Electricity utility Entergy Arkansas announced Thursday (March 5) $1 million in gifts for projects and programs that improve the environment.
The utility’s shareholders have contributed $1 million in grants to environmental partners with projects in five states, including six in Arkansas. The gifts are made through the company’s Environmental Initiatives Fund.
The fund supports projects or programs that reduce emissions, protect natural resources and restore wetlands and forests. It also supports projects or programs that help Entergy customers, employees and communities to 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, president and CEO of Entergy Arkansas. “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.”
The fund recipients in Arkansas include Bryant Youth Association/Boys and Girls Club, Ducks Unlimited, Arbor Day Foundation, Lower Mississippi River Foundation, Xerox and U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development.
Organizations that are interested in working with Entergy on environmental improvement programs and projects can apply for grants. Link here for information.
Since 2001, the fund has contributed more than $35 million to environmental projects and programs. In 2019, the company announced a new climate goal to reduce its carbon emission rate to 50% below its year 2000 levels by 2030.
Entergy Arkansas, a subsidiary of New Orleans-based electricity utility Entergy Corp., provides electricity to 700,000 customers in 63 Arkansas counties.