DTE Energy and its subsidiaries have garnered several environmental awards.
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001 certification is a rigorous standard for evaluating a facility's Environmental Management System and guaranteeing continuous improvement. All seven of our coal-fired power plants and more than two dozen other facilities are currently certified.
|Corporate Wildlife Habitat Certification
The Wildlife Habitat Council's certification and international accreditation program recognizes commendable wildlife habitat management and environmental education programs. Twelve DTE Energy facilities are certified by the WHC. Several sites have been nominated or received prestigious awards from WHC.
|Clean Corporate Citizen (C3)
The State of Michigan recognizes regulated businesses that demonstrate stewardship and a strong environmental ethic through their operations as Clean Corporate Citizens. Our Fermi 2 power plant was the first nuclear power plant in the state to achieve such recognition. Five Detroit Edison coal-fired plants have also attained C3 status: Belle River, Harbor Beach, Monroe, River Rouge, and St. Clair Power Plants. In addition, seven MichCon facilities also have earned C 3 status.
|WasteWise Gold Award
DTE Energy received the 2007 Gold Achievement Award for Industrial Material Recycling from the EPA’s WasteWise program. Our recognized accomplishments included improvements to the investment recovery process, using deconstruction to recycle 99% of building materials at two sites, and marketing over 100,00 tons of fly ash for use in cement.
|Neighborhood Environmental Partners Gold Award
The River Rouge Power Plant received the Neighborhood Environmental Partners (NEP) Gold Award from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality in July 2008. River Rouge, the first DTE Energy power plant to win the award, worked with several local partners to restore a section of the Detroit River to natural conditions using “softshore engineering.” The once barren, gravel shoreline is now a natural habitat with native plants, fish and other wildlife. The NEP award represents more than just an accolade for the company; it demonstrates the importance of community and the environment to DTE Energy.
|Michigan Recreation and Parks Association
DTE Energy was recognized by the Michigan Recreation and Parks Association in January 2008 with the Grand Award for our long-standing commitment to improving the quality of life for Michigan residents, particularly through our tree-planting programs, wildlife habitat enhancement efforts, and support of hiking/biking trails throughout the state.
|Tree Line USA
Tree Line USA recognizes utilities whose line-clearance programs include quality tree care, annual worker training in tree-care practices and a tree planting and public education program. This is the 16th straight year Detroit Edison has been honored for its tree trimming process. The Tree Line USA program is sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Urban and Community Forestry program.
|Greening of the Downriver Award
DTE Energy was awarded this honor by the Southern Wayne County Chamber of Commerce for contributions made to the communities in 2008. This award recognizes chamber members with greater than 100 employees who “exemplify economic, social and ecological sustainability of the Downriver region through green practices.”