Recognized by Points of Light as among the 50-best corporate citizens in the United States and the most community-minded utility company in the nation, this in … live, work and play.
It’s about how we can improve lives and create opportunity. Last year 4,200 DTE employees and retirees rolled up their sleeves and put in 72,000 volunteer hours helping 661 nonprofit groups in Michigan to save and improve lives. While the numbers are impressive, the impact is immeasurable. Meaningful work and serious pay cured the summertime blues for more than 1,600 Michigan youth. This summer 1,010 college and high school students enjoyed challenging paid jobs and professional work experiences at DTE and with other groups through grants from the DTE Energy Foundation. On top of that, the Foundation supported a further 645 student jobs in six west Michigan counties and Detroit.
From Detroit to Grand Rapids and up to Escanaba, DTE and the DTE Energy Foundation partnered with communities for growth by supporting more than 100 local events that brought Michiganders together and boosted local economies. Over 250,000 visitors enjoyed more than 70 events at Beacon Park in downtown Detroit including seasonal celebrations, Night Markets, tailgate parties and fitness classes. Beacon Park’s first year included a concert series that charged the area with electrifying free music, dancing, lights, and excitement. Lumen, Beacon Park’s award-winning restaurant, opened to acclaim and the park is spurring neighborhood development toward building a complete downtown community.
Our leadership toward cleaner energy and environmental stewardship has never been stronger. We continued advancing toward reducing our carbon emissions by 80 percent by breaking ground on the $1 billion Blue Water Energy Center and making massive strides in reducing methane, a greenhouse gas. The Electric Utility Industry Sustainable Supply Chain Alliance, a group of electric utilities developing a greener supply chain, named DTE Energy its member of the year.
We continued powering a brighter tomorrow in the Great Lakes State by spending a record $1.7 billion with Michigan-based suppliers, creating or sustaining more than 5,000 jobs. We brought together more than a dozen chief executive officers from metro Detroit-based companies and nonprofits to form a new group to accelerate business investment and jobs in an 11-county region of southeast Michigan. The group is prioritizing youth employment, workforce development, technical education, regional economic development, public places and connectivity. The $2.1 billion, 255-mile Nexus Gas Transmission pipeline is now bringing natural gas from Pennsylvania through Ohio into
Michigan, providing consumers with affordable, cleaner-burning and domestically-abundant gas.
Among the state’s largest foundations committed to Michigan-focused giving, the DTE Energy Foundation created lasting impacts by supporting initiatives focused on arts and culture, community transformation, economic progress, education and employment, environment and human needs. Last year was about new highs in community-based hope and inspiration to make a difference.
To learn more about how we’re a force for growth and prosperity, visit DTEImpact.com.