The Nature Conservancy announced today that it has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the General Electric Foundation, in keeping with GE’s Ecomagination initiative. The funding will be used to protect and restore habitat in the Berkshire Taconic Landscape.
The Berkshire Taconic Landscape encompasses the three-state region of eastern New York, northwestern Connecticut and southwestern Massachusetts, near GE’s birthplace in Schenectady, and near its corporate headquarters in Fairfield, CT, and a region that is home to many GE businesses, employees and retirees. The region also boasts a remarkable mountainous forest plateau, globally significant wetlands and is home to over 150 rare and endangered species. People living here depend on it for exceptionally clean water.
“GE’s gift will have an immediate impact on our work in the region,” said Rick Werwaiss, Eastern New York Chapter Executive Director of The Nature Conservancy. “We also appreciate GE’s leadership in environmental health and safety which benefits nature and people.”
“Our partnership with The Nature Conservancy to help protect the Berkshire Taconic Landscape reflects the long-term commitment of GE employees and retirees to improving the communities where they live and work, and GE's leadership in promoting environmentally sustainable products and practices everywhere we do business,” said Ann R. Klee, GE Vice President of Corporate Environmental Programs.
Ecomagination is GE's commitment to address environmental challenges such as the need for cleaner, more efficient sources of energy, reduced emissions and abundant sources of clean water to ensure a sustainable future for future generations.
“Corporate ingenuity like GE’s Ecomagination that addresses environmental issues combined with the Conservancy’s science and on-the-ground conservation expertise strengthen our collective ability to find innovative solutions to the conservation challenges we face,” said Darryl Banks, New York State Deputy Director of The Nature Conservancy.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.