship to the universe around us, and to provide insights into the nature of happiness and of life and death itself. After the talk, there were many interesting questions from the audience. I felt his talk gifted us all with deep insights, guidance, and light. Very simple. Very beautiful.” – Barbara Bartolome, Founder/Director

    Spring Lake Village Senior residence, Santa Rosa, CA. – Lois Gilbert

    Our small group of Unitarian Universalists at Spring Lake Village (our lovely senior residence in Santa Rosa, CA) had the great pleasure of hosting James Hilgendorf to talk at one of our monthly speakers’ series, offered to all the residents and their friends. Lots of people came and I received many, many compliments on the presentation, and requests that he return. As I was the one who arranged the meeting with Jim, I will take this opportunity to highly recommend him. His talk is clear, informative, and intelligent; his manner warm, friendly, and approachable. About 10 of us were able to have dinner with Jim and his wife, Elizabeth afterward, here at Spring Lake Village. We all opened up with personal stories, as did Jim and Elizabeth. This is a very special event to have, very warm, and personally satisfying.

  • Christian Nelson
    commented 2018-11-23 14:59:50 -0500
    Good Morning!

    My name is Christian and I work for the vehicle donation and recycling program Vehicles For Veterans. I contacted you a little while ago to see if you could put our link somewhere on your website. I didn’t receive a response so I am just reaching out again to see if you are interested in helping.

    The proceeds from these vehicle donations go to support disabled veterans and other causes for our nation’s veterans. We are a free available resource for the people of Michigan. If you would like the learn more, just click on the link below, or contact me with any questions you have!

    Thank you for your time!

    Christian Nelson

    Vehicles For Veterans
  • Christian Nelson
    commented 2018-11-16 14:47:47 -0500
    Good Morning!

    My name is Christian and I work for the vehicle donation and recycling program Vehicles For Veterans. I contacted you a little while ago to see if you would put our link on your website. I didn’t receive a response so I am just reaching out again to see if you are interested in helping.

    The proceeds from these vehicle donations go to support disabled veterans and other causes for our nation’s veterans. We are a free available resource for the people of Michigan. If you would like the learn more, just click on the link below, or contact me with any questions you have!

    Thank you for your time!

    Christian Nelson

    Vehicles For Veterans
  • Susan Rogan
    commented 2018-11-14 21:29:30 -0500
    As you may know, nominations for the Sara Hardy Humanitarian Award are being accepted until January 2, 2018. Before we head into the busy holiday season, we are hoping that you will agree to help us with a special nomination.

    “Nominees are to be someone you believe exemplifies the ideals of the City Commission. These ideals are to promote mutual understanding and respect among all people and to discourage discriminatory practices.” (taken from: )

    Several of us feel that Sally Van Vleck would be the perfect recipient of this award. Indeed, we were surprised to learn she had not already received this prestigious award.

    We’ve learned that the committee looks for the same person to be nominated by several people. This is where you come in. If you could submit a nomination for Sally and ask others who know of Sally and her years of work to do the same, we might be able to help bring some recognition to this very deserving woman.

    Here’s what we need to do:

    Please submit a letter to include the nominee’s name, address, telephone number and humanitarian activities they are involved in along with the reasons why you are nominating this individual. The nominator should include their name and phone number in the letter as well. If you prefer, you can use this nomination form:

    Here is Sally’s address and phone number for the nomination form:

    1308 Neahtawanta Rd.

    Traverse City, MI 49686


    Please send nominations to:

    Traverse City Human Rights Commission

    400 Boardman Avenue

    Traverse City, Michigan 49684

    (or fax to the Human Rights Commission at 231-922-4470)

    Let’s avoid being caught up short by the holiday season. Let’s do this now. But, let’s keep it quiet so Sally does not find out what we are up to!

    Please share this with anyone you think would like to be involved.

    Thank you!

    Susan Rogan
  • John Wierenga
    commented 2018-11-10 11:33:16 -0500
    Dan McCarthy i am with Citizens Climate Lobby and we are hard at work on doing what needs to be done. Google our local chapter or find my own contact info at ( no http or .com needed)
  • Dan McCarthy
    commented 2018-11-10 08:53:07 -0500
    I was introduced to your organization Thursday at the NMC forum featuring Peter Sinclair. I must say, I was disappointed. After an effective 15-20 minutes laying out the problem, he segued into “Actions”. Great! Where do us environmentalists go from here? How do we respond to the great existential threat? Well, not to worry, per Mr. Sinclair, market forces are taking care of it. Now that the price of renewables has fallen to next to nothing, the big corporations have got our backs! Now we have G.M., Mitsubishi, Dow Chemical and the like to thank for saving our planet.

    With nothing for citizens groups to do we can dissolve our “Action Councils” knowing we are safely in the hands of big business and the forces of the market. What rubbish!
  • David Luginbill
    commented 2018-10-28 19:43:14 -0400
    What if anything is anybody doing about a million gallons of sewage in Betsie Bay. The DNR falsely claimed it would all wash into lake Michigan (I somehow fail to see the good part of that) but the south end of the bay near the leak had a huge unprecedented algae bloom and sea weed overgrowth this past summer 2018. Why isn’t anybody concerned? Here is the Record Eagle article and you can see other news online:

    Seven weeks of raw sewage goes unnoticed in Betsie Bay | Local ……sewage…betsie-bay/article_4abe79b7-3350-5b27-9d04-5f2…

    Mar 24, 2018 – Heather Hettinger, a fisheries biologist with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, said that sewage spills are never a good thing, but that the small, shallow Betsie Bay has a lot working in its favor. … “Instead of sitting in one body of water for a long time, it will be dispersed into Lake Michigan.”

    The DNR in their great concern has…..done nothing!

    One downstate village was fined thousands of dollars by the DNR because during repair of their sewage pipe crossing a river the plastic that holds ground dirt from getting from the side of the river into the water was missing for a few hours. No dirt got in the river but they were fined because it potentially could have. Here a million gallons of sewage over 7 weeks and nobody does squat.
  • Logan Chamberlain
    commented 2018-08-21 13:18:30 -0400
    Hello, Citizens’ Climate Lobby posted this event on their Facebook page in “collaboration” with a dozen other organizations and was wondering if you wanted to post this event on your Facebook and/or website as well? Maybe NMEAC can be added to the collaborators list on the FB event page. Here is the link:
  • Bethany Rishell
    commented 2018-07-06 11:32:44 -0400
    I wanted to alert you to a major threat to Michigan’s environmental protection laws: Steve King’s Amendment to the Farm Bill, the so-called “Protect Interstate Commerce Act.” On its face, this legislation is aimed at stripping states of their right to set policy regarding agricultural products sold within their borders. However, the language is so broadly defined that it could lead courts to nullify hundreds of state laws across the country that protect our environment from dangerous pesticides, animal waste, and irresponsible farming practices.

    Will you join the growing coalition opposing the King Amendment’s attack on the environment? If so, simply reply “yes.”

    The following are examples of state laws safeguarding Michigan’s beautiful environment that would be jeopardized if this legislation passes:

    • Mich. Comp. Laws Ann. § 286.82 – establishes authority to protect cherry crops from pests, including via the seizure or destruction of infected crops

    • Mich. Admin. Code R. 285.715.7 – restricts sale of noxious weeds and establishes maximum percentage of noxious weeds allowable in shipments of regular seed

    • Mich. Comp. Laws § 287.731 – prohibits the import of animals determined by the state to endanger native wildlife

    • Mich. Comp. Laws Ann. § 29.495, § 29.497, § 29.499, § 29.501 – requires that any cigarettes sold in the state be tested in accordance with specific test methods and meet certain flammability standards, in order to reduce unintended fires

    The threat is urgent because the House just passed its version of the Farm Bill, which contains the King Amendment. We need to make sure that the Senate rejects this terrible amendment and that it is NOT included in any final House/Senate package.

    A diverse, rapidly growing array of organizations, including the Alabama Rivers Alliance, Center for Biological Diversity, Environmental Working Group, and Southern Environmental Law Center oppose King’s bill.

    Would the Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council be willing to send its own letter to House leadership, or sign on to our joint letter that opposes King’s measure and a related bill introduced by Rep. Sensenbrenner (HR 2887)? If you prefer to send your own, we would be happy to provide drafts or examples of letters submitted to Congress by other concerned organizations. Or would you simply allow us to add your organization’s name to our coalition list as mentioned above?

    Thank you very much in advance for your consideration. If you’d like to discuss the above in further detail, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at the number below.

    Thank you,

  • Steven Smiley
    commented 2018-06-15 10:03:58 -0400
    SeeJune 15, 2018 SOLAR ALERT

    From members of the Cherryland Electric Cooperative “Member Advisory Committee”; Tom Gallery, Peter Wolcott, Steve Smiley (


    At this MONDAY’S June 18, 9 AM, Cherryland Electric Cooperative Board of Director’s meeting the board will be making decisions on the fate of solar energy for members by voting on proposals that basically kill solar energy for member installations. Of the seven board members, four board members can IMMEDIATELY propose policies to advance solar energy in our community and reject the solar killing resolutions.

    We recommend:

    VOTE TO RE-INSTATE “FULL NET METERING”, from the modified net metering program that was established to pay 5.6 cents/kW-hour, in contrast to 12 cents/kW-hour with full net metering. Cherryland recently cancelled the net metering program arguing they (and our generation cooperative) met their 10 MW – 1% solar goal!). In reauthorizing full net-metering the 20-kW capacity cap per member should be removed. The board should make a motion to re-instate full net metering at this June 18, meeting, AND NOT DELAY ANY APPLICATIONS FOR SOLAR PROJECTS—SOME THAT HAVE BEEN PLANNED AND/OR UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

    VOTE TO Re-instate 10 cents/kW-hr, with guaranteed allotments for small and medium size member solar projects. REJECT THE 6.5 cents/kW-hour Solar “Buy All / Sell All” (BASA) proposal by Wolverine Power Supply Cooperative (our “generation” cooperative) that reduces the price from 10 cents/kW-hour to 6.5 cents/kW-hour.


    • Solar energy installed by Cherryland Electric members is a great benefit, enriching our and community.

    • When a member installs solar on their property the excess clean energy goes right to their neighbors at no added expense to the grid, providing cheap, clean, high quality energy.

    • Solar system owners provide a free source of capital to our cooperative, free financing for clean energy.

    • Outside studies place the value of solar to a utility at over 14 cents/kW-hour, exceeding the retail price paid by members. Solar systems do not increase member or the cooperative costs, they provide clean, affordable energy. Anything less than the retail full net meter price is cheating our members.

    • When we members install solar systems, we keep our money at home, improving our local economy and the environment with multiplied community economic benefits? Two-thirds of our money paid to our cooperative is sent out-of-state for coal, gas and atomic energy.

    We salute the excellent operations and service staff at our cooperative, while demanding that the board and management advance policies the make solar work for members. Contact our cooperative board immediately.

    Come to the Monday, June 18, meeting at 9 AM in Grawn and voice your concerns.

    Contact our board and management to express your opinions: Terry Lautner, President, ( Ph: 231-946-4623), Tom Van Pelt ( Ph: 231 386-5234), Melinda Lautner ( Ph: 231-947-2509), David Schweitzer (dschweitzer@cherrylandelectric.ccop Ph: 231 883-5860), John Olson ( Ph: 231 938-1228), Gabe Schneider ( Ph: 517 449-6453), Jon Zickert ( Ph: 231 631-1337) and Tony Anderson, Mgr. ( Ph: 231 486-9200).

  • mary sue rogers
    commented 2018-06-11 05:15:09 -0400
    unscribe please
  • mary sue rogers
    commented 2018-06-11 05:13:08 -0400
  • TIm Reznich
    commented 2018-05-16 12:01:25 -0400
    I just received my certificate in the mail. Thank you for the award. I apologize for missing your event, it would have been great to mingle and hear what people are up to.

    Our program is going strong. It has been very rewarding introducing environmental issues to my students and having them respond so positively. We have had many in depth discussions about local, national and world-wide issues and I have come away from those discussions impressed (and I have to admit, suprised) by their interest and passion. I look forward to teaching this class for many years to come, as we will be able to investigate and explore new environmental developments and issues as they come up.

    Again, thank you for the award, I will share this with my students.


    Tim Reznich

    Frankfort High School
  • Jannan Cornstalk
    commented 2018-05-07 06:11:05 -0400
    I would like to bring you and June in on a conference call on (TUESDAY) May 15th at 3pm NEED GREG & JUNE email to send conference call number and info. Proposal & Agenda
  • Jannan Cornstalk
    commented 2018-05-07 06:07:37 -0400
    Pipe Out Paddle Protest 4
  • Kama Ross
    commented 2018-05-01 16:01:14 -0400
    The Forestry Assistance Program of Leelanau, Benzie and Grand Traverse Conservation Districts is teaming up with Leo Creek Preserve to host a Tree Waste to Biochar Workshop, on Tuesday, June 12, 6:00-8:30 pm. I can forward a pdf of the flyer or you can pull it off the Leelanau Conservation District website at Should be a very interesting evening.
  • Jeff Anderson
    commented 2018-04-23 11:50:53 -0400
    Hey NMEAC I wanted to send you news of an event we at NREC are putting on this Thursday. I hope you can post it on your site!

    Jeff AndersonIn the words of Stephanie Mills:

    Had Enough Snark?

    Want to witness a live argument that’s civil, respectful, and exciting?

    Come to THAT’S DEBATABLE, a free event. It’s the first in a series of formal public debates sponsored by the Neahtawanta Research and Education Center.

    You’ll hear what two teams of local talent have to say, pro and con, about this proposition:

    Two years of civic or military service should be required, without exemption, of every U.S. citizen on attaining voting age.

    (The composition of the teams may surprise you.)

    They are on the Pro side; TC West High Debaters Aage Denton and Michael Carley

    on the Con side; Donna Gundle Krieg, representative for NW MI Libertarian Party and Anthony Weber ethics teacher at NMC and pastor for Church of the Living God.

    And moderating will be Benjamin Marentette the TC City Clerk

    You’ll have an opportunity to hear differing opinions, judge the reasoning of the debaters, and share in their passion to persuade and prevail.

    Months in preparation, Edition One of THAT’S DEBATABLE, will take place April 26 at 7PM in the Milliken Auditorium at Northwestern Michigan College. Co-sponsored by WNMC and Eric Hines and underwritten by Conflict Resolution Services and supported by International Affairs Forum this public battle of wits will be broadcast live on WNMC Radio.
  • Ron Brown
    commented 2018-03-10 11:57:13 -0500
    For additional information contact

    The Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame

    Announces It’s Inductees For 2018

    The Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame will be holding it’s 2018 induction ceremony May 9 at 6:15 in the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids. This year the Honorable Vern Ehlers will be induced into the Legacy Circle.

    Individuals are Bill Murphy, former Enforcements Officer for the MDNR, Bob Garner, former legislative assistant and host of Michigan Outdoors television show, and Helen Taylor, State Director for the Nature Conservancy.

    Also included this year, in the Projects category is Project Clarity, an attempt to clean up the Macatawa Water Shed, for School/Colleges, the Great Lakes Leadership Academy, in the Non-Profit category, The Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy.

    The speaker this year will be Helen Taylor, State Director for the Nature Conservancy.
  • Drew Warner
    commented 2018-02-05 15:22:59 -0500

    WE would love to help spread the word about all you are doing. Please send a press release to me and we’ll get it to our editors at MyNorth Media. We’d also love to be the ticketing service provider for the May event this year as a local provider with MyNorth Tickets over Brown Paper Tickets. Rates are comparable and we offer much more local promotion!
  • Ron Brown
    commented 2018-01-12 14:01:21 -0500
  • Sarah MacFarlane Neal
    commented 2017-12-28 14:24:19 -0500
    im online, trying to make a small donation…but cant see where to post the financial details……
  • William Gittlen
    commented 2017-11-22 15:01:46 -0500


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