The Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation recently awarded $1.5 million in environmental stewardship grants to support 115 community organizations, including nine in North Carolina, working to create a cleaner, greener world and teaching citizens young and old to take better care of the outdoors, including one on Roanoke Island.
“Ensuring the public has access to safe green spaces for recreation, relaxation and respite is more important than ever. Our new reserve will provide our community with free access to miles of walking trails, streams and river frontages,” said Jessica Sheffield, Executive Director of the Eno River Association. “We are very grateful to Dominion Energy’s partnership on this project which will help relieve pressure on nearby parks, preserve our natural resources and educate the public about the importance of the environment,”
Competitive grants support education and stewardship projects that preserve, enhance, or make nature more accessible. Some of this year’s grants include support for:
- ENO River Association, Durham, to help prepare a new nature reserve for opening to the public in January 2023 by supporting the creation of important amenities such as parking, walking trails and signage.
- Elizabethan Gardens, Manteo, to complete their Plants with a Purpose educational landscape serving local schools.
- Trout Unlimited, Bryson City, to increase ecosystem function in Alarka Creek by removing and replacing an abandoned stream crossing that is blocking the movement of brook trout.
- The Partnership for Children of Lincoln and Gaston Counties, Dallas, to fund the Fueling the Future Project which aims to teach children about energy conservation and management practices.
“Protecting the planet and instilling a passion for the environment in future generations takes an entire village,” said Rusty Harris, vice president and general manager of Dominion Energy North Carolina’s natural gas business. “Our support of these nonprofit partners across the Tar Heel State is part of our shared responsibility to ensure we can enjoy our natural resources today and tomorrow.”
The full list of Environmental Stewardship Grants 2021 and additional program information is available at https://www.dominionenergy.com/envirogrants. Over the past 16 years, the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation has donated over $38 million to a wide variety of environmental projects through its footprint.
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