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October 4, 2018 | 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Category: Seminar
Location: Undergraduate Library, David Adamany Bernath Auditorium | Map
5155 Gullen Mall
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Staff

The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to host the next Water@Wayne seminar on Thursday, October 4, 2018 from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. in the Bernath Auditorium located in the David Adamany Undergraduate Library. The seminar is free and open to the public; registration is requested.

The Water@Wayne Seminar Series presents, "What Does Sustainability Mean in Detroit?" with Joel Howrani Heeres, director, Office of Sustainability, City of Detroit. Joel Howrani Heeres is the City of Detroit’s first sustainability director, leading a new sustainability office charged with strengthening the economic, social and environmental well-being of Detroit’s residents, neighborhoods, and businesses. He received dual master’s degrees in urban and environmental planning and a bachelor’s degree in economics and anthropology from the University of Michigan.


Given the myriad of challenges facing Detroit and Detroiters, why is NOW the right time to talk sustainability in Detroit? What does this even mean? Joel will expound on the case for sustainability in Detroit, the inclusive and equitable process that his office is leading to craft a Detroit specific vision of sustainability, and why Detroiters need to be beneficiaries of the City government focusing on sustainability more broadly.

A short reception will immediately follow the seminar.

For more information about this event, please contact Kayla Watson at 313-577-5600 or