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Green Your Neighborhood Community Forum

Friends of the Rouge and Sierra Club, Michigan Chapter take greening your neighborhood VIRTUAL in 2021! SAVE THE DATE for Mondays in March and April 1– see schedule below.

Green Your Neighborhood connects community members to programs and resources to help make their homes and neighborhood more sustainable through nature based solutions. It highlights Detroit-based stormwater projects to inspire residents and professionals alike.

These free events are open to everyone and are a fun event to learn more about how to Green Your Neighborhood! Learn about Detroit’s water quality concerns and actions you can take to make a difference in your home and throughout your community.

Schedule

All events will be held via Zoom.

Mon. March 15, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Green Infrastructure & Public Space: A look at Eliza Howell Park

  • Green Infrastructure & Parks:  A look at Eliza Howell Park highlights  green stormwater infrastructure improvements at a 250 acre park on the westside of Detroit. Join us as we welcome Sidewalk Detroit and Greening of Detroit to discuss recent improvements and future plans.

Mon. March 22, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Trees as a Stormwater Management Tool: A Conversation with Karen Firehock

  • Trees as a Stormwater Management Tool: A Conversation with Karen Firehock is the keynote event for the 2021 Greening Your Neighborhood Virtual Community Forum. Karen Firehock, Executive-Director and Co-founder of the Green Infrastructure Center in Scottsville, VA,  will discuss the power of trees as a stormwater management tool and provide critical insight to help cultivate more sustainable communities. The webinar will include a presentation, followed by a brief audience Q&A.

Mon. March 29, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Deep Dive: An Infosession on Rain Gardens to the Rescue and the Stormwater Specialist Training Program

  • Learn more about FREE green infrastructure training programs open to Detroit residents. Rain Gardens to the Rescue provides training, support and native plants to homeowners in Detroit City Council Districts 1, 2 and 7 who would like to have and maintain their own rain gardens. The Stormwater Specialist Training program is a workforce development initiative that trains participants to maintain existing green infrastructure projects. No experience is required for either program, applications available soon.

Thurs. April 1, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Green Infrastructure in Placemaking Projects

  • Green Infrastructure in Placemaking Projects highlights  green stormwater infrastructure management installations in Detroit’s cultural center. Speakers and detailed agenda forthcoming.

Past Sessions

Mon. March 1, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Green Your Neighborhood: A Resident’s Resource Guide

  • Greening Your Neighborhood: A Resident’s Resource Guide connects Detroit and metro-Detroit residents with local programs that can help make their homes  and neighborhoods more sustainable. Presenters include the Sierra Club Michigan Chapter, Friends of the Rouge, Wayne State University – Office of Campus Sustainability, Eco Works, Zero Waste Detroit and Keep Growing Detroit.