DTE Energy has formed partnerships with many environmental organizations and government agencies. Our goals are to restore and enhance wildlife habitat and native species populations, beautify the communities in which we operate, and engage our employees, retirees, families and friends with our customers in projects that enhance the quality of life in our state.
We regularly cooperate with The Nature Conservancy, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, the Wildlife Habitat Council, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Geological Survey on a variety of projects.
Some – but by no means all – specific projects are listed below. Many of these projects involve not only corporate funding, but employee volunteers through the Green Team. Many also result in public accolades from the respective organizations.
|Conner Creek Greenway||Developing bike path from 8 Mile to the Detroit River on the city's east side, near Conners Creek Power Plant.|
|Conservation Resource Alliance||Supporting RiverCare programs to restore healthy rivers and wildlife habitat in Northern Michigan.|
|Detroit Parks & Rec Dept||We team up for an annual "Fish 'N Fun" event at the company's Delray Fishing Pier and Boat Launch. City kids learn how to fish and win raffle prizes during a fun and educational day at the Detroit River.|
|Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge||DTE Energy was the first business partner within the DRIWR to enter a cooperative management agreement with the US Fish & Wildlife Service, allowing the Service to protect and manage wildlife and fish populations on 656 acres at Fermi 2 Power Plant.|
|Detroit Riverkeeper||The Detroit Riverkeeper is a citizen-based observation and pollution reporting organization working to improve water quality in the Detroit River. DTE Energy is a proud sponsor of their Stormdrain Labeling and Educational Program.|
|Downriver Linked Greenway||DTE Energy and the City of Woodhaven are spearheading an effort with 21 communities to create a non-motorized system of paths that will provide opportunities for people to connect with the rich water, wildlife, heritage & recreational resources in the Downriver region.|
|Friends of the Detroit River||DTE Energy Green Team volunteers routinely assist the Friends of the Detroit River with events such as the Annual River Clean Up.|
|Greening of Detroit||The Greening of Detroit is our tree-planting partner in the city. We are working with them to develop community tree nurseries to help communities devastated by the Emerald Ash Borer.|
|Grosse Ile Land and Nature Conservancy||The Grosse Ile and Nature Land Conservancy works to protect land through land acquisition, conservation easements and educational projects. DTE Energy provided partial funding for their soft-shore engineering enhancement and education project.|
|Huron Pines||Huron Pines is a not-for-profit conservation organization that serves the 11-county region of Northeast Michigan and works to achieve its mission through projects such as river restoration, watershed management, conservation leadership and land stewardship.|
|Michigan Recreation & Parks Assoc||Michigan Recreation & Parks Association is creating community through people, parks and programs.|
|Nature Conservancy - Michigan Chapter||The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to preserve the plants, animals, and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. DTE Energy and its Foundation are partnering with TNC on a comprehensive coastal conservation strategy for the Western Lake Erie Basin and are working to restore and recreate migratory bird habitat along the Huron to Erie corridor.|
|Organization for Bat Conservation||DTE Energy supports the installation of bat houses on structures and non-utility poles to provide bat habitat and reduce mosquito populations. We support OBC's annual Bat Fests in SE Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.|
|ReLeaf Michigan||Our tree-planting partner in the state outside of the city of Detroit.|
|Rouge River Gateway Partnership||DTE Energy is a founding member of the Rouge River Gateway Partnership, working to reclaim the river as an invaluable natural, cultural, recreational and economic resource for southeast Michigan - its rich heritage preserved for generations to come.|
|SE MI Community Foundation GreenWays Initiative||The GreenWays Initiative has helped connect the communities of southeastern Michigan through the creation of a connected green infrastructure, including biking and hiking paths, conservation corridors and habitats among and between communities. The DTE Energy Foundation contributed $500,000 to the initiative.|
|Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision||DTE Energy supports SDEV's efforts to improve the environment and the economy of southwest Detroit.|
|Wildlife Habitat Council||DTE Energy has been a member of the Wildlife Habitat Council since 1995. It is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to advise corporate landowners on how to manage their property to benefit wildlife. WHC's Great Lakes Regional Office is located within DTE Energy's downtown Detroit Headquarters complex.|