Wells Fargo & Co., in partnership with National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, has announced sixty-one grants totaling nearly $2.6 million in the areas of land and water conservation and energy efficiency.
The grants were awarded through the Wells Fargo Environmental Solutions for Communities program, a five-year, $15 million initiative launched in 2012 that is part of a $100 million commitment by the banking and financial services company to provide support to environmental nonprofits and university programs. Administered by NFWF and now in its final year, the initiative funds projects in the areas of sustainable agriculture and forestry, land and water resource conservation, energy efficiency and urban infrastructure, and community outreach and environmental education. Grant recipients include the Prince William Sound Science Center in Alaska; the Sequoia Riverlands Trust in Visalia, California; the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance in Santa Fe, New Mexico; the North Carolina Wildlife Federation in Charlotte, North Carolina; and the Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter at Utah State University.
"We have long believed that there is a strong connection between economic development, community well-being, and the stewardship and health of the environment," said Wells Fargo Environmental Affairs director Mary Wenzel. "We are proud to support local organizations that engage their neighbors and other members of the community in addressing local environmental challenges, and we are thrilled with the success of the Environmental Solutions for Communities program and its impacts to date."
For a complete list of the 2016 grant recipients, see the Wells Fargo website.