ARISE (The Alliance to Re-Industrialize for a Sustainable Economy) is a coalition of local stakeholders, advocacy groups, and students seeking to create a sustainable redevelopment plan for the Ford factory in Highland Park, St. Paul, which closed on December 22, 2011.

Community involvement and collaboration is essential to the creation of a healthy and vibrant community in this area in the years following the plant’s closure. Please help shape its future! Follow a link to read more about:

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Click here to download a powerpoint presentation outlining our vision and strategy.


Core Principles of the ARISE vision

Three principles guide and define the ARISE framework. Each is an essential guide of the process, and all three must be kept regularly in mind. It is precisely because these three principles have often been seen as contradictory that industry has seemed so antithetical to environmental goals while leaving many marginalized communities that were both impacted and dependent on them with less opportunities. To create successful green industrial centers that act as agents of healthy communities, we must find the pathways that synergize and integrate these principles, rather than having them act in conflict.

  • Decarbonize.  The future that we create must move our society dramatically and consistently away from carbon-based energy sources and towards a climate positive future where our work, play, home life, and community activities contribute to the healing of the ecosystems on which we depend, rather than eroding them.
  • Equalize.  The future that we create must include opportunities for all. It must integrate and diversify rather than segregate and standardize the make up of our communities. It must create working, living, recreational, transit, and educational conditions for people of many social, economic, racial, and cultural backgrounds to interact and work together as equals.
  • Re-Invigorate.  The future that we create must reclaim the productive core of our economy. It must create resilience by generating competency in production of basic needs and fostering interdependence with other communities in the production process. It must help people become producers in addition to consumers while building the basic process of value creation back into our communities.


Key Elements of a Whole Community Powered by Green Manufacturing

Using the Core Principles of the ARISE framework, options must be investigated and solutions generated around a set of key elements for building a whole community supported by a green industrial center. By carefully answering these questions in a way that integrates functions and creates synergies in operation, the potential of green re-industrialization is unleashed:

  • Green Product, Green Process.  What product(s) will be produced on the site? How do those products themselves contribute to a decarbonized, equalized, and re-industrialized society? How is the process of producing those products itself sustainable and contributing to the Core Principles? How is the physical layout and functional role of manufacturing integrated into the other functions of the site to advance those Core Principles?
  • Efficient and Energy Positive.  How are the buildings and activities on the site designed and arranged to be as energy efficient and healthy as possible? How are they arranged to capture ecosystem services on the site, and to integrate clean energy produced onsite to power these activities? How can zero-waste management feed flows of energy and materials back into the site’s systems? How are efficient design and clean energy production optimized with other functions of the site to advance the Core Principles in coordination with other site functions?
  • Livable Communities For Everyone.  What housing, retail, recreational, and civic spaces will be included on or in close conjunction with the site? How will these spaces be economically, geographically and culturally accessible to people from diverse backgrounds? How does healthy affordable housing and commercial spaces that are accessible to a wide range of income spectra fit in? How is green space integrated throughout the whole design of the site? How will the design create a community where people can live, work, meet their material needs, recreate, and spend time together all within a local area? How will this integration advance the Core Principles by reducing carbon intensity, promoting social interaction and collaboration across difference, and integrating production into healthy and whole communities?
  • Clean Transit Access.  How will people get around the site and to and from the site and other locations? How can planning integrate a number of easy and efficient non-carbon and low-carbon transit as the primary forms of transit on the site? How can transportation be designed to connect rather than separate parts of the community and advance the Core Principles? How can the site function as a part of a larger network of urban revitalization centers?
  • Relocalization and Resilience.  How will the community build opportunities for relocalization and fostering resilience into the planning and operation of the site? How will a sense of community and local identity be fostered by community art, gathering spaces, and other forms of place-making? How will the design of the site create opportunities to meet local needs and create additional employment and entrepreneurship opportunities through growing (and processing, selling, and/or storing) food produced on site, creating of other locally marketable products and services, and skill-sharing across the community? How will carbon storage, water retention, and biodiversity be increased to create ecological resilience on the site and in the surrounding community? How can this build a foundation for advancing the Core Principles over time?

Check out the city’s planning website for the Ford plant: