The Latest by Hannah Stephanz


Hannah Stephanz was an intern with the Communications department in the Washington D.C. office during the summer of 2014. She studied Public Policy and Marine Science and Conservation at Duke University.

The U.S. Capitol building.
August 19, 2014

When Lobbying is a Good Thing

Lobbying is the act of attempting to influence decisions made by officials in the government. There is bad lobbying and, as I learned, there is good.

Southwest Detroit's Marathon Oil Refinery.
August 11, 2014

The Need to Fight for Michigan’s Dirtiest Zip Code

On April 27, 2013, thick, black smoke rose high above southwest Detroit from the flames at a nearby industrial facility. Three thousand residents were then ordered to leave their homes and evacuate the area. These residents are no stranger to poor air quality as their neighbors include a coal-fired power plant, a car factory, a water waste management plant, and the Marathon Ashland Petroleum oil refinery, one of 150 oil refineries in the country.