Partnership creates sustainability index for Detroit

DETROIT – Data Driven Detroit (D3) and the Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute at the University of Michigan have partnered in an effort to begin the Detroit Sustainability Indicators Project. The project’s goals include:

  • Gathering and assessing data on social, environmental and economic topics with the intent of mapping information to make the findings public; and
  • Creating a sustainability index for Detroit that will serve as a model for other urban areas working in the area of sustainable redevelopment.

D3, which is funded in part by the Foundation, provides accessible high-quality information and analysis about Detroit and other Southeastern Michigan communities. The Graham Institute fosters cross-disciplinary collaboration to create and disseminate knowledge and offer solutions to sustainability issues.

There are seven projects in Detroit being funded by this collaborative. The Graham Institute will provide more than 250,000 to support these projects, which are being conducted by U-M faculty from a number of different disciplines.

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Created in 1960, The Skillman Foundation is a private philanthropy whose chief aim is to help develop good schools and good neighborhoods for children. Though grants are made throughout metropolitan Detroit, most grants are directed at six Detroit neighborhoods – Brightmoor, Osborn, Cody Rouge, Chadsey Condon, Northend Central Woodward and Southwest Detroit Neighborhoods – and toward innovative and successful schools throughout the city of Detroit.