Duke Energy helps protect, enhance natural resources in southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky with $170,000 in grants

  • Oct 21, 2021
  • Duke Energy

CINCINNATI – The Duke Energy Foundation recently awarded $170,000 in grants to 14 organizations in southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky to fund local wildlife conservation, healthy habitats, environmental projects and environmental programs to help communities protect their natural resources and mitigate the effects of climate change.

This funding is a long-standing investment for the Duke Energy Foundation. Over the past five years, the Foundation has supported over 40 nonprofit organizations with more than $480,000 in grants to propel their environmental resiliency projects.

“We are committed to investing resources with our community partners to ensure future generations enjoy the benefits of nature and its beauty around us," said Amy Spiller, president, Duke Energy Ohio and Kentucky. "By supporting the organizations that do this important work, we can help protect and restore our natural resources as well as ensure quality environmental programs in our region."

Thomas More University’s Biology Field Station is one of this year’s recipients that will use the funding to continue its biological and water quality research located in California, Ky.

“Since 1967, students and faculty have been conducting critical water quality research on the Ohio River as a means to preserve the ecological health of the ecosystem and to safeguard human health for those utilizing the river's resources,” said Dr. Chris Lorentz, Professor, Biological Sciences and Director, Biology Field Station. “Long-term studies such as these are invaluable to advancing the fields of science and improving the quality of life in our region. With the gracious support from Duke Energy, Thomas More is able to keep this valuable research going and protect this important natural resource.”

Another recipient which will partner with Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) this year is the Green Umbrella organization, which will use the funds to ensure schools have resources for nature-based play and learning on their grounds.

“Green Umbrella is committed to environmental health and vitality of our region. In doing so, we’re pleased to receive a grant from Duke Energy where we can support the development of natural spaces at high-priority Cincinnati Public Schools so that all students have access to time outside in nature,” said Ryan Mooney-Bullock, executive director, Green Umbrella.

Duke Energy Ohio/Kentucky, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, provides electric service to about 870,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in a 3,000-square-mile service area, and natural gas service to approximately 542,000 customers.

The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to meet the needs of communities where Duke Energy customers live and work. The Foundation contributes more than $30 million annually in charitable gifts and is funded by Duke Energy shareholder dollars. More information about the Foundation can be found at duke-energy.com/foundation.

Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), a Fortune 150 company headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., is one of America’s largest energy holding companies. Its electric utilities serve 7.9 million customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky, and collectively own 51,000 megawatts of energy capacity. Its natural gas unit serves 1.6 million customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky. The company employs 27,500 people.

Duke Energy is executing an aggressive clean energy strategy to create a smarter energy future for its customers and communities – with goals of at least a 50 percent carbon reduction by 2030 and net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The company is a top U.S. renewable energy provider, on track to own or purchase 16,000 megawatts of renewable energy capacity by 2025. The company also is investing in major electric grid upgrades and expanded battery storage, and exploring zero-emitting power generation technologies such as hydrogen and advanced nuclear.

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