September 29, 2006
RICHMOND, Va. – Protecting wetlands, constructing a greenhouse for an elementary school and improving access to nature sites are among the projects that more than 500 Dominion volunteers in 14 states will undertake this fall as part of the company’s annual "Putting Our Energy to Work for the Environment" campaign.
In all, Dominion employees will work to complete 19 environmental projects this fall. These projects will add to the 100 projects completed, the 50,000 hours volunteered and the $250,000 in tools and materials donated since the company began the “Putting Our Energy to Work for the Environment” campaign in 2000.
This year’s projects include repairing berms in a wetland in Clover, Va.; construction of a greenhouse at an elementary school in Spotsylvania County, Va.; the creation of walking paths at Towpath Trails Park in Northfield, Ohio; and replacing a roof at historic Fort New Salem in Salem, W.Va.
"In each of these projects our employees bring their skills and enthusiasm to help the communities where they live complete an important environmental endeavor," said Thomas F. Farrell II, president and chief executive officer.
Under the "Putting Our Energy to Work for the Environment" program, Dominion employees work with outside agencies to locate and plan a one-day project to improve the environment. The company provides one day off for volunteers to complete the project. About 40 Dominion employees typically volunteer for each event.
In addition, the company provides up to $2,500 for tools and materials for each of the projects. The projects planned for this year are:
Suffolk -- Replacing a boardwalk in the Great Dismal Swamp
Spotsylvania – Construct a greenhouse at Livingston Elementary School
Clover – Repair berms in a wetland in partnership with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
Hampton – Construct a board walk at historic Fort Wool
Woodbridge – assemble an information kiosk, erect an osprey nesting site, construct a pavilion, built a split-rail fence and build an observation deck at Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge (View a video featuring this project.)
Clinton – Create a stone walkway at the Limbach Buildings
Northfield – Build trails and make benches at Towpath Trails
Salem – Replace roof and install drainage system at Fort New Salem
DuBois – Build a wall and fence at Wildlife Habitat Unlimited
Roanoke Rapids – Construct overlook platforms at the Canal Museum
Lusby – Plant trees at Cove Point Park
Kewaunee – Create walkway and build picnic tables at Bruemmer Park
Stonington – Fence gardens and plant tomatoes at Terra Firma Farm
Providence – Build a walkway at Roger Williams Zoo (View a video featuring this project.)
Salem – Landscaping at Dave Beattie Park
Houston – Project with the Sims Bayou Nature Center
New Orleans – Project with the Botanical Garden at City Park
Roosevelt – Plant trees at Old Mill Park
Oklahoma City – Environmental project in partnership with the city
Dominion is one of the nation's largest producers of energy, with a portfolio of about 28,000 megawatts of generation, about 6.3 trillion cubic feet equivalent of proved natural gas reserves and 7,800 miles of natural gas transmission pipeline. Dominion also operates one of the nation's largest underground natural gas storage systems with about 950 billion cubic feet of storage capacity and serves retail energy customers in 11 states. For more information about Dominion, visit the company's Web site at http://www.dom.com/.
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