NAPERVILLE, IL – Nicor Gas has proudly announced the allocation of $100,000 in grants to organizations and nonprofits across Northern Illinois. These grants are poised to fuel the growth of community-driven initiatives aimed at safeguarding natural green spaces and promoting sustainability efforts that bear significant impact.
“We are thrilled to be a catalyst for change by supporting organizations dedicated to nurturing our environment across the state,” stated Jackie Nagel, the adept manager of Community Affairs at Nicor Gas. She highlighted that this resonates deeply with Nicor Gas’ mission, aligning perfectly with the preservation of green spaces and bolstering sustainable practices.
Among the commendable recipients of these grants is Hoo Haven Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Center in Boone County, championing the conservation of local wildlife and ecosystems through care and rehabilitation.
Similarly, the Forest Preserve Foundation, Inc. in Cook County will nurture experiential learning and job opportunities in conservation for youths served by the Housing Authority of Cook County. These commendable efforts are only a glimpse of the comprehensive initiatives that have been recognized by Nicor Gas this year.
Boasting 21 worthy recipients, Nicor Gas is directing its grants towards a range of vital environmental projects. From DeKalb County’s Friends of Illinois Nature Preserves surveying and safeguarding natural areas to McHenry County’s Land Conservancy’s endeavor to cultivate pollinator-friendly vegetation, the diverse projects underscore a united drive to ensure the preservation of our natural heritage.
Further enriching the commitment to ecological vitality, Redd Sage Farms Ltd. in Kankakee County will spearhead the establishment of a thriving pollinator habitat. This crucial initiative complements existing community conservation endeavors focused on the preservation of indigenous flora and fauna. Similarly, McLean County’s Ecology Action Center will plant trees in Bloomington-Normal neighborhoods, enhancing local air quality.
Reflecting on the collective impact of these grants, Nagel emphasizes, “This synergy between organizations, large and small, underscores our dedication to a shared goal of creating a sustainable and green future for generations to come.”
For those keen to explore the broader panorama of Nicor Gas’ steadfast commitment to environmental welfare and community enrichment, further information can be found at www.NicorGas.com/CharitableGiving.