Partner With Us: Our Services
We’re a trusted ally and collaborator to more than 500 municipalities, corporations, nonprofits, and community groups.
Delta Institute was founded to support and collaborate with communities to improve their local environmental outcomes, increase economic opportunity, and rebuild neighborhood vitality to promote the health and wellbeing of residents. Throughout our history, we have successfully collaborated on projects and planning processes with urban/rural cities, counties, state and federal agencies, watersheds, community groups and advocates, businesses, and philanthropic funders. In the year ahead, Delta will collaborate with over 200 partners throughout the Midwest.

Our work spans multiple sectors, and we apply lessons learned from one partnership to another—fostering innovation to meet our partners’ needs. If you have a sustainability need, we will deliver.

Our Public, nonprofit, and private sector partners turn to us for services across the entire spectrum of sustainability:

  • Site Planning: downtown, neighborhood, and subarea;
  • Carbon Footprinting and Greenhouse Gas Reporting;
  • Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Planning;
  • Data Quantification, Analysis and Visualization, including GIS;
  • Water Planning;
  • Zoning, subdivision, and unified development ordinances;
  • Grant preparation and grant management support;
  • Community Facilitation and Convening;
  • Waste and Energy Auditing;
  • Environmental Standard Certification Assistance;
  • Sustainable Business Consulting;
  • Staffing augmentation via in-house planning services; and,
  • Technical assistance for brownfield redevelopment, coal plant transition, energy efficiency, and solid waste management.

Municipal Resiliency and Community Planning

Delta has extensive experience in facilitating community-driven sustainability planning, working one-on-one with local and regional stakeholders to foster collaboration and problem solving and to facilitate an inclusive and open-minded regional dialogue around each community’s unique priorities. Our approach seeks to build partner agency to engage in sustainable development, collaborate with local changemakers, and create tools that are accessible and user-friendly, ultimately helping improve environmental and economic outcomes as communities plan for their neighborhood’s environmental and economic health.

Sustainable Business Consulting

Delta works with businesses across commercial and industrial sectors to help them understand and report their environmental and community impact, become more sustainable, and evaluate new markets for their products and services. This includes a host of planning, consulting, and technical assistance services. Delta’s vision for the Midwest includes helping for profit partners reduce their footprint, please contact us to learn more.

Sustainability and Efficiency in the Built Environment

With over 20 million square feet of LEED-certified projects, we have recognized the need to use data to drive decision making in sustainable buildings. Though not everything that can be measured needs to be to be managed, we have found that resources in buildings – energy, water, and waste – provide opportunities to identify operational problems and enact solutions. With real time data now available for electricity meters in smart grid ready utilities, we see the future of buildings as being able to automate the data collection process and work toward continuous improvement.

Deconstruction Planning and Waste Reduction

Waste reduction is one of Delta’s longstanding service areas. We work on waste from the regional level—through county-wide and municipal waste planning and policy development to site-specific solutions in facilities to address their material challenges.

Delta Institute has expertise in multiple waste and materials types including: municipal solid waste; construction and demolition waste; household hazardous waste including electronics; biomass; and wastewater management.

Delta serves local governments such as counties and cities, and works with businesses, industries, and institutions to reduce waste and, where possible, transform environmental liabilities to economic assets.

Green Infrastructure, Stormwater Management, and Flood Reduction

Delta collaborates with communities in developing and implementing green infrastructure (GI) plans to help them reduce economic risks and costs from improper stormwater management while also improving local environmental quality and quality of life. We use our technical, planning, and engagement expertise to enable communities to overcome barriers to widespread use of GI. We achieve this by empowering local practitioners to cost-effectively plan, install, and maintain GI solutions as well as by creating tools that are accessible and user-friendly, including resources and case studies that community members can use to solve their community’s complex environmental challenges.

Brownfields and Coal Plant Redevelopment

Delta uses community engagement and facilitation techniques developed from working with communities for the last twenty years to lend capacity and strategic support for brownfield site re-use, partnering with municipalities, environmental consultants, community groups and state environmental authorities to gather, analyze, and position members of the local community to inform collaborative and transparent decision making.

Please spend a moment with our project map illustrating project locations throughout the Midwest.

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