Monday, April 22, 2019
The Consumers Energy Foundation celebrated Earth Day today by providing $500,000 for three projects that will make a significant impact on Michigan’s environment – protecting habitat for Michigan’s wildlife, planting 100,000 trees and preserving freshwater resources.
The Michigan Nature Association, Conservation Resource Alliance and Michigan United Conservation Clubs are the first recipients of the Foundation’s Planet Awards. The grants aim to preserve, restore and protect Michigan’s natural resources.
“Consumers Energy has made a Triple Bottom Line commitment to people, the planet and Michigan’s prosperity. Our Planet Awards represent that commitment in action, working with great Michigan organizations to protect our land, water and air,” said Patti Poppe, Consumers Energy’s president and CEO. “We are excited to support these three projects as we all work together to preserve Michigan’s natural beauty.”
The three award recipients are:
The Planet Awards are the first of three $500,000 grant allocations this year totaling $1.5 million. Requests for proposals will be announced later this year for the People Awards and Prosperity Awards.
Consumers Energy is committed to building a sustainable future for Michigan. Last year, the energy provider announced its Clean Energy Plan, to eliminate the use of coal to generate electricity and to reduce carbon emissions by 90 percent.
The company also created five-year environmental goals for Michigan water, waste and land, including:
The Consumers Energy Foundation is Consumers Energy’s charitable arm. The Consumers Energy Foundation enables communities to thrive and grow by investing in what’s most important to Michigan – its people, our planet and Michigan’s prosperity.
In 2018, the Consumers Energy Foundation, Consumers Energy and its employees and retirees contributed more than $18.5 million to Michigan nonprofits. For more information, visit www.ConsumersEnergy.com/foundation.
Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest energy provider, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and/or electricity to 6.7 million of the state’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.
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