INDIANAPOLIS – (September 16, 2010) Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. (KIB) has received a $25,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and FedEx Corporation for restoration activities along the Pogue’s Run watershed in Indianapolis.
“KIB, the City of Indianapolis, neighborhoods along the watershed and other partners will benefit greatly from this generous grant to restore part of Indiana’s historical greenway,” said David Forsell, President of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. “Efforts to remove invasive species along Pogue’s Run have been an ongoing project; and funds from this grant will assist KIB in creating a natural and flourishing setting along the watershed and replanting the area with native trees and shrubs.”
The grant was made through the Five Star Restoration Program, a partnership among NFWF, National Association of Counties, the Wildlife Habitat Council and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, supported by additional contributions from private partners like FedEx. Since 1999, Five Star has supported 515 projects with more than $4.25 million in federal funds, $1.7 million in private and corporate contributions and $17.5 million in matching funds at the local level.
“Through our program EarthSmart Outreach, FedEx and its team members can contribute to their communities in environmentally-focused ways,” said Mitch Jackson, vice president of environmental affairs and sustainability at FedEx. “Working with NFWF, we are able to find, fund and volunteer for projects important to our local communities, and where we can help make our communities cleaner and healthier.”
Throughout the summer of 2010, FedEx collaborated with NFWF to transport hundreds of loggerhead sea turtle nests containing over 25,000 eggs to Florida’s Atlantic Coast, protecting the hatchlings from potential impacts of the oil spill in the northern Gulf of Mexico.
For more information on this conservation project, or to learn about other volunteer opportunities, please visit our website at www.kibi.org.
About Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc.
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. (KIB) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit engaging neighborhoods in environmental and community improvement projects throughout the city. Last year, KIB engaged over 40,000 volunteers on projects around the city. The mission of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. is to unite people to build comm
About FedEx EarthSmart Outreach
FedEx recently launched EarthSmart Outreach, environmental philanthropy and volunteer programs strategically aligned with business goals. Through a variety of global and local projects, FedEx is advancing its commitment to connect the world in responsible and resourceful ways. The goal is to make communities cleaner, healthier and more efficient by encouraging sustainable transportation, green urban spaces and resilient ecosystems. All EarthSmart Outreach projects provide significant environmental and community benefits while leveraging the skills and expertise of FedEx team members.
About FedEx Corp.
FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $35 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world’s most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 280,000 team members to remain “absolutely, positively” focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. For more information, visitnews.fedex.com.