Avangrid Foundation Jump Starts Funding Campaign for Maine State Museum Project
AUGUSTA, MAINE — May 30, 2017 — The Avangrid Foundation is giving a boost to the Maine State Museum’s plan to build an Education Center at its facility in Augusta. The Foundation has pledged donations totaling $100,000 to the Museum’s fundraising campaign.
The Avangrid Foundation is the philanthropic organization of AVANGRID (NYSE: AGR), a diversified U.S. energy and utility company and global affiliate of Spanish energy giant, Iberdrola S.A.
The planned Education Center will include an Avangrid Foundation “Energy Zone” with the addition of “Science Spots” throughout the museum. Among the goals of the new facility is to encourage intellectual growth for youngsters and other visitors through the application of STEM-based learning (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).
“Promoting education for students of all ages – particularly STEM-based knowledge -- is one focus for our charitable giving and community involvement,” said Robert Kump, president of the Avangrid Foundation. “We are confident that the Museum’s new Education Center will inspire young visitors to broaden their horizons and advance their knowledge of these important topics.”
During a tour of the museum on April 28, Avangrid Foundation Director Nicole Licata Grant noted its value to the community.
“The Maine State Museum is a local treasure for our customers, the community in Maine, and all who visit,” said Licata Grant. “We are proud to invest in the Energy Zone and Education Center, which will engage visitors in new and important ways.”
The Avangrid Foundation’s support of the Maine State Museum is one of many education-based funding initiatives by the Avangrid Foundation. The Foundation also funds scholarship programs for students pursuing master’s studies in energy and/or the environment in universities across the U.S. and in Spain and the United Kingdom.
AVANGRID is the parent company of Central Maine Power and Maine Natural Gas in Maine; six other utilities in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York; and Avangrid Renewables, the second-largest wind energy company in the U.S.
Photo caption: During a recent tour of the Maine State Museum, people from the museum, Avangrid Foundation, and Central Maine Power took time to celebrate Avangrid Foundation’s donation of $100,000 toward the museum’s planned Education Center. Pictured left to right: Jon Doyle, Chairman, Maine State Museum Commission; Jennifer Dube-Works, Director, Friends of the Maine State Museum; Joel Harrington, Manager, Government and Community Relations, CMP; Joanna Torow, Chief Educator, Maine State Museum; Nicole Licata Grant, Director, Avangrid Foundation; Dr. Paula Work, Curator, Natural Sciences, Maine State Museum; and Bernard Fishman, Director, Maine State Museum.
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About AVANGRID: Avangrid, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) is a diversified energy and utility company with more than $31 billion in assets and operations in 27 states. The company owns regulated utilities and electricity generation assets through two primary lines of business, Avangrid Networks and Avangrid Renewables. Avangrid Networks is comprised of eight electric and natural gas utilities, serving approximately 3.2 million customers in New York and New England. Avangrid Renewables operates more than 6 gigawatts of owned and controlled renewable generation capacity, mostly wind and solar, in 22 U.S. states. AVANGRID employs approximately 6,800 people. For more information, visit www.avangrid.com.
About Avangrid Foundation: Avangrid Foundation coordinates and funds energy sustainability, environmental, social responsibility and educational programs in areas where AVANGRID and its subsidiaries operate. For more information, please visit our website: www.avangrid.com.