Earth Day Network Receives $25,000 Wells Fargo Clean Technology and Innovation Grant to Support the EDN Green Ribbon Schools Project


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November 20, 2013                                                                                                

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Earth Day Network Receives $25,000 Wells Fargo Clean Technology and Innovation Grant to Support the EDN Green Ribbon Schools Project

Part of Two Million Dollar Philanthropic Effort to Support Clean Energy Technologies

Washington, DC, Nov. 20, 2013 – Earth Day Network today received a philanthropic grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation as part of the two million dollar Wells Fargo Clean Technology and Innovation program supporting technology advancements for a clean energy future.

“We truly appreciate being recognized and will use this Wells Fargo grant to expand participation in our innovative green schools program,” said Susan Bass, Senior Vice President, Programs and Operations at Earth Day Network.  “We are excited to be a recipient of this highly competitive grant program.”

Earth Day Network was named as a recipient of a Wells Fargo Clean Technology and Innovation grant. The grant program began in 2012 as part of Wells Fargo’s commitment to provide $100 million to environmentally-focused nonprofits, colleges and universities by 2020. It is funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation and is strategically aligned with the company’s vision and values to foster economic development, especially in underserved communities, to accelerate the global “green” economy. The goal of the program is to inspire innovation from entrepreneurs and fund research entities working on critical environmental issues.  

“Wells Fargo recognizes that the health of our environment is critical to fostering more sustainable communities today and for years to come,” said Ashley Grosh, head of Wells Fargo Environmental Affairs Clean Technology program. “We’re pleased to announce Earth Day Network as a recipient of Wells Fargo’s environmental grant program to help provide long-term solutions to the world’s greatest environmental challenges.”

The full list of 2013 grant recipients can be found at blog.wellsfargo.com/environment/. Details of the program and a link to the 2014 application can be found at wellsfargo.com/about/csr/ea/environmental-giving.

About Earth Day Network’s Green Schools Program

In 2007, Earth Day Network, along with the Clinton Foundation, U.S. Green Building Council and several major school districts, made a commitment to “green America’s schools within a generation.” In the years since, Earth Day Network has led a national green schools movement and has worked extensively with the U.S Department of Agriculture, the Department of Education, and other federal agencies on child nutrition and healthy school food. 

Among its many accomplishments, Earth Day Network’s education program was instrumental in the creation, passage and current success of one of the most progressive pieces of healthy schools legislation ever passed by a municipality: the D.C. Healthy Schools Act, which is serving as a model for many school districts across the country. Earth Day Network was also instrumental in the creation of the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools Program.

Earth Day Network takes a comprehensive five-pronged approach to school greenings, focusing on facilities, curriculum, recreation, transportation and food.

For more information, go to http://edu.earthday.org.

About Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.5 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 stores, 12,000 ATMs, and the Internet (wellsfargo.com), and has offices in more than 35 countries to support the bank’s customers who conduct business in the global economy. With more than 270,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. 

A leader in reducing its own greenhouse gas emissions and building sustainably, Wells Fargo has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Center for Corporate Climate Leadership, the Carbon Disclosure Project and the U.S. Green Building Council. Since 2005, Wells Fargo has provided more than $21 billion in environmental finance, supporting sustainable buildings and renewable energy projects nationwide. This includes investments in more than 260 solar projects and 34 wind projects that generate enough clean renewable energy to power hundreds of thousands of American homes each year. For more information, please visit wellsfargo.com/environment and blogs.wellsfargo.com/environment/.

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