The Detroit River and other bodies of water play a huge part in our ecosystem, and the GMRENCEN has a unique relationship with the Detroit Riverfront and the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy. In 2004, General Motors donated the property along the river to the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, as part of their commitment to the ongoing beautification and preservation of the riverfront.
March 22nd is World Water Day and the GMRENCEN encourages all building tenants and visitors to show support through education, awareness and action.
Get to Know the Detroit River
The Detroit River is 28 miles long and serves as the international border between Canada and the United States. The river connects to Lake St. Clair and the Upper Great Lakes to Lake Erie, and is one of the busiest waterways in the world. In its early years, heavy traffic and urbanization on its shores led the river to become very polluted. Due to conservation efforts – including pollution cleanup, shoreline restoration and the creation of spawning reefs – the Detroit River has become an attractive place for wildlife.
Today, the river is home to fish such as walleye, smallmouth bass and yellow perch. Arrays of birds stay nearby in spring and summer to feed on the fish. The river has become a popular hunting ground for both bald eagles and peregrine falcons. The most recent wildlife residents of the river are beavers, which have returned after disappearing from the area almost 75 years ago.
The Detroit River is much more than a large body of water. It is home to wildlife, a communication and business channel and a major Detroit attraction. The Detroit River is a hot spot for events and activities year round. Whether it be kayaking, boat tours, concerts, or fairs, the river is a favorite place for Detroit locals and visitors.
The GMRENCEN is proud to be neighbors and partners of the Detroit River and the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy.
The GMRENCEN Works to Conserve Resources
The GMRENCEN provides resources like TenantConnect, which provides access to purchasing cost-effective, environmentally sensitive supplies and services. Besides recommending behaviors that reduce overhead and office consumption, building management offers a recycling program that can be customized to any office type or size, and provides guidance on the proper disposal of assorted waste, including electronics.
Ways You Can Help Aid in Water Conservation
- Keep a shower bucket. Don’t waste water waiting for it to heat up. Place unused water in a bucket for later use, like watering the grass or cleaning.
- Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth or shaving. The average American waste 5 gallons of water by keeping their water running.
- Use a reusable bottle. Reduce your carbon footprint and say goodbye to plastic.
Tenants and visitors can grab a reusable water bottle right here inside the GMRENCEN:
GM Company Store
The GM Company Store has a reusable water bottle for every car lover.
Coffee Beanery carries reusable Calypso water bottles which keep drinks hot for 12 hours, and cold drinks cold for 24 hours.
Starbucks knows florals are always a spring favorite and now you can have them on your reusable water bottle. The coffee powerhouse also carries a line of reusable coffee cups and iced coffee cups that are perfect for any day.
Andrew’s Downtown Detroit
Andrew’s Downtown Detroit carries fun florescent colored water bottles, equipped with straws for the perfect sip. Visit Andrew’s in the Millender Center today to get one!
Calumet Market & Spirits
Calumet Market & Spirits has reusable water bottles to cheer on your favorite Detroit sports team.
How else do you conserve water? Let us know in the comments.