Dean Hay, Detroit, MI

Director of Green Infrastructure, The Greening of Detroit

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Dean Hay is the Director of Green Infrastructure and Principal Landscape Designer at The Greening of Detroit where he is actively working to convert the overabundance of the city’s vacant land and brownfield sites into large-scale natural place-based eco-systems. Dean is passionate about improving and protecting natural resources in communities throughout Southeast Michigan, as well as providing forest and resource management planning on public and private land. Twenty-five years of municipal, commercial and residential design experience has allowed Dean to see these passions through. Dean received a Masters of Landscape Architecture from University of Michigan, is an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist, a Municipal Specialist and consulting municipal arborist. Dean currently serves as Vice-chair on the Michigan Urban and Community Forestry Council working to advance the conservation, establishment and maintenance of urban forests throughout Michigan. Recent projects (Principal Designer): Moross Greenway Project-a community-led sustainable landscape project on Moross Road Luger Park Redevelopment-a private community-based redesign of former city park Stein Park bioswale, Detroit’s first park based natural stormwater infiltration basin, Gratiot Triangle-Detroit’s first green stormwater bus stop, Osborn Outdoor Education Center-Community-based design of natural habitat, and environmental education space on vacant lots in Osborn’s core development area.

  • Green Infrastructure 

  • Leadership development / organizational strategy

  • Sustainability / resilience

  • Urban design


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