VINS gets $30,000 from TransCanada for environmental education programs

first_imgWith more than 60 years’ experience, TransCanada is a leader in the responsible development and reliable operation of North American energy infrastructure, including hydroelectric power generation, natural gas and oil pipelines, and gas storage facilities.  A growing independent power producer, TransCanada owns or has interests in more than 10,800 megawatts of power generation in Canada and the United States.  For more information, visitwww.transcanada.com(link is external), and follow on Twitter @TransCanada. VINS is a nonprofit, member-supported environmental education, research, and avian rehabilitation organization based in Quechee, VT.  Through partnerships and collaborations with other conservation and education organizations, VINS makes high-quality, compelling and fun environmental education programs and learning opportunities accessible to people and communities throughout New England.  For more information, visit the VINS website at www.vinsweb.org(link is external) and the VINS Nature Blog at vtnature.blogspot.com. VINS 12.13.2011 ‘Supporting the Vermont Institute of Natural Science and its impressive environmental education work aligns directly with TransCanada’s commitment to the environment and desire to improve the quality of life for residents of Vermont and New England,’ said Matthew Cole, Community Relations Advisor for TransCanada.  ‘We realize the importance of these programs to the success and growth of healthy, vibrant communities.’ The Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) has been awarded a $30,000 Community Investment grant from TransCanada, an energy infrastructure company with operations throughout North America including eight hydroelectric stations in Vermont.  The grant has been awarded to support VINS’ conservation and environmental education programs and boost the organization’s fundraising for program outreach in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene. Through its Community Investment program, TransCanada supports local associations and organizations that serve as community assets in empowering individuals, building strong communities, and creating effective citizens.center_img ‘VINS provides innovative, award-winning environmental education opportunities for the children, adults, citizen scientists, and professional educators of New England,’ explained VINS president John Dolan.  ‘TransCanada’s Community Investment grant is a strong vote of confidence in the quality of VINS’ programs and a demonstration of TransCanada’s commitment to our community and VINS’ long-term success.’last_img