A 'green and inclusive' vision for Windsor-Essex community renewal

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

The Windsor Star/Doug Schmidt


Growing a whole new sector of “green collar” jobs in Windsor and Essex County and building a progressive community through such things as more affordable housing and locally sourced foods, are just a few of the multiple aims of an ambitious new project being unveiled Friday.

“It’s a new way of imagining and planning and co-operating together,” said Ken Lewenza Jr., who helped initiate Collective Innovations and WE Build Green as a means of pulling together an array of local for-profit and non-profit businesses and organizations, agencies and groups. The goal is to create a prosperous locally rooted economy by pioneering greener and better local jobs and more affordable and healthier eating and living.

“It’s definitely exciting. It has the potential to be huge,” said Motor City Community Credit Union CEO Charles Janisse, one of more than a dozen keynote speakers of diverse backgrounds and interests who will make brief statements of their involvement at Friday’s event.

A number of announcements will be made at the big unveil at IRC Tool & Mold on Kew Drive in Windsor, said Lewenza. The announcements include new investments and new jobs coming to the area.

“We’ll be showcasing what it means to create integrated social, economic and ecological development and community renewal strategies,” said Lewenza. “We believe we can create jobs and tackle growing inequality at the same time,” he added. [Read More]