Cellcom has selected three Door County nonprofits to receive a share of its annual Green Gifts, a program that invests money from recycled cell phones in environmental projects.
The first recipient, Crossroads at Big Creek, has been nominated for inclusion in the Bay of Green Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, and to prepare for this initiative, Crossroads is developing a research and education program focusing on the Big Creek Estuary at the Cove Preserve, as well as the wetlands and watershed that feed it. The $2,500 Green Gift will jump-start the program by facilitating the purchase of research-grade water-testing equipment.
Another recipient, Open Door Bird Sanctuary, was founded in 2010 to provide both environmental and wildlife education. The organization is working to expand its school-year educational program and will use its $1,000 Green Gift to purchase materials for new, interactive sessions.
The third recipient, The Newport Wilderness Society, works with the managers of Newport State Park to help preserve its forest, meadow and shore areas for appropriate public use. The $1,000 Green Gift will support improved accessibility in the park.
A total of 32 green organizations received a share of Cellcom’s $30,527 in Green Gifts this year.