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"Routes & Roots" Healthy Rivers Project Bolsters Enterprise’s Canadian Philanthropic Initiatives

TORONTO, Nov. 13, 2017 /CNW/ – The today announced a $30 million donation to The Nature Conservancy , a global nonprofit organization that works to address critical conservation challenges around the world. A portion of this donation includes support for TNC Canada , (The Nature Conservancy’s Canadian affiliate) focused on bolstering Indigenous land and water management leadership in Canada. The five-year donation – called the " Routes & Roots: Enterprise Healthy Rivers Project" – helps support The Nature Conservancy’s long-term water resource management initiatives and is expected to benefit 150 million people. Enterprise Holdings (CNW Group/Enterprise Holdings) "Blue Infrastructure"

The project highlights the strategic importance of "blue infrastructure" – rivers and regional watersheds – which not only supply drainage and outflow for rainfall and streams, but also strengthen habitats and farmlands, generate renewable energy and provide cost-efficient transportation options.

"Enterprise’s generosity will go a long way to support the work of Indigenous communities," said Hadley Archer, Executive Director of TNC Canada. "It will support the critical role First Nations play in making decisions regarding the management of their traditional lands and waters. This work isn’t just about protection, it’s about building partnerships that create healthy economies, enabling long-term solutions that help people and nature thrive."

Founded in 1982, the private Enterprise Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Enterprise Rent-A-Car brand and Enterprise Holdings, the world’s largest car rental company and an industry leader in transportation and travel. Carolyn Kindle Betz , Senior Vice President and Executive Director of the Foundation, made today’s announcement from the company’s world headquarters in St. Louis.

"My family’s philanthropic focus is not always directly related to our business, but instead reaches beyond to make a difference and improve the quality of life wherever our employees and customers live and work," noted Kindle Betz, granddaughter of the late Jack Taylor, who founded Enterprise 60 years ago in St. Louis. "We’re thrilled to support and partner with a world-class organization like The Nature Conservancy in this effort to help ensure that healthy rivers continue to enrich our lives for generations to come."

The Nature Conservancy will use the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation’s $30 million donation to help protect and preserve four major rivers and watersheds across North America and Europe: Canada
A vast mosaic of forests, rivers, lakes, and wetlands, Canada’s Boreal Forest is home to more surface freshwater than any other ecosystem on earth. It is also home to more than 600 Indigenous communities who have depended on, and cared for, this vital global resource for thousands of years. In a region of northwestern Manitoba that includes the mighty Churchill and Saskatchewan rivers, The Nature Conservancy, with its Canadian affiliate TNC Canada, is partnering with several First Nations as they work to increase their leadership and authority around decisions regarding natural resources in their traditional territories. These efforts help ensure that the full economic, cultural, and environmental value of their traditional lands and waters are realized to the benefit of all.

Mississippi River (U.S.)
One of the world’s longest and most iconic rivers, the Mississippi flows through the heart and history of North America, from the pine woods of northern Minnesota, through the rich, dark Delta soil to the Gulf of Mexico – a more-than-2,300-mile journey through a watershed that covers about 40 percent of the United States. At the southern end of that watershed, Enterprise’s gift will support partnerships with farmers, ranchers and communities to help them reduce the amount of excess nutrient runoff that enters the river system and the Gulf. This will begin to […]

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