Currently SDEV is working on the following programs and projects:
Clean Neighborhoods includes SW Detroit Eco-District (“Eco-D”) – newly designated Eco-District as of 2018. Get involved in this fantastic collaborative initiative to boost the great progress SW Detroiters have made toward resilient, equitable sustainable actions to address climate stressors. SDEV’s Clean Neighborhoods initiative also includes management of the Cadillac Urban Gardens, Scarcyny Park & Garden, Marathon Oakwood Heights Garden, support of other community-based gardens and parks in SW, and our Annual Tire Sweep, and other blight reduction activities.
CARE Collaborative (Community Action for a Renewed Environment) includes the Healthy Homes , which includes Healthy Babies Bright Futures in 2018! and Healthy Business programs. Please visit the CARE page for more information on this program.
Clean Diesel Program focuses on reducing diesel emissions from on-road trucks, off-road equipment, marine engines and other sources of diesel pollution. We have been partnering with local businesses to apply for grant funding to assist them with upgrading and retrofitting their diesel engines. Between government grant funding and private contributions from our partners, over $12 million has been invested in the community to reduce diesel pollution. Please visit the Clean Diesel page for more information.
Safe Routes 2 School’s (SR2S) mission is to reduce childhood health diseases such as childhood obesity and childhood diabetes by increasing physical activity such as walking, biking, blading or strolling on the route to school. 2017-2018 schools participating include: Bennett and Maybury Elementary Schools. Students from this year’s efforts won the statewide poster contest with a prize of new bikes! Past highlights include: In 2015, SDEV secured $400,000 from MDOT through the Michigan Fitness Foundation for infrastructure improvements around Bennett Elementary, including defective sidewalk replacement, installing ADA ramps and signage for pedestrian safety. Clippert Academy joined the SR2S program, working with SDEV to implement a walking club with the students. For 2016, Bennett Elementary, SDEV, and SR2S are organizing a “bike rodeo” competition to encourage bicycling to school with raffles and bike giveaways. New to SR2S, Maybury Elementary has a new system of corner captains and “a walking school bus” to encourage students to walk to and from class.
Chadsey Condon/Claytown Clean-up Collaborative (C5) was funded through the US EPA Environmental Justice Problem Solving Collaborative grant program (2015-2017). Over the course of 2015, SDEV worked with community organizations, businesses, and residents in the 48210 zip code to form the Chadsey Condon/Claytown Clean Up Collaborative (C5). It aims to clean up illegal dumping in targeted vacant lots and transform them into productive community spaces like gardens, parks, and tree plantings, among other opportunities. Collaborative partners include Bridging Communities, Priest Elementary School, Universal Academy, Munger Elementary School, Detroit Police Department, Department of Neighborhoods, Greening of Detroit, SwGrows, ACCESS, City of Detroit Planning and Development and Parks and Recreation Departments, and residents.
Note: Clark Park’s Saturday Recycling Program has come to an end, but that doesn’t mean you can’t recycle! Recycle Here! accepts recycling during their open hours. Visit their website to learn more about the items you can recycle, drop off details, and pick-up services. Recycle Here! Hours: Monday: 10AM-6PM; Wednesday: 10AM-6PM; Saturday: 9AM-3PM
Location: 1331 Holden Ave., Detroit, MI 48202 313-871-4000
For other information on recycling efforts, visit our Recycling page, or contact Sarah Clark at (313) 842-1961.
Southwest Detroit Community Benefits Coalition (CBC)
The SDCBC started under the SDEV umbrella as a coalition designed to educate and empower residents in the Delray community about the DRIC project (Detroit River International Crossing)- now the Gordie Howe International Bridge. The coalition was formed to ensure that the community receives proper mitigation from the impacts of the bridge and also to secure benefits for Delray and the City of Detroit in the form of sustainable redevelopment, since Delray is already home to major infrastructure that negatively impacts the quality of life for residents. The CBC currently has over 250 members.
The Clean and Green Program
The purpose of the Clean and Green program was to spearhead efforts to create “green/clean safe zones” that are free of illegal dumping, graffiti, abandoned vehicles and dangerous buildings. The initiative specifically targeted areas around partnering schools in Southwest Detroit. The C&G program worked with students, school staff and parent groups at schools to identify blight problems and involved them in neighborhood cleanups, graffiti removal, promoting recycling, enhancing landscaping and beautification as well as encouraging monitoring and maintenance through an Adopt a Block program. The C&G program also partnered with various volunteer groups throughout the year and offered volunteer opportunities for high school students seeking community service hours. SDEV maintains the relationships with many of the schools and volunteers that were involved and continues to provide services ad hoc.