Detroit Environmental Tour:
A Tour of Toxic Sites in Detroit

The Detroit Environmental Tour is an annual day-long event sponsored by the University of Michigan Center for Occupational Health and Safety Engineering. The tour offers a first-hand look at some of Detroit’s major sources of pollution, as well as cultural and historical points of interest. University of Michigan students, faculty and other interested community members are welcome to attend!

Highlights From the 2016 Detroit Environmental Tour:

Private road leading to Zug Island located in River Rouge

Private road leading to Zug Island located in River Rouge.

Inside view of the Guardian Building, one of the most famous buildings in the city of Detroit

Inside view of the Guardian Building, one of the most famous buildings in the city of Detroit.

Outside view of the Ford River Rouge Complex

Outside view of the Ford River Rouge Complex.

Highlights From the 2015 Detroit Environmental Tour:

View of Woodward Avenue as the tour heads towards Detroit’s Hart Plaza

View of Woodward Avenue as the tour heads towards Detroit’s Hart Plaza.


Detroit Environmental Tour participants gather at Hart Plaza along the Detroit River where they learn about water quality and contamination

Detroit Environmental Tour participants gather at Hart Plaza along the Detroit River where they learn about water quality and contamination.


Detroit’s Retired Packard Automotive Plant

Detroit’s Retired Packard Automotive Plant.


Marathon Oil Refinery in Detroit. It is the only oil refinery in Michigan

Marathon Oil Refinery in Detroit. It is the only oil refinery in Michigan.

Detroit Environmental Tour in Findings:

The Detroit Environmental Tour was featured in the Spring 2015 edition of the University of Michigan School of Public Health Findings Alumni Magazine.

Read their introduction to the Environmental Tour here.

The following the Findings Video Extra: An Interview with Ren Farley, interviews Dr. Ren Farley, a Research Professor Emeritus of Sociology, who co-leads the tour.

Detroit Environmental Tour in The Michigan Daily:

Highlights From the 2014 Detroit Environmental Tour:

Participants on the Tour of Toxic Sites 2014 gather around the Transcend monument in Hart Plaza, Detroit.

Participants on the Tour of Toxic Sites 2014 gather around the Transcend monument in Hart Plaza, Detroit.

View of the Ambassador Bridge from the roadside adjacent to Riverside Park. The park is currently closed due to environmental contamination.

View of the Ambassador Bridge from the roadside adjacent to Riverside Park. The park is currently closed due to environmental contamination.

U.S. Steel Mill on Zug Island.

U.S. Steel Mill on Zug Island.

Ford River Rouge Complex in Detroit.

Ford River Rouge Complex in Detroit.

Playground at the Delray Community House in Detroit. Note the juxtaposition between the playground and the industry nearby.

Playground at the Delray Community House in Detroit. Note the juxtaposition between the playground and the industry nearby.