Few activities embody the ethos of sustainability more than preparing the young for the future. In that spirit, Dominion Energy has developed several programs to educate tomorrow’s leaders about energy and the environment.
We work with a wide array of local institutions and organizations to help bring up the next generation of scientists, engineers, environmentalists and other skilled workers.
A few examples:
1. Dominion Energy sponsors Project Plant It!, partnering with Arbor Day Foundation and local organizations to teach students about the environmental benefits of planting trees. Students from local schools, Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops, civic associations, and more take part in our interactive lessons and are given tree seedlings to plant at home or at school. In April 2018, the project reached a major milestone: the distribution of 500,000 tree seedlings since the program began in 2007. According to the Virginia Department of Forestry, this equates to about 1,250 acres of new forest if all of the seedlings are planted and grow to maturity.
2. The Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation provides environmental-education grants for schools that teach students and the public about environmental stewardship, protect and preserve natural habitats, and improve open spaces and make nature accessible. These grants are highly competitive. In early 2017, the Foundation awarded $1.2 million to more than 100 organizations — in Connecticut, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.
3. The Dominion Energy Envirothon is a team-based natural resources competition for high school students throughout Virginia. Students learn stewardship and management concepts and work to solve real-world environmental problems. During regional competitions, teams of high school students are tested on their knowledge of natural resources, including soils, forestry, wildlife, aquatics, and a current environmental issue. Students visit five “in-the-field” test stations, where written and hands-on problem-solving is required along with an oral presentation formulating a strategy to address a specific environmental issue they’ve researched. Winners of the regional competitions move to the Virginia statewide competition, and those winners attend the North American Envirothon. The company has sponsored this project, in partnership with the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, since 2011.
A video discussing the Envirothon is available here.
In 2018, thanks to a Dominion Energy environmental grant, several new educational opportunities at Virginia Commonwealth University's Rice Rivers Center will arise. The grant is being used to restore a pier, which will provide students with safe and secure access to resources that will enhance their knowledge about the environment. You can watch a brief video about the project here.
Dominion Energy offers a variety of scholarships, including:
Diversity Scholars. We are increasing the diversity scholarships designated for highly qualified female and minority candidates — with more to come. These scholarships also include paid summer internships at Dominion Energy.
The Dominion Energy Careers in Energy at Three Rivers Community Technical College. This scholarship supports promising candidates for the Nuclear Engineering Technology program at Three Rivers Community College in Norwich, Conn., with up to 16 two- year scholarship awards per year, which includes tuition and fees, books, a monthly stipend, and a summer internship assignment at Dominion Energy’s Millstone Power Station.
The Dominion Energy Credit Union Scholarship Program. This provides educational funds for Dominion Energy Credit Union members who are graduating high-school seniors enrolling as full-time students in an accredited college or university.
Combined College Funds. In the states where Dominion Energy has a broad customer base, we support a variety of combined college funds, such as the United Negro College Fund, as well as statewide and regional foundations for independent colleges and community colleges.