Program expands support to communities beyond the Delaware Estuary.
The DuPont Clear into the Future® (CITF) program has awarded grants and sponsorships totaling $123,000 to 15 organizations from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Virginia and West Virginia in support of their work to improve and enhance the Delaware Estuary and other ecosystems where DuPont employees work and live. This is the first year that the program has considered applications in support of conservation work in communities beyond the Delaware Estuary.
“Protecting and enhancing ecosystems like the Delaware Estuary through research, conservation education and environmental stewardship are central to our core values at DuPont,” said Linda Fisher, DuPont Vice President – Safety, Health & Environment and Chief Sustainability Officer. “We are extremely pleased to play a role in supporting the important efforts of this year’s grantees and we thank them for their contributions to environmental conservation.”
Eight non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) and three universities received grants, including: Delaware Greenways, Inc., Delaware Nature Society/DuPont Environmental Education Center, Delaware State University, Drexel University, James River Association, Nature Conservancy-Delaware Chapter, New Jersey Audubon Society, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, Pennsylvania Sea Grant, Rutgers-Haskins Shellfish Lab and Stroud Water Research Center.
They will conduct projects focused on a diversity of needs such as: historic restoration (Delaware Greenways, Inc.), tidal marsh (Delaware Nature Society/DuPont Environmental Education Center), impact of fishing equipment on sturgeon (Delaware State University), shoreline changes (Drexel University), island restoration (James River Association), rain garden installation (Nature Conservancy-Delaware Chapter), wildlife enhancement (New Jersey Audubon Society), shell recycling (Partnership for the Delaware Estuary), watershed education (Pennsylvania Sea Grant), oyster restoration (Rutgers-Haskins Shellfish Lab) and cold-water conservation education (Stroud Water Research Center).
Four organizations received sponsorships for programs or events that enhance awareness, involvement and understanding of the ecological and commercial value and history of the environment. These include: Delmarva Ornithological Society, DuPont Nature Center, Wilmington Peregrine Falcon Webcam Project and National Wildlife Federation.
This is the eighth year that Clear into the Future® has awarded competitive grants and sponsorships to universities, non-governmental organizations, conservationists and educators. Since its inception in 2007, the program has granted more than $2.3 million in support of environmental research, education and conservation.