Nissan Hits Half Million Mark in Contributions to Harpeth Conservancy

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Nissan Supports Protection of Tennessee Rivers and Clean Water With $50,000 Grant to Harpeth Conservancy

FRANKLIN, TENN. (September 10, 2017)—Nissan today announced a $50,000 grant to support the work of Harpeth Conservancy to protect rivers and clean water in Tennessee.

With this grant, Nissan North America’s contributions to Harpeth Conservancy, formerly the Harpeth River Watershed Association, have surpassed $500,000 over the past 10 years.

“The work of Harpeth Conservancy aligns with Nissan’s commitment to the environment and to enriching the communities where we live and work,” said Rebecca Vest, Nissan Vice President of Corporate Development and Social Responsibility. “Public health and quality of life are linked to the protection of our rivers and streams.”

Vest commended Harpeth Conservancy’s evolution into an organization with statewide and regional influence on water quality issues. “We are proud that our support has allowed them to apply lessons learned on the Harpeth River to rivers across Tennessee and beyond,” she said.

The grant was announced during River Swing 2017, an annual dinner, dance and auction which drew more than 600 guests and raised $200,000 for the organization. Nissan was the presenting sponsor of the event.

“Nissan’s longstanding support has been vital to ability to apply a scientific approach to pollution reduction, stream monitoring and restoration. The grants also enhance our effectiveness as a collaborative partner with landowners, businesses, government agencies and other conservation organizations,” said Dorie Bolze, president of Harpeth Conservancy.

Bolze notes that Nissan’s support extends beyond grants. “Nissan’s Green Team has been a group we can always count on to get their feet wet to help the Harpeth and other rivers. Nissan employees demonstrate great teamwork, pride and community spirit as they clean up litter, plant vegetation along stream banks and participate in other river restoration programs. They are true river champions,” she added.

About Harpeth Conservancy
Harpeth Conservancy is a science-based not-for-profit conservation organization founded in 1999 as the Harpeth River Watershed Association. Harpeth Conservancy’s mission is to restore and protect clean water and healthy ecosystems for rivers in Tennessee by employing scientific expertise and collaborative relationships to develop, promote and support broad community stewardship and action. Harpeth Conservancy works with landowners, businesses, community, local, state, and federal decision makers and others to foster solutions that reduce pollution and maintain healthy areas. Learn more at

About Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan’s operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized annually by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year since 2010. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at and, or visit the U.S. media sites and

About Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan’s second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 247,500 employees globally, Nissan sold 5.32 million vehicles and generated revenue of 11.38 trillion yen (USD 103.6 billion) in fiscal year 2014. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of more than 60 models under the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands. Nissan leads the world in zero-emission mobility, dominated by sales of the LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle. It is the best-selling EV in history with almost 50% share of the zero-emission vehicle segment.

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Vicki Smith
Nissan North America
Tel: 615-725-0749

Steve Yaeger
Group Communications
Nissan North America
Tel: 615-725-4443

Dorene Bolze, CEO/President
Harpeth Conservancy
Tel: 615-790-9767
mobile: 615-479-0181

Dorie Bolze (President/CEO Harpeth Conservancy), Rebecca Vest (Vice President of Corporate Development and Social Responsibility), Kristi Allender, Anna Barnes, Anne Otieno, Ken Shrebnik, Vicki Smith, Michael Freshley, Julie Hill.