Leslie Genest, Strategy and Administrative Director
Established in 1994, Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice (DWEJ) has grown from a grassroots volunteer organization to a major voice recognized locally, statewide, and nationally for its innovative programs and projects that stimulate economic growth while creating sustainable, livable communities. DWEJ was formed for the express purpose of addressing the disproportional burdens faced by people of color and low-income residents in environmentally distressed communities. They are the oldest environmental justice organization in Michigan—their work is woven into the fabric of Detroit communities and neighborhoods.
DWEJ envisions Detroit as the global model of a vibrant urban center where all thrive in environmental, economic and social health. DWEJ champions local and national collaboration to advance environmental justice and sustainable redevelopment. They foster clean, healthy and safe communities through innovative policy, education and workforce initiatives.
DWEJ is organized to empower individuals, communities and community organizations in Southeast Michigan to educate, advocate and organize for cleaner, healthier communities and environment. Current programs include Build Up Detroit , Green Jobs Training Program, Youth on Patrol Against Pollution.