This is not to say that Detroit is devoid of the negative aspects that the general public refers to. The effects of the economic downturn are evident in many parts of the city, mostly by the rundown buildings and abandoned houses dispersed throughout Downtown and Midtown. The media is therefore not completely unfounded in their assertions. However, the picture that it paints is definitely exaggerated, as the city has undergone revitalization, a process that I hope to be a part of this summer.
I hope my work with NextEnergy this summer will in some way contribute to helping Detroit “rise from the ashes.” Today, energy efficiency can help solve problems for many cities, as sustainable energy will be necessary in the years to come as we deal with climate change and conservation efforts. In the future, clean energy will hopefully be mainstream, but that can only happen if we take initiative now. By developing a report that establishes target cities in Michigan that would benefit from clean energy initiatives, I hope my work can impact both Detroit and the surrounding communities by both increasing awareness about clean energy and beginning to make these changes in surrounding communities. At the very least, I hope I can learn a lot about this area of work and eventually be able to apply it to make change in the future. I can’t wait to see what this summer has in store for me.