CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — Whether it's growing a garden, recycling school paper or exploring the great outdoors, Dominion Energy's Environmental Education and Stewardship grants support a variety of initiatives that benefit schools, organizations and communities across the country.

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — Whether it’s growing a garden, recycling school paper or exploring the great outdoors, Dominion Energy’s Environmental Education and Stewardship grants support a variety of initiatives that benefit schools, organizations and communities across the country.
This year, the Mineral County Alternative School is the recipient of one of those grants, and will use the $2,500 for a recycling program which turns used paper into fire-starter bricks.
A representative of Dominion Energy presented the grant money to the school recently, and the students were able to demonstrate how the fire starters work.
The bricks sell for $1 each, or 12 bricks for $10, and are available at the school store.
Funds from the sale of the bricks will be used to stock the school store, where students are able to purchase items with their school paychecks from the school’s Simulated Workplace Environment.
Dominion Energy awarded a total of  $1 million in grants - including the grant to MCAS - through its philanthropic arm, the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation.
Since 2003, Dominion Energy has donated nearly $32 million to a wide variety of environmental projects across its footprint.
“Each year I am impressed by the diverse and meaningful efforts being made in our communities to improve and sustain the environment,” said Hunter A. Applewhite, president of the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation.
 “These grants support programs and people dedicated to making our world a better, more livable place – one that can be treasured today and passed down to future generations.”
The competitive grants program supports environmental education and stewardship projects that preserve, enhance or make nature more accessible.