West Michigan Environmental Action Council Education Foundation
WMEAC is a nonprofit environmental organization based in West Michigan. It received its nonprofit status in 1971.
WMEAC’s mission is to work collaboratively alongside our diverse community to educate, engage, and advocate for environmental values, environmental and climate justice, and a healthy and resilient community for all. Our service area includes the eight-county West Michigan region: Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Kent, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo and Ottawa, with primary emphasis on the Grand Rapids, Holland and Muskegon metropolitan areas.
WMEAC's solutions lie in student and community environmental education - particularly around water, zero waste and energy; helping community members and municipalities achieve more sustainable practices around energy and water; engaging communities in climate education and action; and in supporting clean water for all.
Water is particularly important in the Great Lakes State. We are stewards of 20% of the earth's surface fresh water. WMEAC works to minimize stormwater pollution (the biggest single factor in water pollution), advocate for the identification and cleanup of PFAs and other water pollutants, and work with environmental organizations from across the Great Lakes Basin to work to close down oil pipelines, such as Line 5 and to stop water theft by large bottling companies.
WMEAC also acknowledges that the environmental movement has traditionally been an exclusive movement that has caused harm to people of color. Our goals is to build a diverse, inclusive, and robust community prepared to tackle current environmental issues that resonate with all of our community. This includes WMEAC’s work with water protection and climate resilience, which intersect directly with environmental justice.