The DTE Energy Foundation, in cooperation with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Urban and Community Forestry Program, is sponsoring a tree planting grant program as part of DTE Energy’s participation in the U.S. Department of Energy's voluntary reporting of greenhouse gases (Energy Policy Act, 1992). Funding is from the DTE Energy Foundation and administered by Michigan DNR. Competitive, cost-share (1:1) grants for tree planting projects are available to municipalities, schools, non-profit organizations [501(c)(3)] and tribal governments located within DTE Energy's service area. A maximum of $3,000 will be awarded per project. Projects must be completed by December 31, 2013.
Trees improve environmental quality and the quality of life in the urban, suburban, and rural communities where people live. A key benefit that trees provide is carbon sequestration. Through photosynthesis, trees convert carbon dioxide and water (using sunlight), into glucose (sugar) and oxygen. Healthy, vigorous trees are better at removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than trees that are stressed and growing poorly. The purpose of this program is to increase the number and variety of trees planted and maintained in communities throughout the service area of DTE Energy and its subsidiary companies, Detroit Edison and MichCon. Properly planted trees are trees planted in an appropriate location with appropriate planting methods and which receive consistent, ongoing maintenance. Healthy, vigorous trees not only sequester carbon, but they can also reduce energy costs, provide shade and screening, increase property values, beautify neighborhoods, reduce soil erosion, and improve air and water quality.