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May 18, 2017

VEE is pleased to again partner with the Virginia Junior Academy of Science (VJAS) to award two scholarships to deserving high school students at the annual VJAS Research Symposium. Macy Marie Calder received the Frances and Sydney Lewis Environmental Science Scholarship, which provides $5,000 over four college years. Abigail Belvin received the Henry W. MacKenzie, Jr. Environmental Scholarship, which also provides $5,000 over four college years. Both Macy and Abigail are seniors at the Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School for Marine & Environmental Science.

Macy Marie Calder, VEE Executive Director Joseph Maroon, and Abigail Belvin

April 9, 2017

VEE announced awards of more than a quarter million dollars for projects statewide. View the Press Release.

December 13, 2016

VEE announced grants totaling over $180,000. View the Press Release.

August 26, 2016

The Virginia Environmental Endowment is pleased to announce the establishment of the Fund for the Virginia Environmental Endowment, created to bolster efforts to raise additional capital for grant-making to well-vetted and highly regarded nonprofit partners. The Fund enables donors to make tax-deductible donations, and is ideal for friends of the Endowment and those who wish to contribute to environmental improvement but are unsure where to direct their support. Click here to make a gift online in support of the Fund for VEE, or visit the Donating to VEE page for additional information.

May 19, 2016

VEE once again proudly partnered with the Virginia Junior Academy of Science (VJAS) at its annual high school Research Symposium to award two scholarships to deserving students. Ana Humphrey of T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, VA, received the Frances and Sydney Lewis Environmental Science Scholarship, which provides $14,000 over four college years.  Skylar Brodowski of Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, VA received the Henry W. MacKenzie, Jr. Environmental Scholarship, which provides $5,000 over four college years. Ms. Humphrey (left) and Ms. Brodowski (right) are pictured below with VJAS Executive Director Susan Booth.

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May 16, 2016

The Virginia Environmental Endowment has announced awards of more than $250,000 to 13 organizations dedicated to protecting and improving Virginia’s natural resources and environment. Grants were awarded to improve local water quality, accelerate Chesapeake Bay restoration, increase farmer utilization of nutrient management plans, advance land conservation in Southern Virginia and across the Commonwealth, inform local officials concerning Bay efforts, enhance environmental education and literacy in Richmond and Loudoun schools and statewide, and support coastal policy issues. In advance of the Endowment’s 40th anniversary in 2017, VEE has partnered with the Virginia Institute for Marine Science to update the status of Kepone in the James River which has not been monitored since 2009 due to state budget cuts.  When combined with matching funds, VEE has invested more than $77 million in environmental improvements since it was founded in 1977.  View the press release.

October 27, 2015

The Virginia Environmental Endowment announced awards of more than $260,000 to protect and improve the region’s natural resources and environment. Eleven organizations will receive financial support, benefitting communities throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Kanawha and Ohio River Valleys of West Virginia and Kentucky. The Endowment’s total support in 2015 for more than twenty organizations exceeds $500,000. When combined with matching funds, VEE has invested more than $77 million in environmental improvements statewide since it was founded in 1977. View the press release.

Report on a Forum on Land Conservation in Southern Virginia

VEE’s ongoing efforts to help promote land conservation in Southern Virginia took a major step forward with the convening of a Land Conservation Forum in Chase City on July 29, 2015. VEE partnered with the Land Trust Alliance to develop the one-day forum focused on the future of land conservation in Southern Virginia. Thirty-eight people attended. Participants were asked if they thought private nonprofit land trust services were needed to serve Southern Virginia and, if so, what services such an organization might provide, what geographic area it should serve, what conservation resources need protection, whether community and financial support for such an organization exists, whether such an organization could be sustained over the long term, and what resources outside sources might be able to offer in the way of assistance. The attendees were nearly unanimous in their belief that additional land trust services would benefit land conservation efforts in Southern Virginia. Participants provided extensive feedback in a wide-ranging and open dialogue.  An electronic copy of the final Follow-up Report on a Forum on Land Conservation in Southern Virginia can be viewed here.

May 22, 2015

VEE partnered with the Virginia Junior Academy of Science (VJAS) at its annual high school Research Symposium to award the Frances and Sydney Lewis Environmental Science Scholarship ($14,000 over four college years) to Kelly Devens, Roanoke Valley Governor’s School, and the Henry W. MacKenzie, Jr. Environmental Scholarship ($5,000 over four college years) to Robin Thady, Cheasapeake Bay Governor’s School.

Kelly Devens

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May 12, 2015

The Virginia Environmental Endowment announced awards of more than $240,000 to protect and improve the region’s natural resources and environment. When combined with matching funds, grants awarded by VEE since 1977 represent an investment of over $76 million in environmental improvements statewide. View the press release.

May 3, 2015

The Richmond Times-Dispatch published an editorial commending the Virginia Environmental Endowment for its support of Appalachian Harvest and environmental stewardship in general. View the editorial.

January 21, 2015

Click the following link for a recent article about the Virginia Environmental Endowment that provides background on the Endowment.
Appalachian Woodlands Cover Story

December 2014

The Virginia Environmental Endowment recently funded an excellent field guide on illicit discharge detection for localities in the Shenandoah Valley.  The report, which was produced by the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission and the Center for Watershed Protection, should be of interest to other localities that have municipal stormwater permits as well as to other interested parties.

November 2014

On November 10, 2014, the Endowment announced awards of nearly $250,000 to protect and improve the region’s natural resources and environment, bringing VEE’s total FY15 grant support for the year to $553,227 (April plus October grants support).
View the press release.

May 30, 2014

VEE Executive Director Joseph Maroon joined Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe, Secretary of Natural Resources Molly Ward, Colonel Paul Olsen, the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation’s Thurston Moore and The Nature Conservancy’s Michael Lipford to celebrate the launch of the Piankatank River Oyster Reef Building Project. Private fundraising for the project was spearheaded by VEE’s partner The Nature Conservancy.

Piankatank River Oyster Reef Funds

May 20, 2014

VEE announced grants totaling nearly $300,000. View the Press Release.

May 15, 2014

VEE partnered with the Virginia Junior Academy of Science (VJAS) at its annual high school Research Symposium to award the Frances and Sydney Lewis Environmental Science Scholarship ($14,000 over four college years) to Catherine Pollack, and the Henry W. MacKenzie, Jr. Environmental Scholarship ($5,000 over four college years) to Jennifer Ratcliffe.

Jennifer Ratcliffe, Joseph Maroon, and Catherine Pollack

Jennifer Ratcliffe, VEE Executive Director Joseph Maroon, and Catherine Pollack