Rockwell Collins’ Green Communities program passes $1 million mark in total donations

Volunteers in Binghamton, NY working in raised garden beds for a community garden

Rockwell Collins volunteers in Binghamton, N.Y., transported, assembled, installed and filled eight raised garden beds for a community garden using a $2,500 Green Communities grant received in 2017.Click to enlarge

  • 614 environmental projects funded since the program began in 2004

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (April 19, 2018) – Rockwell Collins has announced the recipients of this year’s Green Communities grants, a program that helps fund environmental projects in communities that Rockwell Collins operates in. With this year’s projects, the company will have awarded a total of 614 projects valued at $1,061,000.

The program started out relatively small in 2004 and awarded recipients primarily in Iowa. Over the past 14 years, the program has grown and has awarded grants in a number of locations across the globe. The main goal of the Green Communities program is to encourage Rockwell Collins employees to volunteer and be actively involved in their local communities.

“The company takes pride in supporting our local community and employees have been very responsive to the opportunities provided in this program,” said Shawna Burkhardt, community relations specialist for Rockwell Collins. “It’s great to see employees come together with community groups to improve the environment.”

To apply for a Green Communities grant, a qualified non-profit organization, public or government entity must team with a Rockwell Collins employee or retiree. Grants are 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

50 grants for a total of $82,500 are being awarded in 2018. The grant recipients by Rockwell Collins location include:

Bellevue, Iowa
Iowa DNR Maquoketa Wildlife Unit - Prescribed Fire Program enhancement

Marquette Catholic Schools - Marquette Elementary School lighting

Binghamton, N.Y.
Edward L. Rose Conservancy, Inc. - Raptor Nesting Habitat

Fred L. Waterman Conservation Education Center - Brick Pond Restoration Project

Burgess Hill, U.K.
Micklem Scout & Girl Guide Hut, Foxbridge Lane, Ifold - Reduce energy consumption of WWII scout and guide hut

Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Alburnett Community School District Foundation - Alburnett Community School’s Sustainable Green Space

Anamosa Parks and Recreation Department - Anamosa Arboretum

Benton County Conservation - Increased energy conservation, air quality, and water quality via replacement of ash trees

Bur Oak Land Trust - Habitat restoration for the endangered rusty-patched bumble bee, monarch butterflies and other native pollinators

City of Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department - Ellis Park Pollinator Prairie Establishment

City of Marion - Lowe Park biophilic enhancement

Delaware County Historical Society - Delaware County Historical Society Renewable Energy Project

Hawkeye Area Council, Boy Scouts of America - Monarch protection and habitat restoration by Boy Scouts at the Howard H. Cherry Scout Reservation

Horizons A Family Service Alliance - Irrigation repair for raised gardens

Iowa Department of Natural Resources - Project AWARE, a watershed awareness river expedition

Jones County Historical Society - Edinburgh Pioneer Village Preservation and Environmental Benefit Project

Linn Area Mountain Bike Association - Sac and Fox Trail pollinator habitat access

Matthew 25 Ministry Hub - Urban Farm Stormwater Retention Plan

New Bo City Market - Composting and recycling awareness and education

Olivet Neighborhood Mission - Community Gardens

The Nature Conservancy in Iowa - Restoring a wetland in Thomas Park for reduced flood risk and improved water quality

The Salvation Army - Community garden

Trees Forever, Inc. - Trees Forever TreeKeepers

YMCA of the Cedar Rapids Metropolitan Area - YMCA Camp Wapsie Composting Program

Coralville, Iowa
Backyard Abundance - Teaching disadvantaged citizens to grow and harvest environmentally-beneficial gardens

City of Iowa City - Monarch rearing tent to increase monarch populations and community engagement

Iowa Department of Natural Resources - Lake Macbride Beach to Dam Trail repairs

Regina Catholic Education Center - Recycling improvement project

Decorah, Iowa
City of Mabel - Mabel Steam Engine Grounds canopy lighting

City of Decorah - Community tree planting for new dog park

Decorah Community School District - Dry Run Creek outdoor classroom

Winneshiek County Conservation Board - Pollinator trees at Rockwell Collins and Winneshiek County parklands

Melbourne, Fla.
Computers Advancing Education Inc. - Computer recycling program

Daily Bread Inc. - Community charity garden

East Coast Zoological Society - Restore Our Shores community engagement kiosk exhibit renovation

Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute - Otter Spotter, a citizen science and volunteer project to conserve otters in the Indian River

Promise, Inc. - Pollinator garden

Sea Turtle Conservancy - Tour de Turtles, a migration-tracking education program

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

Tulsa, Okla.
Holland Hall School - Prairie restoration

Tustin, Calif.
Casita Center for Technology, Science and Math - Casita Center Native Plant Corridor

Orange County Coastkeeper - Cleanup OC

Washington, D.C.
Environmental Education in the Schoolyard - Education in outdoor classroom

Wilsonville, Ore.
Everybody Solar, Inc. - Solar for the Eugene Science Center

Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides - Wilsonville Bee Stewards Project

Oregon Natural Desert Association - Water conservation and restoration in the John Day River Basin of Oregon's high desert

PISCO - Expanding Sea Star Wasting Surveys in the Oregon Rocky Intertidal

Recycling Advocates - Bring Your Own Cup Campaign 2018

SOLV - Beach and riverside cleanup

Winston-Salem, N.C.
Mount Olive Elementary School - Pollinator garden

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