Rockwell Collins awards $86,000 in Green Communities grants to fund environmental projects

Large field near Decorah, Iowa to be converted into a pollinator prairie thanks to Green Communities grant

This large field near the Rockwell Collins Decorah, IA, facility will be converted into a pollinator prairie thanks to a Green Communities grant. Click to enlarge

  • Latest award contributes to $977,895 in grants issued since program began in 2004

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (Apr. 20, 2017) – Rockwell Collins has announced the recipients of this year’s Green Communities grants, a program that helps fund environmental projects that benefit the communities in which Rockwell Collins operates. Since 2004, the company has awarded 534 grants valued at $977,895 through the program, typically ranging from $500 to $2,500 to each group.

“One of the goals of the program is to encourage employees to get more involved in their local community by volunteering,” said Shawna Burkhardt, community relations specialist for Rockwell Collins. “It’s great to see such a willingness from employees to do what they can to help improve the environment.”

With the world’s pollinator populations in freefall during the past few decades, providing places for bees and butterflies to feed and reproduce was a common agenda among multiple grant groups this year. The Winneshiek County Conservation Board in Fort Atkinson, Iowa, for example, will be working with Rockwell Collins employees to plan and plant an acre of land that will become a prairie park for pollinators to help them flourish in the area.

“We are excited to partner with Winneshiek County Conservation in this community initiative,” said Thomas Hauber, senior environment, safety and health specialist at Rockwell Collins. “After project completion, we also hope to organize events at the park to encourage folks to use the space and learn more about pollinators and their importance.”

To apply for a Green Communities grant, a qualified non-profit organization or public/government entity must team with a Rockwell Collins employee or retiree. Grants were awarded by a review committee based on the following criteria:

  • Participation in the project by Rockwell Collins employees and/or retirees
  • Tangible environmental benefits of the project
  • Sustainability of the project benefits
  • Completion of the defined portion of the project within the calendar year of the grant award
  • Agreement to participate in publicizing the grant and the completed project

The grant recipients include:

$4,000 Award
La RemiXerie, Colomiers, France - Refurbish, Reuse and Dismantle Household Goods

$2,500 Awards

Jackson County Pheasants Forever, Bellevue, IA - Wetland Habitat Enhancement

City of Cedar Rapids Parks & Rec Dept., Cedar Rapids, IA - Ellis Park Pollinator Prairie Establishment

Feed Iowa First, Cedar Rapids, IA - Annual Garden Seed Budget

Indian Creek Nature Center, Cedar Rapids, IA - The Meadow: Where Plants and People Come Together

Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources, Des Moines, IA - Project AWARE: A Watershed Awareness River Expedition

Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center, Hiawatha, IA - Garden of Eat’n Edible Walk and Outdoor Classrooms

Trees Forever, Inc., Marion, IA - Iowa City Treekeepers

Winneshiek County Conservation Board, Fort Atkinson, IA - Partners for Pollinators: Working with Park Neighbors to Plant Prairie

Friends of the Spoil Islands, Fort Pierce, FL - Leave No Trace Initiative: Island Improvements and Communication

Sea Turtle Conservancy, Gainesville, FL - Tour de Turtles: A Sea Turtle Migration - Tracking Education Program

Everybody Solar Inc., Tamecula, CA - Bring the Solar to the Shelterless - Solar Lights at Vets Home

SOLV, Portland, OR - Beach & Riverside Cleanup

Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments, Inc., Binghamton, NY - Community Green Space and Garden

$2,325 Award

Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources, Des Moines, IA - Lake Macbride Pollinator Planting

$2,300 Award
Hiawatha Kids League, Hiawatha, IA - Concession Stand Solar Panel

$2,200 Award
Institutional Stove Solutions, Cottage Grove, OR - Growing Gardens with InStove

$2,000 Awards
Marquette Catholic High School, Bellevue, IA - School Efficient Lighting Solution

Hawkeye Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, Cedar Rapids, IA - Woodland Habitat Restoration

Iowa Renewable Energy Association, Hiawatha, IA - Iowa Renewable Energy Training Center

Decorah Community School District, Decorah, IA - Carrie Lee Elementary School Raised Garden Beds

Sustainable Independence, Brandon, IA - School FFA / Ag Greenhouse Solar Array

East Coast Zoological Society, Melbourne, FL - Sustainable Waste Streams at Brevard Zoo

Friends of Tualatin River (NWR), Sherwood, OR - Connecting Community with the Tualatin River Bird Festival

Our United Villages d/b/a ReBuilding Center, Portland, OR - Scaling Up to Meet the Needs of the City of Portland’s New DeConstruction Mandate

Wasatch Community Gardens, Salt Lake City, UT - School Garden Program

$1,950 Award
Edward L. Rose Conservancy, Inc., Montrose, PA - Reproductive Habitat Improvement for Native Solitary Bees and Butterflies

$1,900 Award
YMCA of the CR Metro Area, Cedar Rapids, IA - Restoring Camp Wapsie’s Lagoon to a Wildlife Friendly Habitat

$1,800 Award
Daily Bread Inc., Melbourne, FL - Community Gardens

$1,775 Award
Oregon Natural Desert Association, Bend, OR - Water Conservation and Restoration in the John Day River Basin of Oregon’s High Desert

$1,750 Award
Bur Oak Land Trust, Iowa City, IA - Restoration of Woodland Savanna for Land Stewardship and Habitat Restoration

$1,500 Awards
National Center for Science Education, Iowa City, IA - Heat Island Effect: Parks and Rec Summer Camp

Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute, Melbourne, FL - Otter Spotter: A Citizen Science Project to Conserve and Restore the Indian River Lagoon

Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation, Portland, OR - Eyeglass Recycling Program with Coffee Creek Correctional Facility

The Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust, Oxford, U.K. - Environmental Education Bursary Scheme

$1,100 Award

Fairfax County Park Authority, Fairfax, VA - Habitat Restoration at Riverbend Park

$1,000 Awards

Anamosa Parks & Rec, Anamosa, IA - Anamosa Arboretum

Backyard Abundance, Iowa City, IA - Fire, Seed & Soul: Fire Prevention Education

The Nature Conservancy in Iowa, Des Moines, IA - Restoring the Wetland Upstream of Cedar Rapids for Reduced Flood Risk and Improved Water Quality

Town of Center Point, Center Point, IA - LED Lights for Wakema Lodge

City of Mabel, Mabel, MN - Mabel’s Lighting Efficiency Program

Recycling Advocates, Portland, OR - Bring Your Own Cup (BYOC)

$900 Award

Center Point United Methodist Church, Center Point, IA - Pack 55 Cub Scouts Monarch Waystation Habitat Creation

$500 Awards

Town of Bellevue, Bellevue, IA - Bellevue Community Gardens Renewal

Starmont High School, Arlington, IA - Recycling Program

Canal & River Trust, Leeds, U.K. - Improve Canal

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