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Thursday, March 28, 2002 Rhonda Anderson David Holtz
Sierra Club Announces New Detroit Office
Environmental Justice, Conservation, Media Programs Headquartered In Cass Corridor
DETROIT, MI—Sierra Club, the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization, today announced the opening of an office in Detroit’s Cass Corridor area. Sierra Club’s Detroit headquarters will house the organization’s pioneering Detroit Environmental Justice Program and serve as a base of operations for southeast Michigan conservation and media programs.
Sierra Club’s Detroit office, at 2727 Second Avenue in the Metropolitan Center for High Technology, is in the historic former headquarters of the S.S. Kresge Company. The building is now owned and managed by Wayne State University.
Rhonda Anderson, a veteran Detroit organizer, is leading Sierra Club’s environmental justice program in Detroit. Detroit is one of the pilot locations for the environmental justice project launched two years ago by the Sierra Club, and working in six sites across the country. Anderson is now directing the Detroit program from the new office. Sierra Club’s environmental justice program supports local communities fighting for a clean environment in neighborhoods targeted by polluting industries.
"It is exciting that our environmental justice project is opening up its doors in a new Cass Corridor location where the Sierra Club can now welcome community members from all across the city as we continue to work for cleaner, safer, healthier neighborhoods," said Alison Horton, Midwest Regional staff director for Sierra Club. "The Detroit office is a great partnership between the Michigan chapter and a national Sierra Club program."
David Holtz, Sierra Club’s southeast Michigan media coordinator, is assisting local environmental groups in their efforts to communicate with the public through the local news media. He is now based out of the Detroit office.
“Sierra Club’s Detroit office adds an important new dimension to our longstanding commitment to conserving the air, water and land—the natural heritage—of Detroit and southeastern Michigan,” said Anne Woiwode, director of the Sierra Club Mackinac Chapter. “This was a major commitment by our volunteer leadership and reflects the importance of this region is to the environmental health of Michigan.”
The Detroit office of Sierra Club will be jointly operated by the Midwest Regional Office of Sierra Club and the organization’s Mackinac Chapter, which represents more than 20,000 Sierra Club members in Michigan. More than 6,000 Sierra Club members reside in southeastern Michigan and are represented by the Southeastern Michigan Group of Sierra Club. The Sierra Club Environmental Justice Program can be reached at 313-965-0052. The Mackinac Chapter Detroit Office can be reached at 313-965-0055. Sierra Club Environmental Justice program: http://www.sierraclub.org/environmental_justice/. Sierra Club Mackinac Chapter: http://michigan.sierraclub.org/. Sierra Club Southeast Michigan Group: http://michigan.sierraclub.org/semg.