I am pleased to share the news of $1.4 million in new and continuing grants approved at our December 6 board meeting.
Three new grants totaling $186,660 demonstrate the cross-disciplinary application of sustainability, the harmonization of economic, environmental, and social interests:
- The Detroit Food and Entrepreneurship Academy will add to its successful youth programming, such as Small Batch Detroit, by piloting an educational initiative that demonstrates the connections between local food systems, land and water management, the Great Lakes, and environmental careers.
- Friends of the Rouge will partner with municipalities, business, and the National Park Service to plan a water trail along 25 miles of the lower Rouge River, from Canton to the Detroit River. A water trail is a relatively new sustainable development concept that goes beyond ecological restoration to also maximize the recreational, cultural, and economic development benefits of one of our most valuable natural assets – our local rivers.
- A master planning process for Detroit’s cultural campus, managed by Midtown Detroit, Inc., will incorporate sustainability as a guiding principle. This process will complement existing efforts at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit Institute of Arts, and Michigan Science Center, while also engaging additional stakeholders.
Additional grants focus on reducing nutrient loading and other pollution in the Western Lake Erie Basin through binational policy engagement and support for the Healing Our Waters coalition; and support a public health action plan in Southwest Detroit.