Beloit 2020 was recognized for their involvement in developing Nature At The Confluence Learning Center and Campus by receiving the Outstanding Corporate Friend of the Environment Award at the 2018 Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Earth Day luncheon held in Rockford, Ill on Thursday, April 19.
Beloit 2020’s president, Timothy McKevett, accepted the Outstanding Corporate Friend of the Environment Award, which is given each year to a company or organization that has shown exemplary dedication to improving the environment and protecting valuable resources.
Beloit 2020 raised $2.2 million for land acquisition and construction of Nature At The Confluence and then donated it to the City of South Beloit. There is a total of 73 acres of land that now comprise the Confluence Campus, including over 1 mile of waterfront property. The environmental learning center opened in June 2017 on a 12-acre parcel at the campus and operates as an independent non-profit nature center.
Programs at Nature At The Confluence bring life and activity to the former derelict property in the heart of the South Beloit. A 5-acre prairie recreation has been planted and learning gardens and a pollinator garden have been installed. Projects and programming at NATC focus heavily on water quality and habitat restoration. Learn more about Nature At The Confluence at www.natureattheconfluence.com.
Beloit 2020 is an organization of Beloit area business leaders and community members that have been dedicated to rebuilding and revitalizing Beloit’s city center since 1988.
Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful has also been hard at work for 20 years, engaged in educating, developing public awareness, and providing service to the residents of Winnebago and Boone Counties with regard to the abatement of litter, the preservation of our local resources, and the management of solid waste.