We've heard a lot about green infrastructure
and green building design
in Detroit. But what about green neighborhoods? That's what Eco-D wants to help build.
An initiative run through Eco Works
, a Detroit-based sustainable development nonprofit, Eco-D
provides neighborhood groups with technical assistance to carry out local sustainability projects. Working with The Greening of Detroit, Community Development Advocates of Detroit, and Detroit Department of Transportation, Eco-D can provide assistance in community engagement practices, tree planting, conservation workshops, and much more.
There's also a peer learning component to the program, in which neighborhood groups will have access "exchange opportunities," like workshops and events, where people can learn from each other and connect to service providers.
The goal of Eco-D is to make Detroit "a 21st century model for urban sustainability."
Current neighborhoods in the program include HOPE Village and West Village, and EcoWorks is currently accepting applications for two more. Eligible neighborhood groups include those based in Detroit, Hamtramck or Highland Park, are "guided by a community-driven green plan that seeks to improve the financial, social, and environmental health of the community," and have a vision for a sustainable project.
If you are part of a neighborhood organization that has a sustainability project, apply to the Eco-D program here. The deadline for applications is March 26.