The DEA was created by a coalition of 10 local organizations that laid out a new action agenda and voter guide to help citizens and lawmakers get involved in improving Detroit’s environmental landscape. The DEA is the result of a survey of nearly 500 residents and over two years of meetings, during which a diverse range of stakeholders throughout the city identified major environmental concerns and proposed solutions in their neighborhoods. The DEA focuses on interlinked social, environmental and economic injustices, such as low graduation rates, youth violence, poor health rankings, inadequate access to transportation, high obesity, lack of access to living wage jobs, abandoned contaminated land, toxic air, and polluted rivers and streams. It provides a framework for citizens to expand on the many small- and large-scale efforts throughout the city to educate youth, deconstruct and weatherize homes, create bountiful gardens, clean up rivers, fight air pollution, and clean up and beautify abandoned lots.
In addition to completing the DEA, the group polled candidates for Detroit City Council and Mayor about the state of Detroit’s environmental infrastructure, and what they would do if elected. To view their responses, citizens can download a voter guide online here.