At Gulf Power, the environmental conservation ethos is very much a part of our DNA, whether we’re conducting prescribed burns to mimic the benefits of natural fires for our longleaf pine forests, monitoring shorebird nests, rebuilding oyster beds, picking up trash along our beaches and waterways or maintaining public hiking trails through preservation areas.
In celebration of Earth Day this year, employees will be spreading out across the service footprint to clean up areas of Pensacola Beach and Okaloosa Island and enhance access to a public trial and to talk to the public about Gulf Power’s renewable energy sources and energy efficiency programs.
“Gulf Power employees will be investing their time and talents on Earth Day, just as they do throughout the year, improving our natural resources and access to them, so they’ll be in better shape for future generations,” said Kimberly Blair, Gulf Power spokesperson. “After all, our employees and customers live, work and play in one of the most biologically diverse regions in the country.”
On April 19, a team of employees will join the
staff at the E. O. Wilson Biophilia Center on a 50,000-acre conservation land on the Nokuse Plantation in South Walton County to help with facility and trail maintenance as a way to support the important mission of the center.
Located on one of the nation’s ecological gems, a Longleaf Pine ecosystem considered the 6th most biodiverse area in the continental country, the Biophilia Center serves as a hands-on, environmental science classroom for five surrounding school districts — Okaloosa, Walton, Bay, Holmes, and Washington. During the school year, more than 6,000 students annually, about 100 students a day, converge on the center for STEM-based curriculum.
“When you combine education and the environment, you can bet our Gulf Power Environmental Stewardship team wants to be involved,” Blair said. “That’s why the team has been volunteering at the Biophilia Center for a number of years, repairing boardwalks, painting picnic tables, building a fence and clearing out overgrown vegetation along with other projects to make sure the center’s staff can focus on fostering future conservationists.”
Gulf Power employees will also participate in Earth Day events such as Earth Day Gallery Night in downtown Pensacola where the public is invited to stop by our Solar-Powered Charging Station and charge up their smartphones. Teammates will also be showcasing our renewable energy sources and stewardship program and will have copies of “Our Promise” magazine that details our environmental stewardship efforts.
Gulf Power also has a long history of investing in environmental stewardship throughout Northwest Florida. For the past 15 years it has supported millions of dollars in grants with its parent company Southern Company through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program, Gulf Coast Conservation Grant, Longleaf Stewardship Fund and Bats for the Future Fund, to restore longleaf pine ecosystems, water restoration projects and recovery efforts of endangered species. Gulf Power employees also provide hundreds of volunteer hours and their expertise in supporting these projects. Learn more about our environmental stewardship in “Our Promise.”