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Ford grants $40K to 7 environmental organizations

CMTAS Yauco is one of this year's winning projects.

CMTAS Yauco is one of this year’s winning projects.

Seven organizations focused on environmental conservation will split $40,000 in grant funding from the most recent round of funding provided by Ford in Puerto Rico as a part of Ford Motor Company’s Conservation & Environmental Program.

The winners are located throughout the island, including Culebra, and their projects cover a wide range of areas related to environmental conservation dealing with matters such as eco-friendly education, water body conservation, school vegetable gardens and compost use.

“Through this initiative, Ford seeks to recognize and highlight the work carried out by these organizations for the benefit of environment,” said Vivian Dávila, public affairs and communications manager at Ford Puerto Rico, Central America and the Caribbean.

“We would also want to thank them for their hard work because they serve as a role model for emerging generations while they also convey the message that environmental conservation is a matter of life quality and making a better society,” she said.

This edition’s winners are:

  • Biorinken — A project that educates, researches and develops alternatives to oil and oil derivatives with the purpose of creating an eco-friendly platform that provides companies with: knowledge, techniques, support and environment-friendly resources.
  • Raíces del barrio — A communication project focused on a documentary show about local urban projects that foster urban agriculture, sustainability and the sense of community.
  • Agua para el Proyecto SIEMBRA — This project seeks to provide and restore the existing tanks of Culebra’s Antigua Escuela, now SEVA, so that PROYECTO SIEMBRA can head for its sustainability goal, thus ensuring a better use of existing resources.
  • Bambú Pueblo — An independent, nonprofit initiative that uses bamboo as a key resource for the development of social-ecological projects.
  • El compostaje comienza en casa — This organization educates and raises communities’ awareness in an innovative way, through an eco-friendly marionette theater. Communities will be educated on the importance of reducing 40 percent of solid waste by separating vegetable and organic materials to produce compost.
  • Proyecto Agroecológico El Josco Bravo — A nonprofit ecological school of agriculture in Toa Alta that seeks to socialize agroecological knowledge through young people committed to agriculture and sustainability.
  • CMTAS Yauco — An educational program consisting of theoretical and practical workshops on how communities can address bladderwrack on Puerto Rico coasts and find it useful for cattle food and soil conditioner for sowing.
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