Contributions will benefit 12 organizations supporting environmental projects, sustainability programs in Greater Cincinnati
Submitted by Duke Energy
CINCINNATI, October 28, 2022 /CSRwire/ - Today, the Duke Energy Foundation awarded $115,000 in grants to 12 organizations in southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky to fund local wildlife conservation, healthy habitats and environmental projects, as well as environmental programs to help communities protect their natural resources and mitigate the effects of climate change.
This funding is a long-standing investment for the Duke Energy Foundation. Over the past four years, the Foundation has supported over 70 regional nonprofit organizations with more than $780,000 in grants to propel their environmental resiliency projects.
“We are committed to investing resources with our community partners so that future generations enjoy the benefits of nature and its beauty around us," said Amy Spiller, president, Duke Energy Ohio and Kentucky. "By supporting the organizations leading this important work, together we can help protect and restore our natural resources and provide quality environmental programs in our region."
The Boone Conservancy is one of this year’s recipients that will use the funding to remove invasive species on their property.
“The Boone Conservancy is grateful for Duke’s support of our Middle Creek Watershed Conservation Program,” said Christy Noll, executive director, The Boone Conservancy. “This grant enables the conservancy to remove invasive species and replace them with stabilizing native plants to create a biodiverse environment ensuring healthy habitat for our native wildlife.”
Another recipient of a Duke Energy Nature Grant is Great Parks of Hamilton County, that plans to restore outdoor trails and improve the nature habitat in the area.
“Great Parks continues to make great strides in recreation and trail developments across Hamilton County,” said Kara Schirmer, grants manager, Great Parks of Hamilton County. “With Duke Energy’s support, we’re able to restore the Lunken Trail Corridor. This grant will enable us to improve habitat in the floodplain of the Little Miami National Scenic River and provide an improved recreational experience for trail users.”
2022 Nature Grant Recipients
Duke Energy Ohio/Kentucky
Duke Energy Ohio/Kentucky, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, provides electric service to about 870,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in a 3,000-square-mile service area, and natural gas service to approximately 542,000 customers.
The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to meet the needs of communities where Duke Energy customers live and work. The Foundation contributes more than $30 million annually in charitable gifts and is funded by Duke Energy shareholder dollars. More information about the Foundation can be found at duke-energy.com/foundation.
Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), a Fortune 150 company headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., is one of America’s largest energy holding companies. Its electric utilities serve 7.9 million customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky, and collectively own 51,000 megawatts of energy capacity. Its natural gas unit serves 1.6 million customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky. The company employs 27,500 people.
Duke Energy is executing an aggressive clean energy strategy to create a smarter energy future for its customers and communities – with goals of at least a 50 percent carbon reduction by 2030 and net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The company is a top U.S. renewable energy provider, on track to own or purchase 16,000 megawatts of renewable energy capacity by 2025. The company also is investing in major electric grid upgrades and expanded battery storage, and exploring zero-emitting power generation technologies such as hydrogen and advanced nuclear.
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Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), a Fortune 150 company headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., is one of the largest energy holding companies in the U.S. It employs 30,000 people and has an electric generating capacity of 51,000 megawatts through its regulated utilities and 3,000 megawatts through its nonregulated Duke Energy Renewables unit.
Duke Energy is transforming its customers’ experience, modernizing the energy grid, generating cleaner energy and expanding natural gas infrastructure to create a smarter energy future for the people and communities it serves. The Electric Utilities and Infrastructure unit’s regulated utilities serve approximately 7.7 million retail electric customers in six states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. The Gas Utilities and Infrastructure unit distributes natural gas to more than 1.6 million customers in five states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky. The Duke Energy Renewables unit operates wind and solar generation facilities across the U.S., as well as energy storage and microgrid projects.
Duke Energy was named to Fortune’s 2019 “World’s Most Admired Companies” list and Forbes’ 2019 “America’s Best Employers” list. More information about the company is available at duke-energy.com. The Duke Energy News Center contains news releases, fact sheets, photos, videos and other materials. Duke Energy’s illumination features stories about people, innovations, community topics and environmental issues.
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