Shell Environmental Fund adds on-line applications, increases funds to support climate change projects
CALGARY, ALTA-The Shell Environmental Fund (SEF) has introduced an on-line application form, allowing applicants to submit their funding requests via the Internet. As well for 2006, Shell Canada has increased the SEF total grants budget. While staying within the program's general guidelines, the additional funds will be dedicated to projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and/or conserve energy. The new on-line application will allow the SEF to streamline the process and conserve paper. "Given the Fund's environmental focus, it made sense to find a greener alternative to paper forms by taking the application process online," said SEF administrator Natasha Guillot. "Shell Canada has been taking action on climate change for over a decade," said James Brown, the company's climate change advisor. "Now the SEF will encourage individual Canadians to take action on climate change as well." The SEF has granted more than $11 million since 1990, supporting almost 4,000 projects that protect or improve the Canadian environment. Decisions about funding are made by five regional panels whose members include representatives of environmental organizations external to Shell. The next deadline for applications is February 28. More information about the SEF is available on-line at www.shell.ca/sef, or from Linda Sharp in Shell Canada's public affairs department, 403/691-3774.