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Rain Gardens to the Rescue --> 2016 Applications

posted Mar 15, 2016, 7:03 PM by Sierra Club Great Lakes Program


It’s raining, it’s pouring, and sewage is overflowing – right into the Rouge and Detroit Rivers!! Help prevent this storm water pollution with Rain Gardens to the Rescue! 
 
The Rain Gardens to the Rescue program involves attending a series of workshops designed to teach you about rain gardens, followed by you planting your very own garden and educating your neighbors and family to do the same. Space is limited. Residents and institutions (i.e. libraries, activity centers, places of faith) are encouraged to participate. Complete the application below to apply for the program.

NOTE: Applications are due by Friday, April 8th.
 
Rain gardens:
     - protect our properties from flooding
     - beautify our yards and neighborhoods
     - provide habitat for birds, butterflies, and many other beneficial creatures
     - improve quality of life
     - increase the amount of water infiltrated into the ground, which helps recharge our local aquifer
     - keep storm water out of aging sewer pipes and prevent sewer overflows 
 

This program is organized by Sierra Club, Friends of the Rouge, and Keep Growing Detroit with support from the Erb Family Foundation.

Green Your Neighborhood | Saturday, April 2, 2016

posted Mar 15, 2016, 6:54 PM by Sierra Club Great Lakes Program


 


Join us for our 4th Green Your Neighborhood community forum!!! Come and hear about the variety of green infrastructure projects happening in Detroit. Attend workshops where you will learn about disconnecting downspouts, rain barrels, rain gardens, non-toxic cleaners, basic gardening, vermicomposting, orchards, creating art from found objects, and recycling best practices. Bring your neighbors and use what you learn to green your home and the community.   

The Green Your Neighborhood community forum will be held at Wayne County Community College District's Eastern Campus, 5901 Conner in Detroit, on Saturday, April 2nd from 9 a.m. to noon. The event is free and open to all. We will be raffling off a rain barrel and other prizes. Plus, you’ll have a chance to sign up to receive a free recycling bin. 

We hope to see you there!! 

This program is organized by Sierra Club, Friends of the Rouge, and Keep Growing Detroit with support from the Erb Family Foundation.

New Detroit Initiative --> Rain Gardens to the Rescue

posted Apr 13, 2015, 8:36 AM by Sierra Club Great Lakes Program   [ updated May 13, 2015, 12:19 PM ]


Sewage and urban runoff are polluting Detroit’s rivers. Help prevent this pollution by putting Rain Gardens to the Rescue! The Rain Gardens to the Rescue program is a series of workshops designed to teach you about rain gardens, so that you can plant your very own garden and educate your neighbors and family to do the same. Space is limited. Residents and institutions (i.e. libraries, activity centers, places of faith) are encouraged to participate. Complete the application below to apply for the program. NOTE: Applications are due by Friday, May 22.

Rain gardens:

  • protect our properties from flooding

  • beautify our yards and neighborhoods

  • provide habitat for birds, butterflies, and many other beneficial creatures

  • improve quality of life

  • increase the amount of water infiltrated into the ground, which helps recharge our local aquifer

This program is organized by Sierra Club, Friends of the Rouge, and Keep Growing Detroit with support from the Erb Family Foundation.

Rain Barrels on the Riverfront

posted Apr 1, 2015, 8:28 PM by Sierra Club Great Lakes Program



Celebrate the 45th Anniversary of Earth Day in Detroit

posted Apr 1, 2015, 8:27 PM by Sierra Club Great Lakes Program

SAVE THE DATE: Celebrate the 45th anniversary of Earth Day in Detroit with Sierra Club, Keep Growing Detroit, Friends of the Rouge, and Wayne County Community College District. RSVPs encouraged. Call (313) 965-0055 or go to this link.

We’re the ones we’ve been waiting for! Celebrate the 45th anniversary of Earth Day by connecting with your neighbors, organizations, & public officials in a thoughtful dialogue about transforming our city into a community that benefits us all. This is an evening for us to slow down, examine ourselves and city processes, & find resources for our neighborhoods to grow in a healthy way.

Spread the word - share the Facebook event page.



Join Sierra Club for a Bike Tour of Detroit's Green Solutions!

posted Apr 1, 2015, 8:08 PM by Sierra Club Great Lakes Program



Forum: Race, Class, Culture, & Diversity in Environmental Organizations

posted Mar 16, 2015, 5:13 PM by Sierra Club Great Lakes Program   [ updated Apr 2, 2015, 12:48 PM ]

Organic Wine Tasting Fundraiser - Monday, October 27

posted Sep 30, 2014, 3:04 PM by Sierra Club Great Lakes Program   [ updated Sep 30, 2014, 3:04 PM ]

Enjoy a fun evening tasting Michigan organic wines paired with Italian delectables and viewing the Art4Detroit exhibition at the Swords into Plowshares Gallery and Peace Center on Monday, October 27. Donations from the event will support Sierra Club's Great Lakes program, which is celebrating its 30th year in protecting an international treasure!

Space is limited so reserve your spot here, http://www.eventbrite.com/e/wine-tasting-tickets-12976195149?aff=estw. ($30 suggested donation per person)


In Detroit, Sierra Club works to protect our community from flooding and climate change while also helping to protect, restore, and preserve the water resources of the Great Lakes. We advocate for the widespread use ofgreen infrastructure solutions, which helps prevent rain water from going down the storm drain. A few examples include rain barrels, rain gardens, trees, and green vegetative roofs. Sierra Club's team of volunteers encourages the use of green infrastructure solutions at the individual, neighborhood, and city levels to prevent sewage and polluted runoff from harming the Rouge and Detroit Rivers and Lake Erie. During the wine tasting, you will learn more about these efforts and have a chance to bid on some silent auction items, including a rain barrel.

If you cannot make this event, we will certainly miss you but please do not let that stop you from making a donation to this great cause.

Schedule for the Evening of Monday, October 27:

6:30 to 7pm Registration (suggested donation of $30 per person)

7pm Welcome and explanation of tasting and silent auction (includes a rain barrel)

7:10pm Let the tasting of Michigan organic wines paired with Italian delectables begin! (Wines include: Gewurztraminer, Pinot Nois, Pinot Gris, and Ciderye)

8:30pm Silent Auction ends

Green Your Neighborhood Forum - October 15, 2014

posted Sep 29, 2014, 10:22 AM by Sierra Club Great Lakes Program



Community Meeting: Protect Your Community & Rivers from Pollution!

posted Jan 30, 2013, 12:23 PM by Sierra Club Great Lakes Program   [ updated Jan 30, 2013, 12:26 PM ]

If you're on Facebook, RSVP here.  Find pdfs of the Permit Notice, Fact Sheet, and Draft Permit below.


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