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Audra Carson, founder of De-tread

Detroit's reuse economy is turning the city's trash into treasure

Illegal dumping, abandoned buildings, and other sources of trash are serious problems in Detroit. Fortunately, multiple businesses and nonprofits are coming to the rescue by turning the city's refuse into something useful. 

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Diversity of people and perspectives on display at the Michigan Good Food Summit

An epidemiologist and a rock star walk into a summit about good food throughout Michigan. It's no joke. People from across Michigan are coming together to make sure people in the state have access to food that’s affordable, healthy, green, and fair.

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A bigger dig: How GM saved millions by reusing stormwater in Detroit-Hamtramck

The General Motors' Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant is recycling its own stormwater at an annual savings of over $2 million with green infrastructure.

Stephen Roginson of Batch Brewing Company

A fermenting culture: Detroit food businesses harness the science (and flavor) of fermentation

Fermentation is an ancient form of preservation that's being popularized for its unique flavor and health properties. Many food businesses in Detroit are likewise finding new uses for this old technique.

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Detroit's urban farms embrace green infrastructure for sustainable water use

Detroit's urban farms are using green infrastructure to reduce their water costs. Along the way, they're helping to improve the city's stormwater system.

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Rain gardens to the rescue: How Detroiters are working together to protect water infrastructure

Detroiters must deal with a new drainage fee to help pay for water infrastructure. Fortunately, an innovative program will help residents reduce those fees, while also soaking up water on their land and helping their neighbors.

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3 regional transit systems Metro Detroit can learn from

We checked in with experts in three very different American cities—Cleveland, St. Louis, and Los Angeles—to gather lessons as our own transit system takes shape.
 

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Harnessing Detroit's green infrastructure potential

Join us on Thursday, Sept. 8, when five panelists share how they've made an impact on the city by using nature to create a balance between built and natural environments.

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The Eco-House: How a couple took green renovating to its limit

Since beginning renovations on their home in Detroit's West Village in 2013, Alessandra Carreon and Drew McUsic have considered the environmental effects of nearly all their decisions.

Sarah Pappas of Fresh Cut Detroit

Foraging for flowers with Fresh Cut Detroit

Model D followed Sarah Pappas, owner of Fresh Cut Detroit, during one of her flower foraging excursions and learned a great deal about Detroit's unique and varied collection of wild flora.

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The greenest apartment building in Detroit

Tom and Peggy Brennan, founders of the Green Garage, have also rehabbed a nearby historic apartment building that's stunning in both its beauty and energy efficiency. 

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Your 2016 guide to the new and next on Metro Detroit's trails

Metro Detroit is home to over 1,000 miles of trails—with even more being planned and built every year. Here's what to expect as you plan your next non-motorized adventure.

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Detroit artist grows awareness of Michigan's invasive plants by making them into paper

Through making paper from Michigan's invasive plants, Meg Heeres is raising awareness about an environmental threat while empowering people to make something beautiful.

Hemlocks line the banks at Tahquamenon Falls in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Aliens in the woods: Invasive species pose number one threat to Michigan forests

Despite what Smokey Bear may have told you, fires aren't the number one threat to forest ecosystems (at least not in Michigan). According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, invasive species are what we should be most worried about.

Soulardarity's leadership team: Nikkia Jones and Jackson Koeppel

Community lighting group to potentially partner with Highland Park on ambitious project

When the gutting of Highland Park's lighting grid left residents in the dark four years ago, a grassroots group called Soulardarity sprang up to try to remedy the problem. Now, they're attempting to forge an unprecedented partnership to light the entire city with solar power.
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