Apr 13, 2010
RICHMOND, Va., April 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Dominion Resources is contributing $1.1 million to community-based environmental projects and organizations in 11 states where it provides energy in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day.
"Dominion's commitment to the environment has been longstanding, as evidenced by the nearly $3.5 billion we have invested in the last decade to reduce the impact of our operations on the air, water and land," said Thomas F. Farrell II, chairman, president and chief executive officer. "We also recognize the importance of the efforts of other likeminded organizations, so we are pleased to be able to partner with them through these grants to help protect endangered species, restore wetlands, preserve forests, educate the public and support environmental outreach."
The grants will be distributed to about 90 different environmental and conservation organizations in April for projects to be completed during the next several months. The majority of the grants are being made through Dominion's philanthropic arm, The Dominion Foundation. Other funding is being provided through corporate sponsorships.
For a complete list of all grants, please visit - http://www.dom.com/news/2010/pdf/one-million-env-grants.pdf
Projects include $25,000 for research and restoration efforts for endangered species of freshwater mussels in the rivers of Southwest Virginia, building rain barrels to raise money for outdoor environmental education facilities in Northern Virginia, and restoring a trout stream in Augusta County.
Earth Day, April 22, 2010, was first held in the United States in 1970 and is now celebrated worldwide with activities and events designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's environment, and focus attention on issues affecting its air, water and land.
The Earth Day environmental grants are part of Dominion's overall commitment to volunteerism and philanthropy. In 2009, the company and its charitable foundation gave more than $20 million. Recent large grants include more than $1 million in 2008 to food banks in 14 states and $1 million to non-profit health clinics last year. Also in 2009 the company provided $4 million to EnergyShare, a program it created to help people in need pay heating and cooling bills.
Dominion (NYSE: D) is one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of more than 27,500 megawatts of generation, 12,000 miles of natural gas transmission, gathering and storage pipeline and 6,000 miles of electric transmission lines. Dominion operates the nation's largest natural gas storage system with 942 billion cubic feet of storage capacity and serves retail energy customers in 12 states. For more information about Dominion, visit the company's Web site at www.dom.com.
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Jennifer Sidleck, Executive Director of Friends of Chesterfield’s Riverfront (on right), works with Dominion volunteers to construct rain barrels.