Target: John G. Stumpf, CEO of Wells Fargo
Goal: Thank bank for supporting water, energy, and food projects in America through philanthropic grants
The major global bank, Wells Fargo, has received its fair share of criticism for its role in the American financial recession. However, the bank is now putting some of its financial resources to good use to preserve the environment. Wells Fargo recently announced a $75,000 grant to the University of California Merced to help researchers develop solutions to balancing the limited resources of water, energy, and food.
“Wells Fargo recognizes that the health of our environment is critical to fostering more sustainable communities today and for years to come,” said Ashley Grosh, head of Wells Fargo’s Environmental Affairs Clean Technology program. Instead of focusing on just one of these areas, local experts believe that striving for a balance among the three issues is the best approach. Issue area integration is necessary to bring about long-term change on both a regional level and a global scale.
This grant money will be going towards involving students in environmental projects and training the next generation of activists and conversationalists. In 2012, Wells Fargo established its Clean Technology and Innovation program as part of the bank’s $100 million commitment to fund environmentally-focused nonprofits, colleges, and universities.
It’s easy to criticize banks for the country’s financial problems, but it’s not as easy to recognize how some of them are trying to take a step in the right direction Sign the below petition to thank Wells Fargo for being committed to sustainable water, energy, and food projects in America.
Dear Mr. Stumpf,
Thank you for showing your support for preserving our country’s limited resources of water, energy, and food. Your generous gift to the University of California Merced will help train students to build upon the clean technology and sustainable development of their predecessors. Your Clean Technology and Innovation program has not gone unnoticed in the environmental community, and I hope that more financial institutions follow in your footsteps.
As University Dean Daniel Hirleman said, “This gift helps us define public-good projects that inform the hard tradeoffs and educate the next generation of people who will be making those decisions for the Valley.” I am urging you to take your financial gift one step further and work with environmental nonprofit organizations, using your power to facilitate real and substantial change.
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