The Duke Energy Foundation recently awarded $ 170,000 in grants to 14 organizations in northern Kentucky and southwestern Ohio to fund local wildlife conservation, healthy habitats, environmental projects, and environmental programs to help communities to 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 five years, the Foundation has supported over 40 nonprofit organizations with over $ 480,000 in grants to propel their environmental resilience projects.
“We are committed to investing resources with our community partners to ensure that future generations experience the benefits of nature and its beauty that surrounds us,” said Amy Spiller, president of Duke Energy Ohio and Kentucky. “By supporting organizations that do this important work, we can help protect and restore our natural resources as well as ensure quality environmental programs in our region. “
The Thomas More University Biology Station is one of this year’s recipients who will use the funding to continue their research on the biology and water quality located in California, Ky.
“Since 1967, students and faculty have conducted critical research on the water quality of the Ohio River in order to preserve the ecological health of the ecosystem and to protect the human health of those who use the river’s resources.” said Dr Chris Lorentz, Professor, Biological Sciences and Director, Field Biology Station. “Long-term studies like these are invaluable in advancing scientific fields and improving the quality of life in our region. With the gracious support of Duke Energy, Thomas More is able to continue this valuable research and protect this important natural resource. “
Another grantee that will partner with Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) this year is the Green Umbrella organization, which will use the funds to ensure schools have resources for nature-based play and learning on their own. ground.
“Green Umbrella is committed to the environmental health and vitality of our region. In doing so, we are delighted to receive a grant from Duke Energy that allows us to support the development of natural spaces in high priority Cincinnati public schools so that all students have access to time outdoors in nature ” said Ryan Mooney-Bullock, executive director, Green Umbrella.
Beneficiaries of nature grants 2021
• The Boone Conservatory. The funds will be used for the Conservancy Park habitat restoration and wildlife education program. The goals of the program are to create healthier habitats for native plants and animals, eliminate invasive species, and create a viewing platform to promote education.
• Thomas More University Biology Station. The main objective of this project is to combat the number of threats to our aquatic resources, such as water pollution, harmful algal blooms and habitat destruction. Ultimately, this work will lead to ideas and solutions that will reduce the negative impacts of stormwater runoff and other environmental issues.
• Conservation of cardinal lands. The funds will be used to install a live webcam on the bald eagle nest at the Little Miami Nature Reserve and take the opportunity for local K-12 teachers to develop a program to bring them together. students to visit and learn on the site.
• Cincinnati Reds Community Fund will help create a one-of-a-kind outdoor learning center in partnership with the Cincinnati Zoo to sustainably co-manage a living 1 acre, biodiversity-rich landscape alongside Rockdale Elementary, creating a science program and horticulture for students.
• Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati. Grant funds will allow the Walnut Hills Restoration Board to develop a wetland restoration plan for the lowlands. Students and volunteers from Walnut Hills will be contributing to this ongoing project. Adding healthy wetland habitat will increase plant and wildlife biodiversity on site.
• Council Dan Beard, Boy Scouts. Camp Friedlander and Camp Michaels (in northern Kentucky) will use funds for ecology, conservation and erosion control programs. The plan will require scouts and their families to participate in hands-on activities to learn about conservation and ecology, including removing invasive species from the habitat.
• Gorman Heritage Farm Foundation. Funds will be allocated to the watercourse restoration project to improve water quality, reduce erosion, protect habitat and support biodiversity. The farm strives to educate about agriculture, nutrition, sustainability and the environment on the land.
• Great parks forever. Plans call for the funds to be used to reforest Mustang’s fields with an experimental tree planting on a 9-acre parcel of land to create new wildlife habitat along the Whitewater River corridor. The results will be used to guide future reforestation projects in Hamilton County.
• Green umbrella. The funds will be used in the Growing Nature at Schools program, focused this year in Bond Hill (Bond Hill Elementary and AMIS) and Walnut Hills (Frederick Douglass Elementary) to create natural outdoor spaces for students.
• Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District. Grant dollars will be used for the Cooper Creek Demonstration Urban Reforestation Initiative, focused on restoring the ecological integrity of Cooper Creek. The funds will be used to help plant 250 trees to increase the tree canopy for long-term improvement in stormwater management.
• Butler County MetroParcs. The funds will be used for the Line Hill Meadow restoration project at Rentschler Forest MetroPark. The project will take the 8.5-acre field that has been invaded by invasive alien plants and return it to a landscape of prairie and native prairie. Signage will be added to help educate park visitors about the impacts of invasive alien plant species on the region’s ecology and wildlife.
• Alliance Mill Creek. The funds will be used for Mill Creek restoration, public access and water quality monitoring programs. Mitigation of a low-fall dam on West Fork Mill Creek will help restore fish access to 35 square miles of habitat and improve water quality. Adding additional access points to other locations on Mill Creek as well as water quality studies will also be part of the overall plan.
• Take root. Grant money will be used for the Tree For Me neighborhood distribution program which helps educate participants about the specific environmental and health benefits of trees and to encourage better stewardship of our canopy. Residents can use the new interactive educational tool to see all of the benefits of a new tree on their property and to properly size and reserve their tree for pickup.
• Foundation of the University of Cincinnati. The funds will be used for a real-time water quality monitoring system for the Great Miami River. Equipment will be installed to monitor water samples for contaminants. The data will provide managers and researchers with the means to study changes in water quality at various hydrological events such as storms and other environmental events (release of contaminants).
Duke Energy Ohio / Kentucky, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, provides electricity service to approximately 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 the communities where Duke Energy customers live and work. The Foundation gives over $ 30 million annually in charitable donations and is funded by money from Duke Energy shareholders.