Piedmont Natural Gas Grants $100k to the Fund’s Work in North Carolina and Tennessee

June 8, 2010

Charlotte, N.C. — Piedmont Natural Gas announced today that it has awarded its first annual Piedmont Natural Gas Foundation Environmental and Energy Sustainability grant to The Conservation Fund. The grant will support the Fund’s work in communities in North Carolina and Tennessee.

In North Carolina, projects include natural resource-based economic development engaging low-income, under-served communities and communities of color in at least 39 eastern North Carolina counties. The activities will capitalize on existing efforts, build on the natural resources and address the environmental issues and opportunities that are unique to each sub-region, including the Albemarle-Pamlico region of northeastern North Carolina, coastal counties that have long depended on the commercial fishing industry, and counties in southeastern North Carolina and the Sandhills, where low-resource farmers are working hard to retain long-held family farms and reach markets for locally grown, healthy foods.

In Tennessee, the grant will support the Fund’s current comprehensive green infrastructure planning project for Davidson County and the Metropolitan Government of Nashville, Tennessee. The project includes greenway development and recreational access through reforestation and streambank restoration activities in the Mill Creek watershed.

“Piedmont is delighted to inaugurate the grant program and pleased to award the initial grant to The Conservation Fund,” said George Baldwin, chairman of Piedmont’s Legislative and Community Affairs Committee and president of the Piedmont Natural Gas Foundation. “Helping our communities is a constant high-priority for Piedmont.”


About Piedmont Natural Gas

Piedmont Natural Gas is an energy services company primarily engaged in the distribution of natural gas to more than one million residential, commercial and industrial utility customers in North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, including 62,000 customers served by municipalities that are wholesale customers. Our subsidiaries are invested in joint venture, energy-related businesses, including unregulated retail natural gas marketing, interstate natural gas storage and intrastate natural gas transportation.

About The Conservation Fund
At The Conservation Fund, we combine a passion for conservation with an entrepreneurial spirit to protect your favorite places before they become just a memory. A hallmark of our work is our deep, unwavering understanding that for conservation solutions to last, they need to make economic sense. Top-ranked, we have protected more than 7 million acres across America.