The Baker Hughes Foundation announced a $100,000 donation to the Coastal Prairie Conservancy to help preserve coastal grasslands, wetlands, farms, and ranches in Texas for the benefit of people and animals. The Coastal Prairie Conservancy’s mission is to ensure a dynamic and resilient community, as well as to connect the people with nature through public access, educational programming, and outreach. The gift was announced at the official opening of Baker Hughes’ new headquarters in Houston’s Energy Corridor on Monday, with representatives from the Coastal Prairie Conservancy in attendance for a check presentation.
The Baker Hughes Foundation funded a total of $150,000 to habitat restoration in the Texas Gulf Coast region in 2020 and 2021. The Indiangrass Preserve, which is part of the larger Katy Prairie Preserve, has received a large portion of this investment. It is home to over 300 resident and migratory birds, 110 species of mammals, amphibians, and reptiles, 700 species of wildflowers and grasses, and thousands of terrestrial insects and aquatic invertebrates. This third-year funding will assist work to restore and improve this 2,800-acre preserve, which is available to the public.
The Coastal Prairie Conservancy is one of southeast Texas’ greatest local land conservation organizations, safeguarding almost 31,000 acres of coastal prairie, including protected properties near Baker.
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“Thriving natural ecosystems are critical for sustaining rich biodiversity, and we are committed to conserving and protecting our natural resources,” said Allyson Book, Baker Hughes’ chief sustainability officer. “Coastal Prairie Conservancy preserves and safeguards the ecosystems in the Greater Houston area, and we are proud to partner with them.”
“We are deeply grateful for this generous donation and fruitful collaboration with the Baker Hughes Foundation.” This financing will not only allow the Coastal Prairie Conservancy to protect plants and animals while also providing healthy grasslands and wetlands as habitats, but it will also help humans, according to Coastal Prairie Conservancy President and CEO Mary Anne Piacentini. “Coastal prairie conservation and enhancement benefit the public by providing access to nature, improved health and wellness, regional flood control, increased carbon capture, improved water quality, and climate resilience.” We are honored to collaborate with the Baker Hughes Foundation to promote healthy lands, wildlife, and communities.”
This contribution helps Baker Hughes fulfill its commitment to advancing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), notably SDG 15 – Life on Land. To maintain, restore, and promote the sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems. With over 5,000 employees in the greater Houston area, this contribution also supports the Baker Hughes Foundation’s purpose of giving back to the communities where we do business.