DTE Energy

Michigan Avenue Service Center

Ypsilanti, Michigan, United States

Certified through 2022

Project Name
Project Type
Butterfly Garden
Native Rain Garden
Michigan Ave Bluebird Houses
About the Program 
The Michigan Avenue Service Center, a compressed natural gas service center, is one of several DTE Energy sites and is located in Ypsilanti, Michigan, in the southeastern part of the state.  The conservation objective for the Michigan Avenue Service Center team is to use native plants to attract pollinators, bluebirds and reduce stormwater runoff while providing more native plants for pollinators. The three conservation projects that make up this site include a butterfly garden, a native rain garden, and a species specific eastern bluebird project. The two landscape habitat projects are both about 400 square feet, or .009 acres in size. All projects use native plants and the avian project includes bird boxes in hopes of encouraging eastern bluebird nesting.

Practices and Impacts
  • The rain garden's 400 square feet uses all native plants that can reduce storm water runoff and decrease parking lot flooding. In 2018 the project team found the diversity of plant species was reduced, and they removed some of the spiderwort and blue flag iris to replace it with butterfly weed and cardinal flower. It is now regularly managed through weeding, watering, and necessary maintenance so that it can continue to be a native habitat for pollinators in the area.
  • The butterfly garden is a 400 square foot garden that began in 2012 to replace less conservation friendly turf grass. The project team has utilized exclusively native plants to attract pollinators. Monitoring has indicated that plants are doing well, and steps are being taken to reduce any invasion from one specific species of plant in order to maintain diversity. 
  • The team follows the Michigan Pollinators Initiative's Protection plan which discourages pesticide use and guides in the planting of native plant species for the butterfly garden project. 
  • The avian project has included the building of bird boxes for nesting and the planting of native species to encourage insect habitat for native birds to feed on