Please see the attached media advisory and consider attending tomorrow’s event at the Spa Creek Conservancy’s Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis, Maryland, where representatives from more than 40 nonprofit organizations who received a 2014 BGE Green Grant will be available for interviews about the impact the grants will have on their organization, the local environment and communities across Maryland.

Below are some examples of the types of projects the BGE Green Grants will fund and support. Attached is a list of the 2014 BGE Green Grant recipients, representing nonprofit organizations from Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Harford and Howard Counties.

Please contact me at [email protected] or 410.470.7433 if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you there.

BGE to Present $300,000 in Environmental Stewardship Grants to More Than 40 Nonprofit Organizations in Support of Environmental Preservation, Protection and Enhancement 

WHO:             BGE Chief Executive Officer Calvin G. Butler Jr.

Honorable Michael Pantelides, Mayor of Annapolis

Representatives from nearly 40 BGE Green Grant Recipient Nonprofit Organizations

Amy Clements, President, Spa Creek Conservancy

Alderwoman Rhonda Pindell Charles, City of Annapolis

WHAT:          BGE’s long-standing commitment to environmental stewardship was strengthened in 2013 when the company launched the BGE Green Grants program. In its second year, this program is designed specifically to support local 501c3 nonprofit organizations committed to improving and making a positive impact on the environment throughout central Maryland.  Eligible organizations received a grant of up to $10,000 to support their efforts at environmental stewardship, sustainability, protection, preservation and enhancement.  During the press conference, more than $300,000 will be distributed to more than 40 nonprofit organizations, which represent Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Calvert County, Harford County and Howard County. In addition to remarks from BGE and Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides, representatives from the 204 Green Grant recipients, including Amy Clements, President of the Spa Creek Conservancy, will also discuss the impact the BGE Green Grants will have on their organization and community. Examples of some of the great projects that the BGE Green Grants will fund and support include:

      • 4-H Chesapeake Bay Stewards Program
      • Project Clean Stream and Clean Water Communities
      • Rainscape and Environmental Educational Program
      • Bio-science Educational Program and Outreach
      • Fall Tree Giveaway
      • Increasing Tree Canopy Projects
      • Recycling days
      • Neighborhood beautification
      • A Green Place to Play
      • Organic Educational Garden
      • Community Wildlife Habitat
      • Fresh fruit farm

WHEN:          Friday, Oct. 24, 2014
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

WHERE:        Quiet Waters Park
Storm Water Education Center (Outside – Weather Permitting. Inside – Visitor’s Café)
600 Quiet Waters Park Road
Annapolis, MD  21043

WHY:             As part of its commitment to building strong communities in central Maryland, BGE supports environmental enhancement initiatives through the BGE Green Grants program.  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 BGE Green Grants program fulfills part of that commitment.

VISUALS:     Photo, video, b roll and interview opportunities available.

Representatives from nearly 40 of the central Maryland nonprofit organizations, which focus on energy efficiency, conservation, environmental education, pollution prevention and environmentally-focused community activism, will be in attendance and available for photos and interviews about how they will use their BGE Green Grant to make a positive impact on the local environment and communities across Maryland.