Next Detroit to be Greener

Sponsored by The Home Depot Foundation
Detroit, Mich. (October 16, 2007)- The Next Detroit Neighborhood Initiative (NDNI) refers to the Detroit after the transformation of City government. It is the Detroit of the future. NDNI is a five-year strategy designed to improve the quality of life in six neighborhoods- East English Village, Osborn, North End, Brightmoor, 7 Mile-Livernois, and Grand River-Greenfield- by coordinating city services around the neighborhood work plans and leveraging private investment in the targeted communities.


The public-private investment needed to execute the Next Detroit Neighborhood Initiative is estimated at $225 million. Mayor Kilpatrick said the city is currently exploring the possibility of creating a Foundation-led Investment Vehicle as an unprecedented approach to leveraging public resources with private investment. Using a tool called Drilldown, the nonpartisan, not-for-profit research organization Social Compact concluded that city neighborhoods are home to larger markets than previously understood and the city has a greater income density, signaling greater buying power in Detroit.
To handle the green infrastructure component of NDNI, Mayor Kilpatrick called up The Greening of Detroit. On October 20, The Greening, in cooperation with Detroit’s General Services Department will host a planting on Sherwood Avenue. On this day, they will plant 100 trees and engage 200 volunteers. Jared Liu, Director of Programs at the Alliance for Community Trees will attend to recognize the positive works being done by The Greening of Detroit in partnership with the mayor and the City of Detroit.
“Having local organizations like The Greening of Detroit participate in National NeighborWoods Month helps us show the cumulative effect of a burgeoning urban and community forestry movement,” said ACT Executive Director Alice Ewen Walker. Founded in 1993, the Alliance for Community Trees is a national coalition of 140 nonprofit organizations engaged in urban and community forestry in 39 states and Canada. Its members are dedicated to grassroots community greening, public education, policymaking, job training, urban design, and other initiatives that support better awareness of the connections between trees and people.
NeighborWoods Month is sponsored through a generous grant from The Home Depot Foundation. “National NeighborWoods Month offers a unique opportunity for people to understand the contributions of trees to the health, beauty and livability of their communities,” said Kelly Caffarelli, Vice President of The Home Depot Foundation. “By partnering with ACT and local NeighborWoods organizations like The Greening of Detroit, The Foundation is able to further its goals of investing in the overall health and success of our communities.”
About The Home Depot Foundation
The Home Depot Foundation was created in 2002 to further the community building goals of The Home Depot by providing additional resources to assist nonprofit organizations building affordable, efficient, and healthy homes throughout the United States and Canada. The Home Depot Foundation is dedicated to creating healthy, livable communities through the integration of affordable housing built responsibly and the preservation and restoration of community trees. Since its formation, The Home Depot Foundation has granted more than $50 million to nonprofit and government organizations throughout North America. In 2006 alone, projects supported by the foundation built 9,000 units of housing and planted 300,000 trees. For more information, visit www.homedepotfoundation.org.
More information at: http://calendar.neighborwoodsmonth.org or www.greeningofdetroit.com
For Immediate Release Contact:
Monica Tabares
The Greening of Detroit
313-237-8733
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Download The Greening of Detroit’s NeighborWoods Month press release.