For the second year, Southern Company and subsidiaries are supporting grants totaling $1.1 million to protect threatened bat populations.
Southern Company, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and other funding partners announced more than $1.1 million in grants to combat white-nose syndrome (WNS), a disease caused by a cold-loving fungus threatening vital hibernating bat populations. The four grant recipients were announced at the Ruffner Mountain Nature Center in Birmingham, Ala.
“Southern Company is committed to conserving and protecting at-risk species and their habitats,” said Jason Reynolds, director of environmental affairs at Southern Company. “Initiatives like the Bats for the Future Fund, which support wildlife in the areas we serve and operate, help us make lives better – today and for future generations."
The Bats for the Future Fund is a strategic public-private partnership between Southern Company, NFWF, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service and the Avangrid Foundation to protect bat populations and the many benefits they provide.
The 2018 Bats for the Future Fund grants were awarded to four projects that will test four different environmental treatments, as well as further develop a vaccine to help manage the disease and improve survival and recovery of affected bat populations across North America. The grant slate includes:
To learn more about Southern Company’s environmental stewardship commitment, the Bats for the Future Fund and additional conservation program outcomes – including an interactive project map, please visit our new stewardship webpages at: www.southerncompany.com/stewardship.
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Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is America's premier energy company, with 46,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries, as of December 31, 2017. We operate nearly 200,000 miles of electric transmission and distribution lines and more than 80,000 miles of natural gas pipeline, as of December 31, 2017. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in four states, natural gas distribution companies in four states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers in 11 states across America and a nationally recognized provider of customized energy solutions, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications. Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices that are below the national average.
Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, Southern Company and its subsidiaries are creating new products and services for the benefit of customers. We are building the future of energy by developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, advanced carbon capture technologies, natural gas, renewables, energy efficiency and storage technology. Southern Company has been named by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer, recognized among the Top 50 Companies for Diversity and the number one Company for Progress by DiversityInc, and designated as one of America's Best Employers by Forbes magazine.