SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Seven nonprofit organizations will be able to continue their education, rescue and environmental preservation efforts upon being selected to receive a total of $40,000 from Ford Motor Company’s Conservation and Environmental Grants program.
This year, the winning projects cover a broad range of areas related to the conservation of the environment and aim to address issues such as ecological education, restoration of waste lands, coral preservation, conservation of water sources and island keys, as well as use of compost for community sanitation.
“Today we recognize those who are truly committed to positively impacting society for the benefit of our generation and future generations,” indicated Andrew Frick, general manager for the Asia-Pacific, Caribbean and Central American region of Ford International Business Development. “Conserving the environment is not a mere trend; it guarantees quality of life, which leads to a better society for all. That is why we appreciate these organizations that work hard every day to fulfill this life mission.”
This year, Ford celebrates 11 years of supporting community initiatives to promote environment conservation in Puerto Rico through its environmental grants program. The program was created in 2001 to help individuals and nonprofit organizations in the island who donated their time and effort to preserve the environment in their communities. Since its launch, Ford has granted more than $400,000 in grants to more than 60 local organizations.
The program has received support from various government and private entities dedicated to protecting the environment. Individuals from these organizations have been in charge of choosing the winning projects. Members of the jury who have participated in the task of selecting winners throughout the years have been Jorge Báez and Glorimar Toledo from Fideicomiso de Conservación de Puerto Rico; Ruperto Chaparro, director of Sea Grant program, UPR, Recinto de Mayaguez; Cristina Cabrera of Departamento de Recursos Naturales y Ambientales; Luis E. Rodríguez, professor of Escuela de Derecho UPR; Carlos M. Padín, dean of la Escuela de Asuntos Ambientales de la Universidad Metropolitana y María Falcón, producer of the program Geoambiente del Caribe.
Here is a list of the 2012 winners: