Atlanta-based energy company Southern Company, along with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), has awarded more than $1.8 million in grants to 53 organization to encourage environmental stewardship and community partnerships and to protect vital habitats.
The grants were awarded as part of the Fiver Star Urban Waters Restoration program, which provides financial assistance to diverse local partnerships for wetland, forest, streamside, and coastal habitat restoration with a particular focus on urban waters and watersheds.
The funding directly supports 11 projects within the Southern Company's system service territory, helping to restore nearly 195 acres and 24,000 square feet of riparian buffer and 3,300 feet of stream bank in the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi.
The 53 nationwide grants are being awarded through a public-private partnership (PPP) that includes Southern Company, NFWF, the National Association of Counties, the Wildlife Habitat Council, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), FedEx, the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Urban Refuges Program, along with additional support by PG&E, Alcoa Foundation and Bank of America.
The 11 projects that have been awarded grants to implement wetland, riparian and coastal conservation initiatives can be viewed here.