Ann Arbor Service Center
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
Certified through 2022
About the Program
DTE Energy Services, located near the banks of the Huron River in Ann Arbor, Michigan, has created a 200 square foot native pollinator garden in a former grassy corner of their office building. They recognize the importance of pollinators – bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, bats, and more – for the ecological and economic services, and work to actively support their habitat through responsible land management and awareness.
Practices and Impacts
- The team at Ann Arbor Service Center has planted a 200 square foot pollinator garden on a formerly turfed yard. The project consisted solely of native species that provide suitable habitat for pollinators, including mountain mint, lavender hyssop, common spiderwort, blue mistflower, and prairie dropseed.
- The garden, which was planted in 2018 and updated in 2019, is maintained by five employees on-site. Annually, team members spend 35 hours monitoring the plantings, developing new project ideas, weeding, and watering.
- Maps of the garden are drawn each year, along with pictures, to track change over time. The team has plans for planting more species of shade-tolerant plants in the future to increase diversity.
- The pollinator garden project is in alignment with the Michigan Pollinators Initiative to address bee and other pollinator habitat in Michigan.
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