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Rockwell Collins awards 49 Green Communities grants to locations worldwide


CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - With its “Green Buildings” serving as the backdrop, Rockwell Collins today announced the recipients of 49 Green Communities grants totaling $85,000.

“The Green Communities program has not only enhanced the environment, but it has given our employees an opportunity to get personally involved in projects that help improve the quality of life in the towns and cities where they live,” said Rockwell Collins Community Relations Manager Cindy Dietz. “Our company has a rich legacy of employees being involved in their communities and this program is another example of that commitment.”

The company made the announcement at a special ceremony in front of two of its “Leadership in Energy and Environment Design” (LEED) buildings. Dietz pointed out that Rockwell Collins has been recognized by both the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its efforts to improve the environment.

In 2008, USGBC recognized a newly constructed Rockwell Collins building in Cedar Rapids with its LEED Gold Certification with a second building built to the same specifications receiving Silver Certification in 2009.

Rockwell Collins selected the Green Communities projects based on criteria including:

* Tangible environmental benefits of the project
* Sustainability of the project benefits
* Participation in the project by Rockwell Collins employees and/or retirees
* Completion of the project within the calendar year of the grant award

Since 2004, the company has awarded 265 grants through the program. Grant awards range from $250 to $2,500. Only projects conducted or sponsored by qualified non-profit organizations or public/government entities are eligible.

$2,500 awards

* Habitat for Threatened Species Project, Regent Honeyeaters Project Inc., Benalia, Victoria, Australia
* Wild Child Butterfly Nursery Garden, Wahoos Centre for Children, Billingshurst, W. Sussex, U.K.
* Rain Garden, Center Point-Urbana School District, Center Point, Iowa
* School Rain Garden, Church of the Resurrection, Dubuque, Iowa
* Live Fire Extinguisher Training Program, Hiawatha Fire Department, Hiawatha, Iowa
* IMAGINE8 All Trails Lead to Marion Phase I, City of Marion, Iowa
* Van Note Trail Native Grasses, City of Palo, Iowa
* Water collection and irrigation at North Park Development Project, Connecting Caring Communities, Abilene, Texas
* Alligator Snapping Turtle educational exhibit, East Coast Zoological Society of Florida, Melbourne, Fla.
* Bat Roosting Habitat Improvement and Baseline Monitoring, Edward L. Rose Conservancy, Inc., Brackney, Pa.
* Green Team Cadet Corps Wetlands Restoration project, Groundwork Dallas, Inc., Dallas, Texas
* Green Facility Update, United Methodist Church c/o Lovely Lane United Methodist Church, Cedar Rapids
* Green Iowa Americorps-Blower Door, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa
* Bluebird Restoration Project, Winneshiek County Conservation Board, Fort Atkinson, Iowa

$2,250 award

* Tree planting at Bellevue State Park, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Bellevue, Iowa

$2,000 awards

* Plant a Tree Program, The Garden City Fund, Singapore
* Growing In the Garden with Kids!, Cedar Rapids Community Schools/Rockwell Collins Child Development Center, Cedar Rapids
* Sustainable Native Plantings for Jaycee Center, Cedar Rapids Jaycees Charities, Inc., Cedar Rapids
* Penn Meadows Park Pervious Pavement & Stormwater Improvement Project, City of North Liberty, Iowa
* Energy efficient window replacement in the Family History & Document Center, Czech Heritage Partnership, Inc., Waucoma, Iowa
* Recycling for Our Future, Decorah, Iowa, Community Schools
* Native Prairie Reconstruction Lake MacBride north shore, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Solon, Iowa
* Riding for a Better Quality of Life, Neighborhood Transportation Services, Inc. (NTS), Cedar Rapids
* Restoring Iowa’s Native Landscapes: Prairie and Woodland Restoration, Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center, Hiawatha
* Alternative Energy Powered Hydroponic Greenhouse, School Board of Brevard Cty./Lockmar Elementary School, Palm Bay, Fla.
* Block by Block Sustainable Landscaping, Trees Forever, Inc., Marion, Iowa

$1,500 awards

* Earth Day Ottawa Programming, Environmental Events, aka Earth Day Ottawa, Kanata, Ontario, Canada
* Cycling bus development, Organization Bus Cycliste, Cornebarrieu, France
* Atkins School Tree Planting, Atkins, Iowa, PTA
* Taft Middle School Wildlife Habitat and Outdoor Learning Center, Cedar Rapids Community School District
* Wetland Walkway, Chenango Forks Community School District, Binghamton, N.Y.
* Anamosa’s Arboretum, City of Anamosa, Iowa, Parks & Recreation Department
* Wetland Prairie Restoration of South Lynch wetland berm, Indian Creek Nature Center, Cedar Rapids
* JC Re-use/ Recycle 2010, Johnson County Independent School District, Johnson City, N.Y.
* Marquette High School Green Makeover, Bellevue, Iowa
* Wildhaven Ranch Wildlife Protection Plan Phase I, San Bernardino Mountains Wildlife Society, Lake Arrowhead, Calif.
* Urban Youth Corps 2010, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Iowa City, Iowa

$1,000 awards

* Shellsburg Children’s Garden, Benton County Agricultural District/Benton County 4H Program, Vinton, Iowa
* Kennedy High School/Prairie Learning Center, Cedar Rapids Community School District
* Children’s Discovery Garden “A Garden Grows Here,” City of Iowa City/Iowa City Parks & Recreation Department
* Enhancing Biodiversity on Lake Delhi through fish stocking and habitat construction, Lake Delhi Fish & Game, Delhi, Iowa
* Shoreline Improvement, Lake Delhi Recreation Association (Maquoketa River Water Quality Team), Delhi
* Lowe Park Children’s Garden, Linn County Extension Master Gardeners, Marion, Iowa
* “Going Green,” Preston Community Schools, Preston, Iowa

$500 awards

* Developing our Community Garden, City of Wilsonville, Ore.
* Creating a Pollinator Habitat, Jackson Soil & Water Conservation Service, Maquoketa, Iowa
* Keeping Our Streams Clean: Stream Awareness, Jackson Soil & Water Conservation Service, Maquoketa, Iowa
* Cultivate Hope Program, Matthew 25 Ministry Hub, Cedar Rapids

$250 awards

* Sewing reusable eco-friendly grocery bags, Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois/Troop #3347, Center Point, Iowa.

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