$5,000 grant to rare Charitable Research Reserve for conservation
CAMBRIDGE, ON, June 12, 2013 /CNW/ - Union Gas is helping rare Charitable Research Reserve preserve, protect, restore and improve the
natural resources and environment of lands in the Waterloo Region,
courtesy of a $5,000 grant awarded today.
Murray Costello, Union Gas district manager for Waterloo/Brantford
presented the cheque to Patti Leather, director development and
community relations of rare, today at Springbank Farm - site of the charity's community and
education gardens. Staff from rare and grade 6 students, teachers and parents from St. Aloysius Catholic
School in Kitchener, joined in the event.
Founded in 2001, rare Charitable Research Reserve has preserved over 900 acres of land in the
Waterloo Region and stewards the property on behalf of the public.
Hiking trails, nature programs and community gardens are just a sample
of opportunities available to the community. The charity makes
environmental education for children a real priority through its Every Child Outdoors initiative. The Union Gas grant will help rare undertake environmental restoration projects with the help of students
from across the Region, as part of their learning at the Nature
"We're particularly mindful of environmental conservation because nature
provides the fuel that we deliver to our customers, and also because
it's an important way to ensure our children's future will be as bright
as ours," said Costello. "We're very pleased to support rare and its conservation program, whose goal aligns so closely with ours."
"The Union Gas support is tremendously helpful to rare. In practical terms, thousands of school children will meaningful field
trips, getting their hands in the dirt, reconnecting with nature and
doing their part for the environment," said Leather. "It is also
incredibly beneficial to have corporate leaders, like Union Gas,
endorse our work by recognizing its importance and agreeing to help."
In addition to natural gas delivery services for homes and businesses
and contributing to the province's economy through investment, job
creation, municipal taxes and energy efficiency programs, Union Gas has
a clear set of best practices regarding the environment and actively
encourages and promotes those practices via community groups throughout
its distribution area. This value is reflected each year, as the
company supports communities across Ontario through thousands of
volunteer hours for local charitable and non-profit organizations,
major charitable giving and sponsorships. Last year alone, Union Gas
contributed about $3 million to charitable organizations across the
province, including environmental programs and projects. For more
information visit uniongas.com/community.
About rare Charitable Research Reserve
At rare, we believe that there are many reasons to live and work in Southern
Ontario. We believe one of those reasons should be that, here, children
are given unprecedented opportunities, including the opportunity to
live a healthy lifestyle, with access to natural areas and are offered
education programs that help create the next generation of
environmentally-literate citizens. The vision is to offer the
community, including the international community and future
generations, a natural area, protected intact and in perpetuity. The
Reserve's natural landscape is a common possession set aside for its
ecological value and to provide unprecedented opportunities in
ecological and cultural research, education, and passive recreation.
For more information visit raresites.org.
About Union Gas
Union Gas Limited, a Spectra Energy (NYSE: SE) company, is a major
Canadian natural gas storage, transmission and distribution company
based in Ontario with 100 years of experience and service to customers,
assets of over $5.8 billion and approximately 2,200 employees. The
distribution business serves about 1.4 million residential, commercial
and industrial customers in more than 400 communities across Ontario.
Union Gas is one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2011, 2012 and 2013.
For more information, visit uniongas.com.
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Union Gas Limited
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Ph: 519 436-5490 or 1-800-571-8446 ext. 5005490
Cell: 519 365-1010
rare Charitable Research Reserve
Director, Development and Community Relations
Ph: 519-650-9336 ext. 118