Unilever National Park Foundation Grants

Grants for Sustainability and Park Enhancements Presented at Reception in Washington, DC

Washington , DC – At a reception held on Capitol Hill yesterday evening, Unilever, one of the world’s largest consumer products companies, in conjunction with the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s National Parks, awarded a total of $288,000 in grants to 12 National Parks across America. Unilever Senior Vice President, HR and Communications Americas, Fiona C. Laird presented the grants.

“As a global company, we have a responsibility to address social, economic, and environmental challenges that impact our consumers and society,” said Laird. “As such, we deliver on our Vitality mission by focusing on several areas, including Sustainable Development, which is at the heart of our work with America’s National Parks.”

“Together the National Park Foundation and Unilever are working to provide a sustainable future for America’s National Parks,” commented Vin Cipolla, Vice Chair, National Park Foundation. “As we celebrate this 16-year partnership and commitment valued in excess of $50 million, we are proud to be standing again with Unilever to deliver these tangible benefits directly to National Parks to support priority initiatives.”

The $288,000 includes Recycling at Work Sustainable Grants as well as Discretionary Grants to support the Parks. Unilever’s support is an integral component of its commitment to preserve and protect America’s National Parks. Established in 1998, the Recycling at Work Sustainable Grants are open to all 391 National Parks and awarded to Parks that have demonstrated a need for employing sustainable lumber to strengthen Park infrastructure. This year’s Unilever Recycling at Work Sustainable Grant program recipients include:

  • Lassen Volcanic National Park
  • HamptonNational Historic Site
  • IndependenceNational Historical Park
  • DevilsTower National Monument
  • SaratogaNational Historical Park
  • Channel IslandsNational Park
  • Golden GateNational Recreation Area
  • YellowstoneNational Park

Since 1998, Unilever has also awarded more than $1 million in Discretionary Grants to enhance parks and support their sustainability initiatives. The 2009 recipients of Unilever Discretionary Grants include:

  • Padre IslandNational Seashore
  • Statue of Liberty National Monument
  • PeaRidge National Military ParkGolden
  • Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

“Unilever is proud of all the work we have accomplished together with the National Park Foundation and National Park Service over our 16-year relationship and look forward to even greater synergies in the years to come,” Laird concluded.

About the National Park Foundation

The National Park Foundation is an independent charitable organization chartered by Congress in 1967 to strengthen the connection between the American people and their national parks. The Foundation receives no federal appropriations and is wholly supported by private funds. In its 2008 fiscal year, the National Park Foundation distributed grants and program support totaling $27.3M. For more information, visit www.nationalparks.org 

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