Conagra Newport awards CWEET $5,000 grant

Torey Watts, left, Plant Sanitation Manager, and Mindy Shelton Seagle, CWEET Media and Marketing Coordinator, meet to discuss the Conagra Sustainability Development Award and Grant awarded to the local environmental non-profit.

NEWPORT—Clean Water Expected in East Tennessee, Cocke County’s environmental Non-Profit has been awarded a $5,000 grant from ConAgra Brands in recognition of community commitment to sustainable development.

“The Conagra Brands Sustainable Development Awards program has just completed its tenth year. This program highlights our successes in reducing our company’s environmental impacts” says Julie Lecci, Manager at Conagra Brands headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska.

Annually, Conagra facilities are chosen for the award based on employees’ innovative ideas to reduce the company’s impact on the environment. For the second year in a row, the Newport facility has been recognized for its employees’ commitment to conserving energy and water, and reducing waste.

This year, the Newport team reduced their waste by approximately 30% by increasing the efficiency of their recycling process. As part of the Sustainable Development Award, the winning facility gets to nominate an environmentally focused, community nonprofit to receive a $5,000 grant.

Conagra Newport has nominated Clean Water Expected in East Tennessee (CWEET) as the grant recipient for the organization’s dedication to the conservation and preservation of the Pigeon River.

Clean Water Expected in East Tennessee plans to use the grant money to continue its citizen volunteer-led stream water monitoring program to ensure the continued health of the Pigeon River.

Additionally, CWEET will be further expanding a new program in conjunction with MountainTrue, of Asheville, NC, that includes testing the Pigeon River for levels of bacteria that determine when the river is safest for recreating in an effort to keep our community informed and healthy.

“CWEET appreciates the recognition of Conagra Newport and its employees and we are grateful for our collective commitment to sustainable development.

“Our little corner of Appalachia is a beautiful place and when industry and community work together for clean air, water and land, we build a healthy, thriving environment for everyone.”

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