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Wow! Can You Believe it’s Been 20 Years

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It’s hard to believe that 20 years have passed since DWEJ received its official paperwork and began this amazing journey. But here we are! In those 20 years, we’ve grown in impact and influence, bringing attention to the problems facing Detroit around environmental hazards to health, clean air, clean water, and safe neighborhoods. We’ve not only shone the spotlight on issues but we’ve also brightened the future of our communities through purposeful action and innovative programs. Along the way, we’ve accomplished some very cool things, not the least of which are:
  • DWEJ took the initiative with the U.S. EPA to address concerns relating to the potential of spreading lead dust in the city. Detroit now has award-winning regulations on demolition and the environment.
  • DWEJ’s leadership of the Detroit Climate Action Collaborative has led to increased involvement of the city’s young people through events like the student art exhibition, The Human Artistic Perspective of Climate Change, at the Detroit Institute of Arts, and our two Youth Climate Summits.
  • As a result of its success bringing together the best of science and innovative policy ideas, DWEJ has established a reputation as a trusted advisor, locally, nationally, and internationally.
Just a couple of months ago, we celebrated our 20th anniversary with many of you at the MDNR Outdoor Adventure Center on the Riverfront, featuring Dr. Tonya Matthews and Rochelle Riley. Amidst great homegrown food and music, we laughed and reflected and gathered strength for all that lies ahead. We also recognized people and organizations who exemplify what will make Detroit its best self. We’ll tell you who they are and why we chose them next time you hear from us.
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DWEJ’s Proclamation
Commissioner Timothy Killeen with DWEJ staff
Commissioner Timothy Killeen with DWEJ staff

Long time DWEJ supporter Commissioner Timothy Killeen presented DWEJ with a Proclamation from Wayne County for 20 years of service to the community. DWEJ was commended for our vision advocating for the cleanup of contaminated land, as well as creating and organizing campaigns instrumental in preventing companies from releasing cancer-causing pollutants.

We are excited to be part of the future of Detroit and to have you be part of our DWEJ family.
We wish you many opportunities to be thankful this Thanksgiving.

What a Year This Has Been — Thanks to All of You!

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As we begin to transition from one year to the next, we’ve been looking back at what a year 2015 has been for DWEJ, all the while recognizing that we don’t get to do this work without you. Here are a few highlights from our year:
  • Celebration of our 20th Anniversary, recommitting to a future filled with success
  • Detroit Youth Climate Summit
  • Business & Institution Sustainability Summit
  • Launch of the 2nd phase of the Detroit Environmental Agenda  
  • Presence on the ground at the COP21 Climate Change Conference in Paris
  • Expansion of youth education program partnership with Eastside Community Network
  • Detroit Climate Action Collaborative featured in a national article by Ben Adler inThe Grist
None of this happens without every one of you who have believed in and supported our work — from those sitting at their kitchen tables to businesses large and small to the foundations who have enabled us to move our initiatives forward, all in the name of a healthier, more dynamic and sustainable Detroit.
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With gratitude for enabling us to work towards a brighter future.

What a Year We Have Planned — Thanks to You! Again!

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Hold on to your hats – in addition to its ongoing programs and initiatives, here’s a peek at what DWEJ has planned for the coming year:
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DWEJ boogies into the new year
  • Publication of the Detroit Climate Action Plan (CAP): in 2016 we will publish a plan to address climate change in Detroit. Under the stewardship of DWEJ’s Detroit Climate Action Collaborative (DCAC), representatives of many organizations and businesses have made this possible.
  • Launch of the Model Neighborhood Project: partnering with Urban Neighborhood Initiatives, Bridging Communities and others, the DWEJ-led initiative expands our existing Green Jobs/Workforce Development training program.
  • The DWEJ Crew hits the streets in 2016. DWEJ, one of the first organizations in the city to develop specialized green jobs training modules for our residents, will now assist our top-level graduates in obtaining career-path employment locally in their field.

Donations at every level are meaningful. Please join friends, donors and board members in being as generous as possible to help make 2016 DWEJ’s most impactful year.

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Guy O. Williams
President & CEO