The Detroit Environmental Agenda, led by Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice (DWEJ), a nonprofit working with communities to create cleaner, healthier and safer neighborhoods, earlier this month released an update to its 2013 Voter Guide.
Each candidate for Detroit City Council and Mayor were provided a copy of the Detroit Environmental Agenda (DEA) report released earlier this year and asked to complete a short questionnaire with the following questions:
• Do you endorse the Detroit Environmental Agenda
• Detroit suffers from very high rates of asthma, cancer, and lead poisoning, all influenced by our heavily polluted environment
. These problems impact children’s ability to learn and adults’ ability to work. What would you, as an elected official, do to improve Detroit’s environment?
• How would you, as an elected official, be an advocate for resident efforts to improve neighborhood quality of life?
• In the interests of environmental justice, how would you work to alleviate disproportionate environmental burdens
in the city?
• The city needs to be an advocate for higher environmental standards. If you are elected, how do you envision using the Detroit Environmental Agenda as a tool to create policies
that improve the city’s environment?
• For mayoral candidates, we asked if they would consider establishing an Office of Sustainability with the power to move Detroit Environmental Agenda recommendations
Nearly 20 candidates responded to the survey, including both candidates for mayor. The report can be downloaded here
and print copies will be circulated in communities throughout Detroit. The purpose of the guide is to inform citizens in an effort to help elect leaders who will take action for a cleaner, safer, healthier Detroit.
The 2013 Voter Guide is funded by the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation and The Kendeda Fund.
For completing a brief survey online and downloading the DEA Voter Guide, participants are entered into a drawing to win various prizes. They can also gain another entry by "liking" the DEA’s Facebook page
. The winner will be announced on Facebook Nov. 29.