WHY WE DO IT
Environmental health disparities are produced and maintained because populations of color and low income communities are more likely to have greater exposure to air pollution, water pollution, dilapidated housing, low-quality infrastructure, blight and decay, and locally unwanted land uses which result in adverse health outcomes such as asthma, lead poisoning and cardiovascular disease.
Detroit is home to five of the top 25 most polluted zip codes in the state, including 48217 at #1.
Detroit has the highest rates of asthma, lead poisoning and cardiovascular disease in Michigan.
Detroiters pay two times more of their household income on energy than other Michigan residents.
Advocated for the clean-up of an estimated 60,000 contaminated parcels of land in Detroit.
Trained over 5,000 people to identify environmental health hazards in their homes and neighborhoods, and then to build their capacity to make their community a safer, healthier place to live.
Provided over 3,000 energy efficiency products to families to help reduce households’ energy and economic burden and increase the safety and health of their homes.