Duke Energy invests $216,500 to protect and restore Florida's wildlife, natural resources

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Duke Energy is helping protect and restore Florida’s environment through $216,500 in foundation grants to seven Florida-based organizations.

The grants will fund environmental projects, as well as educational and research programs throughout the state.

“As a steward of the environment, Duke Energy is proud to support local programs that protect and restore wildlife and natural resources and make a positive difference for our customers, communities and the future we share,” said Harry Sideris, Duke Energy Florida state president.

The grants are administered through the Duke Energy Foundation, which provides philanthropic support to communities served by Duke Energy, with a focus on “K to Career” educational and workforce development initiatives, the environment and community impact.

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“Our partnership with Duke Energy, to motivate people to conserve water and energy and protect important habitats for birds, is paying off watt by watt and drop by drop,” said Katie Gill Warner, Audubon Center for Birds of Prey center director. “Working to create healthy communities, Audubon reaches thousands of students each year to share about the WEB: Water, Energy and Birds and how they are all connected.” 

This year’s recipients include:

  • Clearwater Marine Aquarium ($50,000): to assist stranded and endangered animals through its Sea Turtle Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release program
  • Audubon Center for Birds of Prey ($50,000): to promote water, energy and habitat conservation through Eagle Eyes on the Environment program
  • Franklin’s Promise Coalition, Inc. ($33,000): to conduct regional habitat restoration projects through the Conservation Corps of the Forgotten Coast, a young adult development program
  • Oakland Nature Preserve, Inc. ($25,000): to support its Summer Environmental Education Camp and Blue Tour program
  • Bok Tower Gardens, Inc. ($25,000): to aid in the restoration of sandhill and scrub habitats in three counties and conserve federally endangered clasping warea and its pollinators
  • Friends of the Largo Nature Parks, Inc. ($23,500): to provide educational field trips to 2,500 Title 1 school students in Pinellas County
  • Cade Creativity Labs ($10,000): to provide innovative educational opportunities for teachers and students through the Get to Know Your H2O project with material development, semi-sponsored field trips to the Cade Museum and a portable teaching unit

Duke Energy has given more than $59 million to Florida charitable organizations since 2000.

Additionally, Duke Energy Florida employees volunteered more than 51,000 hours of community service within the last five years through the Duke Energy In Action program.

For additional information on Duke Energy’s community giving programs, visit duke-energy.com/foundation.

Duke Energy Florida

Duke Energy Florida owns and operates a diverse generation mix, including renewables, providing about 8,800 megawatts of owned electric capacity to approximately 1.8 million customers in a 13,000-square-mile service area.

With its Florida regional headquarters located in St. Petersburg, Fla., Duke Energy is one of the largest electric power holding companies in the United States. Its Electric Utilities and Infrastructure business unit serves approximately 7.5 million customers located in six states in the Southeast and Midwest. The company’s Gas Utilities and Infrastructure business unit distributes natural gas to approximately 1.6 million customers in the Carolinas, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. Its Commercial Renewables business unit operates a growing renewable energy portfolio across the United States.

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