Monday, March 20, 2023

Brunswick Habitat for Humanity awarded $7K for community green space

LELAND — A grant from Duke Energy Foundation will help a Brunswick County nonprofit reach its goal to build a community green space project.

Duke Energy awarded Brunswick Habitat for Humanity a $7,000 grant for the nonprofit’s new 10-home Leland Subdivision Community Green Space Project. The funds will help build the natural spaces within the community including:

  • Beautifying the space, adding aesthetic value
  • Creating recreational space
  • Supporting low-impact design of the neighborhood
  • Helping to mitigate CO2 emissions and the overall carbon footprint

“We believe that everyone deserves a decent place to live, and that place should be part of a community with natural spaces that people need to maintain emotional and physical wellbeing,” Brunswick Habitat executive director Carlo Montagano said in a press release. “The goal of our Community Greenspace Project is to build more than just homes, but also communities and hope. This is our mission.”

Duke’s Energy’s grant is the first community commitment toward $75,000 in community green space. The project represents an intentional effort to maintain, respect and enjoy natural resources to highlight key features. Planned green spaces can also serve as a catalyst for social engagement and foster a sense of community, according to the release.

“Powering the lives of our communities extends far beyond keeping the lights on for our customers,” Duke Energy Brunswick County district manager Pam Hardy said in the release. “Duke Energy is proud to support nonprofits that are doing meaningful work like Habitat for Humanity as they develop and support affordable housing
and community green spaces.”

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