As an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful (KAB), PEC and Keep Northeastern Pennsylvania Beautiful (KNEPAB) have access to various unique grant-funding opportunities.
We are pleased to announce a recent partnership with the Dupont Lions Club and Dupont Borough on an affiliate-only grant opportunity, the 2016 Keep America Beautiful/UPS Community Tree and Recovery Tree Planting Grants program. We were successful in getting a $5,000 grant to plant trees in the borough.
In 2016, the Keep America Beautiful/UPS Community Tree and Recovery Tree Planting awarded a total of $160,000 in grant funding to 31 projects across the county that address the reduction of carbon dioxide levels and greenhouse gas emissions through strategic plantings, emphasize the importance of native trees, or plant fruit trees to produce fruit for local consumption. KNEPAB was one of only two Pennsylvania affiliates of the 31 awarded projects to receive the grant.
KNEPAB was one of only two Pennsylvania affiliates of the 31 awarded projects to receive the tree-planting grant.
KNEPAB, in partnership with UPS employees, the Dupont Lions Club, and Dupont Borough will use the grant funding to purchase native trees to plant within the borough. The trees will add beauty to the urban environment, reduce air and noise pollution, cool the surrounding area and provide wildlife habitat. The tree planting will help to beautify Dupont Borough, educate local community residents, especially youth, provide an opportunity for community service, and improve the quality of life for residents.
PEC is looking forward to continue working with KAB, as well as, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and we are excited to implement this program in our counties. We will work with our Advisory Committee to further define and develop our programs under this exciting new initiative. KNEPAB will be a part of a national affiliate network involving more than 565 town, city, and county affiliates and 22 statewide programs, and this enthusiastic network leads the way in protecting and enhancing local environments in more than 15,000 communities.
KNEPAB will continue to partner with community stakeholders to bring this initiative to Northeastern Pennsylvania to protect our land and water, and improve our quality of life.