Dominion is extensively involved in environmental education. Select a topic below to learn more:
Dominion supports a wide range of environmental, educational, cultural, community development, and health and human services efforts through the Dominion Foundation. The Dominion Educational Partnership is an educational grant fund to encourage development of new programs to strengthen math and science skills.
The program began in 1996 and has grown each year. For 2013-14, Dominion awarded nearly $1.4 million in education grants to 127 schools and educational institutions in eight states.
One of the most popular grants categories is "Environmental Education," which supports teachers with numerous learning activities.
In partnership with the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s Watershed Assistance Center a Watershed Mini Grants program was initiated in 2004. Watershed protection is a growing area of community-based collaboration and throughout Pennsylvania watershed groups are playing an increasingly prominent role in environmental management.
In 2005, eighteen watershed groups were awarded $10,000 worth of grants to strengthen their important environmental stewardship role in protecting our waterways and educating the public.
In 2009, the program has grown to award 22 watershed groups with $30,000 worth of grants. This unique partnership has awarded 120 grants to 73 watershed groups throughout 31 counties in Pennsylvania over the last 5 years. These grants total approximately $100,000.
Educational Video on Streams and Acidification
Students and civic organizations participated in a joint venture project between Dominion and Trout Unlimited. The partnership worked to create a 10-minute video detailing the impact of acid rain on forests and coldwater streams.
The educational video, titled "Battle for the Brookie," also highlights Dominion’s efforts to reduce emissions that contribute to acid rain.
In October 2006, more than 100 Girl Scouts gathered at Dominion's Innsbrook Technical Center in Richmond for "It's Electric II" — a forum for girls to interface with professional women in non-traditional fields. Another forum will be held in October 2009.
At the daylong event, the girls learned how to use electricity safely, how electric production impacts the environment, energy conservation, and how meteorology influences a power company's decision-making process.
The 11- to 17-year-olds also learned about career opportunities.
As an interactive activity, the girls powered a light bulb by riding a bicycle generator.
The event was sponsored and funded by a $5,000 grant from the Dominion Foundation. It was staffed by 45 volunteers from area colleges and Dominion employees from all areas of the company.
Dominion's Millstone Power Station hosted more than 700 scouts from the Connecticut Rivers Council of the Boy Scouts of America on Jan. 27, 2007 for its annual Badge O-Ree weekend in Waterford, Conn. Since 1995, Millstone has hosted this annual event as a way to reach out, assist and educate local youth.
During the weekend event, the scouts used the facilities, learned from Dominion's technical experts and worked to earn specialized merit badges. While some of the scouts remained at Millstone for activities, other groups were bused to the Waterford Ambulance Service, the Coast Guard Academy and Connecticut College to fulfill requirements for specific merit badges.
The Dominion Foundation contributed $2,000 to help fund the event. About 50 Millstone employees and retirees volunteered to help the scouts learn and earn badges in topics such as chemistry, electricity, electronics, wood carving, environmental science and citizenship.
Project Plant It! is a partnership among Dominion, the Arbor Day Foundation and elementary schools and community groups in regions served by the company.
Each year, this program teaches thousands of students and community members about the value of trees in our ecosystem and how to recognize and care for trees. Project Plant It! enhances the classroom learning experience and increases comprehension of subject matter to meet state learning standards by providing a hands-on experience for each child.
Program participants learn about the value of trees, including how they help to moderate climates, improve air quality, absorb carbon, harbor wildlife, prevent soil erosion and reduce heating and cooling costs. In celebration of Arbor Day, students and community members will experience the fun of planting trees with their family and friends.
Dominion is a continued supporter of the National Aviary's Education Programs which are designed around the philosophy that all visitors should leave the Aviary with a new understanding of the bird world, and the interdependent role of humans within the world's ecosystems.
A recent grant by Dominion was used to increase the quality of the Aviary's daily Owl Encounters and Penguin Premiere program and will add a great deal to the educational impact of the daily shows.
Other examples of Dominion’s involvement in environmental education include: