Vision / Mission

Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice envisions Detroit as the global model of a vibrant urban center where all thrive in environmental, economic and social health.

DWEJ champions local and national collaboration to advance environmental justice and sustainable redevelopment. We foster clean, healthy and safe communities through innovative policy, education and workforce initiatives.

We work hard to make Detroit stronger and healthier.

In a city that includes five of the top-25 most-polluted zip codes in the state, Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice (DWEJ) is a voice for cleaner, safer, healthier neighborhoods.

DWEJ is dedicated to providing all Detroit residents with the tools they need to address environmental concerns in their own neighborhoods. DWEJ isn’t seeking to simply redistribute environmental harms, but to abolish them.

Established in 1994, DWEJ has grown from a grassroots volunteer organization to a major voice recognized locally, statewide, and nationally for its innovative programs and projects that stimulate economic growth while creating sustainable, livable communities. We are the oldest environmental justice organization in Michigan—our work is woven into the fabric of Detroit communities and neighborhoods.


At Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice we:

    with a passionate community to fight for their own right to health, with lasting effects for generations to come.
    with researchers to build awareness of scientific data that points unequivocally to the need for change.
    opportunities for underemployed young adults to gain skills to build safe homes and fight blight.
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    through the creation of the Detroit Climate Action Plan to make the city safer for residents in the face of climate change.
    people through workshops and tours—providing outreach to the community so they can get the knowledge they need to be healthy and advocate for change.