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Pepsi Bottling Ventures Renews Support for Conservation Trust for North Carolina’s Efforts to Protect Water Quality and Engage Youth in Conservation

RALEIGH, NC, June 20, 2016


RALEIGH, N.C. – On June 20 Pepsi Bottling Ventures (PBV) donated $10,000 to the Conservation Trust for North Carolina (CTNC) for the fourth year in a row. The generous grant will support both the Upper Neuse Clean Water Initiative and the North Carolina Youth Conservation Corps.

“We are proud to continue our support of the Conservation Trust for North Carolina,” said Paul Finney, President and CEO of Pepsi Bottling Ventures. “Their efforts to conserve land to protect water quality in Falls Lake are important to PBV’s success, and their engagement of young adults to build and improve trails and parks will greatly benefit North Carolina families.”

The Upper Neuse Clean Water Initiative is a partnership of land conservation organizations working with the city of Raleigh and other local governments to conserve high priority lands along streams in the Upper Neuse River Basin, which provides drinking water to over 600,000 people. The Upper Neuse basin feeds Falls Lake, the main drinking water source for Raleigh, and eight other reservoirs. Falls Lake supplies water for PBV’s bottling plant near Garner.

“The partners in the Upper Neuse Clean Water Initiative greatly appreciate Pepsi Bottling Ventures’ generous donation,” said Caitlin Burke, CTNC Projects and Grants Coordinator. “It is critical that water users in the Upper Neuse basin like PBV recognize the importance of land conservation to clean drinking water, healthy communities, and our great quality of life.”

Since 2005, the Initiative has protected more than 7,800 acres along 87 miles of streams. Conserving these critical lands limits runoff pollution while maintaining wildlife habitat, preserving open space, and creating recreational opportunities – all of which improve quality of life for people in the region.

The North Carolina Youth Conservation Corps (NCYCC) provides paid summer jobs for 16-24 year olds, with the aim of teaching them valuable work and life development skills through hands-on outdoor work on high priority conservation projects. Projects include trail construction and maintenance, habitat restoration, and invasive species removal. The NCYCC has four crews working on conservation projects across the state this summer, including a crew in the Upper Neuse River Basin.

“Pepsi Bottling Ventures' support for the North Carolina Youth Conservation Corps will provide young people opportunities to make meaningful and long-lasting contributions to our communities while they work outdoors and connect with nature," said Jan Pender, NC Youth Conservation Corps Director.

North Carolina–based Pepsi Bottling Ventures is the largest privately held bottler of Pepsi–Cola products in North America, operating 20 bottling and distribution facilities that serve consumers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware. PBV is a joint venture between Suntory International and PepsiCo. For more information about PBV, visit www.pepsibottlingventures.com.

The Conservation Trust for North Carolina saves the places you love – streams, farms, forests, habitat, parks, and trails. CTNC protects natural and scenic lands along the Blue Ridge Parkway, assists 23 local nonprofit land trusts so that they can conserve more land, and connects people to the outdoors. Land trusts preserve land and waterways to safeguard our way of life. They work with landowners to ensure natural lands are protected for clean air, safe drinking water, fresh local foods, and recreational opportunities for all North Carolina families. For more information about CTNC, visit www.ctnc.org.www.ctnc.org

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