Duke Energy is a leading energy company focused on electric power and gas distribution operations, and other energy services in the Americas. The company has been a supporter of NC Beautiful’s efforts for many years. Duke Energy Government & Community Relations Manager and NC Beautiful Director, Robin Nicholson, says that NC Beautiful is a reflection of the environmental focus Duke Energy has maintained for years and is an outlet for continued improvement in the various initiatives in which Duke Energy is involved.
“The [NC Beautiful] Classic has, for years, been viewed as an exceptional event and primary funding source of the many beneficial programs NC Beautiful sponsors to help further preserve the natural beauty of this state,” says Nicholson. “Developing this longer term relationship as sponsor of the Classic reinforces Duke Energy's commitment to the environment and the NC Beautiful programs benefiting the Carolina region.”
Chartered in 1967, NC Beautiful was created as part of Governor Dan K. Moore’s pledge to emphasize preserving the state’s physical beauty. The goal behind Governor Moore’s vision was to use the gifts North Carolina was blessed with—its natural resources, scenery, climate, and physical variety—to provide economic and quality of life benefits for the people of North Carolina. That vision became NC Beautiful’s mission.
Duke Energy’s mission is to make people’s lives better by providing gas and electric services in a sustainable way. This requires the company to constantly look for ways to improve, to grow, and to reduce its impact on the environment. NC Beautiful Executive Director, Steve Vacendak, says that it’s this kind of commitment, to reduce their corporate footprint on the earth while increasing its impact in the classroom that makes Duke Energy an ideal sponsor of the NC Beautiful Classic.
“As North Carolinians, we are all part of one of the most beautifully diverse states in our nation,” says Vacendak. “It is our duty to be good stewards of our land and to make North Carolina the standard by which other states guide their environmental programs. Duke Energy shares in this commitment, and we’re grateful for their ongoing sponsorship and continued support of our organization. We’re proud of our longstanding partnership to ensure that the health and beauty of our state is sustained and maintained for the next generation of young stewards.”
For over 40 years, NC Beautiful has played an important role in the state’s environmental education and supporting organizations in their beautification efforts. With such programs as the Annual Azalea Celebration and the Windows of Opportunity Grants, the organization is helping North Carolinians keep NC Beautiful. For more information about NC Beautiful or to become a 2012 NC Beautiful Golf Classic sponsor, call (919) 828-3190 or visit www.ncbeautiful.org.
About NC Beautiful
NC Beautiful has been part of the state’s environmental preservation community for over 40 years, supporting awareness, education and beautification efforts that affect our quality of life. Today, we concentrate on hands-on and merit-based programs designed to empower our citizens to preserve the natural beauty of the state of North Carolina. Whether it’s school children building outdoor classrooms, graduate students developing cutting edge research, or a Boy Scout troop planting azaleas at an elder care facility, we make it possible for North Carolinians to keep NC Beautiful. For more information, visit www.ncbeautiful.org.
Steve Vacendak, Executive Director
Louise Carey, Programs Manager