Advancing Freshwater Conservation
The Ecolab Foundation and the company’s employees are longtime supporters of The Nature Conservancy. Over the past 25 years, the company’s vital contributions have helped protect Minnesota’s lands and waters .
In 2014, Ecolab through its Foundation's Solutions for Life global giving program, committed to extending its support globally with a pledge to contribute $2 million over three years to further advance the Conservancy's work to secure and restore key freshwater sources around the world.
The grant supports:
- Investing in nature to secure water sources, build strong economies and protect natural areas in three watersheds across Minnesota: Mississippi River Headwaters Area, the St. Croix River Watershed and the Root River.
- Identifying nature’s role in protecting water for cities – through focused support of science and research in more than 15 cities across China, where in Shanghai specifically, more than 24 million people depend largely on the Yangtze River for their water needs.
- Expanding efforts in the metropolitan area of Monterrey, Mexico, to reforest and implement other conservation methods to help slow the flow of water upstream from the city and provide clean water for Monterrey.
In addition to Ecolab’s interest and support of water conservation initiatives, in 2013 the company contributed $200,000 to the Conservancy’s “Nature Now” campaign for land and water conservation efforts in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. Contributions to this campaign have enabled the Conservancy to protect and restore hundreds of thousands of acres of forest and grasslands across these three states.
Ecolab was also an early supporter of the Conservancy’s landmark efforts to restore prairies and wetlands at Glacial Ridge in northwest Minnesota, which was completed in 2012, establishing Glacial Ridge as a national wildlife refuge that helps protect drinking water for area residents, research opportunities for schoolchildren, students and scientists and habitat for prairie chickens, sand hill cranes and other wildlife.
Ecolab employees have volunteered at Conservancy sites in Texas, Illinois, North Carolina and Minnesota. A vital part of the grant is to expand Ecolab employee volunteerism with the Conservancy around the globe. Additional collaboration with Ecolab water experts has taken place on Nature Conservancy global water projects. Ecolab is also a member of the Conservancy's Business Council.
A trusted partner at more than one million customer locations, Ecolab (ECL) is the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that protect people and vital resources. With 2013 sales of $13 billion and 45,000 associates, Ecolab delivers comprehensive solutions and on-site service to promote safe food, maintain clean environments, optimize water and energy use and improve operational efficiencies for customers in the food, healthcare, energy, hospitality and industrial markets in more than 170 countries around the world. For more Ecolab news and information, visit www.ecolab.com
The Nature Conservancy in Minnesota is pleased to recognize the following generous businesses and corporations for their support of conservation.
Bailey Nurseries Foundation
Best Buy Corporation - Yellow Tag Productions
Carlson Capital Management
Dunn Brothers Coffee
Flint Hill Resources, LP
Otter Tail Power Company
Quality Bicycle Products
Room & Board
Emerson Process Management - Rosemount, Inc.
UPM – Blandin Paper Company