Former U.S. Sen. Carl M. Levin has received the Milliken Distinguished Leadership Award from the Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities.
Groundwork is a nonprofit advocacy organization in Traverse City whose mission is to protect the environment, strengthen the economy and build community. Levin is senior counsel in the corporate department at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP in Detroit.
The award recognizes leaders who emulate the legacy of Gov. William Milliken and the late Helen Milliken in their belief that a clean, healthy environment is necessary for a prosperous economy. Groundwork honored Levin for his many environmental accomplishments for Northwest Michigan as a U.S. Senator, including:
- Sponsoring legislation that preserved more than 32,000 acres of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore as wilderness
- Securing funding for the Boardman River Dams Removal Project—the largest wetlands restoration in the Great Lakes Basin
- Playing an instrumental role in the creation of the Grand Vision, which directly engaged 12,000 people to create a consensus vision for growth and development, transportation solutions and key priorities like housing, local agriculture and clean energy in northwest Michigan
Levin, of Detroit, who served 36 years in the U.S. Senate, focuses his legal practice on assisting publicly and privately held companies in identifying and addressing legal, business and reputational risks that may bring them under public or government scrutiny and result in legal action or loss of business.
Levin earned a Bachelor of Arts from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania and his juris doctor from Harvard Law School.