The following publications are a reflection of various DWEJ publications, created in collaboration with a wide array of stakeholders (organizations, researchers, community members) with whom we partnered over the years. Some of these publications are the result of work we commissioned other groups to perform on our behalf.


Detroit Sustainability Action Agenda
City of Detroit, 2019

Detroit City Government’s vision for a sustainable Detroit drawn directly from the voices of the people of Detroit. The agenda serves as the foundation for the 4 outcomes, 10 goals, and 43 actions for residents, businesses, the City, and community partners to implement, in order to turn this sustainability vision into reality. The actions build on existing efforts to enhance sustainability in Detroit.


Detroit Sustainability Action Agenda: Engagement Phase
AECOM, coUrbanize, Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice, EcoWorks, SAGA Marketing,  2019

Brief overview of the engagement process used to generate community input for the Detroit Sustainability Agenda.


Detroit Climate Resilience Ordinance, Detroit Water Agenda, CA-PHE Public Health Action Plan
Detroit Environmental Agenda, 2017-2018

A brief overview and outline of the three main policies initially produced by the Detroit Environmental Agenda.


2017 Voter Guide
Detroit Environmental Agenda, 2017

Voter Guide prepared by the Detroit Environmental Agenda for the 2017 Detroit City Council election. It expanded on the 2013 version and included responses from candidates for Mayor, City Council and other elected positions.


Detroit Environmental Agenda Report
Detroit Environmental Agenda, 2013

Detroit’s first-ever grassroots-led sustainability initiative that cataloged the city’s state of the environment, proposed numerous action steps and plans to tackle Detroit’s environmental issues, and paved the way for the Detroit Climate Action Plan, the Detroit Office of Sustainability, and the Detroit Sustainability Action Agenda.


2013 Voter Guide
Detroit Environmental Agenda, 2013

Voter Guide prepared by the Detroit Environmental Agenda for the 2013 Detroit City Council election. It provided voters with the ability to read and evaluate responses given by candidates to questions about environmental issues in the district they were running to represent.


Green Task Force Interim Report
Detroit City Council, 2008

The Green Task Force, established by Interim Mayor Kenneth Cockrel in 2007, urged the City of Detroit and its people to embrace a philosophy of sustainability and of environmental stewardship, in order to best prepare the City’s economic, social, and environmental systems to respond to the challenges facing the communities they serve. Included in the report, are a description of the story behind the creation of the Green Task Force, its mission statement and guiding principles, as well as a list of its founding members, including DWEJ.



Economic Impact of the Detroit Climate Action Plan
Anderson Economic Group LLC & Jason Horwitz, 2018

An in-depth report that accompanied the Detroit Climate Action Plan. It identified a set of well-defined action plan steps in the Detroit Climate Action Plan, and examined what their respective economic impact might be on the City of Detroit.


Detroit Climate Action Plan
Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice, 2017

Detroit’s first ever climate action plan, written from the “streets up” and containing over 100 action steps to help Detroit and her residents prepare for what climate change is bringing and will continue to bring.


Historical Climatology: Detroit, Michigan
Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments, 2016

A fact sheet on the changes in precipitation and temperature in Detroit from 1950-2014, showing a temperature increase of 2.7°F, a 25% increase in precipitation, fewer heavy precipitation events, and a freeze-free period that grew by 15 days during that time period. The publication also contains climate predictions, based on the data collected, showing that these trends are continuing and/or accelerating.


City of Detroit Greenhouse Gas Inventory: An Analysis of Citywide and Municipal Emissions for 2011 and 2012 Final Report
Jill Carlson, Jenny Cooper, Marie Donahue, Max Neale, and Anis Ragland,  2014

Detroit’s first ever comprehensive inventory of and report on greenhouse gas emissions, completed for DWEJ and the Detroit Climate Action Collaborative and by graduate students at the University of Michigan.


Foundations for Community Climate Action: Defining Climate Change Vulnerability in Detroit
University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, 2012

Students from the University of Michigan prepared a detailed vulnerability assessment focusing on extreme heat and flooding events that can be used to identify key geographic areas and populations within Detroit that are recognized to be most vulnerable to the potential effects of climate change. Included in the report are numerous recommendations for actions to help lessen the impact of climate change on Detroit residents.



Public Health Action Plan: Improving Air Quality & Health in Detroit
Community Action to Promote Health Environments, 2017

A comprehensive set of 10 strategies and actions for achieving healthier air and increased quality of life in Detroit, as well as 25 specific recommendations to reduce emissions, lower exposures to pollutants, and by extension, improve public health, especially among the low-income and minority communities most negatively impacted by poor environmental conditions.




Neighborhood Environmental Action Report: Health, Environment and Race in Grand Rapids
Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice & LINC UP, 2019

A comprehensive and approachable report on environmental justice issues in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and how they are being addressed by the City and the community. The report was co-authored by LINC UP and DWEJ and was produced from the ground-up, not the top down.


Environmental Justice Work Group Report: Michigan as a Global Leader in Environmental Justice
Environmental Justice Work Group Members, 2018

The official report created by the State of Michigan Environmental Justice Work Group, in response to the Flint Water Crisis. The report examined existing environmental policies within the State, at the time of its creation, and made recommendations for the implementation of environmental justice guidance, training, curriculum, and new policies throughout all factions of Michigan’s state government.



DTE Energy Low-income Energy Efficiency Assistance Program: Program Profile
DTE Energy, 2016

Overview of DTE’s energy efficiency program to help low-income households reduce their household energy bills by reducing energy consumption. The program is conducted through partnerships with local agencies and organizations, like DWEJ.


Detroit Sustainability Center: Schematic Design Package
Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice, Southeast Michigan Sustainability Business Forum, inFORM studio, Conservation Design Forum, URS Corporation, 2010

Conceptual design plans for DWEJ’s proposed Detroit Sustainability Center, a hub envisioned to promote green/sustainable development, job training, and economic growth, as well as to serve as a professional and community resource center.


Catalyzing A Sustainable Detroit: A Community-Directed Strategic Plan
Alycia Hillman, Sheila Somashekhar, Carmen Violich, and Natalie Zappella, 2008

Using data and feedback obtained through community-based research, four University of Michigan graduate students created a strategic plan for a sustainability resource and community activity center that addresses the broad range of social and physical issues facing Detroit.


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