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National Audubon Society in Alliance With Toyota Launch TogetherGreen Grants

October 21, 2008

What is TogetherGreen? It’s all about helping you get involved in creating a brighter, healthier future. It’s a dynamic and innovative Audubon program funded by Toyota that aims to provide inspiration, leadership and opportunities that inspire people everywhere to take action at home, in their communities and beyond to improve the health of our environment.

Today, TogetherGreen announces its first conservation grant winners. Forty-one projects in 24 states will receive TogetherGreen Conservation Innovation Grants totaling 1.4 million dollars. Winners were selected from organizations across Audubon’s far-flung national network that paired with other local groups to enhance their reach and effectiveness. Projects were chosen for their innovative approaches to inspiring, equipping and engaging people to tackle environmental problems and take advantage of opportunities in their communities.

Sample initiatives that received funding include:

 --  Engaging low-income students in middle schools to devise and implement     energy saving plans (Denver, CO); --  Constructing gardens to stem storm water overflows that carry     pollutants and disease-laden sewage into homes and waterways (Pittsburgh,     PA); --  Involving the public in hands-on strategies for restoring vanishing     wetlands vital to flood control (coastal Louisiana); and --  Reducing bird fatalities caused by their attraction to the lights in     high-rise buildings (Minneapolis, MN).      

A complete list of all 41 grants is available at www.togethergreen.org. Many target inner-city and non-English speaking audiences previously underserved by the environmental community.

“Our biggest environmental problems can’t be solved unless we engage people from every ethnic, racial and economic community that makes up America and help them realize their power to make a difference in their own communities,” said Audubon President John Flicker. “These TogetherGreen Innovation Grants help local groups to engage people and to start achieving tangible conservation results at the same time.”

To view more photos highlighting the TogetherGreen initiative, visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/togethergreen

Audubon and Toyota launched the five-year TogetherGreen initiative in spring, 2008 to fund conservation projects, train environmental leaders, and offer volunteer and individual action opportunities that significantly benefit the environment. Community volunteer days have already begun in over 40 cities across the country and www.TogetherGreen.org helps users take conservation action and share and celebrate conservation success stories. The TogetherGreen initiative and grants programs are funded by a $20 million Toyota gift to Audubon, the largest in the conservation group’s long history.

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 Contact: Brenda Timm (212) 979-3198  

SOURCE: The National Audubon Society




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