US utility Dominion Energy announced $1 million in grants to improve the environment and encourage stewardship.
The grants will be directed to programmes to be implemented by 130 non-profit organisations and schools.
The programmes will include rescuing sea-turtles, recycling school paper or exploring the great outdoors, increasing consumer awareness of climate change and other projects with a direct impact on the environment.
Since 2003, Dominion Energy has donated nearly $32 million to environmental projects in its service territory under the utility’s Environmental Education and Stewardship grants initiative.
Hunter A. Applewhite, president of the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, said: "Each year I am impressed by the diverse and meaningful efforts being made in our communities to improve and sustain the environment.
"These grants support programmes and people dedicated to making our world a better, more livable place – one that can be treasured today and passed down to future generations."
This year’s projects to receive grants include:
- Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center (Mystic, Conn.), to give students a deeper understanding of science through environmental investigations of wildlife, plants and habitats.
- Environmental Education Foundation (Auburn, N.Y.), for its New York State Envirothon, a competition testing high school teams on knowledge of natural resources and environmental issues.
- Mineral County Alternative School (Keyser, W.Va.), for its recycling programme that turns used paper into fire-starter bricks sold by special needs students at the school's general store.