Dominion Employees Building Classrooms, Planting Trees, Sprucing Up Historic Properties on Annual Environmental Day

-- All part of company's 11th annual "Putting Our Energy to Work for the Environment"
-- Work includes 12 projects in seven states where energy company does business

RICHMOND, Va., Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- In Ohio, Dominion employees will build an amphitheatre out of stone at the home of the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition offices in Akron. In Wisconsin, they will be extending a boardwalk at an outdoor classroom in Manitowoc. In Connecticut, employees will refurbish the farm at Waterford Country School.

These three projects plus nine more will occur this fall as hundreds of Dominion employees bring their volunteer labor to their neighborhoods as part of the company's 11th annual "Putting Our Energy to Work for the Environment" activity.

"Dominion does more than just supply the energy that powers homes, schools and businesses in our neighborhoods," said William C. Hall Jr., vice president-Corporate Communications and Community Affairs. "Our employees take great pride in donating their time – and a lot of sweat – to step out of their normal work routines and build or spruce up those civic projects that only get done with volunteer help."

The Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the company, donates $2,500 to each project to cover the cost of needed supplies and equipment.

This year's projects are:


  • Planting trees and building a fence at the Middleburg Community Center.
  • Building a bridge to provide handicap access to the Great Bridge Waterway Museum in Chesapeake.
  • Refurbishing and landscaping the old New Kent County Middle School.
  • Building an outdoor classroom at J.E.B. Stuart Elementary School in Petersburg.
  • Installing greenhouse equipment for math and science classes at Livingston Elementary School in Spotsylvania.

The Northeastern U.S.:

  • Refurbishing and landscaping the farm at Waterford Country School in Waterford, Conn.
  • Mowing, cutting down brush and removing stumps to open a new trail for visitors to the Watuppa Reservation, Fall River, Mass.

North Carolina:

  • Building an outdoor pavilion classroom at First Flight High School in Kill Devil Hills on the Outer Banks.


  • Building an amphitheatre and retaining wall, planting flowers and painting a kiosk at the Howe House, offices of the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition in Akron.
  • Cleaning out the George Stanford House and the barn, along with landscaping chores, in Cuyahoga Valley Parks.


  • Recreating the Backyard Habitat Garden, building a split rail fence and creating a pathway at the Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve, in conjunction with the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania, in Fox Chapel.


  • Extending an existing boardwalk to lead into a swampy area of woods, trimming trees and building a trail in the Manitowoc School forest.

Dominion is one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 27,600 megawatts of generation. Dominion operates the nation's largest natural gas storage system and serves retail energy customers in 12 states. For more information about Dominion, visit the company's website at

SOURCE: Dominion