Wayne State University

Community Mini-Grants

Healthy Detroit Soils

Keep Growing Detroit focused on broadening community knowledge of lead in Detroit soils through soil testing in urban gardens, providing education and training for gardeners, supporting safe and sustainable gardening practices, and connecting gardeners with high soil lead level to other lead mitigation resources. Pictured: KGD staff member, Tepfirah (Tee) Rushdan, with future community garden ambassadors.

Detroit Farmers' Water Management Almanac

The Detroit Farmers' Water Management Almanac is a toolkit to assist Detroit urban farmers with irrigation and water management techniques. The Almanac will be created by the Oakland Avenue Urban Farm with knowledge gained from rainfall research at the Oakland Avenue Urban Farm and shared with urban farmers in Detroit and beyond.

Breathe Free Detroit

The Ecology Center focused on the Detroit Renewable Power incinerator. The project aimed to build capacity within the communities affected by the incinerator, giving them the ability to advocate for themselves. The project included advocacy training for community members and education sessions about the environmental impacts of the incinerator.

Locate their one page fact sheet by clicking here.

Reducing Deadly Diesel Emissions in Detroit

RDDEID is a public awareness campaign around Detroit's Anti-Idling Ordinance. Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision organized community forums to disseminate information on the ordinance and get information on idling "hot spots" in Southwest Detroit. The six-week campaign included workshops and focus groups that engaged community members, local industry, the Detroit Police Department, and others.


Urban Residential Soil Lead Remediation Strategies

The target of EcoWorks Urban Residential Soil Lead Remediation Strategies project is widespread soil lead contamination. Their goal is to apply and test a low-cost remediation strategy that will directly impact soil quality and reduce child lead exposure in Detroit. The project will employ Detroiters as resident scientists and engage the general public about lead-safe practices and current lead remediation programs.

Community Air Enforcement Project

The Great Lakes Environmental Law Clinic coordinated with community-based organizations in Detroit around air emissions violations. Public workshops educated residents about the legal process after a facility violates an air emission standard and how to participate in the process and advocate for supplemental environmental projects that benefit the community.