Duke Energy Invests nearly $300,000 in Projects That Help Protect, Restore Natural Resources in South Carolina

Staff Report From South Carolina CEO

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

The Duke Energy Foundation recently awarded nearly $300,000 in grants to 12 South Carolina organizations that will fund environmental projects, wildlife conservation efforts and environmental educational programs across the state. 

"These grants aid in the protection of the environment and provide communities with much-needed resources to promote good stewardship of the natural beauty around us," said Michael Callahan, Duke Energy's South Carolina president. "By supporting the organizations that do this great work, we can help protect, restore and enhance natural resources, and provide valuable educational opportunities to nature lovers of all ages."

The Nature Conservancy in South Carolina received a grant to help the group's outreach and education efforts on the critical need for long-term forest management activities.

"We've worked with partners like the Duke Energy Foundation for decades to care for our Upstate forests," says Mark Robertson, executive director for The Nature Conservancy in South Carolina. "Our new Forest Restoration Outreach Project will bring both public agencies and private landowners together to learn about the importance of managing timber effectively, restoring native species and preparing for wildfires."

Trees SC received funding that will support a program in Florence County that provides participants with a tree and educational material on proper planting techniques that will ensure the highest energy savings.

"Our partnership with Duke Energy on the Energy Saving Trees program has been the perfect balance of resource sharing," said Karen Hauck, executive director of Trees SC. "Trees SC provides the arboricultural knowledge and expertise while Duke Energy provides program participants with information on energy reduction and cost savings. Our inaugural year was a great success, and we greatly value our continuing partnership with Duke Energy."

The foundation annually funds more than $2 million to nonprofit organizations in South Carolina.

Powerful Communities: Nature Grant Recipients

Organization

Description

Grant Award

Counties Served

Beautiful Places Alliance

Create a new kayak launch for Lake Wateree
State Park

$40,000

Fairfield

Chattooga River Chapter of
Trout Unlimited

Install four new informational kiosks at
Burrell's Ford Recreation Area educating
visitors about the designated wilderness area
and the importance of mitigating visitor
impact

$7,500

Oconee

Pickens

Francis Marion University
Education Foundation

Develop a freshwater ecology laboratory,
which will focus on freshwater quality and
provide training opportunities for students

$50,000

Florence

Greenville County Soil and
Water

Support a seed library program that will
educate residents on conservation topics
such as sustainably growing food, flowers,
and native plants.

$8,000

Greenville

Hatcher Garden and
Woodland Preserve, Inc.

Replace signage in the 12-acre inner city
woodland preserve, promoting knowledge
about the benefits of nature

$8,000

Spartanburg

Kalmia Gardens of Coker
College

Support improving growing conditions for
multiple native species and creating a
teaching tool for students, homeowners and
land managers

$18,950

Darlington

Roper Mountain Science
Center

Support a biodiversity exhibit as part of the
Environmental Science and Sustainability
Center that allows visitors to electronically
see how their actions impact the environment

$50,000

Greenville

South Carolina Waterfowl
Association

Help restore 20 acres of bottomland
hardwood and provide an outdoor classroom
for students to learn about wetland
restoration

$19,500

Sumter

The Nature Conservancy of
South Carolina

Support efforts to restore forest health to the
Southern Blue Ridge forests in places that
have been identified and prioritized for
restoration practices through a science-
based approach

$15,000

Greenville

Oconee

Pickens

Trees Coalition

Supports a project to restore natural green
space that was lost to overgrown kudzu and
other invasive species in Adams Park

$5,000

Spartanburg

Trees SC

Continue support of the Energy Saving Trees
program, a tree giveaway program that
promotes the energy saving benefits of trees

$20,625

Florence

Trees Upstate

Continue support of the Energy Saving Trees
program, a tree giveaway program that
promotes the energy saving benefits of trees

$54,050

Greenville

Oconee

Pickens

Spartanburg