Presentation of the Hecla Greens Creek check to UAS – left to right: Heather Nelson, Sonia Nagorski, Karen Carey, Eran Hood, Martin Stearn, Jason Amundson. (credit: Lucas Tempel)
Juneau, Alaska (KINY) — Hecla Greens Creek Mine has donated $300,000 to create an endowment to support the UAS Environmental Science Program located on the Juneau campus.
UAS Chancellor Karen Carey commented on the impact of the donation saying, “This is an unqualified demonstration of Hecla Greens Creek’s commitment to understanding and protecting the southern environment. -eastern Alaska. The UAS Environmental Science Program provides vital research that helps inform today’s decision-making while working to train the next generation of Alaskan scientists, researchers, and field technicians. .
Brian Erickson, Hecla Vice President and General Manager of Greens Creek Mine, added, “Environmental protection through responsible mining is fundamental to the way we operate. Hecla Greens Creek is proud to support the University of Alaska Southeast’s Environmental Science Program and by creating this fund as an endowment, it means the support will last in perpetuity – far beyond the duration of mining life. We view this gift as an investment in Juneau and all of Southeast Alaska.
A statement from the university says the fund will provide funds for faculty and undergraduate research, paid summer internships, field courses and other experiential learning opportunities for students.