The Seebaldt Project (TSP) – “Grassroots Microgrid” – is truly a community-driven contribution to brighten the future of residents in the “Comeback City” of Detroit: A picnic party including the entire neighborhood was enabled by the LafargeHolcim Foundation to celebrate the Global Awards Bronze 2018, that was later handed over to the winning team of authors at the Waterview Loft, Port Detroit.
The DJ, the cook and many more involved in the Seebaldt Street party live within a stone’s throw of the open air location where all the kids of the neighborhood where invited to play baseball and other games, have a BBQ lunch and experience further attractions down to “eat as much ice-cream as you can”. A real fire engine complete with fire fighters could be explored; while the parents had a choice of games including bingo – all leading to attractive prizes for participants of all ages.
The program enabled guests to learn about TSP and visit a prototype element to generate solar power, collect rainwater and encourage urban farming. A series of speeches demonstrated the importance of the project and the support it is receiving from many sides. State Representative candidate and TSP co-initiator Rico Razo set the frame before the guests were addressed by representatives of the community, involved organizations, the TSP author team and Joel Howrani Heeres, director of the Detroit Office of Sustainability that was created by Mayor Mike Duggan in 2017.
At the Waterview Loft dinner event Marc Angélil, member of the Board and Head of the Academic Committee of the LafargeHolcim Foundation, explained why the Global Awards jury had selected TSP for a prize from the finalists from all regions of the world. The Seebaldt Project – “Grassroots Microgrid” – is an outstanding example of the many ongoing projects dedicated to increasing the quality of live in Detroit in a sustainable way. Together with Barry Descheneaux, Manager Product Development at LafargeHolcim in the US, Marc Angélil congratulated Constance Bodurow and her large team of TSP co-authors on their success in the Global Awards competition. The project had also won the LafargeHolcim Awards Gold for North America in 2017.