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Home Local Maryland Government Announcement Originally published September 05, 2013

BGE Presents More Than $400,000 in Green Grants to Nearly 50 Nonprofit Organizations in Support of Environmental Stewardship Initiatives



BGE Presents More Than $400,000 in Green Grants to Nearly 50 Nonprofit Organizations in

Support of Environmental Stewardship Initiatives

 

New grant program recognizes long-standing company support of the protection, preservation and enhancement of the

 

environment and also provides grants of up to $10,000 to local nonprofit organizations that are committed to

 

environmental stewardship

 

Total 2013 BGE charitable giving tops more than $2.2 million to 150 organizations across central Maryland

BALTIMORE (Sept. 4, 2013) – Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) today announced that it is providing more than $400,000 in grants to nearly 50 local nonprofit organizations committed to environmental stewardship. So far this year, BGE has contributed more than $2.2 million to 150 charitable organizations throughout central Maryland, helping to enrich the communities it serves. This year, as part of BGE’s steadfast commitment to environmental stewardship, the company launched the BGE Green Grants program, designed specifically for local 501c3 nonprofit organizations committed to improving and making a positive impact on the environment throughout central Maryland. The BGE Green Grants range from $500 to $10,000 each and were awarded in the following environmental focus areas: conservation, education, energy efficiency, pollution prevention and community activism.

Today, BGE held a press conference at the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Museum in Baltimore, where it officially presented the grants to representatives from each of the organizations who received a 2013 BGE Green Grant. Some examples of the initiatives that received funding through the program include environmental education, recycling days, neighborhood beautification and tree planting, a fresh fruit farm and a green play place, all of which have a positive impact on the environment in communities in which BGE serves.

“BGE has a long-standing commitment to enhancing the communities we serve, whether it is through philanthropic giving or employee volunteer opportunities, and the newly launched Green Grants program represents another way to extend that commitment to our customers,” said Calvin G. Butler Jr., senior vice president of regulatory and external affairs for BGE. “Importantly, this grant program has the opportunity to make a very visible and positive impact on communities throughout central Maryland. Whether through conservation of green space and habitat preservation and protection, or through community activism such as cleanups and the creation of urban forests or community gardens, these grants will provide the funds to help make these projects both viable and successful.”

Since its founding nearly 200 years ago, BGE has played an integral role in working with Maryland communities to address economic development, public safety, civic issues and other initiatives that help enhance our neighborhoods. Through the use of shareholder dollars, BGE supports programs that deliver measurable and sustainable impact in areas of energy efficiency and assistance, the environment, education, economic and community development, and emergency response and safety. 

BGE’s corporate citizenship aligns with that of its parent company, Exelon Corporation. As part of Exelon’s merger in March 2012, Exelon and its subsidiaries have committed to maintain charitable giving of an average of $7 million per year in Maryland, including BGE’s service area, for the next 10 years. BGE’s commitment to the environment through the BGE Green Grants program fulfills part of that commitment.

Following is a list of the organizations that received grants and the programs the grants are funding: 

Anne Arundel County:

·         Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay – Red Right Recycling! Greening and Greeting at the Annapolis Boat Shows

·         Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation – Energy Efficiency Employment Initiative (EEEI)

·         Cherry Hill Development Corporation – Park Walk Cherry Hill (PWCH)

·         Maryland Therapeutic Riding Inc. - Regenerative Storm Water Conveyance and Demonstration Project

·         Spa Creek Conservancy - Spa Creek Conservancy Stewardship Program and the Parole Community

·         Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel County - Youth Volunteer Corps of the Corridor Environmental Projects

·         West-Rhode Riverkeeper – West and Rhode Rivers Water Quality Monitoring

Baltimore City:

·         Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers (ABAG) - Energy and Health Program

·         Baltimore Green Space A Land Trust for Community-Managed Open Space Inc. - Preservation Outreach for Baltimore's Community-Managed Open Spaces

·         Baltimore Green Works - Sustainable Speaker Series

·         Baltimore Tree Trust - Street Tree Planting in McElderry Park Neighborhood

·         Bayview Community Association - A City Farm for Joseph Lee Park in Baltimore City's Hidden Treasure Neighborhood Bayview

·         Belair-Edison Neighborhoods Inc. - Belair-Edison Green Improvement Grant

·         Civic Works - Fruit and Youth

·         Community Center at Visitation - St. James and John School Solar System

·         Concerned Citizens of Upper Fells Point and West Canton - Baltimore Trash Talk - Recycling/Return event (under the 501c3 FPCA)

·         Creative City Public Charter School Foundation - Creative City Farm and Natural Playspace

·         Druid Heights Community Development Corporation - The Druid Heights Green Thumbs Club

·         Federal Hill Thinking Green Initiative of FHNA - Federal Hill Thinking Green Tree Planting Initiative 2013

·         Focus on African American Families and Communities through Faith - Frugal Efficiency Works! (FEW) Project

·         Friends of Patterson Park - Patterson Park Volunteer Park Stewardship Program

·         Fusion Partnerships Inc. - Southland Hills Park Restoration

·         Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation – Greenhouse Gardens at Stadium Place

·         Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition - East Monument Street Green Improvement Project

·         Living Classrooms Foundation - Masonville Cove Land/Sea Environmental Education Programming

·         National Wildlife Federation - Community Wildlife Habitat in Baltimore

·         Neighborhood Design Center Inc. - Sustainable Building Outreach Coordinator

·         Park Heights Renaissance - Woodland Urban Community Garden

·         Parks and People Foundation - Schroeder Street Park Beautification

·         Pickering Creek Audubon Center - Diverse Wildlife Habitats in a Diverse Baltimore Community

·         Reservoir Hill Improvement Council - Whitelock Community Park

·         Southeast Community Development Corporation - Recycling Education and Enhancement in Highlandtown

·         WBC Community Development Corporation - Green Garrison

Baltimore County:

·         Back River Restoration Committee – Clean and Green Communities

·         Catonsville Community Foundation – Catonsville Tree Canopy Project: 2013 Catonsville Community Tree Planting

·         Cylburn Arboretum Association – Curriculum Development for Cylburn Nature Summer Camp

·         Dundalk Renaissance Corporation –Summer 2013 Greening Project

·         Gunpowder Valley Conservancy Inc. – Clear Creeks: Our Water, Our Heritage, Our Pride

·         Herring Run Watershed Association - Increasing Tree Canopy in Baltimore County Urban Neighborhoods

·         NeighborSpace of Baltimore County – Completing a ‘Whole Community’ at Powhatan Farms

·         YMCA of Central Maryland – STEM Education Program (Y STEM)

·         School of Living – Permaculture Design Certification Course

·         Towson University Foundation – Bioscience Education and Outreach Program and the Restoration of the Glen Arboretum at Towson University

Howard County:

·         The Howard County Conservancy – AGreen Place to Play

·         Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education – Maryland Green Schools Youth Summit           

Maryland Statewide:

·         Groundswell – Strong Homes Program


For more information on the BGE Green Grants program, visit bge.com. For more information on BGE’s commitment to environmental stewardship, visit bge.com. To view photos from the event, visit BGE’s Flickr site. To view a video from the event, visit BGE’sYouTube site.