NW Natural Gives Nearly $28,000 to Leading Local Environmental Stewards

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July 14, 2015


NW Natural Gives Nearly $28,000 to Leading Local Environmental Stewards

PORTLAND, Ore. — From the region’s rivers to forests, NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is helping to protect our natural treasures by giving $27,500 to five local nonprofit organizations that focus on sustainability and the environment.

“As one of our core values, environmental stewardship plays a significant role in our work,” said Von Summers, community affairs manager for NW Natural. “It’s a part of everything we do – from business practices to energy efficiency. These donations to leading conservation and sustainability groups help us further our commitment in this area.”

This year, NW Natural shareholders are awarding grants to the following environmental organizations:

  • $7,500 Grant Recipient: Friends of Trees
    With a mission to bring people together to plant and care for city trees and green spaces in Pacific Northwest communities, Friends of Trees has planted nearly half a million trees and native plants since 1989.
  • $5,000 Grant Recipient: The Freshwater Trust
    The Freshwater Trust builds and implements the tools and methods that can accelerate results for freshwater ecosystems.
  • $5,000 Grant Recipient: SOLVE
    SOLVE takes action every day to keep Oregon clean and green. Mobilizing more than 35,000 volunteers, SOLVE organizes more than 1,000 cleanup and restoration projects throughout the state.
  • $5,000 Grant Recipient: The Nature Conservancy
    The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people, including approximately 30 project sites in Oregon.
  • $5,000 Grant Recipient: Tualatin Riverkeepers
    Tualatin Riverkeepers is dedicated to holistic watershed management of the Tualatin River and its 27 creeks, which provide drinking water to nearly 400,000 homes and businesses in Washington County as well as water for industry, agriculture and a rich variety of wildlife.

These grants represent just one portion of NW Natural’s commitment to giving back to the community. In fact, NW Natural shareholders donate more than $1 million each year as part of its Corporate Philanthropy Fund. In addition to environmental causes, the company gives to nonprofit organizations that help improve health and community services, education, youth services, as well as arts and culture.

About NW Natural

NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 707,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. It is the largest independent natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest. Additional information is available at www.nwnatural.com.

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