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Counties Energy Environmental and Sustainability Grant recipients announced

Counties Energy is pleased to announce the recipients of the latest round of their environmental and sustainability grants. Āwhitu Peninsula Landcare, Trees for Survival Charitable Trust and Pukekohe Christian School have received $5,000 worth of funding for their individual projects within the local community.

The Counties Energy Environmental and Sustainability Grant aims to support not-for-profit community organisations or educational providers with projects that protect or enhance the environment in the southern Auckland and northern Waikato regions. This is the third year the company has offered the grant.

The three grants encompass three different categories which include an education, environmental and a cultural project. The applications considered across these categories all had a focus on waste reduction, habitat improvement and emissions reduction.

Counties Energy General Manager Safety, Culture and Sustainability Tracey Kay says the company is proud to continue their sustainability partnership with the community for a third consecutive year and was impressed with the variety of applications received.

“We’re delighted to continue our support of local not-for profit community groups by offering $15,000 worth of sustainability-related project funding. Working with our community to help make a difference for the future of our tamariki is heartening and inspirational. We received exceptional applications across all three categories and are eagerly awaiting the completion of the Grant recipients projects. We thank everyone who applied for the Counties Energy Environmental and Sustainability Grant and wish them all the best with their projects.”

Āwhitu Peninsula Landcare is using their grant to remove invasive plant species from the restoration site at Taahuna Paa, enabling the native planting onsite to thrive. This project is in partnership with Ngaati Te Ata and supports their wider restoration efforts of important cultural sites. Trees for Survival Charitable Trust are continuing their support of Te Paina School, Mangatawhiri in the Trees for Survival programme and will be planting seedlings at a local stream. Pukekohe Christian School will be running a zero-waste project aimed to equip students with the skills to make better decisions around how to reduce waste, re-use resources and turn waste into a valuable resource.

All three projects are expected to be completed by March 2025.

 

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