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Arvest's Michal Moss Early with Drury's Dr. Anderson & President Parnell

Walton Family Foundation donates $10,000 to Drury's President's Council on Sustainability

For Immediate release: September 9

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., (September 9, 2010) –Drury University and the President’s Council on Sustainability will be able to address the upcoming school year’s sustainability issues thanks to a $10,000 donation from the Walton Family Foundation. The gift was announced and presented by Mike Daw, president of Arvest Bank, Springfield, on behalf of the foundation.

The funds will help the President’s Council work to engage the campus community to identify, evaluate and prioritize sustainability issues on campus through recycling, resource management and conservation, and sustainable practices in facility renovation and construction.

“The foundation’s generosity will allow us to continue teaching those in the Drury community how to work together to promote sustainable habits,” Todd Parnell, Drury University president said.  “This donation helps us work toward our environmental mission statement goals, encouraging our community to take responsibility for our physical environment.” 

“We are pleased to present this donation on behalf of the Walton Family Foundation to support the efforts of the President’s Council on Sustainability to create awareness in the community about positive environmental choices,” Daw said. “This donation is just one of many we have made throughout the area.  It demonstrates the foundation’s ongoing commitment to sustainable causes and to the environmental health of this region.” 

About the Walton Family Foundation
The Walton Family Foundation works to support initiatives that honor the values and principles of Sam and Helen Walton.  The Foundation seeks to provide funding to grantees who are actively working to create positive change for others. Major areas of focus include: K-12 education reform, economic development in the Delta Region of Arkansas and Mississippi, conservation of sensitive marine and freshwater environments, and enhancing the quality of life in Northwest Arkansas.  For more information, go to