Thursday, November 29, 2012

Detroiters Working For Environmental Justice


Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice works with communities to create cleaner, healthier and safer neighborhoods.


DWEJ envisions Detroit as a vibrant urban center in SE Michigan where all thrive in environmental, economic, and social health. We aim to foster sustainable communities by:
  • Reducing health hazards
  • Encouraging sustainable development
  • Influencing economic vitality in the communities we serve

Since 1994, DWEJ has been a voice for environmental justice in Michigan. Historically, minority and low-income populations have suffered disproportionately from environmental pollution, often because they have the least capacity to respond. DWEJ is dedicated to empowering urban residents to take a meaningful role in the decision-making process surrounding environmental concerns in their own communities.

They are also about building connections—between jobs and a healthy environment, community development and environmental justice, community-driven policy and economic development.

Guy Williams, CEO

Guy Williams is a DWEJ founding member and also served for many years on the Board of Directors. He has been the CEO of DWEJ for two years.  Williams was formerly the owner of the consulting firm G.O. Williams & Associates, LLC. He waas previously Program Manager at Fair Food Foundation, Sr. Director, Community Relations and Great Lakes Regional Director at National Wildlife Federation, He is a graduate of Bucknell University.
He served as Chair of the Washtenaw County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, on the board of the S.E. Michigan Sustainable Business Forum and Vice-Chair of the national board of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. He is a member of the External Advisory Committee of the University of Michigan’s Center for Sustainable Systems, Great Lakes Leadership Academy Board of Governors and the Michigan Green Chemistry Roundtable.

Williams is a registered lobbyist in the State of Michigan, board member of Eastern Market Corporation (Detroit), recent past president of the Legacy Land Conservancy and board member of Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice.

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