The Princeton Region News


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6/5/2017 Member News
D&R Greenway Enjors PositiveNRG with Volunteers

D&R Greenway Enjoys PositiveNRG with Volunteers

Princeton, N.J.— “PositiveNRG” was flowing at D&R Greenway Land Trust’s Native Plant Nursery as volunteers from NRG Energy, a Princeton-based integrated power company, shared their company’s mission of sustainability.


“The idea behind PositiveNRG Week is to engage employees with the community in which they live and work,” says NRG Senior Vice-President Michael Bramnick, who joined D&R Greenway’s board of trustees in 2017. Bramnick and 10 other NRG employee volunteers joined forces to help serve Michael’s favorite environmental organization. The volunteers repotted plants for reforestation after D&R Greenway’s Native Plant Sale. Another group of volunteers worked from the innovation lab at NRG’s Princeton headquarters preparing envelopes for a mailing campaign. As icing on the cake, NRG made a generous financial contribution to D&R Greenway.


“Having started out as an environmental health and safety lawyer, I have a long-time interest in environmental issues,” says Bramnick. “Now that my daughter is in college and my son is a junior in high school, I wanted to become more involved in the community, and D&R Greenway aligns with my interests. It is a tightly run organization and very efficient.” Bramnick serves on the audit and corporate development committees.  


NRG employees enjoyed their time getting to know D&R Greenway. “They loved being outside, learning about native species, and after finishing the work they enjoyed a tour of the Scott and Hella McVay Poetry Trail in Greenway Meadows Park,” says Bramnick, a Princeton Junction resident. “They stopped inside the Johnson Education Center and picked up maps and brochures to continue their exploration of preserved lands in central New Jersey.”


“We are looking forward to growing our relationship with NRG and its like-minded employees,” says D&R Greenway President & CEO Linda Mead. “Michael is helping us connect with other large companies who are interested in our work and preserving land. And of course we are so grateful to those who came and worked with us, sharing their positiveNRG.”  


Visit D&R Greenway Land Trust at the Johnson Education Center, 1 Preservation Place, Princeton, to learn more about protected lands you can enjoy in central New Jersey and how you can become involved in preserving Land for Life.





D&R GREENWAY LAND TRUST IS IN ITS 28TH YEAR of preserving and protecting natural lands, farmlands and open spaces throughout central and southern New Jersey. Through continuous preservation and stewardship -- caring for land and easements to ensure they remain protected and ecologically healthy in perpetuity -- D&R Greenway nurtures a healthier and more diverse environment for people and wild species in seven counties. Accredited by the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission, D&R Greenway’s mission is to preserve and care for land and inspire a conservation ethic, now and for the future. Since its founding in 1989, D&R Greenway has permanently preserved close to 20,000 acres, an area 20 times the size of New York City’s Central Park, including 28 miles of trails open to the public.

The Johnson Education Center, a circa 1900 restored barn at One Preservation Place, Princeton, is D&R Greenway’s home. Through programs, art exhibits and related lectures, D&R Greenway inspires greater public commitment to safeguarding land.