We administer regulations and programs that protect public health and promote the appropriate use of, limit the adverse effects on, and restore the quality of the environment. We encourage voluntary actions to enhance our natural resources and the environment. We preserve biologically diverse, rare, sensitive, or endangered plants, animals, and ecosystems through identification, education, management, and public/private partnerships and initiatives. We advance environmental protection through innovation and improvements to regulations and programs.
The means by which we achieve our purpose are as important as the purpose itself. Therefore, we, as public servants, are committed to the following ideals: We act with integrity and strive for excellence in all we do. We act professionally and within the authority granted to us by law. Our decisions are principled and based on facts and our best professional judgment. We fairly and consistently apply regulations. We are open to criticism and accept accountability for our actions. We make the best possible use of the financial and other resources entrusted to us by the people of the state of Michigan. We recognize the importance of working in partnership with others. We communicate with all interests, welcome their input, and respect all viewpoints. Through teamwork, we promote solutions that move us toward our long-term goals. We foster environmental awareness.
We value our employees as our most important resource. We create a working environment within the DEQ that fosters teamwork and promotes leadership. We invest in our employees to give them the tools to succeed. We encourage creativity and innovation as we work together toward our common purpose. We approach our purpose with enthusiasm, perseverance, and courage.