Avangrid Foundation grant supports regional climate science
$250,000 award will support research efforts in the Gulf of Maine bioregion
PORTLAND, Maine — January 09, 2020 — In September, the Avangrid Foundation awarded a $250,000 grant to support ongoing climate change projects at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute. The grant will provide support for GMRI scientists focused on issues of climate resilience in our fisheries and other coastal industries.
In part, the grant helped make the recent Gulf of Maine 2050 International Symposium possible. The new funding will also fuel new research into shifting fish populations, vulnerability assessments for fishing ports in the Northeast, advancing new climate-ready fisheries management methods.
This latest gift from the Avangrid Foundation builds on over a decade of support for our institution,” said Director of Organizational Giving and Philanthropy, Jill Harlow. “We deeply appreciate what they’ve done for the Gulf of Maine and its surrounding communities.”
The Avangrid Foundation is an independent organization that engages in mission-driven charitable giving and is the principal philanthropic arm of AVANGRID, Inc., based in Orange, Connecticut.
Since 2002, the Foundation has invested millions of dollars in grants, scholarships and matching gift programs with a focus on building sustainable, vital and healthy communities, preserving cultural and artistic heritage, advancing education and improving the lives of vulnerable persons. Funding activities that contribute to environmental sustainability and climate action are among the Foundation’s strategic priorities.
“As one of the cleanest U.S. utilities and a leader in renewable energy, AVANGRID stands at the forefront of the nation’s energy transformation change and drive for sustainability. We are proud to support the important work of the GMRI to identify solutions to the challenges of global warming and climate disruption,” said Scott Mahoney AVANGRID’s Senior Vice President (and member of the GMRI board of directors).