The Detroit Future City Strategic Framework provides a clear vision for the city’s future. Promotion of a sustainable city through the creation of sustainable neighborhoods is key to realizing the Framework’s vision.

In June of 2014, DFC joined a coalition of Detroit organizations in traveling to Portland, Oregon to participate in national summit to catalyze the creation of new “Eco Districts” throughout the country. Eco Districts seek to create sustainable cities by creating sustainable neighborhoods. This exploratory trip firmed the commitment of these groups to create Eco-D, a collaborative network framework to pioneer the creation of Detroit’s first eco-districts.

This effort will develop neighborhood-based sustainability efforts that layer multiple initiatives and partners and showcase how these approaches can be applied differently to diverse types of neighborhoods. This is being undertaken through a collaborative process that will produce community led economic development that uses best practices and innovations from the field of sustainability.

Initiative lead: Chris Dorle

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