Grant From Boeing Will Help Mount Rainier National Park Move Towards Carbon Neutral

Boeing is a big industrial player in Washington state. Mount Rainier is a big national park in the same state. On Monday the two will get to know each other a bit better, when Boeing presents a $75,000 check to help the national park move towards becoming carbon neutral.

The check, from the Boeing Company Charitable Trust, actually will go to Washington's National Park Fund. That organization, in turn, will use the money to pay "projects like analyzing the park’s vehicles and motorized equipment to find ways to reduce emissions and operating costs. The money will also be used to continue a visitor shuttle that cuts down weekend traffic in the park during the summer. The goal of these and other projects is to help Mount Rainier National Park become carbon neutral and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 45% by 2016," according to a release from the fund.

The Mount Rainier grant supports The Boeing Company Charitable Trust’s goal of funding projects that reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, inspire environmental citizenship, and protect and restore critical natural habitat, according to the release.

“At Boeing, we are serious about lowering our environmental footprint,” said Neelima Shah, the company’s community investor for environmental issues in the Northwest. “Just as we have set targets for improving our operations' eco-efficiency, we think the Mount Rainier project has set a very worthwhile goal.”

The check will be presented to fund officials on Monday at Mount Rainier.