Writer: Kim Kisner

The Detroit Framework Agenda is Focused on Strategic Roadmap to Create a More Sustainable City

DETROIT SUSTAINABILITY ACTION AGENDA FRAMEWORK
DETROIT SUSTAINABILITY ACTION AGENDA FRAMEWORK
Published On August 26, 2022

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 city hired 14 sustainability ambassadors, created a Sustainability Advisory Commission, convened an interdepartmental working group of 29 city departments, distributed online and in-person surveys in five languages, and used the coUrbanize digital platform to reach Detroiters online.

This engagement helped to define four desired outcomes:

  • Healthy Thriving People
  • Affordable Quality Homes
  • Clean, Connected Neighborhoods
  • An Equitable Green City

Across these four outcomes, the city is committed to achieving ten goals and implementing 43 actions collectively called the Detroit Sustainability Action Agenda Framework outlined below.

Teams have been working over the past two years toward these goals, and recently the city was listed as  #31 of 50 of the greenest cities in the U.S.

Amid several challenges and roadblocks, the city teams have worked diligently toward the action items and goals for the past two years. You can view a two-year progress update to read more about the work that’s been done and the success stories.

DETROIT SUSTAINABILITY ACTION AGENDA FRAMEWORK FOR HEALTHY THRIVING PEOPLE:

Goals & Actions:

Increase access to healthy food, green spaces, and recreation opportunities

1. Provide nutrition and environmental education at recreation centers and parks

2. Create local food purchasing guidelines for city-funded programs

3. Improve access to high quality, healthy food at grocery stores

4. Renovate existing and create new parks throughout the city

5. Expand sports recreation opportunities for youth

EMERGENCY FOOD DISTRIBUTION DURING COVID-19
EMERGENCY FOOD DISTRIBUTION DURING COVID-19

Improve air quality and reduce exposure to pollution

6. Expand local air quality monitoring system

7. Create citywide truck routing network

8. Increase tree plantings in vulnerable areas

9. Reduce emissions from city vehicles

Advance equity in access to economic opportunity

10. Expand green jobs training and workforce development programs

11. Prepare Detroit residents for city employment opportunities

12. Launch a digital inclusion program

13. Expand wireless internet access on city buses

14. Launch a diversity, equity, and inclusion initiative

AFFORDABLE QUALITY HOMES

Goals & Actions:

Reduce the total costs of housing, including utilities

 15. Improve access to utility efficiency programs

16. Expand home plumbing repair programs

17. Implement and expand upon the Blue Ribbon Panel’s water affordability recommendations

18. Establish affordable housing preservation goals for building owners receiving city incentives

19. Increase access to information on existing affordable housing

Improve the health and safety of existing and new housing

20. Expand lead poisoning prevention initiatives across the city

21. Create a residential lead abatement training pilot program

22. Develop green building guidelines for new developments receiving city incentives

TRANSFORMING VACANT LOTS INTO PRODUCTIVE SUSTAINABLE PLACES
TRANSFORMING VACANT LOTS INTO PRODUCTIVE SUSTAINABLE PLACES

CLEAN CONNECTED NEIGHBORHOODS

Transform vacant lots and structures into safe, productive, sustainable spaces

23. Improve processes to purchase city-owned vacant lots

24. Support neighborhood-based efforts to care for vacant lots and structures

25. Develop a fee structure and associated rules for irrigation-only water accounts

Reduce waste sent to landfills

26. Launch a citywide recycling campaign

27. Expand curbside recycling to multifamily buildings

28. Expand recycling to public spaces and all city facilities

29. Develop a best practices framework for commercial-scale compost operations

30. Launch residential composting pilot program

Make it easier and safer to get around Detroit without a personal vehicle

31. Improve mobility connections between neighborhoods and job centers

32. Implement safety measures to reduce crash severity

33. Expand Detroit’s protected bike lane network

EQUITABLE GREEN CITY

Enhance infrastructure and operations to improve resilience to climate impacts

34. Create neighborhood scale, distributed green infrastructure projects

35. Incorporate green stormwater infrastructure into street redesign and greenway projects

36. Integrate climate change impacts into hazard mitigation planning

37. Improve resident access to sustainability-related city services

38. Expand emergency preparedness and communication tools

 Reduce municipal and citywide greenhouse gas emissions

39. Develop a greenhouse gas assessment and climate action strategy

40. Increase the adoption of solar photovoltaic technologies

41. Enhance energy and water efficiency at city-owned facilities

42. Launch Mayors’ Challenge Program for commercial buildings

43. Develop an electric vehicle infrastructure strategy

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