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U-M ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAM RECEIVES $100,000 FROM CONSUMERS POWER

 ANN ARBOR, Mich., March 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumers Power today announced that a grant of $100,000 has been awarded to the University of Michigan's School of Business Administration toward the creation of a new Corporate Environmental Management Program. The five-year grant from the Consumers Power Foundation, the utility's philanthropic arm, continues Consumers Power's long tradition of support for the University, which has totaled more than $1 million since 1968.
 "Consumers Power strongly believes that industry and the environment can co-exist in Michigan in such a way that our natural resources and our human resources both profit," said John W. Clark, president of the Consumers Power Foundation.
 The first year installment of the grant was presented by David P. Hoffman, Consumers Power's vice president of nuclear operations and a University of Michigan alumnus. The presentation took place following the 1993 Nathan Lecture Series in Corporate Environmental Management, held at the University's School of Business Administration. This year's lecture was given by Robert Langert, director of environmental affairs for the McDonald's Corporation, and Jackie Prince, staff scientist for the Environmental Defense Fund.
 The grant will enable the School of Business Administration to develop a pilot project which will conduct research and sponsor course development in corporate environmental strategy. The Consumers Power Foundation, established in 1990, provides funding in Michigan for educational, cultural, scientific and charitable purposes.
 "Knowledge and skills in environmental management are fast becoming critical for general managers. The ability to evaluate and balance environmental and economic objectives today is an essential characteristic of good management. With this grant from the Consumers Power Foundation we are making a commitment to develop the environmental competence of our business, and natural resource and environment students," said Dr. B. Joseph White, dean of the School of Business Administration.
 Curriculum for the pilot program will be jointly created and administered by the University of Michigan's School of Business Administration and the School of Natural Resources and Environment. Presently, fewer than 25 of the nation's 700 management schools have courses dedicated to environmental management issues.
 Consumers Power has been among the leaders in the utility industry for developing employee-based environmental enhancement projects at its electric generating plant sites, and along its electric and natural gas lines rights-of-way. The utility has received recognition from the U.S. Wildlife Habitat Enhancement Council, the Michigan Audubon Society, the Michigan Wildlife Habitat Foundation and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources for its environmental activities. Tomorrow, Consumers Power will receive a statewide Environmental Award from the Michigan Chamber of Commerce for a groundbreaking hydro relicensing agreement the utility reached with state and federal regulators and environmental groups.
 Consumers Power Company, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy Corporation (NYSE: CMS), is Michigan's largest natural gas and electric utility serving almost 6 million of the state's 9 million residents in 67 of the 68 Lower Peninsula counties.
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