Duke Energy invests nearly $300,000 in projects that help protect, restore natural resources in South Carolina

(STL.News) – 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.