Environmental Tour

Environmental Tour of Detroit

People know Detroit as a car town, but there’s lots more to Michigan’s largest city, says SPH Professor Stuart Batterman, who helps lead an annual tour of Detroit for U-M students and faculty and other interested Ann Arborites. Sponsored by the U-M Center for Occupational Health and Safety Engineering, the annual day-long event offers a first-hand look at the city’s environmental issues. The itinerary varies from year to year but always includes major sources of pollution, such as the Detroit incinerator, as well as more upbeat sites, like Eastern Market (shown here) and the city’s wastewater treatment plant—the largest in the U.S., says Batterman. “Downsizing hit Detroit harder than other rustbelt cities,” he notes, “but at the same time there’s a great spirit, and a lot of good stuff is happening.”