The Florida Power & Light Company recently announced a partnership with the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation to help teachers, students and families learn about Florida’s environment and wildlife.
As a conservation sponsor, FPL will also support the GHOF’s recently launched marine science education program in Florida schools. The courses explore the wonders of science, technology, engineering and math through student-specific inquiry using up-to-date, groundbreaking research.
According to Guy Harvey:
“We are thrilled to welcome one of Florida’s most prominent and largest companies as a partner. FPL’s investment in cutting-edge technology, clean energy, local citizens and communities mirrors the GHOF philosophy to help make a difference and move Florida toward a more sustainable future. Not only does FPL share our values in preserving the environment and enhancing education, but we both also care about protecting and preserving the state’s most valuable wildlife species.”
One of the wildlife species Harvey refers to is the manatee. For decades, these mild-mannered creatures have been gathering in the warm-water outflows of Florida power plants to stay warm in the winter months.
To further educate the public on how to protect and preserve these amazing animals, FPL built Manatee Lagoon located next to their Riviera Beach Next Generation Clean Energy Center. The facility is designed to inspire the public to take care of these gentle giants and their surrounding ecosystem, and before the COVID-19 pandemic would draw more than 150,000 manatee lovers per year.
Pam Rauch, vice president of external affairs and economic development at FPL, said:
“Investing in education and inspiring the next generation to be environmental stewards is part of our commitment to working with the communities we serve to help make them better places to live, work and raise a family. We are excited to champion the protection of Florida’s wildlife alongside the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation to make a difference in our communities, and to move Florida forward.”