Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Green Infrastructure Conference

Detroit, Michigan
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
EVENING ACTIVITIES (Register by contacting Tonya Lewandowski, ECT, Inc.)
Environmental Consulting & Technology (ECT, Inc) has put together some fun, educational, and exciting evening activities (optional, additional fee).

Motown Dinner Buffet Cruise on the Detroit Princess - Wednesday Evening

  • Cruise is from 7-9pm on Wednesday night
  • Boarding time: anytime between 5-6:30pm
  • Participants can walk to the dock (behind Hart Plaza) to board from Cobo
  • Guest Speaker: Jon Allan, Office of the Great Lakes
  • Price: $70/person and includes full dinner buffet
    • Prime rib, pork tenderloin, chicken, veg lasagna, twice baked pot, steamed veg, salad, rolls, desert, coffee/water
    • Cash bar and soda extra 

Kayak Tour of the Rouge River - Thursday evening

  • We can take up to 25 people on this trip - each will be provided kayaks and appropriate gear for the trip.
  • A shuttle will pick participants up at the RenCen by 4:45pm on Thursday
  • Tour will last from approx 5-7pm
  • Does not include dinner - so participants will need to plan on eating late and pack snacks/water in a backpack
  • Price: $50/person 

To register for either activity, please contact Tonya Lewandowski at


FIELD TOURS (Register with Conference Registration)
Friday, June 2, will feature five great opportunities to highlight local implementation of green infrastructure.  Available to conference attendees for only $30 ($60 for non-attendees), any one of these tours will be a great way to round out the conference experience.

Detroit Auto Tour

green roofs - ford planVisit the Ford Rouge plant with one of the world’s largest green roofs.  Ford’s LEED Gold visitor’s center highlights their 10-acre green roof and also the world’s largest pervious parking lot, natural treatment wetlands, vegetated swales, thousands of trees for storm water control, and phytoremediation of contaminated soils. This is Ford’s largest manufacturing complex, and was once the largest manufacturing complex of any kind in the world. The plant produces the Ford F150 Pickup Truck.   
Approximate time:  8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Hosts: Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and Ford Motor Company.

RecoveryPark, LEAP Urban Vacant Lot Greening, Eastern Market

green infrastructure rain garden
RecoveryPark is a $15 million Public Private Partnership to transform 22 acres of blighted urban landscape into food production in greenhouses and hoop houses.  Storm water is infiltrated and used for irrigation at the site, which helps reduce Detroit’s CSOs.  Extensive monitoring projects track the fate of infiltrated storm water in this formerly blighted urban area.  Several talks at the conference will highlight the monitoring and storm water management activities at RecoveryPark.  Additional attractions on the tour include the transformation of individual blighted lots (LEAP Lots) into green space, and the long-term plans to control storm water at Detroit’s historic Eastern Market.  
Approximate time: 8:30 a.m. – noon.  
Hosts: RecoveryPark, Eastside Community Network, Greening of Detroit, The Nature Conservancy, City of Detroit Planning, Lawrence Tech University and U.S Geological Survey, Sierra Club.

CSO Control Tour

evergreen rain gardenLocated near the Upper Rouge River Tributary on Detroit’s west side, this tour features the use of green stormwater infrastructure in a variety of neighborhoods.  Vacant lots are used for bioretention and pervious pavement adorns neighborhoods with differing characteristics.  Each neighborhood has its unique challenges and each presents a case for stormwater management.   The tour will also feature research plots for innovative stormwater infiltration technology.  This tour will be highlighted during the Conference at a Detroit-focused panel discussions on May 31 in the afternoon.  (photo credit: Tetra Tech)
Approximate time:  8:30 a.m. – noon.  
Hosts: Detroit Water and Sewer Department, University of Michigan, and Tetra Tech Inc.  

Green Infrastructure Tour of Lawrence Technological University and Midtown Detroit

green roofsLocated 16 miles from the Detroit Riverfront, LTU is home of the Great Lakes Stormwater Management Institute and the Low Impact Development Walking Tour ( This compact 107-acre campus includes a vegetative roof, porous pavers, rain gardens and bioswales, natural vegetation infiltration areas, naturalized stormwater detention, and cisterns.  This tour will make a lunch stop at the Green Garage Detroit and Motor City Brewing Works for a tour of their sustainability efforts that include green stormwater infrastructure.   Lunch on your own may be ordered at Motor City Brewing Works or several other restaurants nearby.  
Green Infrastructure in Alley
Approximate time:  8:30 a.m. -  1 p.m.
Hosts: LTU and Drummond Carpenter, PLLC. 

Downtown Detroit Local Bike Tour

bike tour photo of bikesThis 7-8 mile loop (see map) will include, a green roof on the Coleman A Young municipal building, a green alleyway coalition project ‘from trashway to greenway’ at Green Garage Detroit and Motor City Brewing Works, several historic rehabilitation projects highlighting sustainable water and energy practices, an interactive urban garden, and Detroit’s historic Eastern Market.  Finally, travel the Dequindre Cut Greenway back to the Detroit Riverfront and Milliken State Park with a beautiful constructed storm water wetlands system in a brownfield redevelopment. June in Michigan will be the perfect time for this urban adventure!
Approximate time:  8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  
Hosts: Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc. (ECT), Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG), Sierra Club, and SmithGroup JJR.  

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