Appeal to Business Owners
Detroit Audubon requests building and property owners to turn off lights in tall buildings from 11:00 pm to dawn from the second weekend in March through May and from the second weekend in August through October.By turning out these lights, not only will the birds be spared, but also money and energy will be saved, and pollution will be reduced. It will be a win-win situation for building owners/operators and for the birds that will be able to continue their long migration flights with one major hazard removed.
Safe Passage Welcomes General Motors
Over the last few years, General Motors joined the Safe Passage Great Lakes program. We would like to recognize them on the Honor Roll at this time. The lights in the GM world headquarters in the Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit are turned off at night to help reduce the significant and dramatic continent-wide death toll of night-migrating birds that crash into tall lighted buildings. GM has also asked other tenants of the Renaissance Center to turn out their lights or at least to close their blinds at night.
That’s not all. Since 1991, GM personnel have been guided by a list of “General Motors Environmental Principles” directing the corporation to use sound environmental practices in their business decisions. These principles commit GM personnel to actions that “restore and preserve the environment” through reducing waste, conserving resources and recycling materials. They further pledge to “continuously assess the impact of our plants and products on the environment and communities in which we live….”
Detroit Audubon representatives recently met with Susan Kelsey, Environmental Group Manager of the GM Environmental Compliance Group in Southeast Michigan. At that meeting, Ms. Kelsey stated how pleased GM was to be on the SPGL Honor Roll. She explained how GM puts forth a strong effort to make the grounds of their properties friendly to wildlife and the environment. Also, she is working to get a Safe Passage type of bird-friendly understanding spread throughout the global GM community. What good news that is!
We are very pleased to know that General Motors is determined to be environmentally responsible and we welcome the corporation to our Safe Passage family.