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Entergy Helps Arkansas Grow Greener with Share of $1M in Grants
Little Rock, Ark. –Projects and programs that help improve the environment are getting a boost from Entergy.
Through the company’s Environmental Initiatives Fund, Entergy’s shareholders contributed $1 million in grants to environmental partners with projects in five states, including six in Arkansas.
The fund supports projects or programs that reduce emissions, protect natural resources and restore wetlands and forests. The fund also supports projects or programs that help Entergy customers, employees and communities better understand the value of natural resources and other environmental improvements.
“We have a responsibility to partner with our communities to reduce environmental risk and seize opportunity for improvement,” said Laura Landreaux, Entergy Arkansas president and CEO. “We’re helping our communities grow by collaborating with environmental partners who work to make our communities more vibrant.
“This helps Entergy create long-term, sustainable value that benefits all our stakeholders.”
EIF recipients with projects in Arkansas are:
- Bryant Youth Association/Boys and Girls Club received $50,000 to build the Entergy Outdoor Classroom and garden area to promote STEM, healthy lifestyles, and educational programming outdoors.
- Ducks Unlimited received $250,000 to improve water and energy use on agricultural lands in Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana.
- Arbor Day Foundation won $45,000 to provide trees for customers in Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas.
- Lower Mississippi River Foundation won $30,000 for a River Classroom to educate students in Mississippi and Arkansas about environmental threats, potential solutions and projects to improve water quality.
- Xerox received more than $14,000 for Print Releaf - a program that plants one tree for every 8,300 sheets of paper printed by Entergy employees.
- S. Business Council for Sustainable Development received more than $76,000 to establish a regional collaborative of industry and non-industry partners to identify and implement viable decarbonization opportunities at industrial facilities in the U. S. Gulf Coast region.
See a complete list of 2019 EIF grant recipients here.
Organizations interested in partnering with Entergy on environmental improvement programs and projects can apply for grant consideration here.
Since 2001, more than $35 million has been invested in environmentally-beneficial projects and programs through the Environmental Initiatives Fund.
The EIF also contributes to Entergy’s leadership role as an environmental advocate, while supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The UNSDGs were established in 2015 to create a brighter future on Earth. Learn more about the UNSDGs here.
Entergy and its subsidiaries operate one of the cleanest large-scale generation fleets in the United States, as noted in MJ Bradley and Associates’ 2019 Benchmarking Air Emissions Report. Last year, the company released its Climate Scenario Analysis and Evaluation of Risks and Opportunities and announced a new climate goal to reduce its carbon emission rate to 50% below its year 2000 levels by 2030. The company is on target to meet its current climate goals, which last through 2020.
Entergy Arkansas provides electricity to approximately 700,000 customers in 63 counties. Entergy Arkansas is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR), an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including nearly 9,000 megawatts of nuclear power. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.9 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of $11 billion and approximately 13,500 employees.