From creating gardens for monarch butterflies and maintaining acres of threatened American lotus plants, to establishing migratory bird habitats and restoring lands to their native state, the employees of DTE Energy are national leaders in conservation and environmental protection.

The DTE contingent at last week’s WHC Conservation Conference. Kristen LeForce (center, standing) is holding our company’s Corporate Conservation Leadership Award.

The DTE contingent at last week’s WHC Conservation Conference. Kristen LeForce (center, standing) is holding DTE’s Corporate Conservation Leadership Award.

 

These efforts resulted in DTE earning the Wildlife Habitat Council’s (WHC) top honor, presented last week at the WHC Conservation Conference in Baltimore. DTE now holds the 2018 WHC Corporate Conservation Leadership Award for overall achievement in conservation efforts, exemplary corporate commitment to biodiversity and conservation education as well as meaningful alignments with global conservation objectives. DTE’s Michigan Avenue Service Center and Traverse City Gas Operations were also finalists for the WHC’s Green Infrastructure Project Award.

With the most WHC-certified programs in Michigan including at 36 sites in 25 counties, DTE ranks second nationally among energy companies in WHC certifications. DTE is also the only company in the energy sector actively collaborating with the WHC to expand environmental stewardship initiatives with its suppliers.

“This is all led by passionate employees who love our land, plants, and animals,” said Kristen LeForce, DTE’s wildlife habitat program coordinator. “They earned this award. Every one of our WHC-certified programs, dating back to our first in 1996, started with employees creating habitat projects of genuine value to wildlife and ensuring the continuation of those programs. Without them, none of this is possible.”

The flat-topped white aster, a Michigan-native wildflower, thrives on the grounds of the Greenwood Energy Center, home to one of four WHC-certified conservation programs maintained by DTE in St. Clair County.

The flat-topped white aster, a Michigan-native wildflower, thrives on the grounds of the Greenwood Energy Center, home to one of four WHC-certified conservation programs maintained by DTE in St. Clair County.

DTE workers at power plants, compressor stations, service centers, and other facilities often start conservation work when a construction or upgrade project takes shape. They determine how to ensure the least amount of impact on wildlife and how the project can be shaped to benefit wildlife. This culture of environmental stewardship establishes the success of a conservation program and leads to WHC Conservation Certification.

“DTE is an environmental leader, voluntarily managing its lands to support sustainable ecosystems and the communities that surround them,” said Josiane Bonneau, WHC senior director of conservation strategy and planning. “DTE is also among our more active members. The company’s engagement in conservation and education programs in Michigan and contributions to regional biodiversity serves as a benchmark for other corporations to emulate, especially energy companies.”

The WHC partners with corporations, other conservation organizations, government agencies and community members on wildlife habitat and conservation education programs.

As a major landowner in Michigan with lots of shoreline property, DTE voluntarily maintains 8,000 acres of land in its natural state, providing habitat for hundreds of species of birds, mammals, fish, and insects – many of which are threatened or endangered. Land at several company sites has been reclaimed for habitats featuring native Michigan plants, including those benefiting the monarch butterfly and other pollinating insects. Ending repetitive mowing improves air quality and makes financial sense, too. Mowing grassy areas costs money. When reclaimed, native wildflowers and grasses require much less maintenance and provide food, shelter, and space for a variety of wildlife.

 

DTE – WILDLIFE HABITAT COUNCIL CONSERVATION PROGRAM SITES

LOCATION

INITIAL CERTIFICATION

CERTIFIED THROUGH

CERTIFICATION STATUS

Allen Road Service Center Complex

Melvindale

2008

2019

Gold

Alpena Service Center

Alpena

2009

2019

Certified

Ashley Mews

Ann Arbor

2007

2019

Gold

Belle River Mills Compressor Station

East China Township

2008

2019

Gold

Belle River Power Plant

East China Township

1996

2019

Silver

Big Rapids Service Station

Big Rapids

2010

2019

Gold

Cadillac Service Center

Cadillac

2010

2019

Silver

Citizen’s Gas

Adrian

2016

2020

Silver

Coolidge Station

Detroit

2018

2020

Silver

Detroit Headquarters Campus

Detroit

2000

2020

Silver

Escanaba Service Center

Escanaba

2015

2019

Silver

Fermi 2 Nuclear Power Plant

Newport

2000

2019

Gold

Gaylord Transmission & Storage Operations

Gaylord

2012

2019

Silver

Grayling Service Center

Grayling

2008

2018

Silver

Greenwood Energy Center

Kenockee

2004

2021

Gold

Huron Renewable Energy Center

Bad Axe

2018

2020

Silver

Kalkaska Transmission and Storage Operations

Kalkaska

2009

2020

Silver

Kingsford Service Center

Kingsford

2015

2020

Gold

Ludington Service Center

Ludington

2009

2019

Silver

Michigan Avenue Service Center

Ypsilanti

2008

2020

Gold

Milford Compressor Station

Milford

2009

2019

Silver

Monroe Power Plant

Monroe

1999

2021

Gold

Mt. Pleasant Service Center

Mt. Pleasant

2008

2019

Silver

Muskegon Service Center

Muskegon

2009

2019

Gold

Newport Service Center

Monroe

2016

2020

Silver

Petoskey Service Center

Petoskey

2015

2019

Certified

River Rouge Power Plant

River Rouge

2004

2018

TBD

Sault Ste. Marie Service Center

Sault Ste. Marie

2015

2019

Certified

St. Clair Power Plant

East China Township

2001

2019

Silver

Tawas Service Center

Tawas

2009

2019

Silver

Traverse City Gas Operations

Traverse City

2009

2019

Silver

Trenton Channel Power Plant / Sibley Quarry

Trenton

2002

2020

Gold

W.C. Taggart Compressor Station

Six Lakes

2003

2020

Gold

Washington-10 Compressor Station

Romeo

2008

2019

Gold

Wealthy Street Station

Grand Rapids

2012

2018

Certified

Western Wayne Service Center

Belleville

2005

2019

Silver

 
Common mergansers, large fish-eating ducks, taking flight at the Monroe Power Plant, which was formally re-certified and elevated as a gold-level conservation program last week. DTE also has WHC-certified programs in Monroe County at the Fermi 2 nuclear power plant and at the Newport Service Center.

Common mergansers, large fish-eating ducks, taking flight at the Monroe Power Plant, which was formally re-certified and elevated as a gold-level conservation program last week. DTE also has WHC-certified programs in Monroe County at the Fermi 2 nuclear power plant and at the Newport Service Center.

A monarch on a milkweed plant at the Trenton Channel Power Plant/Sibley Quarry, one of six WHC-certified conservation programs operated by DTE in Wayne County. Monarchs can’t survive without milkweed – their caterpillars only eat milkweed plants, and monarch butterflies lay their eggs on milkweed in the early spring.

A monarch on a milkweed plant at the Trenton Channel Power Plant/Sibley Quarry, one of six WHC-certified conservation programs operated by DTE in Wayne County. Monarchs can’t survive without milkweed – their caterpillars only eat milkweed plants, and monarch butterflies lay their eggs on milkweed in the early spring.

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