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Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute energy efficiency project to receive $3,000 from the Avista Foundation

Oct. 4, 2012: The Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute (PCEI)’s Nature Center welcomes over 3,000 visitors annually for environmental learning opportunities through field trips, community events, sustainability workshops and more. The Avista Foundation grant of $3,000 will help fund the purchase and installation of a demonstration net-metered solar panel system and energy efficient lighting for a new public restroom facility at the PCEI Nature Center.
 
“In keeping with our mission, we wanted to develop a facility that promotes energy efficiency and environmental protection, as well as add more teaching tools,” said Thomas C. Lamar, executive director. “The support we have been granted from the Avista Foundation will let us host after-school education programs, allow visitors to spend more time learning about the environment and ultimately give us the opportunity to welcome more visitors to our nature center.”
 
“Environmental stewardship is a core element of Avista’s mission and the work that PCEI does each and every day aligns with that focus,” said Paul Kimmell, Avista regional business manager for the Palouse. “Partnering on this energy efficiency project will allow the center to educate more in our community about the importance of taking care of our environment and how every little bit counts when it comes to saving energy.”
 
Third Quarter 2012 Avista Foundation Grants
Organization
Amount
Purpose
Providence Health Care Foundation
$50,000
Pediatric Emergency Room
Uniontown Community Development Foundation
$3,500
Refurbishment of Main Street commercial space
Wild Horse Sports Association
$3,500
Community sports complex
Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute
$3,000
Demonstration solar energy project
Oregon Dental Foundation
$2,500
2-day free dental clinic in Medford
 
 
About the Avista Foundation
The Avista Foundation, established in 2002, focuses its giving on grants that strengthen communities and enhance the quality of life for people served by Avista Utilities in eastern Washington, northern Idaho, southern Oregon and Sanders County, Montana. The foundation focuses its giving in the areas of:
·         education – K-12 education particularly in the fields of science, math and technology; and higher education including scholarships,
·         vulnerable and limited income populations – providing assistance to those on limited incomes and support for initiatives to reduce poverty,
·         economic and cultural vitality – supporting projects that help communities and citizens to grow and prosper.
 
Information on the Avista Foundation is available at www.avistafoundation.org . The Avista Foundation is a separate, non-profit organization established by Avista Corp. The foundation does not receive funding from Avista Utilities customers through rates.

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