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Pipeline restoration work creates new habitat for bees, butterflies
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Tom Hess has worked with many companies during his 28-year career as an environmental inspector.

In many cases, Hess has experienced clients who tolerate his environmental recommendations, or do only what’s required — often with pressure.

Thus, Hess wasn’t sure what to expect when he proposed spending extra money to restore construction areas on a major natural gas pipeline project for Michigan-based Consumers Energy. He suggested using seed mix containing native grasses and wildflowers to attract bees, butterflies and other pollinators losing habitat across the country.

Consumers Energy Helps Grand Rapids Reach 40% Tree Canopy Goal

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Did you know one tree can produce enough oxygen for up to four people? According to the Arbor Day Foundation, planting trees has many benefits including improving air quality, protecting wildlife and enabling energy savings.

Consumers Energy Helps Launch the Next Generation of Michigan Talent Through FIRST Robotics Championship in Detroit

Ninety Teams from Michigan Compete; State Has Most Robotics Squads in U.S.
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DETROIT, April 24, 2019 /3BL Media/ - Consumers Energy is excited to sponsor the FIRST Championship for high school robotics students, a marquee event that brings teams from across the globe and tens of thousands of visitors to Detroit -- and a showplace for the next generation of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) talent here in Michigan.

Consumers Energy Foundation Provides $500,000 to Three Projects Protecting Michigan’s Natural Resources, with Planet Awards

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JACKSON, Mich., April 22, 2019 /3BL Media/ – 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 Passionately Supports the Robotics Revolution

Company recognizes STEM and FIRST® Robotics as the key to Michigan’s future
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Ellen Green signed up for her high school robotics team because she’s competitive and likes to be involved – not because she was looking for a career.

But Green fell in love with industrial engineering while leading Notre Dame (Pontiac) Prep’s team to success and championships in FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics competitions.

Consumers Energy Provides $15,000 to Three Michigan Community Projects with ‘Put Your Town on the Map’ Competition

Port Austin, Spring Lake, Sparta Receive Funds to Promote Local Development
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THOMPSONVILLE, Mich., April 18, 2019 /3BL Media/ – Michigan communities in Huron, Ottawa and Kent counties are receiving a total of $15,000 for projects to energize local residents and attract statewide attention after winning Consumers Energy’s first “Put Your Town on the Map” competition.

Port Austin received $7,500 for first place. Spring Lake received $5,000 as runner-up, and Sparta received $2,500. Also competing were projects in Greenville, Groveland Township, Pentwater, Quincy, Shelby, Stanton and West Branch.

MDOT and Law Enforcement shed light on National Work Zone Awareness Week

by Kathryn Halvorsen
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Consumers Energy is raising awareness about National Work Zone Awareness Week alongside MDOT and law enforcement in Traverse City, Michigan. This week, the company also participated in "Go Orange" Day. Road safety workers are asked to wear orange to bring the issues of hazardous conditions from speeding and distracted drivers to the forefront. 

Consumers Energy continually works to keep people safe. The company is also focusing on safety around natural gas and electricity — two key sources of power and heat in Michigan.  Michigan​ Governor Gretchen Whitmer declared April as Safe Digging Month in the state. In response, Consumers Energy continues to release advice on safe digging measures for residents and excavators as projects begin this spring. 

Continue reading the article below to learn how leaders in Michigan are working together to find safety solutions. 

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Consumers Energy is raising awareness about National Work Zone Awareness Week alongside MDOT and law enforcement in Traverse City, Michigan. This week, the company also participated in "Go Orange" Day. Road safety workers are asked to wear orange to bring the issues of hazardous conditions from speeding and distracted drivers to the forefront. 

Consumers Energy continually works to keep people safe. The company is also focusing on safety around natural gas and electricity — two key sources of power and heat in Michigan.  Michigan​ Governor Gretchen Whitmer declared April as Safe Digging Month in the state. In response, Consumers Energy continues to release advice on safe digging measures for residents and excavators as projects begin this spring. 

Continue reading the article below to learn how leaders in Michigan are working together to find safety solutions. 

Consumers Energy Receives National Recognition as ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year, Saves Customers $2 Billion on Bills

After a Decade, Energy Efficiency Good for People, Planet, Michigan’s Prosperity
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JACKSON, Mich., April 9, 2019 /3BL Media/ – Consumers Energy is being honored for the seventh time in eight years with the ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award for energy efficiency programs that have saved Michigan homes and businesses over $2 billion.

Spring Weather Signals Start to Outdoor Projects; Gov. Whitmer Declares April Safe Digging Month in Michigan

Residents, Excavators Urged to Protect Themselves by Digging Safely
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JACKSON, Mich., April 3, 2019 /3BL Media/ - As leaves and green grass begin sprouting across the state, many Michiganders are planning outdoor digging such as landscaping projects and other home improvements. Dig Safely Month is designed to remind residents and excavators to take safe digging measures with every project, large or small.

Consumers Energy Discusses How Work Life Has Changed for Women Leaders With Its First Woman Senior Executive

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The challenges facing Consumers Energy's first woman senior executive Cathy Reynolds in the workplace might sound familiar to many women. CMS Energy President and CEO Patti Poppe sat down with Cathy, Consumers Energy’s first woman senior vice president, to talk about how work life has changed for women over the last 40 years.

Watch the video to learn about the challenges and how a “rapid progression of pandemonium” lead Cathy to make a tough decision.

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