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Detroit BlueCommunities

BLUECOMMUNITIES

Detroit, USA

MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE MOTOR CITY

Making A Difference In the Motor City

ABOUT DETROIT

Detroit has long been one of the great industrial powerhouses of the world, serving as birthplace and hub of the US automotive industry. It is also regarded as a major cultural center, known for its contributions to music – such as Motown – and as a repository for art, architecture and design. It sits directly on the Detroit River, serving as a primary connector between the inland seas known as the Great Lakes – which are the largest source of fresh water in the world by surface area.

We are proudly partnered with the Social Forestry Project, working on shoreline and forest cleanups, general conservation education, and distribution of tree saplings.

LOCAL GOALS

• Reforestation

• Plastic waste reduction 

• Increase community education on plastic and circular waste management

 
UNITED NATIONS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
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OUR PARTNERS

social forestry project detroit

The Social Forestry Project is an experienced, trained, and dedicated group of environmentally conscious volunteers who love to plant trees. They partner with other like-minded community organizations and nonprofits to help foster a greener, more sustainable future for Detroit and Southeast Michigan communities.

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Green Living Science in Detroit

Green Living Science (GLS) is an outgrowth of Recycle Here!, Detroit’s drop-off recycling center and the city’s neighborhood recycling program. They began working with the Detroit Public Schools in 2007, in partnership with their Office of Math and Science. Since then, they’ve reached more than 40,000 students. They envision a Detroit with a robust circular economy and citizens who are mindful about our environment and natural resources.

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OUR PROJECTS

In partnership with the Social Forestry Project and Green Living Science, we are focused on the following efforts:

CURBSIDE RECYCLING AMBASSADORS

GLS workS in partnerships with local schools and teachers, where they provide recycling and environmental education. These lessons are aligned with Michigan science standards and heavily incorporate the different STEAM disciplines. Along with it, their lessons fit within a framework of the three Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle) to give students the tools they need to make individual and group behavior change and help create a sustainable society.

BEE GREEN BUSINESS PROGRAM

Telling you that Detroit has an unsustainable trash problem likely isn’t surprising. But what may be is our sustainable solution. It’s local businesses. 

The Bee Green Business program is designed to aid businesses and their employees in setting up successful and efficient recycling and waste reduction programs. Businesses can engage through partnerships and the GLS certification program.

DETROIT RECYCLES

Creation of workshops and events to enroll residents in free recycling carts, pilot/research programs, resident education and support for the Detroit Public Works Department. In doing so, their mission is to educate about recycling and proper waste disposal options in Detroit. GLS works with block clubs, faith-based groups and community organizations throughout the city to provide free recycling carts to residents, with the goal of increasing Detroit’s recycling participation rate to 50%.

TREE PLANTINGS

With the Social Forestry Project leading the way, we plan to distribute or plant over 1,000 trees or saplings in communities throughout the Detroit region in 2021.

CLEANUPS OF FORESTED SHORELINES

A series of litter cleanups will take place throughout the city of Detroit, along the Detroit River and other connecting waterways in the Great Lakes system.

CONSERVATION EDUCATION

As a supportive add-on to both projects above, Plastic Oceans and Social Forestry Project will collaborate on offering a series of educational workshops to schools, community groups, and corporations throughout the metro Detroit region.

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Whether it’s a general donation to the BlueCommunities initiative or to a specific member community, you can give as an individual or sponsor as a corporation.

Either way, you have the ability to help empower local initiatives that can help us accelerate important change worldwide. All giving is tax deductible. 

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Plastic Oceans International is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization, founded and existing under the laws of California (Federal Tax ID #81-3778043). We are dedicated to ending plastic pollution and fostering sustainable communities worldwide.

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