From a press release last week:



PITTSBURGH, April 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Center for Sustainable Shale Development (CSSD), a collaborative of environmental organizations and energy companies that encourages responsible practices in the development of shale gas resources in the Appalachian region, announced today that the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation renewed its support for the Center with a 2015 grant.  The Foundation first awarded a grant to the Center in December 2013.



"The Benedum Foundation's continued support strengthens our commitment to achieve the highest level of environmental responsibility in shale development in the Appalachian Basin," said Susan LeGros, President and Executive Director at CSSD. "In particular, this grant will support our outreach to increase community awareness of the benefits of leading performance standards and voluntary certification."



The Benedum Foundation focuses its investments in West Virginia and Southwestern Pennsylvania.  The foundation encourages projects that cross state lines and supports initiatives that benefit the multi-state economy centered in Pittsburgh.



About The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation

The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation was established in 1944 by Michael and Sarah Benedum, natives of West Virginia, as a memorial to their only child, Claude Worthington Benedum, who died in 1918 at the age of 20.  The Foundation is a regional foundation focusing primarily on West Virginia and Southwestern Pennsylvania.  For more information on the Foundation, please see: www.benedum.org.



About Center for Sustainable Shale Development (CSSD)

CSSD is an independent organization that promotes performance standards and third-party certification to advance responsible shale development and scientific knowledge in the Appalachian Region through a novel collaboration of environmental, industry and community stewards.   For more information, visit, www.sustainableshale.org.



SOURCE Center for Sustainable Shale Development