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E-M:/ Sustainable Development Grants

Enviro-Mich message from Julie Stoneman <juliemec@voyager.net>

For Immediate Release							

Contact:   Julie Stoneman/Casi Cramer
	     Maunda Burke


The Michigan Economic and Environmental Roundtable and the Michigan
Environmental Council (MEC) are funding projects that advance land
stewardship through collaboration and partnerships working on sustainable
development/smart growth initiatives at local, regional and state levels.
The C.S. Mott, Detroit Edison, and Dow Chemical Foundations have provided
$17,800 to award as grants to eligible organizations working on land use
issues.  The small grants will range between $1,000-$4,000 and are to
emphasize business/environmental partnerships.

Businesses and organizations eligible for small grants must:
a)	have 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax status or be sponsored by a 501(c)(3)
b)	demonstrate a commitment to increasing public and policy maker awareness
of sustainable land use practices.

The program is intended to help businesses and environmental groups work
together to reduce the impacts of low density development or
sprawl--development that consumes important resource lands and leads to the
deterioration of older communities.  Through education and cooperation,
alternate avenues of sprawl can be created and implemented.

"Achieving sustainable land use patterns is one of Michigan's most pressing
challenges. Only with business, environmentalists and community interests
working together can we meet the challenge," said George D. Goodman,
Executive Director, Michigan Municipal League and Roundtable member.

The Roundtable, a nonprofit organization comprised of representatives of
business and environmental interests, seeks to develop new approaches to
the challenges facing Michigan's economy and natural resources. MEC, a
member of the Roundtable, is a nonprofit coalition of 55 environmental
organizations working to promote a land stewardship ethic throughout the
state.  MEC and the Roundtable recognize that the state's economic and
environmental communities have similar concerns relating to land use.

Recipients will be selected on a competitive basis.  Applications are due
on May 15, 1999; decisions will be made by June 15, 1999.  For an
application or more information, contact MEC at 119 Pere Marquette, Ste.
2A, Lansing, MI  48912, or call (517) 487-9539.  Application information
can also be found online at:  http//:www.mienv.org/lsi.htm by Monday, March 8.

Julie Stoneman
Director of Land Programs
Michigan Environmental Council
119 Pere Marquette Dr., Suite 2A
Lansing, MI  48912
Ph:	517-487-9539
Fax:	517-487-9541
Email:	juliemec@voyager.net
Web:	www.mienv.org  

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