Education and Awareness

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We shine a light on environmental hazards, bringing awareness to local environmental issues and opportunities.We educate citizens about the role a healthy environment plays in a vibrant Detroit.

Is Detroit ready for climate change?

The steps we take to adapt for climate change will create good jobs, improve our air, health and public safety, and bring down costs. That’s what the Detroit Climate Action Plan is all about – it’s part of a comeback path for our city in an era when success or struggle will in part hinge on actions now to prepare for more severe climate change impacts ahead. Because Detroit is rebuilding now, we have a special opportunity now to get this done. Involvement and expertise from the most diverse possible set of organizations, institutions, businesses and individuals in our city is critical in making it work. Preparedness action is cost-effective action and economy-building action.


The Youth Climate Summit brings hundreds of students from high schools across the city together to explore environmental issues, including climate change and its impact on their world, now and into the future. One of the summits was part of a program introduced by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to encourage education and literacy around climate change and energy issues.

One of ten national and five international locations, the Summit was also made possible through partnerships with the Association of Science-Technology Centers, NOAA, U.S. Department of Energy, the Wild Center, EcoWorks, and the Michigan Science Center. Speakers included Becky Bolinger from the Great Lakes Environmental Research Center and hip-hop artists Tem Blessed and Cita-Light. With small group sessions, students were able to create climate action projects to bring back to their communities.


Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice—in conjunction with EcoWorks (formerly WARM Training Center), Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision, Zero Waste Detroit, Michigan Environmental Council, Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance, Recycle Here! and Data Driven Detroit—published the Detroit Environmental Agenda (DEA) in 2013. Based on citizen input and available data and analysis, the DEA outlines existing conditions, chronicles current initiatives and opportunities, and presents policy recommendations. The DEA was crafted to be a useful tool for Detroiters to serve as citizens and leaders committed to a cleaner, safer, healthier Detroit. This report is one piece of the larger goal of bringing awareness to the role of a healthy environment in a vibrant Detroit.