Reconnecting Communities and Bringing Sustainable Infrastructure Opportunities to the Future


The conversion of I-375 into an urban boulevard is a profoundly meaningful project that will replace the divide that leveled the Black Bottom neighborhood and Paradise Valley entertainment district more than 60 years ago. Now, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is funneling $104,657,051 from the President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that passed last year to […]

A New Boulevard for Social Justice, Connectivity, and Economic Impact


The development of I-375, the extension of I-75 that runs into downtown Detroit, leveled the Black Bottom residential neighborhood and the Paradise Valley entertainment district when it was constructed in the late 1950s and early 1960s with economic impact displacing 130,000 people, hundreds of small businesses, churches, and more. The city has been divided by […]

Working to Make Buildings More Energy Efficient and Comfortable


Kevin McNeely, principal of the McNeely Building Group, is an independent, certified energy rater and energy modeler serving the Great Lakes Region. He’s passionate about making buildings more energy efficient and making people more comfortable in their homes and spaces. Offering performance consulting for several certifications, including RESNET, HERS, ENERGY STAR, DOE Zero Energy Ready […]

MSU – Driving Future Sustainability Leaders into the Workforce and the World


With the tagline ‘A Better Tomorrow is Up to Us,’ Michigan State University is working to minimize its footprint while driving new generations of leaders and influencers in sustainability.    As a pioneer land-grant university and Michigan’s first agricultural college, MSU works to be a change agent for communities to accelerate cross-sector climate response; serve […]

Dan Carmody, Eastern Market Partnership CEO, Talks About Building Opportunity, Economy and a Stronger Regional Food System


Dan Carmody, Eastern Market Partnership CEO since 2007, spoke with SBN Detroit on the market’s positioning towards sustainable practices. Carmody is responsible for shepherding the 127-year-old, public market to nourish a healthier, wealthier, and happier Detroit. EMP operates one of the largest public markets in the United States, oversees a program of capital investments to […]

Detroit Greenways Coalition’s Todd Scott Talks Greenways and Sustainability


The Detroit Greenways Coalition (DGC) works to promote and build a network of greenways, Complete Streets, and bike lanes that will connect people and places, improve the quality of life, beautify neighborhoods, and stimulate neighborhood-level economic development in Detroit. Its mission is to create, conserve and promote greenways and green spaces to connect people, places, and […]

Detroit Sustainability Action Agenda Framework


In June 2019, the City of Detroit’s Office of Sustainability published the city’s first Sustainability Action Agenda, a strategic roadmap to create a more sustainable city.  In order to develop the agenda, a full year was spent engaging with 6,800 Detroiters to understand their vision for a more equitable, prosperous, and environmentally sustainable city. The […]

Wildlife Habitat Council Hosts its First Conference in Detroit 2022


On June 14 and 15, 2022 business leaders from all over the world convened at the Westin Book Cadillac to celebrate each other’s successes in conservation and biodiversity.  Hosted by the Wildlife Habitat Council, this 33rd annual conference took place in Detroit for the first time.  Says WHC President Margaret O’Gorman, “We chose Detroit because […]

Actionable Sustainability Initiatives for Businesses from Detroit’s First Director of Sustainability


Joel Howrani Heeres, Detroit’s former, first, sustainability director, shared his thoughts about tangible initiatives businesses can integrate to work toward a cleaner environment.   In his role, Howrani Heeres provides strategic leadership, tactical guidance, and technical skills to drive triple bottom line (environment, equity, & economics) strategy and actions to help Detroiters improve their lives by […]