Consumers Energy Supports Energy Efficiency And Weatherization Home Improvements In Kalamazoo County

Improves Housing Quality and Reduces Energy Costs For Families and First-Time Homeowners
Oct 9, 2015 1:30 PM ET
Press Release

KALAMAZOO, MICH, Oct. 9, 2015 /3BL Media/ – Thanks to a unique partnership with Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity and CBS EcoMedia’s EcoAd program, Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest utility company, is contributing to critical energy efficiency and weatherization home-improvement projects as part of a broader neighborhood revitalization program in Kalamazoo County.

Building on its longstanding commitment to neighborhood revitalization, Consumers Energy is working with Habitat for Humanity Michigan and Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity to support important weatherization home improvement projects. Kalamazoo Valley Habitat serves residents of Kalamazoo County and the cities of Plainwell and Otsego and Gun Plain and Otsego townships in Allegan County. Part of Habitat’s neighborhood revitalization program, the weatherization projects aim to improve the quality of housing for first-time homeowners and help reduce energy costs for low-income homeowner families.

To celebrate Consumers Energy’s support, a community event was held at a Habitat home in Kalamazoo City, where a dozen Consumers Energy employees volunteered last month. Hosts of the event included John Broschak, Vice President of Consumers Energy, and Don Jones, Executive Director of Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity. Consumers Energy presented a check to Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity, and toured the Habitat home site.

“World Habitat Day was celebrated Monday, and it’s fitting that we highlight our commitment to supporting Habitat’s mission and to building strong Michigan communities,” said Broschak, Consumers Energy’s Vice President of Major Projects. “Our promise to care for the Michigan communities we serve includes building on our already-strong relationship with Habitat for Humanity.”

 “Weatherization and energy efficiency home improvements help create healthy and sustainable homes and communities,” said Paul Polizzotto, President and Founder of CBS EcoMedia. “Consumers Energy’s support of these projects will ensure that families and first-time homeowners in Kalamazoo are living in safe, high-quality and affordable housing that contributes to a more sustainable environment.”

About Consumers Energy
Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest utility, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and electricity to 6.6 million of the state’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

About Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity
Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity builds, rehabilitates and repairs homes in Kalamazoo County, the cities of Otsego and Plainwell, and Gun Plain and Otsego townships in partnership with qualified families. Kalamazoo Valley Habitat began in 1983 and is one of the more than 1,500 U.S. and 550 international affiliates of Habitat for Humanity International that coordinate Habitat house-building projects in over 3,000 communities around the world.

About CBS EcoMedia Inc.
EcoMedia was founded in 2002 by social entrepreneur Paul Polizzotto. The company's mission is to harness the power of the advertising dollar to make tangible, quality of life improvements in communities nationwide. In 2010, after successfully partnering on a wide range of environmental projects, EcoMedia was acquired by CBS Corporation, exponentially scaling its reach across television, radio, interactive, and publishing media. 

Through EcoMedia's patent-pending EcoAd, as well as EducationAd, WellnessAd, Viewers to Volunteers and Volunteering with the Stars advertising programs, national brands and local businesses provide millions of dollars in financial support to some of the nation's most effective nonprofit organizations, funding critical veterans’, education, health and wellness, and environmental projects nationwide. 

EcoMedia's innovative and proprietary business model has fundamentally altered the advertising and nonprofit landscapes, elevating the ordinary, traditional commercial – and media, in general – into a catalyst for tangible, quantifiable social change.

EcoMedia has earned numerous awards and recognitions for its work, including the U.S. Conference of Mayors Award for Excellence in Public Private Partnerships (2009), Edison Awards for Social Innovation and Social Impact (2012, 2013), and the Starlight Children's Foundation's “General H. Norman Schwarzkopf Leadership Award,” which honors individual and organizational leaders who are doing extraordinary work to advance the common good and strengthen their communities.  

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