The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation on Oct. 15 launched the Southeast Michigan Resilience Fund, a competitive grant program, which will provide $1.2 million in its first year to benefit Southeast Michigan communities and habitats.
Work supported by the fund will improve resilience in the face of intensifying environmental stressors related to development, climate, invasive species, nonpoint source pollution and other factors, according to the foundation. ArcelorMittal along with the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation, the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Forest Service helped create the fund, which will be administered by NFWF.
“We have worked hand-in-hand with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for more than a decade to build resilience across the Great Lakes watershed and successfully advance several public-private partnerships,” said William Steers, general manager of corporate responsibility for ArcelorMittal, which recently opened ArcelorMittal Tailored Blanks Detroit, the company’s first industrial operation in Michigan.
ArcelorMittal has a presence in 14 states, including Northwest Indiana, and employs about 18,000 people in those facilities.
Steers said the launch of the Southeast Michigan Resilience Fund is the next evolution of ArcelorMittal’s work to help preserve waterways by improving water quality and enhancing natural habitat and ecosystem services.
For more information on the Southeast Michigan Resilience Fund, visit the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s website.