The Impacts of the Gordie Howe International Bridge on a Community

The Gordie Howe International Bridge – currently under construction – is a 167-acre suspension bridge spanning .53 miles, which is the longest main span of any cable-stayed bridge in North America. The impacts of the construction and future operations of the bridge in the Delray area in Southwest Detroit are formidable. Finding ways to assist […]

Urban Tech Xchange Facilitates Real-World Testing to Create Sustainable Urban Solutions

Nearly six months ago the Urban Tech Xchange (UTX) launched in Detroit – an innovative lab hosting a series of startups to advance smart city technologies. UTX is a collaboration between Bedrock, Bosch, Cisco, and KODE Labs and is operated by NextEnergy. The space provides a real-world test facility for the progression of sustainable urban […]

Unlimited Recycling – 25 Years and Still Evolving


In 1999, Maria Marin tapped into her passion for “doing the right thing for Mother Earth” and started Unlimited Recycling Inc. Today, the company offers total recycling and waste management to companies and individuals nationally with the goal of going global. SBN Detroit sat down with Marin to hear about how her recycling services – […]

Martinrea: Balancing Growth with Energy and Waste Reduction Goals


With over 19,000 employees working in 56 manufacturing, engineering, and technical centers in over 10 countries, Martinrea International is a global auto parts manufacturer focused on the design and development of lightweight structures and propulsion systems. Its sustainability goal is to operate in a socially responsible and ethical manner centered around respect for the environment, laws, […]

Greektown Monroe Corridor Redevelopment Priorities Include Sustainability


In June, the Greektown Neighborhood Partnership was awarded a $20 million infrastructure grant by the Michigan state legislature to redesign the Monroe Street corridor. The goals of the redesign are to prioritize pedestrians, drive economic development, calm vehicular traffic, green the area, create space to accommodate outside seating for the restaurants and cafes and connect […]

Historic Detroit Hotel is Renovated With Sustainability in Mind


The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit, a historic 31-story hotel on Washington Boulevard, executed a $20 million makeover this year, and sustainability was part of the plan. The hotel first opened nearly a hundred years ago in 1924 and had several owners before closing in the 1980s. It was reopened in October 2008 after a $200 million restoration. […]

SEMCOG Working to Develop Plan to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The Detroit-Warren-Dearborn Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) recently was allocated $1 million to develop a plan for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other harmful air pollution through the US-EPA’s Climate Pollution Reduction Grants (CPRG) program. The plan will cover the MSA’s six counties – Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, St. Clair, Livingston, and Lapeer – as well as […]

Banking With a Sustainability Mission

BETH CORREA, DIRECTOR OF CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY, FLAGSTAR BANK, AND A LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS NETWORK DETROIT Flagstar Bank understands that environmental concerns have far-reaching implications for society and businesses alike. By prioritizing sustainability, we demonstrate our commitment to mitigating our environmental impact. In 2022, we hired an ESG/Sustainability Director, Kirby Brendsel, in order […]

A Focus on Housing and Commercial Corridor Stabilization


Detroit native and Councilwoman Latisha Johnson has been active in the community for 15 years and represents Detroit City Council  District 4 on the east side of the city bordering Harper Woods and Grosse Pointe, a community she’s lived in most of her life. She attended Detroit Public Schools and graduated from the University of […]