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Duke Energy invests nearly $500K in nonprofits

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The Duke Energy Foundation is investing nearly $500,000 in 14 South Carolina environmental nonprofit organizations. The grants will fund environmental projects, wildlife conservation efforts and environmental educational programs across the Duke Energy service territory in the state.

"We are dedicated to protecting the natural beauty of South Carolina and being good stewards of the environment," said Kodwo Ghartey-Tagoe, Duke Energy's South Carolina president, in a news release. "By supporting the organizations that do this honorable work, we can help protect and restore wildlife and natural resources, and support quality environmental education programs in our state."

Annually, the Duke Energy Foundation funds nearly $2 million in charitable grants in South Carolina. These grants are distributed across each of its priority areas, including environment, community impact and K-12 education, according to the release.

The following organizations received grants from the Duke Energy Fundation:

Anne Springs Close Greenway received $49,850 to bring hands-on environmental outreach education to elementary students in York and Lancaster counties.

Beautiful Places Alliance received $20,000 to help South Carolina State Parks provide expert instruction and hands-on field experiences to students as they explore the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area.

Children's Museum of the Upstate was given $150,000 to develop curriculum that will build on children's sense of wonder about nature and invite them to explore wildlife and the world around them at a new satellite museum in Spartanburg.

City of Pickens received $13,000 to create a sensory rain garden in Pickens Doodle Park.

Clemson University was awarded $50,000 to expand programs that provide an environmental education on interrelationships of energy production and environmental stewardship for K-12 teachers at the Duke Energy Bad Creek Hydroelectric Station in Salem.

Florence County received $11,500 to provide environmental educational tools such as kiosks and signs for visitors to Lake City Park.

Kalmia Gardens, in Hartsville, received $10,000 to help bring in Pee Dee area school children that otherwise might not have access to have a firsthand experience with environmental education at Kalmia Gardens.

Newberry Soil and Water Conservation District was given $10,000 to assist private landowners in implementing wildlife habitat and water quality improvement practices in the expanded Indian Creek Wildlife Habitat Restoration Initiative area.

Pee Dee Land Trust was given $20,000 to expand the Landowner Education Program, which educates private landowners about options for protecting their land and family legacy.

South Carolina Aquarium received $25,000 to support the traveling environmental education outreach program, Rovers, specifically underwriting service to middle school students in Marion County.

S.C. Waterfowl Association was awarded $27,000 to support Camp Leopold, a school year natural resource conservation and environmental education camp in Pinewood that reconnects students to the land community through the use of hands-on environmental education programs.

S.C. Wildlife Federation received $25,000 to proactively enhance wildlife habitat and offset the loss of prime acreage to commercial and residential development through environmental education programs for landowners.

Ten at the Top received $25,000 to support the Connecting Our Future Initiative, the goal of which is to build a coalition of stakeholders to develop a regional vision for the upstate – designed to increase connectivity while reducing congestion and environmental pollutants.

TreesGreenville received $44,168 for the Energy Saving Tree program, which helps residents conserve energy and reduce energy bills through strategic tree planting.

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