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Whitmer unveils ‘Healthy Climate Plan’ for Michigan

Solar panels soak up some sunshine at a farm just outside Traverse City.
Patrick Shea
Interlochen Public Radio
Solar panels soak up some sunshine at a farm just outside Traverse City.

At a solar farm near Traverse City, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer unveiled the MI Healthy Climate Plan on Thursday.

Among other objectives, the plan is a roadmap towards Michigan’s goal for statewide carbon neutrality by 2050, Whitmer said.

“The action outlined in this plan will help us become energy independent, protect our natural resources, and spur economic development,” said Whitmer.

The MI Healthy Climate Plan also includes a network of charging stations to support two million electric vehicles.

Whitmer also identified short-term goals for the next decade. She said all state-owned facilities will strive to run on 100% renewable energy sources by 2025. The plan also calls for 60% of the state’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030.

“Meeting these climate goals will require collaboration,” Whitmer said. “There's no question; none of us can do this alone.”

Whitmer said that 16 communities across the state have already stated a commitment to carbon neutrality by 2050, as have several tribal nations and the state’s largest universities.

Patrick Shea was a natural resources reporter at Interlochen Public Radio. Before joining IPR, he worked a variety of jobs in conservation, forestry, prescribed fire and trail work. He earned a degree in natural resources from Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, and his interest in reporting grew as he studied environmental journalism at the University of Montana's graduate school.