CHICAGO (February 22, 2011) – MillerCoors today announced an $80,000 donation to River Network, a national non-profit organization with more than 650 local member organizations focused on water quality and watershed protection. As part of the third annual MillerCoors – River Network Grant Competition, watershed grants will be awarded to six local non-profit organizations across the country.
Through an online voting competition on www.RiverNetwork.org, MillerCoors encourages the public to vote for the winning proposals. The proposed projects range from educating the public on water resources to conserving and protecting local watersheds. The finalist organization with the most votes will receive the largest grant, in the amount of $30,000. Second place will receive a $10,000 grant and the third will receive a $5,000 grant. The remaining three finalists will each receive $3,000.
“We are excited to build upon the momentum of the previous MillerCoors – River Network competitions and look forward to bringing meaningful programs to life with these community-focused organizations,” said Kim Marotta, vice president of corporate social responsibility for MillerCoors. “Water is one of the key ingredients in our great beers, and MillerCoors understands the necessity of protecting this resource both inside our breweries and importantly, in our communities.”
The River Network program aligns with MillerCoors commitment to water stewardship. The company has set a goal to reduce water usage to 3.5 barrels of water to one barrel of beer by 2015. The company also recently conducted a comprehensive watershed mapping exercise to better understand water risks in their eight major brewery communities.
“Healthy rivers are vital to a healthy water future,” said Todd Ambs, River Network President. “Thanks to the support and leadership from MillerCoors, waterways across the nation will be protected and restored for all people, fish and wildlife, and future generations.”