Stellantis has announced the launch of Detroit’s Greenest Initiative today, part of a three-year, $1 million effort to support east side neighborhoods around the Detroit Assembly Complex and make it the area Detroit’s most environmentally friendly neighborhood.The initiative was announced during the groundbreaking for a new education pavilion located at the stormwater park at the corner of Kercheval Avenue and Beniteau Street. In addition to the pavilion, Stellantis plans to include environmental education signs, bike racks, a bat house, beehives, a pollinator and rain garden, as well as creating environment-focused programs with local educators.
“At Stellantis, we’re listening to our neighbors and working with them to improve the quality of life for people who live and work here,” says Ron Stallworth, external affairs lead for Wayne County, Stellantis – North America. “The projects we’re announcing today are just the initial phase of our commitment to make this Detroit’s greenest neighborhood.”
Shaped by community input from over 75 meetings with neighborhood organizations, local residents, and leaders, the initiative has already seen the installation of a ambient air-quality monitoring station at the north end of the Mack Assembly Plant. The company will also upgrade landscaping at the park and plant 1,100 native trees on its property and in the surrounding neighborhoods, with 800 already in the ground.
Future projects will include providing residents with rain barrels, vacant lot restoration in partnership with the city of Detroit, and wildlife and habitat conservation efforts in partnership with the Wildlife Habitat Council. The company also will work with the Detroit Department of Transportation to install solar-powered bus stops near the Detroit Assembly Complex to provide residents with well-lit shelters and mobile device charging stations.
Still not the end of the plans, Stellantis plans blight demolition, home improvement grants for local homeowners, and numerous funding commitments for youth summer employment, Detroit Promise scholarships, and an Advanced Manufacturing Career Academy for local students and residents.
“Collaboration is at the heart of Detroit’s Greenest Initiative and can serve as a model for corporate stewardship,” says Margaret O’Gorman, president of Wildlife Habitat Council. “WHC has worked with Stellantis and its partners for many years and we have seen the positive impacts these community-first initiatives can achieve.”
More information about Stellantis community benefits can be found at Stellantis4Detroit.com.