Merrillville-based NIPSCO has awarded 15 local nonprofit organizations grants totaling $50,000 to help fund local restoration and education projects. Recipients include the Porter County Conservation Trust, Highland Community Foundation and the Michigan City Parks Department, among others.
NIPSCO says the grants are part of its effort to use innovative conservation initiatives to maintain its infrastructure while helping to protect the environment.
This year’s grant winners include:
ACRES Land Trust, Trine University restoration partnership
Highland Community Foundation, community tree canopy project
Lake Station Community Schools, pollinator garden
Little River Wetlands Project, urban turtle education and conservation efforts
Michiana Area Council of Governments, Partners for Clean Air/Bicycle Parking Project
Michigan City Parks Department, Trail Creek Week
NICHES Land Trust, environmental steward docent training
the Porter County Chapter of Izaak Walton League of America, E-STEAM in the Field
Porter County Conservation Trust, Eagle Scout project
Sisters of the Holy Cross, Urban reforestation and pollinator support
St. Joseph County Parks Foundation, playscape native plantings
The Nature Conservancy in Indiana, East Chicago Monarch outreach and habitat support
Town of Chesterton, Coffee Creek Park riparian restoration project
Town of Churubusco/Smith-Green Community Schools, rain garden
IU Kokomo, Camp Persimmon environmental sustainability day camp
“The projects funded through the Environmental Action Grant embody the vision of our conservation framework,” said Brian Kortum, NIPSCO manager of natural resources permitting, in a news release. “Together with our neighboring communities and conservation groups we are striving to be a leader in the preservation, protection and restoration of critical habitats.”
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