BISMARCK, N.D. – June 6, 2013 – Ducks Unlimited received a grant from Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) today as part of a $3 million Wells Fargo Environmental Solutions for Communities grant program involving community-based nonprofits nationwide and helping support land and water conservation, energy efficiency, infrastructure and educational outreach.
“We are excited to be a recipient of this highly competitive Wells Fargo environmental grant program,” said Randy Renner, DU manager of conservation programs. “We truly appreciate being recognized and will use this grant to protect some of the best remaining breeding habitat for waterfowl and grassland birds in North America. This will ensure that future generations can enjoy the mystery and awe of the spring and fall migrations all the way up and down the flyway.”
Ducks Unlimited was named among 64 nonprofit recipients of Wells Fargo’s 2013 Environmental Solutions for Communities grant program in honor of Earth Day. The grant program began in 2012 as part of Wells Fargo’s commitment to providing $100 million to environmentally focused nonprofits and universities by 2020. It is funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation and administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) through a $15 million, five-year relationship to promote environmental stewardship across the country.
“We’re pleased to announce Ducks Unlimited as a recipient of Wells Fargo’s environmental grant program to help provide long-term solutions to the region’s environmental challenges,” said Ashley Grosh, head of Wells Fargo Environmental Philanthropy.
The goal of the Wells Fargo environmental grant program is to provide cash grants for highly impactful projects that link economic development and community well-being to the stewardship and health of the environment. Ducks Unlimited was identified by Wells Fargo and NFWF as being in need of extra help with conserving Prairie Pothole Region waterfowl breeding habitat.
“We sought out the best ideas and programs to protect and conserve the environment for local communities,” said Jeff Trandahl, executive director and CEO of NFWF. “Through Wells Fargo’s generous contributions, these community-based projects will provide immediate benefits to local ecosystems and will help build and strengthen environmental stewardship ethics.”
The grant program funded proposals in select cities and regions in the following focus areas:
• sustainable agriculture and forestry
• conservation of land and water resources
• energy efficiency and urban infrastructure
• community outreach and environmental education
The community and environmental impacts of all grants will be measured and reported, as in 2012, when the Wells Fargo Environmental Solutions for Communities grant program collectively funded 8,621 acres of habitat restoration and 165,970 newly planted trees. The grants also helped reduce more than 2 million gallons of runoff water and an estimated 331,840 pounds in carbon dioxide1.
The full list of 2013 winners is available at http://blog.wellsfargo.com/environment/.
Details of the program and a link to the 2014 application can be found on the NFWF website: www.nfwf.org/environmentalsolutions.
1 Environmental impact estimates were made using the National Arbor Day Tree Benefit Calculator. For more information visit: https://www.arborday.org/calculator/.
About Ducks Unlimited
Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 13 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. For more information on our work, visit www.ducks.org. Connect with us on our Facebook page at facebook.com/ducksunlimited, follow our tweets at twitter.com/ducksunlimited and watch DU videos at youtube.com/ducksunlimitedinc.
About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.4 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 stores, 12,000 ATMs, the Internet (wellsfargo.com), and has offices in more than 35 countries to support the bank’s customers who conduct business in the global economy. With more than 265,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 26 on Fortune’s 2012 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially.
A leader in reducing its own greenhouse gas emissions and building sustainably, Wells Fargo has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Center for Corporate Climate Leadership, the Carbon Disclosure Project and the U.S. Green Building Council. Since 2005, Wells Fargo has provided more than $21 billion in environmental finance, supporting sustainable buildings and renewable energy projects nationwide. This includes investments in more than 260 solar projects and 34 wind projects that generate enough clean renewable energy to power hundreds of thousands of American homes each year. For more information, please visit. www.wellsfargo.com/environment.
About the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Established by Congress in 1984, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) sustains, restores and enhances the nation's fish, wildlife, plants and habitats. Working with federal, corporate and individual partners, it has awarded over 12,100 grants to more than 4,000 organizations and leveraged $618 million in federal funds into $2.1 billion for on-the-ground conservation. To learn more, visit www.nfwf.org.
Becky Jones Mahlum