Nissan has become a founding partner of Nashville’s new Cumberland River Center, the Cumberland River Compact announced.
The Cumberland River Center is a region-wide project designed to protect and improve the Cumberland River Basin, representing waterways spanning 18,000 square miles of Southern Kentucky and Middle Tennessee.
Nissan has made a significant contribution toward the center’s $2.5 million capital campaign and has committed to taking an active role in various projects that work toward healthier water resources throughout the basin.
“We are extremely excited to welcome Nissan as a Founding Partner of the Cumberland River Center,” said Bill Coble, board member and chair of the expansion campaign. “The company’s commitment speaks volumes about the high regard in which they hold the Cumberland River and what this resource means to our region’s health and vitality. It’s so encouraging that we have such involved corporate citizens in the region to help ensure a healthy and abundant water supply for communities across Middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky.”
Aside from contributing financially, Nissan has also agreed to become a hands-on programmatic partner for the River Center. The company will work closely with The Compact to identify stewardship projects for its employees, like river and stream cleanups, green infrastructure initiatives, and the construction of community rain gardens.
“Nissan is strongly committed to both our environment and our community,” said Vicki Smith, senior manager of the Corporate Social Responsibility division. “Becoming a partner of the Cumberland River Center gives us an opportunity to support meaningful programs that protect our region’s water resources, which ultimately contributes to the community’s health.”
The 5,200-square-foot Cumberland River Center occupies the third floor of the revitalized Bridge Building in downtown Nashville. The new space is also home to the Cumberland River Compact’s administrative staff.