DETROIT ARSENAL, Mich. - The Army takes its environmental responsibility seriously. In recognition of this commitment, the State of Michigan presented U. S. Army Garrison-Detroit Arsenal the Neighborhood Environmental Partners Program Gold Award July 31 in Lansing, Mich. The garrison was acknowledged for its outstanding environmental outreach. In addition to the Detroit Arsenal, six other Michigan businesses also received the award.
The NEP Program enables business and citizen groups to partner on projects that transform their neighborhoods and workplaces into cleaner and more environmentally friendly places to live and work.
The garrison's Environmental Management Division earned the NEP Gold Award for their Earth Day outreach to community schools, and for the recycling programs at the Detroit Arsenal.
Florence Trevino and Cheryl Neades of the garrison's Environmental Management Division worked with representatives from the Elkton-Pigeon-Bay Port Laker Schools and Sienna Heights University in planning their respective Earth Day event presentations. They prepared displays that included posters on the Army Sustainable Design Program, USAG-DTA - solid waste diversion, air quality, water information, the Green Procurement Program, recycling programs, and the fuel conservation benefits of van pooling.
In partnering with community schools on Earth Day projects, the Garrison fostered a greater awareness of the steps that the Army is taking to GO GREEN. As Trevino stated, "working with these schools has afforded us a great opportunity to educate our communities about all of things that the Army is doing to benefit the environment."
These outreach activities exemplify a strong commitment to preserve natural resources, and to comply with Federal policies aimed at promoting sound environmental, energy, and transportation management practices.
When presenting the NEP Gold Award to the Garrison's, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Director Steven E. Chester said that "when neighbors and business work together to promote environmental stewardship, everyone in Michigan benefits." He went on to say that the "garrison along with their community partners have demonstrated an enthusiastic commitment to the environment and a willingness to improve their communities."
Trevino echoed those sentiments by saying that "it is really a great honor to be recognized for our environmental efforts. This award confirms that all of the hard work that the U.S. Army Garrison - Detroit Arsenal is doing to help protect our eco system is making a difference."