Green Task Force Meeting Minutes 4-19-2018
Guest speaker: Mayor Duggan
Meeting starts promptly at 3:00p.m. at 3408 Woodward Avenue
Mayor Duggan is introduced by Councilman Benson to a record attendance. More
Green Task Force Meeting Minutes 4-19-2018
Guest speaker: Mayor Duggan
Meeting starts promptly at 3:00p.m. at 3408 Woodward Avenue
Mayor Duggan is introduced by Councilman Benson to a record attendance. More
The Detroit City Council Green Task Force will recognize 20 local businesses and residents who are bold thinkers and innovative leaders in changing the green landscape of Detroit on Earth Day, April 21. Awardees, from each City Council District, include Detroiters actively involved in community gardening, recycling, and sustainable living initiatives and a business bringing energy efficient solutions to buildings in Detroit.
First time the GTF Meeting is Televised
Meeting comes to order 3:1
Introductions are made by the attendees
Councilman Benson introduces Passion Murray More
Zero Waste Subcommittee Update (beginning of the update missed – incomplete notes)
Next Meeting: Monday Oct. 23rd at 2pm at the Russell Yard.
New developments in the city: discussion on the importance of new developments being configured to accommodate recycling. Should new buildings be required to have bins/systems to hold recycling and for haulers to easily pick it up? Detroit Environmental Agenda was worked on this idea a little bit, so the subject has been broached but it thus far hasn’t been explicitly focused on. Looking forward, perhaps the committee/Green Task Force and work with developers and the city to develop an ordinance on this. More
Each person introduces themselves. 32 total people in attendance.
Presentation (A): Simone Lightfoot, National Wildlife Federation
Simone heads the National Urban Initiatives department for NWF. The organization’s urban work is less known, but recently and they have doubled down on that work. Last September brought to national stage. Simone stresses how conservation work can be scientific and talk in terms of data, but it is a struggle getting “black and brown” perspectives on conservation and environmental issues. In an effort to incorporate some of these missing voices, NWF organized “GREEN TALK & CHEWS” focus group events in Detroit, Cleveland, and Toledo, where residents of color discussed their local knowledge and perception of issues relating to the environment and conservation. To support authenticity, the focus groups were held at familiar restaurants with parking, avoiding white sterile walls. Rather than focus on scientific data, the point of these meetings were to hear unfiltered grass roots perspectives from all levels, to receive raw feedback. Hence, the document outlining the results from the project does not include an executive summary.
Water was a common thread and issue in the focus group discussions, relating to utility shutoffs/water privatization, lead poisoning, quality, degrading infrastructure, corruption, flooding, algal glooms, and recreation. In Detroit in particular several other themes emerged as well, including residential foreclosures, police brutality, public education being under assault, and Detroit’s community health overall. Simone stresses that it’s difficult to talk about “green” issues/things if kids in these communities are getting shot, so it is important to think and talk about guns and other issues more pressing to urban centers as well. Another issues brought up by participants was accessibility for the elderly. Things like the time length of cross-walk lights and the height of bus steps are issues. Open question of how we care for and look out for the elderly in bad situations.
Simone mentions how NWF is struggling with budget issues since under the new Trump administration. In the past the organization has had to handle changes in budget by a few million here, or a few million there, but now entire agencies are being cut.
Looking forward, while agriculture is always being pushed by cities, but there are more options than that in terms of “greenifying” a city. Infrastructure and greenways and other things are import ant too. Open question: how can green organizations help smaller local organizations? It’s important to understand shifting demographics. More and more foundations are demanding/requiring diversity in organizations, and Simone stresses that in general conservation has to become less “white”. However, it’s important to acknowledge that just putting people of color on boards and in management positions being it’s a requirement isn’t authentic and doesn’t help solve racism in institutions/organizations. Searching for authenticity and underrepresented voices is the goal of this program. Simone is trying to connected and help people, not have it all just be words.
Presentation (B): Joel Howrani Heeres, Office of Sustainability
Introduces himself. He worked at ecoworks for several years on climate change action plans, also worked at DTE for a while (private sector), now in government.
The new sustainability office is a small office within the Mayor’s, so to get stuff done we need to leverage relationships with others.
Joel is brand new on the job so things are in flux, but his current areas of focus include increasing walk and bike-ability in the city, increasing water/air quality, and increasing better quality of life.
We should think of Joel and the new office as a convener and engager with all the environmental/sustainability things already going on in the city. With the rentable bikes downtown and the new q-line, we have an opportunity to start marketing ourselves with new transit. Biggest LED streetlight system in the country is something we can highlight as well.
Open question: how do we establish and plan our common metrics to work toward together? Creating a sustainability action agenda for the city is one of Joel’s top priorities. Open question: in order rot establish the action plan, should we consider asking local people what are the issues they are facing in the neighborhoods. and what theirs ideas on solutions are? Joel wants to make it a really participatory thing, leveraging and working through established community organizations (including the task force!) to get this done. Let’s use our ears to collect valuable info to make this action plan Another goal is to create a website to track goals online and to make info easily accessible.
Joel cares about this stuff in his daily life – he is a bike commuter, collects rain water, has a garden, and wants to share this with others. He wants to build community and make people feel better economically and environmentally.
Question regarding the action plan: will you include all the work that has already been done? (Simone in regards to her work with the NWF). Answer: Absolutely. Non of this is reinventing the wheel, so they try to use everything they can. Leverage all the work that has been done. Focus on ways to measure the goals.
Will Tiny homes be part of the plan? Leverage what’s been happening before.
Open question: how to we institutionalize this work? How do we infuse this work into policy master plan? The long term plan is to make this automatic, have it fit right in.
Open question: how do we create a constituency for this work? We need to think about ways to hold politicians and adminisation down the road accountable.
Question: ought we require recycling ordinances in new developments? Answer: Institutionalize it, so all new developments start with it. We should Divert as much as we can off the bat. Another question about Incineration issue comes up, but Joel says it’s a big issue and he doesn’t have enough info or experience to answer those questions yet.
Question: In regards to green spaces, how can we/should we create accessibility for all users? Answer: this issue needs to be considered for every single new space we create. We must incorporate perspectives on diversity in the implementation of new spaces.
Question: regarding the action plan, do you see certain priorities bubbling up? And how do you prioritize them? Answer: the action plan will serve as a master plan. Collective decision making will be utilized. Some might be city goals, while others my be community based goals. Use different levels between community and city.
IV: Sub-committee Updates
Zero-Waste: Nattelie: met last month. Working on what the priorities are of the group. Create a zero waste plan for the group and how to implement that. They are trying to get municipal buildings on the recycling program. Working on policies for waste.July meeting at Depot yard. Reached goal of 20% recycling participation, so the new goal of 30% for NEXT august. Creating plans for event zero-waste and recycling. (Kerwin) PSA went out, played on TV and a few radio spots. Open questionL: is the PSA on the website?
Renee Wallace: composting sub-committee. She serves on the Michigan organics council. New legislation in process as it relates to composting. Recommendations being synthesized by DEQ to refine them to go into legislation. 29th of this month and also 29th of next month. Talk to her about joining the committee or learn more. Anyone interested in looking at these things from the DEQ, you can look at the two reports hosted on the DEQ website.
Blue-Green: upcoming meeting this coming tuesday at 1pm. 2727 case avenue. Someone from UM SNRE presenting at 2pm.
Renewable energy subcommittee: Exciting Benson has asked them to make a report for him on health and safety. Advisory group now for both sides of government between task force and sustainability office. Next meeting 71 Garfield on July 14th. Discussion about commitments to standards that building owners reduce emissions by 50% by 2030 and that all new buildings be carbon neutral by 2030.
Can the city become 100% renewable? Joel discusses how it can be an issue of haves and have-nots, and that we need to be realistic about what we could be afford and what’s best for the city. But what’s really cheapest? Regardless, our decisions have to represent our environmental as well as social values.
Opening introductions were given throughout the room.
Greg McPartlin, Parjana Distribution
about 5 years old, Michigan based company
Explains the name Parjana – Hindu mythical god of water
Chinese President stated – “We’ll never build enough infrastructure to manage the heavens.”
Decentralized storm water management is the new innovation that treats water as an asset. Parjana’s product has the potential to drastically reduce expensive storm water bills. Powerpoint shows how modern society has altered and damaged nature’s ability to manage water. With so much land covered by non-permeable buildings and pavement, water has nowhere to go. Thus, we experience worse flooding and surface water pollution as a result. However, using bio-mimicry (the study of nature and how it solves problems or limitations), the inventor created an artificial tree root, which is Parjana’s product.
Lawrence Tech and Michigan State have research projects using and testing Parjana’s product, with successful results. Regarding the disruptive nature of this technology, Greg says “[there are] people who love us and people who hate us.” It saves money keeping the water in the natural system with this product. By acting as an elevator shaft for water to infiltrate and be absorbed into the ground, this product helps increase the capacity of rain gardens and other natural habitats to withhold and filter water FOR us, rather than spending large amounts of money and energy on infrastructure to manage and clean storm-water ourselves.
This product helps drastically reduce storm water fees, malaria and other surface-water born diseases, drowning/flooding, and other problems.
City of Detroit is left with the storm-water bill for Belle Isle. One third of the park’s budget is for storm water management; 6 million. A full storm water plant for combined system overflow on site at the park would cost $40 million. Using Parjana’s product could rid the city of the water bill in one year. The pilot project on Belle Isle after 3 years has proven the technology. Shows slide of island where 4.5 inches of rain was irradiated through product implementation. System therefore pays for itself and is creating jobs.
Central High School – $14,000 monthly storm-water bill disappearing. Partnering with Carla Walker Miller to rebuild community and jobs. Providing product to schools and churches is the strategy. Parjana is starting new projects all the time. Organizations are funding the church projects.
Where do you place them with parking lots? — City of Southfield and Lawrence tech test project – 20×20 hole next to parking lot filled with hadite, surrounded by EGRP, and covered with porous pavers. Result — this product makes other management systems like porous pavement and pavers much more efficient.
Basic Product Details and Costs
This product is made of polymers that don’t leach any harmful chemicals into the ground or water. Product is anticipated to function for 125 years. If you need to bring it up, there is a sensor to find it. Placed 2 feet under the ground.
Cost to homeowners – $1,500 – $50,000; average $2,000 – $10,000
Costs for public spaces and non-profits – no final definition of the bar and what the measured costs will be. Greg believes that there will be enough interest from organizations that are willing to fund and develop an offset agreement for cost lending.
DWSD is stating but has not confirmed an 80% reduction in fee on projects; it is however, on a case by case basis. Still in process of getting a working agreement together for future projects.
Earth Day celebration update – Kerwin
Green Task Force sponsored Earth Day Celebration!
April 22, 2017
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Free brunch will be served
Location UAW Ford Building, 151 West Jefferson,
Free to the public
RSVP through Eventbrite
Awards going out to organizations and communities – looking for nominations
Event is currently in the planning stages
Looking for 260 people to attend
Invitations going out – get information from gentleman in the back – Al
Detroiters for Environmental Justice
Looking for MC for the event
Looking for Media Coverage for the event
Green For Life is Corporate Sponsor
Media Sponsor now GreeningDetroit.com
14 AWARDS, COUPLE BUSINESSES, 1 FOR EACH DISTRICT
NOMINATIONS GO TO: KERWIN WIMBERLEY
Rural Energy Subcommittee:
Talking about community solar at the next meeting
First meeting was last month feb 27th. well attended with 18 people.
Plans in the works to establish a composting subcommittee
For the good of the group…
Bike to work day: May 19th. Multiple ways to participate. Group rides are scheduled. Converge at Wayne State and city hall. Need to register. Bike valet at city hall. For more info visit Detroitgreenways.org and see the events page. Currently looking for sponsors and volunteers.
Looking at Greenhouse gas ordinance:
City officially looking at the ordinance to reduce city of Detroit’s carbon footprint by 80% by the year 2050. This is the ordinance portion of the full climate action plan. This is primarily done by facility and fleet changes. Goal set for approval in August of this year.
Tour of the Coleman Young Building showed they are doing many things to recycle – cardboard, confidential shred is being recycled, facility lighting, heating an cooling changes. Property manager uses national standards for greening buildings, looking for set-up standards for all municipal facilities.
Kerwin spoke to Brad Digg (?), gen. manager of the service department states it may be a challenge, but to continue to find easy solutions and changing the mind-set. Create a priority and it will be easier.
It ties into the sustainability office strategically. Believes it is a cultural and a cost factor.
Kathy from a waste management states point about capturing the true value of recycling, that all buildings should do an audit of their waste to make sure they aren’t paying for air.
September 17, 2015
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Michigan State University Detroit Center
3408 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
GTF applied for funding; received the okay, next couple weeks there should be more information.
II General Introductions
III. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency –
US IPA _ Making a Visible Difference in Detroit
Jon Grosshans, US IPA Region 5
Detroit Federal Working Group
77 W. Jackson Blvd. SM-7J
Powerpoint and Discussion Highlights:
Grosshans discusses the narrative of Detroit’s challenges and the new theme of sustainability.
60 new busses coming to the streets due to federal and city communications
Discusses how do we increase the population of Detroit
Eliminate Blight –
There is lots of money for demolition; the team worked through logistics and environmental concerns, so it is now the fastest theme of blight reduction in the country.
EPA wishes to think of not just of their own needs, but connecting the dots of Environmental Justice, EPA Enforcement, Brownfield’s, Superfund, Air Permit
“We are using the relationships and resource studies we have to communicate the strengths and weaknesses. It starts with Core Activities for bigger results.” Such as:
Improve public safety
Provide better transportation
Build adequate housing
Restart lending market
Attract economic development
In regards to supporting Detroit’s Revitalization:
Discusses historic challenges of poor demolition practices-
Debris and contaminated soil in holes
Clay soils with no organic matter
Large rocks on surface, not level
Compacted soil – bulldoze 100x
No grass seed or ground cover
Land bank, city, state, EPA, Federal government sat together with Regina and had a meeting.
They went through each step and discussed what would make it better; explains examples,
responsibility of Illegal dumping, what goes back in the hole, soil testing, clay soil issues.
Now every lot better protects public health and is positioned for future reuse:
4-6 inch soil sponge on top to soak up water
Still working on salvaging materials, strategies for better accountability and sustainability
More people are now on board to assure better compliance is in place
“No city is in a better position to take advantage of the Green infrastructure projects available right now.”
GI on vacant parcels in Cleveland potentially an idea to use for improvement
Owned and maintained by sewer district; everyone is exploring design systems and it is good to see the sharing between cities so that ideas can be utilized.
2 things – 1) The water and sewer dept. now has a large budget to do this and 2) GI through the Great Lakes program greening vacant lots as pilots for new specs.
This creates availability to tap into larger funding sources – HUD, CDBG
DOT – Green Streets
GI – Permit (Now)
Great Lakes Restoration initiative
foundations and non-profit engagement
Planning and redevelopment
with more examples
Coming soon –
City auditing energy use in it’s entire municipality
Go to ww.energystar.gov/join to get it into the Portfolio Manager DTE software on Energy Star
HOW TO MOVE FORWARD
What are the Legacy Issues?
Q. Were you involved in the discussion of LEED and the issues?
A. Anything we can do for LEED, we can do for asbestos, so we look to wet the house and materials, contractor oversight, and making sure people follow through with what is needed.
Q. What can be done with Storm water on residential lots from the contaminated areas?
A. A lot of ways to downspout onto plants, from off the roads; you must look at the oils and contaminants as well. Things must be watched, (monitored).
Q. Please share about Environmental Justice information and framework. How can we collaborate?
Statement and ask about funding for retaining the homes –
EPA emphasis is that homes stay up when they can – “the best green home is the one that is already built.”
Utilizing code enforcement and assuring negative impacts don’t spread to other homes.
HUD funds are the bigger opportunity.
Q. How does a neighborhood tap into the funds and create jobs with the money opportunities from EPA?
A. Great Lakes Program and Eric from The Greening Of Detroit can be outreaches from those funds.
Other money has been given for small scale projects like cleaning up lots 2 or 3 at a time.
Labor in other projects creates jobs in the area.
The President’s call for action has gotten our region working; Michigan wants to figure it out for itself, DTE has a power project with solar, so climate change is in focus for several different cities worldwide. He believes this will continue and grow; including here locally.
Q. Our standards have grandfathered in the incineration of toxic waste products. Can there be a push from the EPA?
A. We usually don’t get engaged with local and state laws, so you will probably see the DEQ getting involved instead.
State components are in every decision made in the powerpoint; EPA feels they are offering assistance from the background. Do our best to be involved, communication-wise.
Q. Friends of the Detroit River Channel Clean Up – is there a size or criteria that EPA sees as a qualified super plan site?
A. Rose or Amy would be able to speak more to that than I. Usually you are creating local jobs and is less expensive to use local workforce.
Speaks to slide with various projects and opportunities.
Speaks on reporting mechanism needed for city to know that there are road issues.
Would like communication with subcommittee leaders for ideas and information on what is happening there/
Q. How do we divert things from landfills?
A. This is not a strong point and has not seen discussions on that.
What is the difference?
City gives $50.00 a ton in Chicago for recycling, here it is less than $10.00. The market in Chicago has created warehouses and marketplace for these things – we need a place to do this!
We need to establish those connections.
We are doing a market study on what comes out of the homes and what does that untapped market look like and how to strengthen it.
Q. How do we support job training for the needs that we have to promote and create this sustainable performance?
A. No green chemistry connections though EPA known at this time. GI workshop available.
Q. Regarding the job training and GI workshop, where does this fit into the city?
A. Dept. in Chicago still operates through the dept. of transportation; they are active and finding ways to do it through the sewer district and conservation core.
IV. Subcommittee update and discussion
World Heritage Site discussion with the U.N. – Kim asks of Mr. Grosshans
Q. How would EPA like to be involved in that?
Speaks to print-out and the fact that we don’t do it nationally – examples; Grand Canyon, Ellis Island, U.N. determines and lists these sites.
The River is 32 miles long, and we are looking for the riverbank to riverbank and surrounding Detroit area
Opportunities to educate the world on the history of the region: Examples – half the people who escaped through the Underground Railroad came through this area, indigenous peoples sacred meeting place, (1000 year old burial mound at Fort Wayne on the River).
Marketing Opportunities – Underground Railroad TV series slated for 2017, producers spending a lot of time focusing on Detroit and the River. NBC & Universal are funding some of this. Kim is Invited back to U.N. on October 5th to further discuss this. Updates to follow.
Finalized plan made; getting feedback from Planning and Development Department and then working on next steps.
Blue Green Infrastructure Subcommittee
Leadership transition, rethinking goals and strategies; finer point on them at next meeting; it was very productive.
V. Good of the Order
Irma – the 23rd of next week; Air Quality SO2 hearing – Wayne County is out of compliance with SO2 standards. We are asking that compliance become important.
March for Justice October 3rd – Roosevelt Park to Hart Plaza
Khalil – Coastal Cleanup this weekend; Belle Isle Beach Cleanup this weekend
Alliance for the Great Lakes website has details.
Green Task Force Meeting Minutes, June 26th, 2014
Held at MSU Detroit Center, Woodward Ave.
Hosted by Government Affairs
Aimee LaLonde-Norman, Rachel Gaylord-Miles, Ryan Oswald,
Cathleen Francois, Eric Dovas, Todd Scott, Gary Wozniak,
Patrick Smithbauer, Regina Royan, Doug Strane, Jeff Gaines,
Phil Hadley, Margaret Weber, James Rydquist, Sandra Yu,
Zegbe N’Namch, LeReina Wheeler, Christopher Cynar, Khalil Mogassabi,
Christopher Dorle, Erma Leaphart, Kari Jordan, Khalil Ligon, Guy Williams
Chuck Rivers, the director with Governmental Affairs is introduced by Scott Benson. Speaks of the history of the building, welcomes everyone and invites everyone for tours.
Scott Benson asks for short introductions.
First presentation Todd Scott Detroit Greenways Coalition; speaks of southeast Michigan history of greenways. Local match funding generally wasn’t available for grants so Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan launched Greenways Initiative. They created the Coalition with other Detroit non-profits and the city as well as philanthropy.
Now a non-profit whose vision “is a strong, healthy, vibrant City of Detroit and region where a seamless network of greenways, green spaces, blueways and complete streets is an integral part of people’s active lifestyle including day-to-day transportation and recreation.”
Detroit non-motorized Transportation Plan was looked at and approved in 2008, so bike lanes are being added each year.
Coalition created network vision to connect trails and bike lanes. Scott showed the progress from the Riverwalk and Belle Isle to the progress made so far, including Underground Railroad bike route.
By end of 2014 and spring 2015, Dequindre Cut extension will be completed with bike lanes Hamtramck and MIdtown. East Jefferson getting bike lanes at City’s east border.
Major M1 Rail safety issues on Woodward led to MDOT providing $1 million dollars to utilize Cass Ave. instead. Will include bike parking, repair stations, and bike counters in the ground that will give number total annually.
Public Bike Sharing planned and grant acceptance will be known this week for roll out of March next year. At least 35 stations to begin with.
Bike access to Canada presented, looking at new bridge, ferry service.
Inner Circle Greenway 26 mile loop, funding for railroad property being utilized. Looking to connect the figure 8 to Windsor; $15 million TIGER grant application was created but changed to $1 million TIGER planning grant due to M1 Rail.
The Green Lane National project chooses 6 cities every other year for cycle tracks — protected bike lanes. Detroit applied, Pittsburgh and Indianapolis were chosen this year, hoping Detroit is chosen in the future.
“It’s about the people we’re building this for. No other city has the biking culture that Detroit has.” Speaks of the diversity and connection of the people involved, as well as Slow Role.
Question on business of biking rentals on either side of the tunnel or bridge.
Katherine Underwood; Urban Livestock update.
People allowed to have gardens for primary use, now wanting livestock to be within law.
City law states no code for it; going about it in a deliberate way to change this.
Even though people want livestock, others do not want or embrace it; the response is that their voices and concerns will be listened to.
Coming up with community education format. Working on what this will look like. Posters taken to community meetings so that the consideration of livestock is being brought up and asking what their thoughts and concerns are as well as their ideas of education and engagement.
Need to figure out what animals and numbers should be allowed.
Hens and rabbits, goats, many honey bees are being kept.
Numbers allowed may differ in different neighborhoods.
Push back comes from more traditional areas and neighborhoods.
Ways being considered; permission from neighbors, lot of vacancy and activity means that you can do things differently; more agricultural activity and animals. Complications in process can be an opportunity for Detroit to lead in this arena; how many animals, set backs, manure management, rodent prevention, protection of health and welfare of animals is important. Animal Control is working within this area.
MSU and MI dept of agricultural development are concerned and involved in making sure things go well. Concern about goats and the exposure of toxins and bio-accumulation is discussed.
Exciting is that people now have a source of food. Eggs, milk, honey products. Source of income; soap making, research opportunities, opportunity for Detroit to be leaders in urban livestock.
Detroit listed as number one (check report name).
Detroit has oldest 4H in country. MSU thinks this is good for creating interest in veterinary and agricultural education.
Concept of Urban Livestock Guild discussed.
This may be a way to challenge people to be responsible for each other and the concept of Urban Livestock. Creates support, education, and cooperation with the regulatory agencies.
City doesn’t go out of their way to find people taking care of livestock; they just look at the problems and complaints, as most people utilize them for personal use.
Wayne county farm Bureau has nothing to do with the situation yet.
Fish farms are currently legal.
Distinction between residential and commercial zoning step-up will be considered in the ordinances, possibly determined by square footage.
Detroit Future Cities open spaces looks at natural resources risk with Urban Livestock. Proper balance within this could actually improve this. What do you think are the positives? It is being looked at within the committee and review processes will be in place. Informal relationship with Universities will help figure this out. No one is looking at large scale agriculture that will impact things negatively in the community.
With density of neighborhoods in the future, what do you see?
Detroit Future Cities looking at what makes sense for appropriately zoned areas. The city is not anticipating over a 20 year period being repopulated; increments will be considered as permanent green space.
Contamination in urban soils and how that is addressed is discussed. MSU taking the lead in research. City doesn’t have the capabilities to do these things, asking people to consider this testing for themselves.
Water Sub-committee Report
Chris Cynar, Kathleen and Irma asked to weigh in.
Everything is work in progress
Draft of MLU shared with Mr. Benson’s office; purpose is to help city dept. develop a consistent way to manage water.
Law dept. from Wayne state helping on zoning ordinances for storm water and green infrastructure strategies and policies.
Maximizing open space and parking issues being researched.
The water sub-committee has policy and evacuation departments. Community map being worked on to highlight the work being done within the city. Rough draft for educational guidance on how to mange rain water and utilizing water shed management. Detroit doesn’t have the same ordinances as the outer areas.
Green Task Force information on Storm water management program is on Mr. Benson’s government site.
July or September …… being put on the agenda
Mr. Benson states:
Storm water management being highlighted as a main issue in Detroit for Task force right now. Fees and implementation of design for drainage are part of the conversation started now and Task Force will be brought in later once this is in place.
Permits and assessment and how they are taxed are discussed.
Does the city have the power to say to the assessment department, “No taxes will be given to the green infrastructure upgrades?” is discussed.
Plumbing code in ’09 states you must have an improved way to dispose of storm water. Challenging and discussing with the state that approval should be include a green infrastructure upgrade.
LEED process could be circumvented by
Sandra Yu speaks on Detroit Environmental Agenda
Detroit Climate action coalition stake holder review of climate conversation within the city.
Green jobs training starting in september; looking for students and employer partners, will send out information.
Environmental agenda history is discussed.
How to get the champions of the city and city council to discuss the issues that are important from both sides.
Listed all organizations that got together in ’09 to create voter guides, took candidates on tours of toxic areas, reported on environmental safety and wrote recommendations on areas of concern. Their group looked at how to make all of these things working together, then had city council meeting to discuss what was in the Detroit Environmental Agenda and encourage support.
They requested more businesses and the general public to give input on this as well.
Looking for support on key next steps from the Task Force.
Follow up meeting with Councilman Benson who gave suggestions on how to move this forward and gain support from the city council.
Strom water sub-commit chair speaks of the research sustainability element of her teams research (listen at 75:00).
Benson: speaks of the expansion of the Task Force, “Are we ready to have additional sub-committees to address the issues that are needed?”
Master planning question; what is the outlook; Benson will check PNDD with them for update
Underwood: 9 different areas of the city being looked at in an incremental way; Mayer looking at this at the end of July
Specific time tables not determined; challenges of this discussed. (Consultant to the city speaking). Intension is to get to the specific issues fo the differnet neighborhoods and detrmine the best way to move forward for the city at large.
52 neighborhoods being addressed.
Benson states that email is the best way to get personal questions to be addressed.
Sub-committees needed; only have one right now
Green Infrastructure Subcommittee considered. Detroit Future City could be utilized as a resource for this. Gentleman states he’s willing to take on sub-committee chair for this.
Sandra would like to work on the master plan re-vsion and recommendation with others.
Climate adaptation and planning for climate change as a sub-committee is discussed.
Climate environment work group DAC detroit action colaborative mentioned as working within the ideas of one of the sub-committees.
Guy Williams has process suggestion. “seems like the beneficial impact is preparing material for City Council. Can we look at sequencing instead of the breadth of what we are doing. There is a time coming when actual items can be vetted. Brings the questions of what we can do within a more structured master plan.
Discussion of large scale projects and their sustainability impact
Is there a consensus of what sustainability means?
Let’s identify what policies are still being determined by the new council and how we can impact those processes.
Group coming to Detroit doing the Rust Best Tour from Seattle Washington. Series of events for them will be sent out; please come and engage with this group.
Detroit Climate Conversation invitation going on tonight.
City plan within the city plan based on the transportation that moves within the city area. Meeting with developers of the fair grounds group.
Sierra Club having 2nd Rain barrels on the Riverfront event on July 26th 10:00. mirainbarrel.com
Traffic ordinances defined now as states ordinances instead of the old city ordinances. Registration is voluntary. Forming youth bike task force to update the laws. Specific laws and fees are discussed.
Events and activities can be emailed to Councilman Benson to be sent out from the office.
Meeting closed at 4:50 p.m.