October 09, 2020

Asheville organization working to improve environment receives Duke Energy Foundation grant

The Duke Energy Foundation has announced its list of grant recipients to fund environmental projects creating access to nature and protecting species, habitats and water quality in North Carolina.

Included in that list is Buncombe County’s Asheville GreenWorks organization, which was awarded $25,000 for its Everybody’s Environment program to promote racial equity in the environmental field. “Asheville GreenWorks' Urban Forestry program grew tremendously over the past several years due in large part to generous funding from the Duke Energy Foundation,” said Dawn Chavez, executive director, Asheville GreenWorks. “GreenWorks and many other environmental and conservation organizations in western North Carolina have been working together as part of Everybody's Environment to advance racial equity in our organizations and programs. The recent nature grant from the Duke Energy Foundation helps to build our capacity to effect meaningful change in equity, diversity and inclusivity in the environmental field.”

In total, the foundation is giving away $522,400 in grants to various groups working to protect and restore wildlife and natural resources in local communities.

"We’re pleased to support projects that protect and expand access to North Carolina’s natural treasures, especially as more people are engaged in outdoor activities," said Stephen De May, Duke Energy’s North Carolina president. "Our company is committed to the environment of our great state."

A complete list of all grantees can be found here.

Learn more about the grant to GreenWorks. 

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