On Wednesday, January 25th at 3:30 pm Norman Bird Sanctuary will unveil its new water fountain and bottle filling station donated by the Greenlove Foundation in honor of Luc Bandoni.

Greenlove Foundation honors the memory of Kendra L. Bowers, a Newport resident and environmentalist who was fatally injured in a 2014 skiing accident at the age of 19. The foundation’s mission of spreading sustainability awareness and environmental responsibility stems from Kendra’s own life-goal, which she stated in her own words as the “preservation and protection of our land and its resources.” Besides installing water bottle filling stations, every year Greenlove provides a young girl of limited means the opportunity to attend Singing Eagle Lodge, a two-week, sleep-away nature camp in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Moving forward, Greenlove plans to launch grant and scholarship programs for students pursuing a degree in the environmental science field.

Water bottle filling stations significantly reduce the use of single-use plastic water bottles and conserve water and energy. As a wildlife sanctuary and environmental education center, Norman Bird Sanctuary hosts more than 20,000 yearly visitors including summer campers, public program attendees, and hikers of the seven miles of trails. The water bottle filling station will be located in Norman Bird Sanctuary’s Education Shed and will feature a built-in sensor that tracks the amount of plastic water bottles saved over time.

“The water bottle filling station allows our community members to have convenient access to water while supporting our mission of conservation at the same time,” said Natasha Harrison, executive director of Norman Bird Sanctuary. “We are delighted that the Greenlove Foundation shares our commitment to protecting our natural resources and encouraging environmentally-conscious practices.”
Donations to the Greenlove Foundation in memory of Luc Bandoni, who died in August of last year, provided funding for the Norman Bird Sanctuary water filling station project. Luc’s parents, Tom and Christine, will be in attendance as well as Greenlove Foundation representatives, Kendra Bowers’ parents, Katherine and Michael.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).