Duke Energy Foundation donates $350K to Upstate conservation projects

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The Duke Energy Foundation has awarded more than $350,000 in grants to 14 environmental nonprofits in South Carolina.

“We are dedicated to protecting the natural beauty of South Carolina and being good stewards of the environment,” said Kodwo Ghartey-Tagoe, Duke Energy’s South Carolina president, in a news release. “By supporting the organizations that do this honorable work, we can help protect and restore wildlife and natural resources, and support quality environmental education programs in our state.”

The grants will fund various environmental projects, wildlife conservation efforts, and environmental educational programs within Duke Energy’s service territory in the state. Some of the grants are going to Upstate conservation efforts.

Ten at the Top, for instance, will receive $25,000 to support the Connecting Our Future Initiative, the goal of which is to build a coalition of stakeholders to develop a regional vision for the Upstate to increase connectivity while reducing congestion and environmental pollutants.

TreesGreenville, a nonprofit that works to plant, promote, and protect trees in Greenville, has been awarded more than $44,000 to coordinate five tree giveaways that help educate homeowners on the right place and right tree to plant in order to improve energy savings.

“Thanks to the Duke Energy Foundation, we’re promoting tree planting and protecting a healthy community forest,” said Joelle Teachy, executive director of TreesGreenville. “Together, we’re giving away trees that are saving energy, improving air quality, and providing public health benefits.”

These organizations will also receive grants from the Duke Energy Foundation:

Anne Springs Close Greenway will receive $49,850 to bring hands-on environmental outreach education to elementary students in York and Lancaster counties.

Beautiful Places Alliance will receive $20,000 to help South Carolina State Parks provide expert instruction and hands-on field experiences to students as they explore the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area.

Children’s Museum of the Upstate will receive $150,000 to develop curriculum that will build on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invite them to explore wildlife and the world around them at a new satellite museum in Spartanburg.

City of Pickens will receive $13,000 to create a sensory rain garden located at the Pickens Doodle Park.

Clemson University will receive $50,000 to expand programs that provide an environmental education on the interrelationships of energy production and environmental stewardship for K-12 teachers at the Duke Energy Bad Creek Hydroelectric Station in Salem, S.C.

Florence County will receive $11,500 to provide environmental educational tools such as kiosks and signs for visitors to Lake City Park.

Kalmia Gardens received $10,000 to help bring Pee Dee area schoolchildren that otherwise might not have access to have a firsthand experience with environmental education at Kalmia Gardens.

Newberry Soil and Water Conservation District will receive $10,000 to assist private landowners in implementing wildlife habitat and water quality improvement practices in the expanded Indian Creek Wildlife Habitat Restoration Initiative area.

Pee Dee Land Trust will receive $20,000 to expand the Landowner Education Program, which educates private landowners about options for protecting their land and family legacy.

S.C. Aquarium will receive $25,000 to support the traveling environmental education outreach program, Rovers, specifically underwriting service to middle school students in Marion County.

S.C. Waterfowl Association will receive $27,000 to support Camp Leopold, a school year natural resource conservation and environmental education camp in Pinewood, S.C., that reconnects students to the land through the use of hands-on environmental education programs.

S.C. Wildlife Federation will receive $25,000 to proactively enhance wildlife habitat and offset the loss of prime acreage to commercial and residential development through environmental education programs for landowners.

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