Projects Roster
Creating a Green Infrastructure Plan for Gary, Indiana

Creating a Green Infrastructure Plan for Gary, Indiana

Delta’s Gary Green Infrastructure Plan is a two-year project focused on assisting the City of Gary with planning and implementing Green Infrastructure designs, identifying 61 Priority Projects to install 26 acres of rain gardens, permeable pavements, street planters, and other GI designs, collectively reducing the negative impacts of 132 million gallons of stormwater annually.

Financing Regenerative Agriculture: Wisconsin Pilot

Financing Regenerative Agriculture: Wisconsin Pilot

Delta is designing new soil-health loan vehicles to allow farmers to more easily transition to regenerative agricultural practices. We have 5 loans underway in the Driftless Region of Wisconsin, and are seeking to scale in the year(s) ahead. Our project is enabling investments in—and therefore increasing the scale of—regenerative agriculture.

Rethinking the Waste System at the Field Museum

Rethinking the Waste System at the Field Museum

Delta Institute secured funding from Cook County to perform an energy audit and LEED assessment of the Museum. As a non-standard building type, the Museum was one of the most challenging LEED projects Delta Institute has pursued. It achieved LEED Gold certification and received the Governor’s Sustainability Award in 2015.

Demystifying Potential Midwestern Building Material Markets

Demystifying Potential Midwestern Building Material Markets

Collaborating with Midwest communities to aid in their waste reduction efforts is one of Delta’s core initiatives. That is why we are pleased to have released our Demystifying Waste report with support from the EPA and the Building Material Reuse Association.

St. Louis Demolition and Deconstruction Technical Assistance

St. Louis Demolition and Deconstruction Technical Assistance

Delta Institute is an expert with construction and demolition waste reduction, recycling, reuse, policy and economic development. The City of St. Louis, St. Louis Development Corporation, the Missouri Environmental Improvement and Energy Resources Authority, and Region 7 EPA selected Delta Institute to revise its demolition handbook, develop specifications for deconstruction, train contractors around building material reuse, and plan a deconstruction pilot program.

Cheney Run Wetland Creation, Stormwater Design and Installation in Michigan City, Indiana

Cheney Run Wetland Creation, Stormwater Design and Installation in Michigan City, Indiana

Delta has enjoyed a long-term partnership with the Sanitary District of Michigan City and the Alliance for the Great Lakes to fund stormwater, ecological restoration, and recreation improvements at Michigan City’s Cheney Run. A 40-acre site surrounded by wetlands, Cheney Run is a primary source of stormwater-related pollution that ends up in Trail Creek, a major tributary that feeds into Lake Michigan. 

Phytoremediating Vacant Industrial Land in Gary, Indiana

Phytoremediating Vacant Industrial Land in Gary, Indiana

With our partners, Delta Institute is planting hybrid poplar trees on the former Bear Brand Hosiery Plant, a five-acre brownfield site with petroleum contamination that lies within the Grand Calumet Area of Concern in Gary, Indiana. The hybrid poplars are expected to grow rapidly and absorb and break-down the petroleum contamination within the soil. The planted trees will take up significant amounts of water, reducing stormwater run-off into Lake Michigan and returning this vacant industrial site to productive use.

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