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Climate Sustainability

Clear Skies Ahead in Michigan

Did you know Michigan is ranked the No. 1 Best State for Climate Change? Add to that the state’s low natural disaster susceptibility and recent policies enacted by state government to improve climate change resilience, and you have a state that is ready to lead the nation in climate sustainability for decades to come. This leadership is also seen across the state’s thriving clean energy industry and innovative careers in next-generation transportation mobility and electric vehicle (EV) sector.

Michigan recently announced the state’s The MI Healthy Climate Plan, which is a roadmap to achieve carbon-neutrality by 2050 and includes a short-term goal of reducing emissions 52 percent by 2030. The plan has already played a significant role in attracting investment in the state, including a $1.6 billion investment by home-grown Michigan company Our Next Energy (ONE) for its first-ever battery manufacturing campus in Van Buren Township.

Michigan’s leadership equals new opportunities for those interested in working for companies like ONE and others in tech, clean energy or EV, while also providing a steady, safe climate our residents can feel good about well into the future. In the past year alone, Michigan has secured 24 projects in the clean energy sector, generating $21 billion in investment and creating nearly 16,000 jobs.

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Weather Without the Wait

In the Great Lakes State, you have four unique seasons that offer a diverse climate with significant variations in temperature and landscape across multiple regions. Proximity to the Great Lakes is pivotal, leading to larger seasonal differences in the central regions of the state while beach towns see more moderate climates during summer, fall and winter months. In the winter months, you’ll find snowy landscapes perfect for ice fishing and skiing. On the other hand, the summer months bring higher temps offering an ideal environment to attend one of the state’s many festivals and live outdoor events.

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Stewards of The Great Lakes Lifestyle

Michigan is committed to preserving the cherished Pure Michigan quality of life, and elected officials, auto manufacturers and other businesses are leading the state in pursuit of carbon neutrality by 2050 through the MI Healthy Climate Plan. In fact, Michigan has made so much progress in renewable and clean energy that it earned Site Selection’s No. 3 ranking for sustainable development in 2021. The state also fosters advancements in research, with six University of Michigan projects receiving over a million in grant funding from Graham Sustainability Institute’s Carbon Neutrality Acceleration Program (CNAP) to explore topics such as energy equity, responsible governance of nuclear energy and pumped hydrogen storage.

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What Michiganders Are Saying

“Michigan isn’t just an American industrial hub, it’s also the midpoint of this Chicago-Toronto corridor in what will be a ‘North American union.' We’re going to integrate even more in functional ways: infrastructure, trade, mobility of people, sharing of resources, water and electricity. That’s the way to think about Michigan: an incredibly stable geography environmentally at the heart of this North American super continent.”

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Dr. Parag Khanna Founder and Managing Partner FutureMap and Climate Alpha

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