Below are some of the programs and partnerships we support throughout our territories.
Education and Skills:
One of the leading national youth service corps organizations, City Year,
has launched a new school initiative, Whole School Whole Child
(WSWC), in response to the alarmingly high dropout rates across the country. National Grid has committed to a multi-year partnership as the Northeast regional sponsor of their WSWC program. WSWC will aim to improve participating targeted schools' attendance, behavior and course performance in City Year sites located in Boston, New Hampshire, New York City and Rhode Island. Please take a look at the City Year video
to learn more.
Recognized as a national best practice by the Department of Labor, the Energy Utility Technology (EUT) Training Program
is a workforce training program that involves a partnership between National Grid and several community colleges in Massachusetts. Students take classes in computer applications, technical math, industrial safety and more as part of a two-semester, college-credit program designed by National Grid to help them earn an EUT Certificate. The program includes a 10-week internship at National Gridís training facility in Millbury, Massachusetts. National Grid has already offered employment to several recent graduates and will continue to interview graduates for jobs. This is an outstanding example of National Grid partnering with the community to enhance the education of our young people.
National Grid has established an endowment fund at Clarkson University
in upstate New York to assist up to eight summer research opportunities each year in the area of sustainable energy. In addition, this funding will support the Clarkson Honors Program which is built upon current and emerging problems in science, technology and society. The honors program offers unique academic opportunities and challenges for Clarkson's most promising students.
National Grid and the College of Staten Island/CUNY
teamed up to launch an Engineering Workshop
Series program designed to inform and encourage underserved, at-risk high school students about engineering career paths. Through this program, high school students work on exciting engineering projects involving robots and engineering microcontrollers.
National Gridís commitment to the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy
directly supports the organizationís Green and Grow
initiative, a youth workforce development program serving young people, ages 16Ė20, from low income and immigrant families in Boston.
Energy and Environment:
National Grid is a proud sponsor of the Schenectady Museumís
"Wind and Solar Power Exhibit,"
an interactive experience that educates the community about solar and wind power and provides a platform to examine issues associated with the use of renewable energy.
National Grid and the Green Education Foundation
are working together to empower children to become environmental stewards. Gridís sponsorship of their "Green Energy Challenge"
teaches students Pre-K-12 the science of energy, nonrenewable and renewable energy sources and conservation strategies.
Recently, National Grid partnered with the Baltimore Woods Nature Center
(Syracuse, NY) in support of their Nature in the City
program. This program introduces local public school students in grades KĖ6 to science through classroom and green space lessons. Lessons explore the ways people interact with the urban environment, including energy use, the scale of cities against the forces of nature, geography of waterways and cities, urban wildlife, water quality, insects and more. Interactive, inquiry-based lessons are hands-on and adhere to Syracuse curricula and NYS science learning standards.
The partnership with the New England Aquarium
initiated several signature environmental education programs which include the Free-to-Learn program (providing free aquarium admission to 3,500 children and their teachers from low income communities); the Teen Ocean Summit (a one-day symposium for students and their teachers from Massachusetts high schools to discuss and debate climate change); and the Teacher Resource Center.
National Gridís continued partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod
helps to bring affordable housing to low income families across Cape Cod. Homes are built to achieve the standard of a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) gold certification.
National Grid is sensitive to the needs of households who are struggling to pay their energy bills and do not qualify for federal or state energy funds. In Massachusetts and Rhode Island, National Grid sponsored The Good Neighbor Energy Fund
administered by the Salvation Army. In New York, National Grid worked with the American Red Cross to help those in need through the Care and Share Energy Fund
. We are proud that our partnership with these fine organizations provided assistance to hundreds of thousands of households in need. We also encourage employees and customers to contribute to the energy assistance funds in their state.
across our U.S. footprint. Our significant investment with this critical organization continues to make a positive impact across the cities and towns where we live and work. Last year, National Grid along with its 17,000 United States employees contributed over $3 million to the United Way campaign.
is the worldís largest organization dedicated to educating students about work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. Highlights of our involvement over the past year include volunteer recruitment sessions, a bowl-a-thon that raised more than $70,000, as well as two co-hosted leadership conferences for college bound high school students.
National Gridís comprehensive Energy Saving Fundraiser Program helps Massachusetts and Rhode Island public and private schools raise funds while teaching students about energy efficiency and conservation.