Columbia Gas donates to Nature House
Reston
By Claire Compton
Source: Fairfax County Times
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5 2007 
UPDATED THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6 2007
 
The Nature House is $30,000 closer to its $1.5 million price tag, thanks to a donation from the NiSource Charitable Foundation, an arm of the parent company of Columbia Gas.
The Friends of Reston, the Reston Association's charitable arm, has been raising funds for the Nature House since 2001. The Nature House is envisioned to be an educational building in the 72-acre Walker Nature Education Center.
NiSource's Brent Archer said Columbia Gas began looking for ways to contribute to the communities they impact.
“We are pleased the foundation chose the Nature House because we are actively engaged in operations here, we are intertwined with the community literally,” he said.
Archer said the Nature House was suggested to him by Del. Ken Plum as a potential recipient.
The check was handed to Friends of Reston President John Gasson on Wednesday morning, the same day as FOR's first annual Holiday Reception, being held at Linden Springs. The reception will have opportunities for end-of-the year donations and gift donations that can be made in others' names, said FOR's Executive Director Katie Shaw. Over 100 people have RSVP'd for the reception.
Shaw said 2007 has been the most successful year for Nature House fund-raising and it has given her good reason to believe construction will begin in 2008. The campaign passed the million dollar mark this past year and has climbed steadily to $1.25 million.
“These types of gifts are just what our capital campaign is looking for,” Shaw said.
Archer said Columbia Gas would continue to look for opportunities to give back to the communities they work in and work on improving communication.
“We're not satisfied yet, but I think we've made strides this year,” he said.