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.