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City reaches out to community in building Sustainability Action Agenda

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What will a sustainable Detroit look like? Better jobs, safer roads, clean parks, and affordable housing could be key factors. At this point, there are a lot of broad ideas the city is working with in creating a Sustainability Action Agenda. The city will be going into the community in the next phase of the program, and is still taking feedback online.

The city created an Office of Sustainability in 2017, and in addition to finding ways to save money, track energy, and kick start recycling programs, the office is developing an action agenda to guide its future endeavors. The office is working toward a greener, healthier future for residents and businesses. Components could include having access to:

Land for recreation, jobs, and food

Good jobs that utilize their skills

Clean air, water, and soil

Transportation options, including walking, biking, and mass transit

Buildings and homes that are comfortable, safe, and affordable

Safe, nurturing neighborhoods

Healthy and affordable food

High quality utilities and government services

Means to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to changes in our climate

This covers a lot of area and topics, all of which are all important to Detroit’s future. The city has a few ways that citizens can comment at this point. Online, an interactive map allows residents to post comments about areas that concern them. Those interested can comment about what improvements can be made to their particular neighborhood, or what they like about their neighborhood.

City of Detroit Sustainability Feedback Map

Community meetings will also be held until the end of August, outlining some of the topics and giving residents the chance to speak out. Meetings include:

August 18, 2018—Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

IBEW, 1358 Abbott St, Detroit, MI 48226

August 21, 2018—Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Gesu School, 17139 Oak Dr, Detroit, MI 48221

August 25, 2018—Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Don Bosco Hall, 19321 W Chicago, Detroit, MI 48228

August 28, 2018—Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Samaritan Center, 5555 Conner St #2210, Detroit, MI 48213

The city is partnering with Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice, SAGA, and EcoWorks for these meetings and plans. The Office of Sustainability will have more town halls later this fall and hopes to have an Action Agenda in place by winter.