-- 22 organizations across North Carolina receive grants to enhance habitat, protect species, improve water quality and expand public access
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 3, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Duke Energy announced $807,000 in grant funding from the Duke Energy Foundation to 22 organizations to strengthen the health of our environment and increase access to nature in North Carolina.
"North Carolina's natural resources are a state treasure, and by collaborating with our trusted nonprofit partners we can accomplish more to protect and preserve species, habitats and water sources," said Stephen De May, NC president, Duke Energy. "We're working to ensure that future generations enjoy and benefit from all that North Carolina's natural wonders have to offer."
The Nature Conservancy was awarded a $100,000 grant for a project to research best practices for designing solar farms that are hospitable to native habitat and wildlife.
"Solar energy is crucial to reducing carbon emissions, but solar installations can also benefit nature in other ways by being wildlife and pollinator friendly. This research will give us the data to determine how to maximize these benefits," said Katherine Skinner, executive director, Nature Conservancy in North Carolina.
The outcome of the Nature Conservancy project will be a white paper to share findings with the renewable energy community so solar developers can implement proven, best practices.
In Southeast Raleigh, The Conservation Fund was awarded $60,000 for a project that will connect two disenfranchised neighborhoods to Walnut Creek Wetland Park as part of a community-wide effort to improve access to natural resources in Southeast Raleigh.
"The Conservation Fund greatly appreciates this grant from the Duke Energy Foundation for our Parks with Purpose project in Southeast Raleigh," said Bill Holman, executive director, The Conservation Fund. "This grant will help us and our many partners connect the Walnut Creek Wetland Park to the Rochester Heights and Biltmore Hills neighborhoods across Walnut Creek, remove invasive species in the park, restore wetland habitat and support development of a new park entrance on Bailey Drive."
Powerful Communities: Nature Grant Recipients
Protect and promote the urban forest in Asheville through education and outreach
Burke County Public Schools
Restore the Enola Trail Wetlands Area to eliminate erosion and treat runoff
Catawba Lands Conservancy
Expand pollinator habitat through 10 acres of electric utility corridors
Gaston Co., Lincoln Co.,
Engage young people in hands-on conservation work and leadership
development through the Conservation Corps North Carolina
Conservation Trust for
Support a collaborative, pilot project to create a community-driven plan that limits
impacts of repeated flooding
Reduce stormwater runoff, sediment and pollutants from entering South Ellerbe
Creek along the East Coast Greenway
Friends of the Durham Public
Schools Hub Farm
Improve stormwater management and habitat conservation by transforming a
defunct irrigation pond into a thriving wetland
Friends of the Wallace Parks
Develop a master plan for Boney Mill Pond Park focused on conservation and
Macon County Schools
Restore Porter's Creek Stream to decrease storm water runoff, improve habitant
and provide student research opportunities
Mount Holly Community
Expand the Mount Holly Greenway System through additional amenities for
Partner to research best practices for designing solar farms that support habitat
North Carolina Coastal
Restore the Atlantic White Cedar and Longleaf Pine in our coastal forests
North Carolina Urban
Plant trees as part of storm recovery in NC coastal communities
North Carolina Wildlife
Build coastal resilience through community conservation chapters in eastern
Piedmont Triad Regional
Develop the Piedmont Triad Blueways and Piedmont Triad Outdoor Recreation
Guide to highlight natural resources
Rutherford County Tourism
Expand access to the Broad River Paddle Trail through an additional access point
and paddler amenities
The Conservation Fund
Build a park with purpose in Southeast Raleigh: Connecting Walnut Creek Wetland
Park to neighborhoods south of the creek
Town of Black Mountain
Stabilize the banks of the Swannanoa River, provide ADA access and educational
Town of Chapel Hill
Celebrate the Chapel Hill's 200th birthday by planting 200 trees to reduce carbon
emissions in underserved neighborhoods
Town of Grifton
Reclaim vacant lots acquired through FEMA as wetlands to mitigate flooding, reduce
maintenance, provide public access
Lenoir Co., Pitt Co.
Distribute 800 trees to Charlotte residents to improve air quality and expand the
Triangle Land Conservancy
Increase the diversity of native species at the Sarah and Bailey Williamson
Preserve at Walnut Hill and prepare for the grand opening
Duke Energy Foundation
The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to address the needs of communities where its customers live and work. The Foundation contributes more than $30 million annually in charitable gifts. More information about the Duke Energy Foundation and its Powerful Communities program can be found at duke-energy.com/foundation.
The Duke Energy Foundation is solely funded by Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE: DUK) shareholder dollars.
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