Help beat back pollution! Using low cost bioremediation methods, brownfields all around Detroit will be cleaned up and put back to productive use.
Soup at Spaulding is a weekly dinner that seeks to get local projects up and running while supporting the rehabilitation of Spaulding Court, a community owned castle complex turned village center.
The $5 from each dinner guest buys soup, salad, delicious bread PLUS a vote for one of three projects that vie for funding. After a few bucks for the chef, the pot is split between the winner and Friends of Spaulding Court. As a way of doubling the impact of the fundraiser, we take our collective fundraising to the next level here at Kickstarter. The winner reports back to Soup at Spaulding in one month, a video update will be posted here.
Fourth Ever Soup at Spaulding
Chef: The Lovely Hannah Lewis
Soup: Summer Style Chili
Salad: Green salad with assorted heirloom tomatoes (and tasty dressings on the side)
Bread: Courtesy of Avalon Bakery
Funds Collected: $165
Food Cost: $75
Winner: Tom Mahler of Bioremediation Action
The first step in this project is to begin performing soil tests. We're hoping to
raise 500 dollars in order to purchase the materials necessary to conduct
soil and water tests. The intention is to use these tests to being testing
lots of community organizations to make sure their lots are safe for
community gardening and habitation. In addition we will be testing
brownfields, parks, schools, and empty lots. These results will be posted
on this site in the form of a map that will be accessible to anyone
wishing to determine pollution levels in their area.
Brownfield sites are abandoned or underused former industrial and
commercial facilities. South-eastern Michigan, especially Detroit and
Flint, have become over run with brownfields. These conditions are
prevalent through out the rest of the rust belt as well, but Detroit has
moved closer to being a post industrial region than anywhere else with
more than 1,000 brownfields. Detroit is in a new land grab to begin using
these desolate lands for new economic and public purposes. One of the
issues with the reuse of brownfields is that they often have suffered
environmental damage. The soil, is often full of lead, mercury and a
number of other pollutants. The air is full of PAH's as well as other oil
byproducts. Further, many ground waters are contaminated. Traditional
means of revitalizing lands that have been subjected to industrial waste
are extremely cost intensive and are often temporary solutions to a
permanent problem. Bioremediation offers a low cost long term solution to
This pollution can be found in empty lots, playgrounds, parks, and even
schools. Children are exposed to potentially toxic levels of lead and
mercury daily. These polluted areas must be located so they can be
cleaned, and so communities can be made aware of them so children do not
play, and people do not garden where it is not safe. Bioremediation will
locate Brownfields, as well as remediate these sites so they may be safe
and productive once again. We will be employing some techniques that have
already been established, but we will also explore and research other
possibilities to allow the process to proceed as quickly as possible.
As we gain the ability to test soil, and plan our future projects
accordingly, we will begin a lot cleanup as soon as possible.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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If the project is funded, we'll send you the top secret recipe for this week's soup--Summer Style Chili!
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For five extra dollars, you'll also get the recipe for the appealing and tasty Avacado Lime Sauce used to garnish the soup, not to be missed!
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