Throughout April, the company will focus on organizations, programs that enhance the state’s natural resources.
This week’s nonprofit – TreesUpstate – is providing free trees to residents, along with information on how they can help reduce energy use.
GREENVILLE, SC — Throughout April, Duke Energy will spotlight South Carolina organizations that promote sustainability and environmental efforts statewide.
This campaign will provide nearly $400,000 to numerous non-profit organizations and government agencies and highlight global efforts such as Earth Day and Arbor Day at the local level.
This week, the company is spotlighting TreesUpstate and the Energy Saving Trees program. TreesUpstate is a non-profit organization whose mission is to plant, promote and protect trees in the upstate.
Since 2016, funding from the Duke Energy Foundation has provided residents with more than 15,000 free trees through the TreesUpstate Energy Saving Trees program, along with information on how planting the right tree in the right place can reduce energy consumption. energy up to 20% each year.
Most recently, a $78,000 grant supported the expansion of the program by targeting outreach to underrepresented Hispanic communities and translating materials into Spanish.
“Trees help save energy, lower utility bills, and clean water and air throughout the upstate,” said Joelle Teachey, executive director of TreesUpstate. “With the continued support of the Duke Energy Foundation, we can share even more trees and this message with more residents.”
Last week, Duke Energy kicked off the month-long initiative by providing PalmettoPride with $100,000 to support programs in local communities run by 37 Keep South Carolina Beautiful affiliate organizations, which focus on litter pickup and beautification in their regions.
“We believe in working alongside our community partners to ensure that all of South Carolina’s beautiful places can be enjoyed for years to come,” said Mike Callahan, state chairman of Duke Energy in Caroline from the south.
“The organizations that these funds support will help protect the environment and provide communities with much-needed resources to promote good stewardship of the natural beauty that surrounds us.”
Additional funds will be distributed over the next month to support organizations that manage and maintain public trails, plant and donate trees, promote flood prevention and mitigation, and clean up rivers and roadsides in communities across Palmetto State.
Duke Energy employees and retirees will also volunteer their time and efforts to these and other organizations throughout the month to help these programs in their neighborhoods.
Duke Energy Foundation
The Duke Energy Foundation provides more than $30 million annually in philanthropic support to meet the needs of the communities where Duke Energy customers live and work. The foundation is funded by the shareholders of Duke Energy.
Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), a Fortune 150 company headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, is one of the largest energy holding companies in the United States. Its electric utilities serve 8.2 million customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky, and collectively possess 51,000 megawatts of power capacity. Its natural gas unit serves 1.6 million customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky. The company employs 28,000 people.
Duke Energy is executing an aggressive clean energy strategy to create a smarter energy future for its customers and communities. The company has set targets of at least 50% reduction in carbon emissions from power generation and net zero methane emissions from its natural gas business by 2030, and zero emissions by 2050 from its electricity and natural gas operations, including scope 1, 2 and certain scope 3 emissions. The company is also investing in major power grid upgrades and expanding battery storage, and exploring zero-emission power generation technologies such as hydrogen and advanced nuclear.
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