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Promote responsible, equitable & progressive water leadership policies.


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Sustainable water development through collaborative innovation.


Innovation Factory

Facilitate product development to transform Invention and Research.

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  1. Let’s save ‘endangered technical species’

    As many of you know I worked with Bill McDonough, FAIA on the Ford Rouge Heritage Project and later for McDonough Consulting on sustainable vehicles. He just released a new book called The Upcycle. One of the key insights of Cradle to Cradle design is that recycling does not have...
  2. Detroit businesses upset over big tabs for rainwater runoff

    The rainwater runoff fee is an important part of stormwater management and provides DWSD with additional resources to contain their combined sewer overflows through the use of Green Infrastructure, Wastewater Plant improvements and incentives to businesses to reduce impervious surfaces on their site. This fee is used in many cities,...
  3. REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK: Design studio seeks liquid assets for year 2

    Sustainable Water Works’ Innovation Factory was highlighted by Chad Halcom, Crain’s Detroit Business for our work in supporting inventors and entrepreneurs in Ideation, Product Development and Virtual Design Education. The Innovation Factory is a unique asset for independent technology development using proven processes such as TRIZ Ideation for Intellectual Property...

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