Promising environmental projects receive $1M
Green job training in Connecticut, reducing water pollution in Kansas, controlling non-native plants in North Carolina and reducing carbon footprints in Arizona are just some of the national projects to receive a share of more than $1 million in funding from Toyota and the National Audubon Society.
All told, these “TogetherGreen” innovation grants will fund 41 environmental projects across the United States that focus on key areas of habitat preservation, water and energy conservation.
Among the projects receiving funding are:
- The Audubon Connecticut and Connecticut Student Conservation Association, which will use the grant to create Audubon WildLife Guards, a coastal stewardship and youth conservation training program that will provide green job training and employment opportunities for high school students in Bridgeport, Conn.
- Friends of the Kaw, based in Kansas, will join with the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, Topeka Audubon Society and Jayhawk Audubon society to launch a campaign to reduce pollution and improve water quality by minimizing storm-water runoff in the Soldier Creek watershed.
- The Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center and Arizona Interfaith Power & Light will use the funding to build its campaign to encourage congregants of African-American and Latino churches in Phoenix and Tucson to reduce their carbon footprints.
- Wild South and North Carolina Audubon Society, High Country Audubon Society, National Forests of N.C. and the Western North Carolina Alliance will use the grant to provide opportunities for military servicemen and women and nearby Asheville to help control non-native invasive plants and monitoring bird populations. The campaign will also educate the public on environmental issues.
“Groups that won innovation grants this year have ingenuity and creativity on full display. And that’s what it takes to tackle the environmental challenges we face today,” said Audubon president and CEO David Yarnold. “I’m proud to partner with these innovators in creative approaches to achieve healthier communities and big conservation results.”
To learn more about the program and the grant winners, click here.