“I know it may seem unlikely to people outside our company that an energy provider could be an environmental leader, but the truth is we have been leaders for quite some time,” said Skiles Boyd, vice president, Environmental Management & Resource, as he recently kicked off the celebration at DTE headquarters. “We always look for ways to minimize our impact on the environment, especially during the time I’ve been with DTE.”
Hundreds of employees and top leaders, including Trevor Lauer, president and COO, DTE Electric, joined Boyd to celebrate ISO 14001 certification. ISO 14001 is a standard maintained by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) related to environmental management that helps organizations minimize the impact their operations have on the environment. But Boyd was not the only who noted this unique accomplishment. In fact, a host of state and local leaders were present to recognize DTE’s efforts. They included:
- The Chair of Michigan Senate Energy Committee, Dan Lauwers.
- The Chair of Michigan House Energy Committee, Joe Bellino.
- Michigan Representative Sherry Gay-Dagnogo of the 8th House District and the Chair of the Detroit Caucus.
- Michigan Senate Minority Floor Leader Stephanie Chang.
- Michigan Senator and Detroit Caucus member Marshall Bullock.
- Michigan Representative Tyrone Carter.
DTE Energy employees have been focusing on environmental stewardship for years. It was their care for the environment that led to the company’s certification. In 2017, DTE Electric was one of the first energy companies in America to make a climate reduction goal to reduce our carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050. And last year, DTE Gas set a goal to reduce methane emissions by 80 percent by 2040.
DTE employees work to take care of the land, water and living creatures both within service territories and beyond. As one of the largest landowners in Michigan, DTE maintains thousands of acres in its natural state and provides habitat for hundreds of species of birds, mammals, fish and insects. Thirty-six sites are certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council, a nonprofit organization that helps companies manage their property for the benefit of wildlife.
ISO 14001 certification benefits DTE Energy and its customers by preventing pollution, protecting wildlife habitats and pollinator gardens, increasing environmental awareness and engagement and providing environmental cost savings.
At the celebration, Boyd let all DTE employees know how integral they are to DTE’s environmental stewardship saying.
“Earning ISO 14001 certification is a great example of how you all get things done at DTE. All of you rose to the challenge and accomplished something that only a few energy companies in our country have been able to do. ISO 14001 certification is an indicator of how seriously you take your responsibility to the environment.”