Bonneville Environmental Foundation gets $250K from Coca-Cola
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
The global philanthropic arm of The Coca-Cola Company — The Coca-Cola Foundation — awarded $26 million in grants to 85 community organizations during the first quarter, including $250,000 to the Bonneville Environmental Foundation.
Bonneville Environmental Foundation received $250,000 from The Coca-Cola Foundation to fund a watershed restoration project in Utah.
Portland-based Bonneville Environmental Foundation is one of 13 global water stewardship organizations that shared in a total of $9.7 million in grants from the Atlanta-based Coca-Cola Foundation. The foundation also awarded $3.6 million to fitness and nutrition programs, $7.4 million for education programs and $4.9 million for community programs including recycling and health efforts.
Bonneville's grant-winning work, the East Fork Bear River Water Restoration Certificate Project, is part of the organization's water offset program. The work will aid water and trout habitat protection along seven miles of the the river. The project will be conducted in partnership with Trout Unlimited and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
The project is one of four in the U.S. funded by Coca-Cola with this round of grants. Other projects include a Thames River cleanup effort in Great Britain, drip irrigation systems in Mexico and water sanitation in the Philippines.
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