17 Sep

SDEV Receives 2014 EPA Environmental Justice Grant Award!

Check out the Channel 4 News Story about the award!
EPA grants money to Southwest Detroit


September 16, 2014

EPA Awards 2014 Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Cooperative Agreements

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today competitive cooperative agreements with 12 community-based organizations working to address environmental justice issues nationwide. The Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (EJCPS) Cooperative Agreement Program provides funding for non-profit and tribal organizations to partner with stakeholders from across industry, government, and academia to develop and implement solutions that significantly address environmental and/or public health issues in American communities.

“These cooperative agreements empower communities to implement environmental protection projects locally,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “With these agreements, EPA advances our commitment to communities by providing financial and technical assistance to take action against environmental harm.”

In 2003, EPA’s Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ) launched the first solicitation for the EJCPS Cooperative Agreement Program. Since the Program’s inception, EPA has provided funding to 50 projects to help communities understand and address exposure to environmental harms and risks. Each of this year’s recipients are awarded up to $120,000 to support two-year projects, including identifying and reducing sources of air pollution, reducing lead exposure in homes of low-income residents, and the cleanup and repurposing of community dump sites.  Projects must use the Collaborative Problem Solving model, comprised of seven elements of a successful collaborative partnership, to address local environmental and/or public health issues.

Environmental justice is defined as the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people, regardless of race or income, in the environmental decision-making process. These awards represent EPA’s commitment to promoting localized, community-based actions to address environmental justice issues.

The twelve cooperative agreements total about $1.4 million.  The selected recipients are:

  • Montachusett Opportunity Council, Fitchburg, Massachusetts
  • Partners for a Healthier Community, Inc., Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Desarrollo Integral del Sur, Inc., Peñuelas, Puerto Rico
  • Greensboro Housing Coalition, Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Mississippi Conference of Black Mayors, Yazoo City, Mississippi
  • Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision Project, Detroit, Michigan
  • Groundwork New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Trailnet, Inc., St. Louis, Missouri
  • Conejos County Clean Water, Inc., Antonito, Colorado
  • Environmental Health Coalition, San Diego, California
  • Tolani Lake Enterprise, Navajo Nation, Northeast Arizona
  • Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition, Seattle, Washington

Please visit http://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/resources/publications/grants/cps-project-abstracts-2014.pdf for a complete listing of the 2014 Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Cooperative Agreement recipients and project descriptions.

In the fall of 2014, EPA plans to release a Request for Applications for the fiscal year 2015 Environmental Justice Small Grants Program. A schedule of pre-application teleconference calls will be announced at that time.

More information about EPA’s Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem Solving Cooperative Agreement Program:http://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/grants/ej-cps-grants.html

08 May

Report Illegally Dumped Tires

SDEV is holding our Annual Tire Sweep Challenge June 24-26, 2014!

PleasJazmin De Roa Torrese report any locations with illegally dumped tires by filling out this Reporting Form before June 17th. While we cannot clean up all the sites that are reported, we will make every effort to address your concerns. For more questions or more information, please contact Sarah Clark at sarahjclark.sdev@gmail.com or (313) 842-1961. Thanks for your help!


11 Dec

Winter Celebration a Success!

Thank you to everyone who helped make SDEV’s Winter Celebration, Annual Fundraiser and Membership Meeting a success!


Check out more photos from the event

Thank you Adam Spencer Photography for volunteering your time to take these photos!

And a special Thank You to our event sponsors!

Healthy Families Partners
Ideal Group 
Metal Dynamics Detroit LLC

Sustainable Business Partners
AKT Peerless
Ferrous Processing

Marathon Petroleum
Red Cap Transport
Severstal Dearborn
Total Armored Car Service, Inc.
Vulcanmasters Welding

Green Education Partners
Benefit Review Services, Inc.
Casey Fence Company
Courtesy Transfer
Detroit Tube Products
Gwizdala & Associates, P.C.
Lime Transport Services 
Metro Sanitation 
VIP Truck Center 
Waste Management 
If you were unable to attend the event but would still like to support SDEV by making a donation, you can contribute by clicking the “donate” button the right side of the page, or by mailing contributions to: SDEV, P.O. Box 9400, Detroit MI 48209.
04 Nov

SDEV Winter Celebration: Annual Dinner and Fundraiser

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Purchase tickets online by choosing your ticket option and clicking “Buy Now” on the right side of the screen!

11/25/13 UPDATE: Great news – the RSVP deadline for SDEV’s Winter Celebration has been extended! We are now offering the special ticket and membership price through Monday, December 2nd! Purchase (or renew) your annual membership AND get a dinner ticket for just $45!! Current members can purchase a dinner ticket for only $30.


SDEV Winter Celebration - FRONT FINAL

SDEV Winter Celebration-BACK FINAL

Every current paid member is entitled to vote. There is no charge to attend the general membership board elections at our Winter Celebration on December 5, 2013 if you simply wish to vote. Members may also purchase dinner for $30.00.  If you are unsure of your membership status, please contact us at SDEVweb.info@gmail.com or (313) 842-1961

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