WHAT WE DO
DWEJ focuses on reducing environmental health disparities, specifically those related to asthma, lead poisoning and cardiovascular disease (CVD). Our approaches involve combining education about impacts of environmental hazards and climate change with political action to reduce the environmental factors that lead to disease. We focus our efforts on improving the natural and built environment so that the physical, spiritual, mental, and economic health of Detroiters is improved, protected and maintained.
In partnership with residents and researchers, we develop outreach and educational materials to heighten public awareness about environmental injustice occurring in Detroit.
We lead customized bus tours that highlight what Detroit has achieved so far in addressing environmental injustice as well as the work that still remains. We tour areas where people live, learn, work, play, and pray in the shadows of facilities that compromise their health and wellbeing. We also feature green buildings, windmill parks and thriving urban farms that are positively contributing to a greener, cleaner, healthier Detroit.
Awareness and Advocacy through Art (AAA)
We engage youth in grades 6 through 12 in developing visual and performance art that raises awareness around student-identified and locally-relevant environmental justice issues.
We provide training workshops, technical assistance and ongoing support to Detroiters to enhance their capacity to conduct effective advocacy (case, issue and policy).
DTE Energy Efficiency Assistance Program
In partnership with DTE Energy, we assist qualifying households with weatherization, energy-related home repairs and appliance replacement leading to a decrease in energy burden as well as improvements in indoor air quality – all related to quality of life, health and wellbeing.
Detroit Healthy Homes Contractor Accelerator Project (DHCAP)
We convene an incubator that provides space for contractors and other tradespeople to learn from each other and area experts about ways to improve the built environment towards the shared goal of reducing environmental health disparities, while adding a source of new revenue for contractors.
Just-us (nothing for us without us)
We continue to center the voice and will of the community while collaborating with multi-sector partners to develop, evaluate and champion policies, plans and laws that address environmental health disparities and that provide a fair and just opportunity for all to achieve and maintain optimal health.