WHAT WE DO

Overview

At Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice, we:

COLLABORATE WITH COMMUNITIES

so that they can fight for their own right to safety and health, with lasting effects for future generations.

PARTNER WITH RESEARCHERS

to create and build awareness of scientific data that points unequivocally to the need for meaningful change.

LEAD THE WAY

through the creation of innovative, actionable policies and plans to make communities safer for everyone in the face of global climate change.

EDUCATE THROUGH WORKSHOPS AND TOURS

providing outreach to the community so they can get the knowledge they need to create healthy environments and become agents of change.

TRAIN THE LOCAL WORKFORCE FOR THE FUTURE

by teaching Detroit residents the skills they need to work in living-wage jobs with a focus on repairing and protecting the environment.

SOLUTIONS START HERE

Education, training, advocacy, and policy are the pillars of our critical work. Through these channels, we help underrepresented populations in Detroit and beyond gain access to resources and knowledge, leading to long-term, healthy solutions. Our commitment to improve the lives of Detroiters has endured for decades and will continue into the future as the city faces more environmental challenges and finds new opportunities.

Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice has spent decades creating a vision of sustainability for the city of Detroit and beyond. We have won several battles over the years alongside our partners and the local community, such as the creation of the city’s first grassroots Climate Action Plan, the City of Detroit Office of Sustainability, the publication of the Detroit Sustainability Action Agenda, and the unanimous adoption of the Greenhouse Gas Ordinance by the Detroit City Council.

It was a long time coming, but now that many in Detroit and in Michigan are finally on the same page about what needs to happen, it’s time for us to start implementing the next phase of our vision for a safer, fairer, and greener Detroit. The work will be challenging but rewarding. Together, we will succeed.

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Advocacy 

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Community Action

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Green Jobs

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