The Greening continues to build on the foundation of its green infrastructure program, focusing on serving and empowering Detroit communities in the development of healthy green and productive landscapes. This work is intentional and community oriented. It combines information, education and community outreach to support the installation and maintenance of ecological landscapes.
The Greening of Detroit provides Community Tree Planting services to residents, community groups and non-profits.
We have taken some big steps over the past 2 years on the long planned renovation of the Walter I Meyer Nursery, a 72 acre tree nursery located in Rouge Park. Spring 2018 we have planted several thousand “baby” trees. The Greening will be installing these trees in parks and public spaces in Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland park in future years.
The Greening of Detroit continues to grow its social enterprise program with Landscape Services. This generates consistent revenue for general operations, workforce training and other core programs. The Landscape Services work is also a pipeline for some of The Greenings Workforce Development graduates.
The Greening of Detroit actively supports stormwater management and workforce development through the implementation, maintenance, and on-the-job training of native plants.
The Greening of Detroit experts also participate in the Land+Water WORKS program, a coalition of 10 independent non-profits working together to provide Detroit residents with the resources needed to become better stewards of our environment.
The Greening of Detroit serves as curriculum development co-leader, to create educational resources and opportunities about water stewardship, conservation, and key concepts behind the drainage charge program in the City of Detroit. You can find this useful information through our partners at Detroit Future City.