The SEAS Sustainability Clinic is made possible through support from The Kresge Foundation, which has committed $1 million in funding over the next three years.
Wendy Lewis Jackson, Managing Director, Kresge Foundation’s Detroit Program
“The flooding crisis in Detroit is real. Addressing this issue is incredibly important to both Kresge and the University of Michigan because we care about the health and safety of residents,” said. “Many communities in Detroit have been hit repeatedly by severe flooding due to the effects of climate change and the city’s aging infrastructure. This means families who may already be facing economic hardship have to constantly work to recover when a flood destroys their homes or personal belongings. By working in partnership with the community through hyperlocal nonprofit partners, we have an opportunity to address the impacts of climate change in neighborhoods with the greatest need.”
Joshua Elling, Chief Executive Officer, Jefferson East Inc.
“As the University of Michigan seeks new and innovative ways to be involved in the City of Detroit, Jefferson East Inc. is excited to partner with SEAS in the inaugural project of the SEAS Sustainability Clinic. Students will have an opportunity to better understand and meaningfully support the Detroit community by bringing to bear the resources of a world-class university in our state. The challenges posed due to our rapidly changing climate—more flooding, heatwaves, and extreme weather—are an existential threat to the neighborhoods we serve. These challenges need top minds and expertise, which when guided by the wisdom of local residents, will help craft equitable solutions that Jefferson East and its partners can implement to protect our most vulnerable citizens. The Sustainability Clinic will further deepen our relationship with the University of Michigan and build on ongoing partnerships to improve the health and resiliency of our neighborhoods.”