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Written by Julia Wendzinski

Nick Schroeck is the executive director of the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center in Detroit and also teaches in the environmental law clinic at Wayne State University.

The environmental law center is a relatively new organization founded in 2008 with a board of all attorneys that work in environmental law. The center has also formed a partnership with Wayne State’s law school that allows students to have a chance to work on the projects.

Schroeck explains that the center works in three main areas: water issues such as wetlands and invasive species, energy like renewable energy and coal plants, and regionalism, transportation and sustainability with some of the sprawl issues that we have in Michigan.

“The passion and energy that the students bring into the work, it’s really striking,” says Schroeck. “They care deeply about the issues and in a lot of cases I think they are more in tune with what’s going on in the environment and the environmental movement.”

Some students have even taken the steps through the American Bar Association to “green” Wayne State’s law school. They’ve directed the faculty and staff to recycle paper, turn of the lights and make other helpful changes to their daily operation.

Click on the arrow above to hear part one of Schroeck’s July 16 Greening of the Great Lakes conversation with Kirk HeinzeGreening of the Great Lakes airs Fridays at 7 p.m. on News/Talk  760 WJR.

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