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Delaware Nature Society awarded Think Green Grant by Waste Management

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New Castle – Waste Management’s DRPI Landfill has awarded a $2,500 Think Green grant to the Delaware Nature Society.

DRPI Landfill District Manager Michael Thomas, left, presents a Waste Management Think Green grant to Delaware Nature Society Deputy Director and Chief Development Officer Joanne McGoech, center, and Watershed Team Lead Kristen Travers | PHOTO COURTESY OF WASTE MANAGEMENT

The Waste Management Think Green grants are part of the company’s effort to encourage organizations and work that improve the environment in the communities where Waste Management operates. Waste Management operates the landfill in New Castle and hauling companies in Wilmington and Laurel.

The grant was announced by DRPI’s District Manager Michael Thomas and Senior Community Relations Specialist Adrienne Fors.

The grant will support the Society’s Gardening for Water and Wildlife Program and help certify backyard habitats across Delaware. The Gardening for Water and Wildlife Program is conducted in partnership with Delaware Nature Society and the National Wildlife Federation and recognizes property owners whose habitat work provides food, water, cover, nesting and breeding space, and wildlife-friendly landscaping practices.

“Small changes in how we manage our yards and gardens can make a big difference for local wildlife and in keeping our waters healthy. We are excited to partner with Waste Management to help more residents Garden for Water and Wildlife where they live, work, play or worship,” said Kristen Travers, Watershed Team Lead for the Delaware Nature Society in a statement.

“The DRPI Landfill and its team members are excited to establish a partnership with the Society and its volunteers as we create more and better wildlife habitat across the state,” Thomas added in a statement.

“The Gardening for Water and Wildlife Program aligns with a company goal of supporting programs that promote biodiversity and conservation,” said Fors in a statement highlighting the grant.

Fors is leading an effort at DRPI to improve habitat for the American kestrel, the world’s smallest falcon. The bird is native to Delaware, but its population has been stressed by the loss of its preferred grassland habitat.

“The Society’s program matches up well with the habitat work we are doing at DRPI and at almost 100 Waste Management sites across the United States and Canada,” continued Fors.

For more information about the Gardening for Water and Wildlife Program or to get involved, please visit https://www.delawarenaturesociety.org/

Get involved with habitat projects at DRPI Landfill by visiting https://www.facebook.com/drpilandfill

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