The Xcel Energy Foundation recently awarded a grant check for $10,000 to Eco Education, a nonprofit organization that provides a variety of sustainability learning experiences for school children.
Pictured from left to right: Elise Griffin, Eco Education program advisor; Paul Adelmann, Xcel Energy community relations manager; Lea Favor, executive director of Eco Education.
The presentation took place at the Seward Neighborhood Peace Garden in South Minneapolis, where Eco Education teaches children how to grow a variety of vegetables and fruits, which, after being harvested, are used in a local café and also in the Minneapolis School Lunch program.
Xcel Energy Foundation's grant-making is focused in four areas: economic sustainability, education, access to arts and culture, and the environment.
Recently announced 2012 Xcel Energy Foundation grants in Minnesota include more than $550,000 in educational grants and more than $350,000 in environmental grants. A total of 77 Minnesota nonprofits will benefit.
Xcel Energy, its employees and retirees invest in the communities they serve through the Xcel Energy Foundation, United Way, matching gifts and volunteerism. For more information visit www.xcelenergy.com and click on Community then Foundation.