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Planet Detroit

Planet Detroit helps you get smarter about the environment in Detroit and Michigan. Planet Detroit’s stories and weekly newsletter focus on explanatory, solutions-based and investigative reporting, and a deep commitment to community engagement around local environmental issues. Planet Detroit’s mission is to raise awareness about Metro Detroit’s environmental and public health issues, hold powerful entities accountable and help our audience connect with their local environment and take action to protect the health of their communities.

Travis Peters runs Green Boots, a garden that provides food, employment and therapeutic outdoor space for veterans in Detroit.
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For 19-year old Uriel Llanas, it was the starry night and clean air on a trip to Detroit's Scout Hollow campground that got him hooked on nature.
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Antonio Rafael and the Detroit Leadership and Environmental Education Program are filling the nature gap specifically for BIPOC students.
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Formed in 2020, the Black to the Land Coalition is a Detroit group "of Black, Indigenous and People of Color nature enthusiasts, intent on helping fellow BIPOC actively engage in meaningful outdoor adventures.”
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After a decade on the sidelines as over 100 Great Lakes region cities collaborated on common water issues, Detroit has bought in. Can it help drive a water infrastructure agenda? And what about shutoffs?
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As Michigan utilities braced for revenue loss during the pandemic, they instead earned up to $30 million beyond what they expected.
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Pollution and other environmental hazards in and around Michigan schools can cause health problems for students and staff, as well as developmental problems that can hamper students’ learning.
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Five of the 30 Detroit Black Farmer Land Fund grantees recently completed deals to purchase properties from the City of Detroit, ushering in what funders hope to be a major uptick in land ownership for Detroit’s Black urban farmers.
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The nonprofit Make Food Not Waste launched Upcycling Kitchen in late 2020 in response to rising food security in the city during the pandemic.
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The zoning dispute focused on a Moroun-owned property in southwest Detroit shows the impact of Michigan’s eminent domain law.
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What's going on with the plan for multifamily recycling in Detroit? While the program was delayed, a pilot starts this spring.
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The Mckenzie Patrice-Croom Water Lab, which opened to the public last year, wants to change the relationship between people and water in Flint.
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