Advancing energy innovation

Geography: Chicago, IL; Lansing, MI

Impact: Delta is working with commercial, institutional, and residential stakeholders to advance smart energy solutions that help building managers and consumers better manage their energy use, increasing efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Promoting sustainable agriculture and healthy watersheds

Geography: Chicago and Central Illinois, Illinois; Michigan City, Indiana; Muskegon, Saginaw Bay, Saugatuck, and Sebewaing, Michigan; Appleton, Fond du Lac, and Green Lake, Wisconsin; Ohio River Basin, Ohio

Impact: Delta is collaborating with public and private sector partners regionally and nationally to catalyze stewardship of our land and water resources. By enabling
impact investing into sustainable agricultural practices, informing USDA’s strategy for climate-smart agriculture, and supporting the full valuation of ecosystem services, this work is achieving measurable improvements in soil and water quality and building regenerative regional food systems.

Diverting waste from landfills

Geography: Chicago, Illinois; Lansing, Michigan

Impact: Delta is conducting research and piloting programs that aim to transform waste material from an environmental liability into an economic asset. Through this work, we’re reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills and creating the framework for a smarter, more efficient waste system.

Activating urban landscapes

Geography: Chicago, Cook County, Freeport, LaSalle, Streator, Waukegan, and Will County, Illinois; Hobart, Gary, Michigan City, and Sullivan, Indiana; Muskegon, Michigan; Kimberly, Wisconsin

Impact: Delta is empowering communities to activate vacant and underutilized property with green infrastructure, phytoremediation, and brownfield redevelopment strategies. These tools and solutions are reducing blight, mitigating flooding and the spread of pollutants via stormwater, beautifying streetscapes, increasing property values, and creating healthier communities.

Creating community resilience through deconstruction

Geography: Joliet and Park Forest, Illinois; Gary, Indiana

Impact: By designing programs to deconstruct vacant homes and harvest materials for reuse, Delta is helping struggling cities transform blight into opportunities for workforce development, building materials reuse markets, and environmental sustainability.

Supporting a just transition from coal

Geography: Waukegan, Illinois; Marquette, River Rouge, and Trenton, Michigan; Cincinnati, Ohio

Impact: Delta is helping coal plant communities across the country navigate the closure and potential reuse of their plants in a way that promotes environmentally sustainable and socially equitable development. Through this work, we’re facilitating the transition from fossil fuels in a way that ensures coal plant communities are not left behind economically, socially, or structurally, but can thrive in a post-coal economy.

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