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Inspiration for a head planner

The City of Detroit is on the search for a Planning Director – we really need an amazing one – an actual planner, who can both capture the city’s vision and put us on the path to realizing it. Someone who is hardcore about the economic realities, hardcore about equity and engagement, and hardcore about […]

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Green Infrastructure updates

The Detroit Water & Sewerage Department has been moving forward on increasing the role of green infrastructure in dealing with stormwater. The bulk of the activities are concentrated around the Rouge River and partly on the lower eastside, but here are some broadly applicable highlights: – Creating a stormwater drainage charge system. When DWSD first began to […]

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Hierarchies in waste, transportation, energy and more

There are so many sustainability solutions, how do you know which is “better?” There are different ways to define “better,” depending on your priorities, and you’ll often see options ranked for cost efficiency and political expediency, but it’s never a bad idea to start out by understanding which methods are considered the BEST – in terms […]

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How vacant land can keep sewage out of the River

Thursday, September 25 was the last in the series of Mayor Duggan’s charter-mandated district-based meetings. In the sanctuary of the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Mayor Duggan clicked through slides detailing his accomplishments in lighting up the streets, addressing the water shutoffs, explaining the Great Lakes Water Authority, and his plan for getting buses to run property. The […]

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Sustainability & Resiliency in the Master Plan

The DEA steering committee members have established a subcommittee under Councilman Benson’s Green Task Force to develop sustainability and resiliency recommendations for the city’s Master Plan of Policies. We are excited that Dara O’Byrne from Detroit Future City is co-chairing this subcommittee, that so many environmental and community advocates are involved, and that we are […]

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City Green Infrastructure Update

Sue McCormick, Director of the Detroit Water & Sewerage Department, gave a presentation on the City’s green infrastructure and stormwater management efforts to the Green Task Force on Thursday, August 28, 2014. Sue had previously worked for former group executive Karla Henderson for the City of Ann Arbor, where she was in charge of both […]

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