Currently SDEV is working on the following programs and projects:
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 $10 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. 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. Last year, 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 Congdon/Claytown Clean-up Collaborative (C5) is funded through the US EPA Environmental Justice Problem Solving Collaborative grant program. 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.
SDEV played a key role in securing Clark Park as a free mobile recycling facility every 4th Saturday of the month from 8am-12pm. Support efforts to expand recycling in Detroit and bring your recyclables to Clark Park. For more 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 what services ad hoc.