About Us

Vision

DWEJ envisions Detroit as the global model of a vibrant urban center where all thrive in environmental, economic and social health.

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Mission

DWEJ champions local and national collaboration to advance environmental justice and sustainable redevelopment. We foster clean, healthy and safe communities through innovative policy, education and workforce initiatives. 

History

Too many of our children, adults and seniors live in communities where the essentials for life have been made—and are still being made—toxic to their health. Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice (DWEJ) is a nonprofit dedicated to providing all Detroit residents with the tools they need to play an increasingly meaningful role in the decision-making process regarding environmental concerns in their own neighborhoods. DWEJ isn’t seeking to simply redistribute environmental harms, but to abolish them.

We envision Detroit’s resurgence as a vibrant urban center where all thrive in social, economic, and environmental health. To accomplish this, each day DWEJ strives to build meaningful connections that will transform our communities—between jobs and a healthy environment, community development and environmental justice, and community-driven policy and economic development.

In a city that includes five of the top-ten most-polluted zip codes in the state, DWEJ is a voice for cleaner, safer, healthier neighborhoods. Historically, minority and low-income communities have suffered disproportionately from environmental burdens, including heavy industry, high truck traffic, toxic facilities, and contaminated abandoned land—often because they have the least capacity to respond.

Established in 1994, DWEJ has grown from a grassroots volunteer organization to a major voice recognized locally, statewide, and nationally for its innovative programs/projects, which stimulate economic growth while creating sustainable, livable communities.

DWEJ’s far-reaching initiatives, programs, and collaborations touch the lives of all Detroit residents and provide lasting benefits to our communities, improving our quality of life for generations to come.