USAG DETROIT ARSENAL, Mich. -- The U.S. Army Garrison-Detroit Arsenal and its community partners recently received the State of Michigan Department of Natural Resources Neighborhood Environmental Partners Program Award for their outstanding commitment to environmental community outreach.

The NEP Awards Program was developed by DNRE to recognize facilities and their community partners who have worked together on environmental and natural resource projects to improve the environment locally in their communities.

"It is a pleasure to honor the United States Army Garrison-Detroit Arsenal with the Neighborhood Environmental Partners Award today," said Rebecca Humphries, director of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment. "United States Army Garrison-Detroit Arsenal has demonstrated an enthusiastic commitment to the environment and a willingness to improve its community."

Brenda Lee McCullough, garrison manager, stated she is very proud to accept this award on behalf of all the employees in our environmental and transportation divisions. "Not only does this award honor all their hard work, but it is in line with IMCOM's commitment to sustaining and improving our environmental stewardship. I must also thank our customers who put a lot of effort into our recycling and MichiVan programs! Great teamwork all around."

The garrison received the award for sponsoring an Earth Day event at its facility. Numerous businesses and local and state agencies participated in the daylong event billed to highlight the facilities environmental activities and programs. The garrison also received the NEP award for its efforts in instituting several collection and donation programs. The garrison pollution prevention manager and the pollution prevention committee, the garrison has collected and donated more than 1,800 pairs of glasses and 20 hearing aids with the help of the local area Lions Club.

The garrison also collected and recycled more than 2,000 cell phones and 41 pagers with the proceeds going to charity. The arsenal also donated unused office materials and equipment to area schools and nonprofit organizations.

Other projects include holding an electronic waste collection, which resulted in 12.5 tons of waste collected. Transportation manager Alice Hood and her team continue to promote the use of vanpooling. The Detroit Arsenal Mass Transit Program has provided entitled Department of Defense employees a reduction to their commuter cost.

"The accomplishment of 100 active vans and over 725 vanpool participants is a real milestone," said Hood. "This program continues to assist with the installation parking challenges, as well as, the contribution of reducing the overall installation carbon footprint."

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