SPONSORED: Duke Energy Foundation invests nearly $450,000 in Florida environmental nonprofits

• 2016 environmental grants will benefit 12 organizations

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Duke Energy is providing $449,441 in grants to 12 Florida-based environmental organizations through its foundation.

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

“Duke Energy is dedicated to being a good steward of the environment,” said Alex Glenn, Duke Energy state president – Florida. “We are proud to support local programs in the communities we serve that share our commitment to protect and restore wildlife and natural resources.”

The largest grant, totaling $150,000, was awarded to the Audubon of Florida’s “Water for Florida’s Future” and “Eagle Eyes for the Environment” programs. The grant will support water and energy educational and conservation efforts that benefit Florida’s natural environment.

“Audubon Florida is pleased to work with Duke Energy on Water for Florida's Future: A Partnership to Inform and Inspire Water and Energy Conservation Benefitting Florida’s Natural Environment,” said Eric Draper, executive director of Audubon Florida. “We are grateful for the funds provided by the Duke Energy Foundation.

The grant allows Audubon to train people to conserve water, which will benefit our environment.”

Some of the largest donations this year include:

• Audubon of Florida ($150,000)
• University of Florida Museum of Natural History ($84,909)
• Clearwater Audubon Society ($67,000)
• Tampa Baywatch, Inc. ($30,000)
• Franklin’s Promise Coalition, Inc. ($28,000)
• Oakland Nature Preserve, Inc. ($25,000)
• Bok Tower Gardens, Inc. ($25,000)
• St. Francis Wildlife Association, Inc. ($13,000)
• Florida Coastal Conservancy ($10,000)

Duke Energy has given more than $56 million to Florida charitable organizations since 2000. The grants are administered through the Duke Energy Foundation, which provides philanthropic support to address the needs vital to the health of communities served by Duke Energy, with a focus on education and workforce development, the environment, and community impact.

Additionally, Duke Energy Florida employees volunteered more than 45,000 hours of community service within the last five years through the “Duke Energy in Action” program. A wrap-up video highlighting Duke Energy Florida volunteer events is available at http://bit.ly/DEFcommunities.

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 9,000 megawatts of owned electric capacity to approximately 1.7 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. It supplies and delivers electricity to approximately 7.4 million customers in the Southeast and Midwest, representing a population of approximately 24 million people. The company also distributes natural gas to more than 1.5 million customers in the Carolinas, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. Its commercial and international businesses operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a growing renewable energy portfolio.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is an S&P 100 Stock Index company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available at duke-energy.com.

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About Duke Energy Foundation

The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to address the needs of the communities where its customers live and work. In 2015, the foundation provided more than $30 million in charitable gifts. The foundation’s education focus spans kindergarten to career, particularly science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), early childhood literacy and workforce development. It also supports the environment and community impact initiatives, including arts and culture.

Duke Energy employees and retirees actively contribute to their communities as volunteers and leaders at a wide variety of nonprofit organizations. Duke Energy is committed to building on its legacy of community service. For more information, visit duke-energy.com/foundation.


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