Detroit Resilience Hub Framework: Best Practices for the Implementation of Resilience Hubs in Detroit, Michigan
Climate change poses a fundamental threat to plant, animal, and human life. As ever-increasing impacts are felt across the globe, communities face rising stressors such as hotter summers, colder winters, severe flooding, power outages, and decreased food and water supplies. Communities will need to adopt new resilience strategies to best withstand these challenges. A history of systemically racist, destructive policies of urban renewal and post-industrial disinvestment has left much of Detroit’s geography and population over-exposed to climate risk. In this report, we outline current and projected climate impacts in Southeast Michigan, historical context for the City of Detroit, the City’s unique climate vulnerability, and how the City plans to address climate challenges. Through a literature review and interviews with Resilience Hub practitioners, we assembled a set of 8 essential considerations when establishing a Resilience Hub, listed below. These findings form the foundation of a successful Resilience Hub, though it is essential that each community tailor their approach to address their unique mix of challenges, needs, and assets. This will help EcoWorks, an energy and sustainability focused nonprofit, as they work to establish a Resilience Hub in their own neighborhood on Detroit’s West side.
Amber George, Meghan Oesterle, James Pew, Maegan Muir