DEQ to honor Neighborhood Environmental Partners at Capitol

Sept. 18, 2013

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Ceremony Thursday recognizes businesses for environmental achievements

The Michigan DEQ Thursday will award its highest stewardship designation to 13 businesses and their community partners for work on local projects that benefit communities and the environment.

The Neighborhood Environmental Partners program was developed by the DEQ to recognize facilities and their community partners who have worked to improve the environment in their community by implementing ongoing environmental projects.

The 2013 awards ceremony will take place Thursday, Sept. 19, at 12:30 in the State Capitol Building’s 2nd floor library. DEQ Director Dan Wyant will recognize each business and its community partners.
The 13 businesses receiving an award are:

• ADAC Automotive
• Consumers Energy J. R. Whiting Plant
• DTE Energy Company
• Ford Motor Company
• General Motors LLC
• Hemlock Semiconductor Corporation
• Herman Miller Incorporated
• Holland Board of Public Works
• Lansing Board of Water and Light
• Light Corporation
• Pilgrim Manor Incorporated
• United States Army Garrison-Detroit Arsenal-Environmental Division

New for this year, DEQ will recognize several awardees with “longevity recognition” for five or more years of participation with the NEP Awards program. Longevity awards will recognize Consumers Energy JR Whiting Plant, DTE Energy Company, General Motors LLC, Herman Miller and United States Army Garrison-Detroit Arsenal-Environmental Division.

To learn more about the NEP program, go to, or call the DEQ Environmental Assistance Center at 1-800-662-9278.