2014 Spring Climate Awards

2014 Spring Climate Awards

Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation

Grant Amount: $5000

Project Title: Green Infrastructure in Grandmont Rosedale, a Hardest Hit Neighborhood in Detroit

Project Description: The Grandmont Rosedale community is located in Northwest Detroit, neighboring Brightmoor and within the Rouge River Watershed area. As one of Detroit’s hardest hit target areas, the Grandmont Rosedale community has recently experience widespread demolitions of abandoned homes; leaving behind many aggregated sites of vacant land. In order to prevent plant overgrowth, pest infestations and illegal dumpting, Grandmont Rosedale volunteers care for these lots on a weekly basis; mowing grass, picking up litter and installing split-rail fences. However, volunteer capacity has spread thin as more and more vacant lots are created with an ever-increasing influx of demolitions. After a series of visioning workshops, Grandmont Rosedale community memebers have decided to install green infrastucture treatments to the lots; an intervention that not only beautifies the area, but also cuts down on maintenence and upkeep requirements. Furthermore, the lot treatments will be intentionally dsignd to soak up rianwater runoff in the Rouge River and Lake Erie basin.


Northend Christian CDC

Grant Amount: $5000

Project Title: Community Green Infrastructure Building

Project Description: Northend Christian CDC will use funding for our Peer Training program that provides skill training for 10 participants on gardening, water harvesting, composting, transplant production, pest management, harvesting and selling at market –preparing them for urban farm employment. Through the training program, Peer Trainers will install five rain gardens to collect stormwater and enhance the Gateway Community Garden. Trainers will also learn about renewable energy at a special training.


Old Redford (Detroit) Gardens

Grant Amount: $4300

Project Title: Rouge River Flood Plain Families Wanting to Live Sustainably

Project Description: Old Redford Garden consists of residents in the Rouge River flood plain area (Detroit/Redford). Our goal is to protect our homes from flooding, divert storm water into rain barrels, build green infrastructure, and establish a sustainable community garden. Annually, 75% of Old Redford (Detroit) Gardens member’s streets, yards, and homes flood. We would like to do everything we possibly can to protect our neighborhood from flood waters. Funding will be used to purchase the needed equipment to implement flood protection plans by maintaining vacant lots and installing gardens.


Storehouse of Hope Emergency Food Pantry

Grant Amount: $4967

Project Title: North End Neighbors United Rain Garden & Solar Light Project

Project Description: Storehouse of Hope will install rain gardens at 5 (five) locations within the North End complete with solar off-grid lighting to address: the severe street flooding which occurs in the North End, prevent storm water run-off, protecting our water ways and to provide lighting to a community that has had its street lights turned off, removed or left in disrepair. The funds will be used to purchase materials for the rain gardens, solar panels, batteries and pole garden lights for a complete system. While the project goals are to do a total of 10 (ten) locations, other funding will be secured. As an off-grid system, there will be no expense to the homeowner and will allow for a great exposure for community demonstration of both of these climate impact systems.


Neighbors Building Brightmoor

Grant Amount: $2000

Project Title: Rainwater collection and drip irrigation system, Chatham street, Brightmoor

Project Description: Neighbors Building Brightmoor will capture rainwater to divert combined sewage overflow from the Detroit wastewater treatment system and the Rouge River, to transition to using less to no municipal water for our garden, and to grow food for and beautify our neighborhood using a drip irrigation system from rainwater catchment. We have a rainwater catchment system in place that we designed and implemented last season, as we did not have access to city water and prefer to capture precipitation for growing food. Funds will be used to purchase materials for water harvesting and drip irrigation systems.


Friends of Detroit & Tri-County

Grant Amount: $3000

Project Title: Help Gardens Help Us

Project Description: This project will utilize open spaces in the Hope District Area located on Detroit’s Eastside to grow gardens for beautification and food. The gardens will also be used as a training tool to help build skills that can be used to generate income for the community by selling harvest at Eastern Market. Funding will be used to construct water collection systems, native plants, and other gardening supplies.


Central Detroit Christian CDC

Grant Amount: $4749

Project Title: North Central Neighborhood Rain Beautification Garden

Project Description: Our proposed project will help mitigate excess storm and drainage water away from our Aquaponics farm and redirect it beneath a large Rain Garden and Beautification space surrounding the building. Funds from Freshwater Future will help to excavate the cement from the proposed planting area, purchase a diverse set of SE Michigan native flowers, grasses, shrubs and trees, as well as purchase proper irrigation piping and soil amendments to complete the project.


Eden Gardens Block Club

Grant Amount: $5000

Project Title: Improving and providing a water system, and cleaning and greening the area

Project Description: Despite last year’s heavy storms, which overtaxed our City’s combined sewer systems, we also experienced significant dry spells, stunting the growth of our new community urban garden. Freshwater Future funds will be applied to the building of two rain catchment systems that will capture rain water for the garden. In addition to allowing us to store water for dry spells, water catchment systems will stop rain water from running into the sewers and help to prevent soil erosion. It will also ease the burden on an aging sewer system infrastructure, such as Detroit’s, which can become overburdened by excessive rainfalls and blocked with debris, which, in turn, causes street flooding. Our project also includes purchasing fruit trees and planting the trees on a vacant lot to help absorb water, provide shade and absorb carbon, while also providing fruit trees for future generations. In addition we will purchase battery powered lawn equipment to maintain the area around the garden and vacant lots and solar security cameras.


Highland Park United Neighborhood Association

Grant Amount: $2000

Project Title: Keep it Green and Clean

Project Description: The HPUNA, a nonprofit membership based organization, is requesting funds to support its Keep it Green and Clean Program. The goal of the program is to return Highland Park to an environmentally friendly city of trees and well maintained green and clean neighborhoods. The program components include tree planting; maintenance and use of vacant lots to promote reduction of storm water, flood control and climate mitigation; and block by block clean-up of abandoned and vacant property. Freshwater Future funds will support the Adopt-A-Lot activities, tree planting, and/or purchase of battery-powered lawn equipment.


Kalamazoo Nature Center

Grant Amount: $4000

Project Title: Increasing Incremental Actions Towards Climate Resiliency through the Kalamazoo Climate Change Coalition

Project Description: The nascent Kalamazoo Climate Change Coalition (KCCC) was founded in 2013 with the help of a Climate Grant from Freshwater Future. In the past six months, the KCCC has had a number of successes in our community and is using strategic incrementalism to accomplish tangible goals set by designated working groups within the Coalition. The KCCC has prominent cross disciplinary and intergenerational leaders working on tangible climate resiliency goals, in areas like food justice, energy efficiency, green infrastructure, and stormwater protection. With continued funding, the KCCC will be able to support our Climate Intern’s work on assisting Kalamazoo Nature Center staff in leading the KCCC. Funds will assist us in printing and distributing informational materials about energy efficiency tools available in our community and produce a success story that describes KCCC’s approach and achievements to date. We will continue to fostering a healthy environment through promoting clean waterways, green transportation, reduced dirty energy consumption, local food systems, and overall well-being.


Elmwood Village Charter School

Grant Amount: $5000

Project Title: Hudson Rain Garden – Dsigd to capture runoff from parking lot and work as an outdoor classroom for EVCS students to learn about green intrastructure

Project Description: The Elmwood Village Charter School and Kleinhans Community Association have been working to beautify and create a more sustainable green environment around the school. They planted trees and had the City of Buffalo remove unnecessary asphalt between the sidewalk and the street but there continues to be massive runoff from the parking lot net to the school. In an effort to continue to beautify the area and prevent the runoff from going into the sewer system, they decided ti was an ideal post for a rain garden. PUSH Blue has been installing rain gardens in other parts of the city and it was concluded that if Elmwood Village Charter School could get their expertise in on the project, they could create something unigue, functional, green, and be an inspiration to other shools, neigborhoods, and block clubs.


Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo

Grant Amount: $5000

Project Title: FruitBelt Garden Rainwater System (FGRS) Project

Project Description: The Fruitbelt Garden Rain System Project will install a 1,000 gallon tank to harvest rainwater from a neighbor?s roof. This will provide irrigation to 10 raised vegetable beds through a drip waterline system. The project will also design and distribute materials to promote rain water usage in the neighborhood. A tool shed and tools will be provided to replace old and broken ones and office supplies will augment operations. This garden is on a city-owned lot leased by GGB from the City of Buffalo and partners with the UB CENTER in managing these spaces, not only of this garden but of a cluster of gardens in the neighborhood. Through its partnership with PS37, these spaces are used as an outdoor classroom by UB CENTER for its in-school Community as Classroom Program in urban gardening, public art, community heritage and future cities. It also serves a demonstration site for urban gardening in the FruitBelt.



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