Enviva has operations throughout the mid-Atlantic and southeast U.S. regions and endeavors to support initiatives that will have a meaningful impact on the local communities where our facilities are located. Our outreach and philanthropic efforts primarily focus on three axes: sustainable forest management and restoration, promoting sustainability through education and local initiatives that support environmental initiatives.
Below are some stories of outreach in our local communities.
Each holiday season, Enviva participates in a local “Adopt-a-Family” program, providing gifts and necessities to families in need in the Washington, DC area.
Enviva has worked with the National Forest Foundation (“NFF”) in helping to fund reforestation in West Virginia and Mississippi.
In March 2012, Enviva participated in the groundbreaking of the Elizabeth River Project’s historic wetland restoration at Paradise Creek Park, next door to Enviva’s export terminal in Portsmouth, Va. Enviva continues to support ERP through various initiatives throughout the year.
What are wood pellets and why are they important? Enviva staff visit schools in communities where Enviva has operations to answer questions like these. For younger students, we developed Woody the Wood Pellet, an illustrated story explaining how the products Enviva manufactures are helping our customers meet their environmental goals. Most recently, Enviva staff visited KIPP Gaston College Preparatory School in Gaston, NC which is right down the road from our Northampton facility.
Local residents were invited to visit Enviva’s Port of Chesapeake for a tour and a chance to learn more about Enviva’s operations.
Enviva Port of Chesapeake is honored as a Model Level River Star by the Elizabeth River Project, a local non-profit group in the Chesapeake, Va., working with residents and businesses to restore the Elizabeth River. The Port has established stormwater pollution prevention efforts, supported tree planting, incorporated a strong environmental ethic at the site, mentored other River Stars, and most recently facilitated oyster growing that will further wildlife habitat enhancement improvements.
Enviva is growing the equivalent of 3,000 spat oysters in floats, in three spat-on-shell oyster cages.