15 organizations share $50,000 in environmental grant awards from NIPSCO • Northwest Indiana Business Magazine

15 organizations share $50,000 in environmental grant awards from NIPSCO

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The Michigan City Parks Department was among 15 recipients selected by NIPSCO to receive funds through its environmental grant program. The funds will go toward the parks department’s Trail Creek Week program. Shown is an activity from the 2018 program. (Photo provided by Michigan City Parks Department)

A total of 15 non-profit organizations across northern Indiana are receiving a share of $50,000 in grants from Northern Indiana Public Service Co.’s Environmental Grant Program.

“The projects funded through the (program) embody the vision of our conservation framework,” said Brian Kortum, NIPSCO manager of natural resources permitting. “Together with our neighboring communities and conservation groups we are striving to be a leader in the preservation, protection and restoration of critical habitats.”

This year’s winners include:

  • ACRES Land Trust, Trine University restoration partnership
  • Highland Community Foundation, community tree canopy project
  • Lake Station Community Schools, pollinator garden
  • Little River Wetlands Project, urban turtle education and conservation efforts
  • Michiana Area Council of Governments, Partners for Clean Air/Bicycle Parking Project
  • Michigan City Parks Department, Trail Creek Week
  • NICHES Land Trust, environmental steward docent training
  • Porter County Chapter of Izaak Walton League of America, E-STEAM in the Field
  • Porter County Conservation Trust, Eagle Scout project
  • Sisters of the Holy Cross, Urban reforestation and pollinator support
  • St. Joseph County Parks Foundation, playscape native plantings
  • The Nature Conservancy in Indiana, East Chicago Monarch outreach and habitat support
  • Town of Chesterton, Coffee Creek Park riparian restoration project
  • Town of Churubusco/Smith-Green Community Schools, rain garden
  • IU Kokomo, Camp Persimmon environmental sustainability day camp

Now in its fourth year, NIPSCO’s Environmental Grant Program has donated $200,000 to date, helping 59 projects, including support for pollinator habitats in Lake Station, South Bend and East Chicago.

Northern Indiana Public Service Co. has approximately 835,000 natural gas and 473,000 electric customers across 32 counties in northern Indiana.


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