The prize will be awarded this fall to a single innovative project that cultivates new technologies or practices that contribute to making renewable energy a practical energy alternative while considering wildlife and their natural habitats.
'This Renewable Energy and Wildlife Conservation Research Prize is another great example of how Budweiser and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation are working together to improve our environment by ensuring wildlife and their habitats are protected when developing renewable energy technologies,' said Jeff Trandahl, NFWF executive director. 'We look forward to reviewing the many innovative proposals that this new program will generate.'
The prize is an extension of the 2007 Budweiser Conservation Scholarship Program, now in its seventh year.
'Anheuser-Busch has a long history of environmental stewardship, including conserving wildlife and their habitats, implementing recycling and litter prevention programs, using water and energy efficiently and using renewable energy to help power its breweries,' said Doug Muhleman, group vice president of brewing operations and technology, Anheuser-Busch Inc.
'We're excited about the balanced approach this prize offers because Anheuser-Busch recognizes the importance of considering the impact on wildlife when developing renewable energy technologies,' said Muhleman.
Budweiser, NFWF, and federal agency partners, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, are committed to advancing the relationship that exists between renewable energy and wildlife conservation.
The total amount will be awarded to one project that seeks to advance the cooperation between an academic institution with public agencies and nonprofits and will take into consideration the project's ability to develop or evaluate new cost-effective renewable energy technologies for industrial applications, while demonstrating the measurable benefits such practices can have in advancing wildlife habitat.