Giving Green: NW Natural Donates $37,000 for Environmental Stewardship

Media Contact: Melissa Moore, NW Natural, 503-818-9845 (pager)


August 23, 2017


Giving Green: NW Natural Donates $37,000 for Environmental Stewardship

PORTLAND, Ore. —NW Natural (NYSE: NWN) is honoring the region’s commitment to environmental stewardship by awarding six local nonprofit organizations more than $37,000 in grants.

The grants are given by NW Natural’s shareholders as part of its Corporate Philanthropy Fund. Each year, the company gives nearly $1 million in support of families and children, education and the environment.

“The mission of our corporate giving is to invest in the place we call home,” says Von Summers, community relations manager at NW Natural. “What better way to invest in our community than by helping those who work so hard to preserve our land, water and natural habitats.”

As one of the company’s core values, environmental stewardship guides NW Natural’s promotion of energy efficiency, responsible gas production, and renewable energy innovations such as the NW Natural Smart Energy program.

NW Natural’s 2017 environmental stewardship grant recipients include:

Forest Park Conservancy: $7,500
The mission of the Forest Park Conservancy is to protect and foster the ecological health of Forest Park, maintain and enhance the park’s extensive trails network, and inspire community appreciation and future stewardship of this iconic urban forest as a gift for generations.

Friends of Trees: $7,500
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.

The Freshwater Trust: $7,100
The Freshwater Trust builds and implements the tools and methods that can accelerate results for freshwater ecosystems.

Columbia Springs: $5,000
Columbia Springs, an urban natural area in Vancouver, Washington offers a unique setting where educational experiences foster greater awareness of the natural world, inspiring stewardship.

Northwest Earth Institute: $5,000
Northwest Earth Institute was founded in 1993 with a simple objective: to give people a framework to talk about their relationship with the planet and to share in discovering new ways to live, work, create and consume.

The Nature Conservancy: $5,000
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.

Learn more about NW Natural’s corporate philanthropy efforts and the 2017-2019 Nonprofit Programs of Focus.

About NW Natural

NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 730,000 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

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