Michigan environmental department will change name on Monday

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The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality unveiled its new logo for when it gets renamed on Monday.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will be reorganized on April 22nd as the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy.

Three major changes from the reorganization will be the creation of a new Office of Climate and Energy, an Interagency Environmental Justice Response Team, and moving the Office of the Great Lakes from the Department of Natural Resources.

Director Liesl Clark debuted the new EGLE logo for employees at MDEQ’s main office in Lansing’s Constitution Hall.

“The 1,200 people from MDEQ, the Office of the Great Lakes, and Michigan Agency for Energy stand ready to unite on April 22 around a common purpose of protecting the state and its resources, including Michigan’s most important resource, its people.” Clark said. “EGLE’s shared mission will be built on a common foundation of protecting and conserving Michigan’s treasured resources and contributing to healthy and vibrant communities throughout the state.”

Lisa Twenter who created the logo says the green and blue logo represents Michigan’s land and water resources. The letters are separated by a wave which represents the connection between the environment and energy as found in the wind and waves of the Great Lakes.

“My goal for the logo was to create something that embodied all of what the new department represents, while being subtle and retaining a professional image,” Twenter said.

Gov. Whitmer signed an executive order to restructure and rename the department in February, but the change takes 60 days after being submitted to the Legislature to take effect.

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