Together, we can define Detroit’s moment of possibility. History has brought us to a moment where Detroit faces tremendous economic, social and environmental challenges — low graduation rates, high unemployment, asthma and lead poisoning rates higher than state or national averages, and the list goes on. We’re ready to face those challenges and are actively writing a different kind of list — one full of hope, promise and equity.
We’re united for healthy communities and a Detroit that is fully alive! Detroit’s leading environmental and social justice voices have combined efforts to provide information critical to our city’s health and, most importantly, how health can be shared among our most vulnerable populations. In the following documents, we share: 1) where we are and where we need to be and 2) what our current mayoral and city council candidates say about how they would get us there.
1) The Detroit Environmental Agenda Report: The culmination of two years of collaborative research on the environmental status of our city and a concrete plan to move our neighborhoods forward.
2) The 2013 Detroit Environmental Agenda Voter Guide: Answers to five questions critical to Detroit’s future health and well-being, reported directly from our Detroit mayoral and city council candidates’ responses.
More than anything, Detroit is a city of possibility. Together, we can say “no more!” to the unacceptable and work together — as citizens, businesses, policy-makers, and elected officials — to create the Detroit we love.
Read or download the Detroit Environmental Agenda Report
A University of Michigan study found that Detroit is home to 5 of the top 25 most polluted zip codes in the state. 48217 is #1, and has a toxicity burden 46 times the state average.
In 2011, our sewer systems discharged over 26 billion gallons of raw or partially treated sewage into the Detroit and Rouge Rivers.
Detroit recycles 7 % of its total solid waste, compared to 26% on average for other major cities. San Francisco, which ranks highest, recycles over 80%.