GREENVILLE, SC – The Duke Energy Foundation this week announced two grants totaling more than $75,000 to Upstate initiatives that help children and families learn about nature and the importance of environmental stewardship.
“At Duke Energy, we recognize that hands-on practical learning can spark a lifetime of curiosity about the world around us and the steps we must all take to protect and enhance our natural resources,” said Catherine Heigel, president of Duke Energy South Carolina. “That’s why so many of our foundation grants promote nature education and an interest in the outdoors.”
Camp Cherokee, operated by the Upper Palmetto YMCA, this week received $50,000 to support an environmental education program at elementary schools in York and Chester counties. Specifically, Camp Cherokee will be used as an active environmental learning center, hosting field exercises and experiments that promote science education and an increased awareness of the impact we have on our world.
Also this week the Duke Energy Foundation announced grants totaling more than $25,000 to the Palmetto Conservation Foundation to help expand and maintain the Palmetto Trail, which provides walking, biking and in some areas, horseback riding trails in South Carolina. When the newest section of the trail, the Saluda Mountains Passage, opens to the public on April 28, the total length of the Palmetto Trail will be more than 318 miles.
When combined with this week’s grants, the Duke Energy Foundation has awarded more than $150,000 since 2011 to South Carolina organizations, such as Trout Unlimited and the South Carolina Wildlife Federation, to support their efforts to promote outdoor education and environmental stewardship.
Funding has also been provided to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources for educational programs at Jocassee Gorges.
In addition, the company has provided assistance to middle schools in Anderson and Oconee counties to enhance their students’ explorations at the company’s Lee Steam Station Outdoor Classroom and Bad Creek Pump Storage Facility Nature Trail.
Last month, the company’s commitment to the community and outdoor education was also illustrated during the World of Energy’s Homeschoolers Educational Earth Day Celebration on April 23.
Homeschool families in the area surrounding the Oconee Nuclear Station were treated to an afternoon of free and earth-friendly activities, such as wildlife habitat discussions, live animal exhibits, water sampling and Earth Day arts, crafts and games.
The event attracted approximately 180 visitors and showcased other World of Energy community offerings, including the quarter-mile nature trail, picnic shelter, and boat dock on the shores of Lake Keowee. For more information about the World of Energy, please visit www.duke-energy.com/worldofenergy.
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