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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.

Detroit’s community gardeners have reactivated vacant lots across the city. Some emerging ownership models would help them preserve their investment.
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Auburn Hills City Council voted to opt out of SMART bus service in 2023, even as Oakland County pursues more connected transit options.
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Trees play a crucial role in helping people stay cool in the summer months -- but Detroit lacks "tree equity." These groups are working to grow the city's canopy.
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Over the last decade, electric bills in southeast Michigan have jumped while power outages have become more of a problem. Here's the 411 on our energy utility.
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Get the 411 on Detroit and regional water providers, rates and your water bill in the climate change era.
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In its second year, the Detroit Farmer Land Fund has raised over $100,000 to support around 40 farmers in their journey towards land ownership.  But it isn't that simple for the farmers.
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Soulardarity has been working to make Highland Park more self-sufficient since DTE repossessed its streetlights in 2011.
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Detroit is rethinking its climate strategy, this time leaving more power to its residents by providing them with tools and funding.
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Goodwill's GreenWorks industrial recycling program offers jobs to those with barriers to employment, with a model that reduces recidivism and helps grow the green economy.
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The proposal loosens requirements on lead testing in Detroit rental properties, while increasing penalties for landlords who don’t comply.
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Detroit group Canfield Consortium was awarded the $50,000 grant to activate an east side alley with a rain garden, community tool shed and more.
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Critics say the Detroit Community Benefits Ordinance isn't living up to its promise to give residents a voice in neighborhood development.
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