Our policy efforts strengthen the voice of EJ communities
In 2011, DWEJ convened several key stakeholders from diverse backgrounds to form the Detroit Climate Action Collaborative (DCAC) to help the city identify short- and long-term actions to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, provide expert advice on the most credible, aggressive, and economically viable targets, develop a comprehensive Climate Action Plan (CAP), and to ready Detroit for coping with the impacts of climate change.
We now number 40+ participants, including representatives from environmental, community, governmental, scientific and academic, health, business, and other sectors.
In these years, we have hosted two Youth Climate Summits (in partnership with Detroit Public Schools) and a Business & Institution Sustainability Summit, as well as developed “The Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Detroit, Michigan” (in conjunction with Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments (GLISA). DWEJ’s Director of Policy, a founding member of DCAC, was recognized as a Community Resilience Leader–White House Champion of Change.
In 2016 we will publish Detroit’s first Climate Action Plan.