1% FTP member and award winning producer, Teton Gravity Research is pleased to announce the production of Further, the second installment in the Jeremy Jones trilogy, Deeper, Further, Higher presented by O’Neill, Clif Bar, Jones Snowboards and others. Further will explore some of the world’s most remote terrain while continuing Jones’ mission to camp deep in the backcountry and on the summits of unridden lines to access nearly vertical spines and wide open powder fields.
Jeremy Jones founded one of our largest nonprofit partners, Protect Our Winters, who works “to engage and mobilize the winter sports community to lead the fight against climate change.” Not only is Jones an amazing snowboarder and advocate, but he was recently nominated as National Geographic’s Adventurer of the Year- so make sure to show your support and vote for him! Staff from TGR will be at the film and there will be awesome opportunities to win some swag.
The film will be shown in the IMAX theater at the New England Aquarium at both 7PM & 9PM on Thursday & Friday nights! Hope you can attend- and if not, click here to find another showing!
Founded in 2002 by Yvon Chouinard of Patagonia and Craig Mathews of Blue Ribbon Flies, 1% for the Planet paved the way for a revolutionary merger between successful, creative businesses worldwide and non-profits committed to improving the health of our planet. During the past 10 years we have generated more than $100 million in funding for non-profits big and small, all dedicated to improving the health of our planet.
OPPORTUNITY FOR GROWTH—AND IMPACT
We spent our first decade building a solid network of thriving, creative and mindful businesses and non-profits around the world. As we embark on the next ten years, we’re committed to harnessing the power of that network by engaging our constituents in high impact partnerships with unique power to impact key issues.
We are also pursuing strategies that will allow us to scale further by engaging larger companies. Our vision is to grow our network of companies to 5,000 and to increase our collective giving from $20 million to $100 million a year. And while these are aggressive goals, they do not reflect our loftiest aspiration, which is to use the power of our model to engage more hearts and minds in the sustainability movement. That is where our greatest potential lies—but we need your support to tap it.
EVERY DOLLAR MATTERS—AND GETS MULTIPLIED
Because your gift allows us to sign up more companies which in turn direct more funding towards worthy environmental causes, it is truly an investment with the promise of a powerful return. To date, every dollar invested in 1% for the Planet has leveraged more than 40 dollars for the planet. So your investment will create a powerful ripple effect across both the business and the natural world.
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“Everytime I’ve done something good for the environment, I’ve made a profit.”
You’ve probably heard this quote from Yvon Chouinard, who is referring to the concept of doing well by doing good and how this relates to business. Rebecca and myself were delighted when Yvon discussed this with the attendees of our 1% network gathering last Wednesday at Patagonia’s offices in Ventura, CA (photo below). Yvon had us imagine a theoretical gas station that gives back a portion of each sale to the local community and the potential difference that this could make. Wouldn’t you prefer to get fill your tank there? Why, yes!! I was proud to share with the group that this concept is not theoretical, but alive and thriving right in the town of 1% for the Planet’s Headquarters: Waitsfield, VT. The Village Grocery (called the “VG” by the locals) has their Giving Gas concept, which donates one cent for each gallon of gas purchased to a local charity. And just as Yvon suggests, people (including 1% for the Planet’s staff) go out of their way to make sure they get their gas from the beloved VG. It feels good to give back!
This point certainly resonated with the 1% members at our gathering (and thank goodness or 1% for the Planet would not exist!). But giving back isn’t easy. In fact, Yvon mentioned that commonly people or companies are deterred from giving simply because they do not know who to give to. As a result, they either don’t give anything or they create extremely cumbersome grant applications to bring the information to their fingertips. While these grant applications can be effective to vet organizations, the complexity and timeline of them often becomes a roadblock for nonprofits. Consequently, big opportunities are missed. However, if you have an informed crew (Yvon nods to his Environmental crew to his right!), then you’re able to dish out the dough pronto and confidently get the money to the causes you know need it most.
While we don’t all have the Patagonia Environmental crew standing to our right, the beauty of the 1% for the Planet network is that it helps to make these resources accessible! Amongst our network of 1200 businesses and 3000 nonprofits, there is a lot of valuable information. Who’s doing the best work? What issues are time-sensitive? What issues are local to me? By keeping in touch with one another, we’re ensuring that these questions get addressed and that donations be allocated to the most effective nonprofits working on the most relevant issues! A prime example:
As the issues are dynamic and change daily, it’s essential that we keep in touch. To keep the conversation going, we need to hear from you – our members, our supporters and our nonprofit partners. What issues are most pertinent in your community and need our attention and support? Your feedback will help us galvanize action from our network to ensure that donations get allocated where they matter most. Share them with us (firstname.lastname@example.org)!
That said, Rebecca and I send huge thanks to you ALL for an amazing gathering. Thanks to Michael at McConnell’s for the delicious ice cream, to Drew at Pop Culture Beverage Company for supplying tasty beverages, to all our member companies and nonprofits who came to share their perspectives and feedback, and of course, to Hans and the crew at Patagonia for hosting us! Finally, a huge kudos to Yvon Chouinard for recognizing the power of corporate philanthropy and getting this whole thing started…. thank you!!
The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) began the film festival in 2003 with the goal to show environmentally focused films that not only informed audiences, but also inspired and motivated viewers to take action. Every year the California-based festival hits the road with a selection of short films, providing the opportunity for organizations all around the country to host a festival, show a selection of films, and inspire a local audience.
The festival also played host to a celebration. The film selection was inspired by the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, a passage that made a significant impact on the regulation of water quality. To commemorate the anniversary, the festival featured 10 award-winning and water-inspired short films. Among the chosen films were The Craziest Idea, One Plastic Beach, andSeasons: Winter, which we highly recommend checking out. You could really feel the emotion in the room as everyone watched the awe-inspiring films together.
We were thrilled by the member and partner support the festival received in the days leading up to the event. The 1% FTP Network was in action, as members and partners came together to celebrate the Clean Water Act while creating an engaging and fun environment for the general public to learn more about VNRC, the beneficiary of this year’s event.
Thanks to everyone who participated and to those who attended – we hope you had as much fun as we did! If you’re interested in learning more about the Wild & Scenic Film Festival and want to find out when they’re headed to your neck of the woods, check out the schedule HERE.
New member businesses continue to roll in! It’s amazing to see the momentum building everyday. Here’s a warm 1% for the Planet welcome to AJ Financial Planning and Eleven59 Studio. We’re incredibly excited to add these companies to the network!
A big congratulations goes to Australia’s first Financial Planning firm to join 1% for the Planet – AJ Financial Planning!
AJ Financial Planning, based in Melbourne, Australia, is a boutique firm that is highly respected within their industry. Director and founder, Alex Jamieson, writes for many of the major investing magazines and is regularly invited to speak at investment seminars around Australia. With a keen interest in sustainable and ethical investing, AJ Financial Planning is unique in their ability to craft a portfolio that will meet not only your investment and financial objectives, but also your personal values.
AJ Financial Planning was inspired to join 1% for the Planet because they are passionate about helping people achieve a better tomorrow and not just financially. Becoming part of 1% for the Planet is their opportunity to make sure that their clients have enjoy a beautiful planet as they live out the dreams.
So let’s say G’day to AJ Financial Planning.
New member Eleven59 Studio, based out of Austin, Texas, is a design firm specializing in sustainable architecture, branding, and graphics. In 2011, Co-Owners Alden Hall and Scott Larrick left their former lives in high-rise, corporate jobs to create a company motivated by positive change rather than profit. For them, sustainability is more than a buzzword; it’s a way of doing business that benefits people, the environment, and the bottom line equally. They discovered 1% for the Planet while drinking at their favorite local brewery, Hops & Grain, who happens to be a member. Alden and Scott love Austin. They bike to work (and just about everywhere else), support local waste prevention and recycling programs, and regularly swim in the city’s natural spring-fed pool. That’s why they hope to focus their donations to local non-profits like Bike Texas, Ecology Action, and the Save Our Springs Alliance, so that their 1% can have a direct impact on the causes they care about most in their community.
Last week we hosted a Special Edition Power Plant event celebrating the incredible growth in the 1% for the Planet family north of the border.
By the Numbers:
In just a year we’ve added 23 new members, who will donate an additional $700,000 to environmental causes this year alone. That brings us to more than $5M in giving to date from our Canadian partners. Boom. There’s a lot to be excited about.
The evening featured presentations from movers and shakers in the Canadian sustainability world who highlighted ways that business can be a part of the solution to pressing environmental challenges in Canada.
The night was chock full of great conversation, connections and good times; we left inspired by the Canadian team, knowing this is a group that will create enormous positive change for the planet.
Thanks to all who made it possible, keep up the great work, and we’ll see you in town again soon!
And if you couldn’t make it, check out our speakers in action at these links!
Power Plant is a unique gathering bringing together sustainable business leaders, social entrepreneurs, eco-adventurers, green artists and media activists for socializing and learning about great ideas. The event takes place every few months at different venues around the city, offering an innovative and casual approach to networking with the aim of celebrating success, sharing ideas and knowledge, creating strategic partnerships and promoting the growth of Vancouver’s green economy.
This first-time “Special Edition” of Power Plant was focused exclusively on 1% for the Planet, a global movement of more than 1,000 member companies in 45 countries that donate one percent of annual sales directly to approved environmental organizations worldwide. Representatives from 1% for the Planet were on hand to mix and mingle with the sold-out crowd of 185 people, Power Plant’s largest event to date.
After an hour of purposeful connecting in the foyer (while snacking on delicious appetizers and sipping local wine and beer), the group moved into the theatre’s auditorium, where Melody Badgett, Senior Vice President of 1% for the Planet, kicked off the presentations by giving a high energy overview of the benefits businesses gain from joining 1% for the Planet.
Each presenter followed the Power Plant format, giving a three-minute and 20 second presentation accompanied by 10 slides appearing on screen for exactly 20 seconds each, lending a snappy tone to the presentation portion of the evening.
Other speakers included:
-Devon Page, Executive Director of Ecojustice, a charity made up of some of Canada’s leading lawyers and scientists who work to fulfill their mission of using the law and to protect and restore Canada’s environment. Devon talked about Ecojustice’s conservation work, funded in part by 1% for the Planet member Mountain Equipment Co-op, consisting of law suits representing animals such as the caribou and the orca, fighting against the federal government for not following their own regulations around species protection.
-Monica Pearson, a biologist who discussed her work conserving Oregon spotted frog habitats in the Fraser Valley through the BC Conservation Foundation, a non-profit supported by 1% for the Planet member Frogbox. She pointed out that 67 animal species in the Fraser Valley are currently under threat of extinction, and how the work she and her colleagues are doing in riparian restoration is making a difference in stopping that momentum.
-Michael Ableman, an acclaimed farmer, author and founder of SOLEfood Farm, who spoke about this innovative social enterprise that provides urban agriculture employment and training opportunities for Vancouver’s inner-city residents.
-Kris Holm, a mountain unicyclist, who spoke about what inspired him to make his business the first Canadian company, and internationally the first cycling brand, to become a member of 1% for the Planet. Kris is also a 1% for the Planet Ambassador.
Sponsors of the event included prominent members of the 1% for the Planet in Canada: Mountain Equipment Co-op, Salt Spring Coffee,Nature’s Path/EnviroKidz, and Frogbox. Each sponsor had an information table for attendees to visit during the networking portion of the evening, highlighting the work of the nonprofit organizations they partner with and support through their 1% for the Planet commitment.
MEC’s table hosted information from Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society about their joint Dare to be Deep campaign, calling for 12 new marine protected areas. Salt Spring Coffee’s table was dedicated to the work of LOCO BC, an alliance of local companies working to strengthen communities, grow the local economy and build strong, sustainable businesses.
In 2013, Junxion will continue its work with 1% for the Planet to expand the breadth and depth of its network in Canada, bringing more organizations into this strong and growing movement.
When Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard and Blue Ribbon Flies founder Craig Mathews got together for some fly fishing on the Madison River in 2001, talk about fishing quickly turned to talk about business, and, more importantly, about how their businesses survive when the environment does. With this goal of protecting the natural resources that kept them in business, the pair founded 1% for the Planet, the nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging businesses to donate 1% of their annual sales to environmental groups.
What started out as a dream on the Madison River is now a successful reality and a growing network of businesses financially committed to creating a healthy planet. Today, 1% for the Planet has grown from their two companies to more than 1,400 companies and 2,800 nonprofits, with combined contributions of more than $100 million donated to environmental groups worldwide.
“In our business, if the environment is not healthy, then business is not healthy,” says Rebecca Calahan Klein, Vice President of Organizational Development for 1%. “Companies see value by following the dollars—what matters gets investment. The motto for 1% says, ‘Let’s put our money in places that matter most to our business, and let’s do it year after year.’”
And year after year, they do. 1% acts as a watchdog to ensure financial investment in the earth. Although a lot of companies say they donate a percentage of their profit or make contributions to environmental causes, often they promise more than they deliver. 1% follows through, making sure donations are fulfilled. Companies in the network donate at least 1% of their sales to the nonprofit of their choice. The 1% model makes sure there’s steady funding flowing to the nonprofit community.
The deal is mutually beneficial—companies work with nonprofits to make donations to specific causes, and in return the nonprofits and companies have an exchange of knowledge and project-sharing. Companies that follow through with donations of 1% every year also have exclusive access to the 1% logo, which is currently featured on more than 1 billion products, and growing. The 1% brand has worldwide recognition and provides credibility for consumers, which influences people’s willingness to buy a product.
Where do proceeds from 1% donations go?
Over 20% of proceeds go into environment education, sustainability education, and literacy, Rebecca says.
“People need to know that they’re connected to the environment, and in particular kids, so that they can start to value it. Climate change has been, and continues to be, an area where people are giving. They want to see something done.”
Generally, the environmental groups receiving donations work directly on climate change with policy reform, clean energy generation, sustainable energy—things that have substantial footprints.
“We have a lot of companies that give to, for example, a whole variety of bike alliances around the country. These alliances are focused on getting people out of their cars with alternative methods of transportation, and promoting bike sharing across metropolitan areas.”
So what are some of the companies in the network?
Companies in the network are varied—from apparel to eco-tourism to restaurants; from health and wellness to the movie and music industries—including singer/songwriter Jack Johnson, who has produced songs that directly benefit the cause.
Meanwhile the number of supporters continues to grow.
“Once you start a hub, then that hub grows,” Rebecca says. In addition to founding companies Patagonia and Blue Ribbon Flies, other well-known companies include PETCO, Clif Bar, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Trailblazers, FIJI Water, and more.
“When you go into 1% companies, it’s not that they all live off the grid, but…these companies aren’t turning a blind eye to the cause and saying they have no environmental impact. And yet they aren’t creating what I think of sort of as a ‘perfectionist immobility,’ where you always say you can’t do anything until you get it totally right… then you’ll never do anything. We have a lot of companies that care about these [environmental] values. I think about companies like Klean Kanteen that, say, want their employees to ride to work. Their [and other company’s] understanding of that connectedness of their company to the earth and the climate, and supporting and giving to groups that actually can do things that help people change the way that they live and also create possibilities to build you as a business. You know it all goes around.”
Many of the companies in the 1% network are less than 10 years old, with outdoor-loving founders who really know the environment; they are connected to the environment, and, as Rebecca sums it up, “They get it.”
Additionally, 1% has 50 media partners who donate 1% of annual sales in terms of ad space for marketing campaigns. This year’s current campaign focuses around talking to people about things they can do in their ordinary daily lives to help the planet.
What can be done to get people more involved in helping the planet?
Four years ago the climate had a prominent role in the presidential debates. This year there’s not been a peep about climate change and global warming. Asked why and what we can do to get people to be forward-thinking about the long-term problems of climate change, Rebecca surmised:
“Climate change solutions require people to step out of the box, and with this campaign being so close, the candidates are sticking to the traditional topics….A full 80 percent of all people today believe that climate change is a reality, which is up significantly from four years ago. The reason for this is because people are not just hearing about actual solutions but are starting to see them, from the windmills to the hybrid cars, from the solar panels on rooftops to bike lanes in major metropolitan areas. It’s starting to make it more real for people. And, even though the candidates aren’t talking about it, other people are.”
And people are talking. Patagonia’s “Vote the Environment” campaign (#BecauseILove) encourages people to share what it is that they value most about the environment because that’s what matters most. The campaign focuses on getting people to open a dialog (regardless of party lines), and to talk about the environment—not just during the political season but all year long. And 1% has been working with other companies in their network to join the campaign, to get more people to think about the environment and to ask about it in this campaign.
“It’s interesting to see in the last eight weeks the exploding conversation,” Rebecca says. 1% has contributed to the campaign by adding widgets on its site, as well as getting members and nonprofits to add widgets to their sites, to tweet, and to share the message.
What are some sustainability practices that other businesses can use to help affect climate change?
Rebecca stresses that all companies should look into their business practices. They should ask themselves: Where are there environmental impacts, both good and bad, in the business? How can we not only tweak our procedures to have less of an environmental impact, but how can we get our employees to take up the cause, as well?
1% member Clif Bar, for example, recently led a “2-mile challenge” campaign within its workplace. Employees were encouraged to get rid of just one 2-mile trip by vehicle and instead to walk (or bike) it to their location. This small change, when compounded, can make a huge climate impact.
“Companies should be aware of where they’ve been doing well, and where there’s a need for change and innovation. There’s always room for improving your model and procedures to rein in your environmental footprint.”
That’s where BCorps, or benefit corporations, come in. In addition to focusing on the three biggies of climate impact and sustainability—energy, water, and waste—companies can become registered B Corporations. “Certified BCorps“ are corporations that “meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.” Backed by the nonprofit B Lab, which works with businesses to solve social and economical problems, BCorp-certified leaders, such as Patagonia and Ben & Jerry’s, have worked to pass legislation in more than 11 states (more states are reviewing the legislation) to create a new type of corporation that “best meets the needs of entrepreneurs and investors seeking to use business to solve social and environmental problems.”
“So therefore,” Rebecca explains, “when the company is set up, you can say that you’re here to help protect the environment and to help build communities. Putting it in the legal [contract] of a company allows that company to do different things that it wouldn’t do otherwise.”
BCorp offers a free assessment tool to help companies see where they can do well for the environment and where they can improve. Because doing well for the environment, as 1% founders Yvon and Craig first noted more than 10 years ago, not only benefits the companies, but also helps ensure a healthy planet for generations to come.
The snow is starting to fall here in Vermont and it won’t be long until we’re breaking out the skis and snowshoes! Pretty soon it will be puffy jackets, hats, and mittens on the way to and from work. Brrrr! Along with ushering in the winter’s first snows, we also wanted to introduce new member businesses Native Box, Lilian Dauzat, and Hanley’s Foods.
Native Box is a monthly subscription of natural, eco-firendly, and sustainable products that are healthier, safer, and better for you and the planet. Based out of Peakhurst, Austrailia, Native Box is committed to connecting its customers with businesses that provide exceptional organic and pure eco-products. By subscribing to their service, consumers will save time, money, and disappointment. Not only does Native Box offer an amazing service, but they are committed to doing business the right way. According to their mission statement:
We believe that each dollar spent is vote cast for a healthier world. We have the power to tell the market what we want produced and how we want it manufactured. This is the power of choice and it feels good! It’s our mission to make it easier to make good shopping decisions that are better for you, your family and your planet and this is primarily why Native Box chooses to partner with 1% for the Planet. Together we seek to make a positive impact by working with like minded organizations and ensuring that funds go back into a sustainable Planet for future generations to enjoy.”
We are incredibly excited to have Native Box in the network and we look forward to expanding the influence of 1% for the Planet in Australia!
One of our other new international member businesses is Lilian Dauzat. As the owner and operator, Lilian acts as an independent consultant that specializes in business development, planning, strategy, and web marketing. When discussing his decision to join 1% for the Planet, Lilian said “we have exceeded the limits of what the planet can provide and support: that’s a fact. Each and everyone’s action is necessary to try and repair the damages to the environment, but alone, you quickly feel helpless. This is the reason why I think that a private company joining a network of like-minded organizations is the ideal structure to allow a large scale change.” It’s wonderful to welcome another member business to our growing network in France and exciting to see Lilian Dauzat’s commitment to using business to help solve our environmental problems.
Last but not least, we would like to extend a warm welcome to Hanley’s Foods, based in Prairieville, Louisiana. Established in August 2012 by Richard Hanley Jr., this new business is producing a delicious salad dressing that his family has been perfecting for decades. Richard’s passion for making salad dressing for family and friends transitioned into the company it is today, after a trip to the local market. According to company lore, he had gone to gather up all of his favorite ingredients to make another bottle of his famous dressing, when a light bulb went off. He thought, “Why isn’t this in stores? Not only is Sensation salad dressing a classic in southern Louisiana, but the locals know and love it.” Two years later, the dressing launched. Not only is this beloved dressing created using an authentic southern-style family recipe, but it contains no preservatives or additives, it’s made locally, and it’s packaged in recyclable glass bottles. Becoming part of 1% for the Planet allowed Hanley’s Foods to show their true support of environmental causes. We thank Richard for his commitment and look forward to trying out a bottle of “Sensation” in the near future!
Welcome to all of our new members at home and abroad! Lets keep the momentum going into the winter.
Thanks to a generous grant from the Orfalea Foundation, 1% FTP now has the opportunity and resources it needs to launch an in-depth effort to build out its California network. To kick it off, myself and colleague, Rebecca, have been hosting several 1% FTP network gatherings throughout this golden state. The goal of these gatherings is to get caught up with our local members and nonprofits, meet face to face, chat about what high impact partnerships are currently underway, and to discuss what environmental issues should be on the docket! Thus far, we’ve had four gatherings in Berkeley, San Francisco, Petaluma and Santa Cruz.
These gatherings have been fantastic! Last week at The Hub, San Francisco, I was so pleased to actively watch members and nonprofits connect and create plans for follow-up working relationships. Bill Acevedo, of member company Wendel, Rosen, Black and Dean, LLP invited Mike Marshall, Executive Director of nonprofit partner Restore Hetch Hetchy, to be a guest on his radio show, The Wendel Forum. Mike will use the air time to discuss his current work on Prop F – a ballot measure that requires the city of San Francisco to make a plan for the city’s water future. Thanks to Bill and his show, Mike will now be getting the word out for “YES on F” to a new audience. Be sure to listen in – you can hear it every Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. here!
Of course, if you’ve been reading your 1% email communications, you’re well aware that we are in the final push with Patagonia‘s Twitter campaign for Vote the Environment. Naturally, we’ve woven in some tweeting fun at these events and all attendees have greatly enjoyed getting out their #becauseilove statement to support the campaign! Whether or not you’ve been able to attend an event, we encourage you to take action and Vote the Environment! Pictured below, myself along with Forest and Ingrid, of 1% member company Painted Sun Recordings, vote the environment #becausewelove YOU.
When we’re not busy crafting our clever Vote the Environment tweets, it has been wonderful to hear about the great work that’s underway amongst our network. Here in the east bay, the conversation revolved heavily around sustainable agriculture and access to local food. Linda, of Self-Sustaining Communities, and Leah, of Mesa, gave updates about their organizations’ initiatives on both food and agriculture — Self-Sustaining Communities is busy remodeling urban spaces into local community gardens, while MESA is providing cross-cultural exchanges to preserve traditional techniques and to spur innovation amongst today’s up-and-coming farmers. Over in Petaluma, with Neal of 1% member company Three Twins Ice Cream (pictured below), the Daily Acts, the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy and the Petaluma Wetlands Alliance all partook in an inspiring discussion about the opportunity to pool their time and resources together to protect their local Petaluma River.
As exemplified by the aforementioned conversations, these gatherings have allowed us to see clear examples of the 1% model in action. This past Monday at our Santa Cruz get-together, Laura Kasa, the Executive Director of Save Our Shores, shared with us a great story about how she became acquainted with the 1% network through Peak Teams. Peak Teams, a 1% member company that provides organizational development to businesses around the world, reached out to Save Our Shores, because they were interested to learn about their work and if it might align with Peak Teams’ mission of leading positive change. This was back in April of this year, and since this initial check-in, Peak Teams has become Save Our Shores’ most significant donor, they’ve spoken at fundraisers and provided silent auction donations, and this past August, Shane Toohey, CEO of Peak Teams, joined the board of Save Our Shores. “1% for the Planet was the way we got connected to such a great company. We are grateful,” remarks Laura.
Thank you all for the great work you do, and a huge thanks goes out to our event hosts: Three Twins Ice Cream, the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County, and The Hub (both Berkeley and San Francisco)! For those of you in the Ventura, Chico, San Diego, or LA area – stay in touch (email@example.com), because we are coming your way soon!
Lastly… it’s the day before election day so it seems most befitting that I gently remind everyone to VOTE! and conclude this post with a Vote the Environment Tweet:
@Bnunnink: I vote the environment #becauseilove & believe in the power & influence of #CSR to support a healthier planet & future http://bit.ly/SOQv1I