Canfield Consortium and our team members, Detroit Ain't Violent It's Safe (D.A.V.I.S.) the University of Michigan Dearborn and Wildlife Habitat Council were announced as a winner of the 2021 Thriving Cities Challenge. The winning teams were chosen from a pool of 15 finalists by a final evaluation panel, following a virtual pitch fest. Teams were selected based on their potential to advance climate resilience and racial equity through green space in each of their communities. The Challenge received 52 total eligible applications, with projects representing a range of efforts across the United States and Puerto Rico, Canada, and Mexico, as well as several Tribal nations and Indigenous groups.
Project proposals from the finalists were diverse, ranging in focus from community gardens, green infrastructure planning and development, a food collective, racial equity, and land conservation, to more shady bus stops.
Our project proposal, Alley Activation as a Neighborhood-Based Sustainability Strategy, proposes that newly cleared alleys be activated to serve as a green capillary system that significantly contributes to municipal sustainability goals as well as neighborhood cultural, social, and economic life. This pilot project will serve as a small-scale proof-of-concept, advancing the real-world application of sustainable technology by using a designated alleyway to serve as an open-air learning laboratory and demonstration site.
We are excited to begin work on the project in the spring of 2022!