Together We Make Santa Marta Home: Fostering Environmental and Community Ownership in Vila Santa Marta, Brazil

University of Michigan

The University of Michigan Masters of Urban and Regional Planning proposes six goals to counter the results of trash dumping in public places: deterring dumping, increase communication and dialogue between the São Leopoldo Municipality of Brazil and Santa Marta residents, building community pride and visibility, improving security, controlling flooding, developing strategies for requesting service upgrades and regularization of Santa Marta’s streets, sewage, and infrastructure. From these will come piloting an interactive community mapping program and initiating public awareness to highlight the positive results of meeting the goals.

Community partners in this project include Santa Marta K-9 Municipal School, Com-Vida, the Neighborhood Association, the Sao Leopoldo Municipality, Nova Conquista and PUCR.

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