Submitted by Baker Hughes
HOUSTON, October 25, 2023 /CSRwire/ - The Baker Hughes Foundation announced a $100,000 grant to the Coastal Prairie Conservancy to support the preservation of coastal prairies, wetlands, farms and ranches to benefit people and wildlife in Texas. The Coastal Prairie Conservancy is focused on ensuring a vibrant and resilient community, and connecting the public with nature through public access, educational programming and outreach. The grant was announced Monday at the grand opening of Baker Hughes’ new headquarters in Houston’s Energy Corridor, with Coastal Prairie Conservancy representatives in attendance for a check presentation.
In 2020 and 2021, the Baker Hughes Foundation contributed a combined total of $150,000 to support habitat restoration in the Texas Gulf Coast region. Much of this investment has been on the Indiangrass Preserve, part of the greater Katy Prairie Preserve that is home to more than 300 resident and migratory birds; 110 species of mammals, amphibians and reptiles; 700 species of wildflowers and grasses, and thousands of terrestrial insects and aquatic invertebrates. This third-year grant will continue efforts to support restoration and enhancement of this 2,800-acre preserve that is open for the public to enjoy.
The Coastal Prairie Conservancy is one of the largest local land conservation organizations in southeast Texas, protecting nearly 31,000 acres of coastal prairie, which includes protected lands near Baker Hughes’ new headquarters that stretch from Katy to the Gulf Coast. Formerly known as the Katy Prairie Conservancy, the Coastal Prairie Conservancy signifies the broader, regional reach of the organization.
“Thriving natural ecosystems are essential for maintaining rich biodiversity, and we are committed to conserve and protect our natural resources,” said Allyson Book, chief sustainability officer at Baker Hughes. “Coastal Prairie Conservancy preserves and safeguards the ecosystems in the Greater Houston area, and we are proud to partner with them.”
“We are so grateful for this generous donation and meaningful partnership with the Baker Hughes Foundation. Not only will this funding allow the Coastal Prairie Conservancy to safeguard plants and animals and provide healthy grasslands and wetlands as homes, it also benefits people,” said Coastal Prairie Conservancy President and CEO Mary Anne Piacentini. “Coastal prairie conservation and enhancement provide the public with access to nature, enhanced health and wellness, regional flood control, increased carbon capture, improved water quality, and climate resilience. We are proud to partner with the Baker Hughes Foundation to ensure healthy lands, healthy wildlife and healthy communities.”
This donation supports Baker Hughes’ commitment to advancing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – specifically SDG 15 - Life on Land. Specifically, to protect, restore, and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems. With over 5,000 employees in the greater Houston area, this grant also aligns with the Baker Hughes Foundation’s mission of supporting the communities where we conduct business.
To learn more about Baker Hughes’ work in supporting its communities, visit our Corporate Responsibility website.
About the Baker Hughes Foundation:
For 25 years, the Baker Hughes Foundation has been a steward of charitable resources for meaningful community impact. The Foundation seeks to advance environmental quality, education, health, safety, and wellness around the world by supporting organizations with shared values, demonstrated leadership, evidence of impact, financial soundness, and the capacity to implement initiatives and evaluate their success. The Baker Hughes Foundation makes strategic philanthropic contributions, matches Baker Hughes employee contributions, and awards volunteer recognition grants for outstanding employee community service.
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About the Coastal Prairie Conservancy
The Coastal Prairie Conservancy is a nonprofit land trust dedicated to sustaining resilient Texas by preserving coastal prairie, wetlands, farms, and ranches to benefit people and wildlife forever. Preserved lands play an important role in flood control, cleaner air and water, outdoor recreation, and wildlife habitat. To learn more about the Coastal Prairie Conservancy’s conservation efforts, visit www.coastalprairieconservancy.org or find us on Facebook and Instagram @coastalprairieconservancy.
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Adrienne M. Lynch
Baker Hughes (NYSE: BKR) is an energy technology company that provides solutions to energy and industrial customers worldwide. Built on a century of experience and with operations in over 120 countries, our innovative technologies and services are taking energy forward - making it safer, cleaner and more efficient for people and the planet. Visit us at www.bakerhughes.com.
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