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“Detroit Sustainability Action Agenda” by Joel Howrani Heeres, Director, Office of Sustainability 3/3/20

March 3, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Subject: “Detroit Sustainability Action Agenda”

Tues. March 3: 7-8:30 PM

Discussion, Q&A to follow

New Prospect Missionary Baptist Church

6330 Pembroke Ave @ Livernois Detroit 48221  

Free secure parking off Pembroke



Greenacres-Woodward Civic Association (GWCA)

State Fairgrounds Development Coalition (SFDC)

Michigan Coalition for Human Rights (MCHR)


For more information online:


Office of Sustainability Detroit

Complete Guide to Plastic Recycling


The Michigan Environmental Project

Action Agenda Framework Detroit Sustainability

If you or your organization have questions for Mr. Heeres, or wish to promote the event, please call 313-863-3219



Detroit’s Plan for a More Livable City: An Introduction (printed in February GWCA News)   By Frank Hammer, Chair, Ad-Hoc Fairgrounds Development Committee

On March 3rd, Greenacres residents will have the opportunity to hear a presentation by the Director of Detroit’s Department of Sustainability – Joel Heeres – on the administration’s plan for enhancing Detroit’s future.  The Dept. is a newcomer to the city’s governing structure, created just two years ago in the wake of Mayors across the U.S. committing to the objectives outlined in the global Paris Climate Agreement, aimed at reducing the human causes behind intensifying climate disruptions (think: hurricanes Maria and Dorian in Puerto Rico and the Bahamas, wildfires in California and Australia).

The plan, called “Detroit Sustainability Action Agenda,” focuses on four outcomes organized into ten goals:


1: Increase access to healthy food, green spaces, and recreation opportunities

2: Improve air quality and reduce exposure to pollution

3: Advance equity in access to economic opportunity


4: Reduce the total cost of housing, including utilities

5: Improve the health and safety of existing and new housing


6: Transform vacant lots into safe, productive, sustainable spaces

7: Reduce waste sent to landfills

8: Make it easier and safer to get around Detroit without a personal vehicle


9: Enhance infrastructure and operations to improve resilience to climate impacts

10: Reduce municipal and citywide greenhouse gas emissions

These are concretized into 43 distinct actions, some of which are:

  • Renovate existing and create new parks throughout the city
  • Reduce emissions from City vehicles
  • Expand green jobs training and workforce development programs
  • Expand lead poisoning prevention initiatives across the city
  • Develop green building guidelines for new developments receiving City incentives
  • Support neighborhood-based efforts to care for vacant lots and structures
  • Launch a citywide recycling campaign
  • Improve mobility connections between neighborhoods and job centers
  • Integrate climate change impacts into hazard mitigation planning
  • Expand emergency preparedness and communication tools
  • Develop a greenhouse gas assessment and climate action strategy
  • Develop an electric vehicle infrastructure strategy

The plan for “Sustainability” is ambitious, as you can see from all the above–and yet some environmentalists believe it’s not ambitious enough, considering the challenges that are confronting us according to warnings issued by climate scientists globally.

For more info, google “Detroit-Sustainability-Action-Agenda.”


March 3, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm