The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History will be closed for a private event on August 1st.


Energy Sub-Metering

A continued collaboration with a Certified Energy Manager, the sub-metering process has led to greater amounts of energy-related data, paving the way for smarter, more effective energy usage in our museum facilities in the future.

Greening Festivals & Events

Incorporating green communications materials into major programming events like Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the African World Festival have been enormously effective in evangelizing the cause of sustainability here in Detroit.

By installing informational tables with free literature, setting up recycling bins, and inviting artists to decorate public spaces with eco-themed art, we're really driving home the importance of sustainable living to communities around the city.

As a result of these efforts, The Wright has seen a 5% waste diversion rate increase; we've repurposed 536 pounds of recyclable material, and diverting 387 pounds of organics from landfills.

Ripple of Impact

A green stormwater infrastructure collaboration with the Michigan Science Center, Ripple of Impact was The Wright's response to the August floods of 2014, a deeply challenging time for the City of Detroit when stormwater inundated our sewer systems.

The Wright joined forces with the Michigan Science Center to build and manage stormwater diversion equipment on Warren Avenue, near our respective campuses. This has not only saved the museum precious dollars in yearly drainage fees from the city; it's also set the standard for creative climate change interventions with community partners moving forward.

Now The Wright effectively manages nearly 190,000 gallons of stormwater each year through this diversion system, and has been responsible for removing 50,000 gallons of stormwater permanently from the sewer system overall.

Check out this video to learn more about our partnership, and the effect that Ripple of Impact has had on Detroit communities at-large.


A strong internal commitment to sustainability among The Wright's staff has led to a 400% uptick in recycling rates on the museum campus.

As a result of these efforts from the staff, over 60 bins have been added to the campus to accommodate this increased need for receptacles. The marketing team has also worked to develop clear graphics for the bins so that staff and visitors are encouraged to utilize them when necessary.

Ways to Give

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