In less than a month, 1% for the Planet will be in San Francisco for the Slow Money National Gathering. Slow Money is an emerging network of investors, donors, and farmers committed to building local food economies, and they are playing a critical role at redefining the boundaries between philanthropy and investing. This is their third National Gathering and the first two have launched national activity that holds great promise for all of us who want to see our economy transformed.
1% for the Planet is an early and proud supporter. Our very own, Rebecca Calahan Klein will be speaking on 1% for the Planet’s model of corporate engagement and environmental investing on a panel: Giving Something Back: New visions of corporate philanthropy. See the schedule for details.
As a benefit of our partnership, Slow Money is offering all 1% Members a 10% discount to attend the gathering on October 12-14th. Click here to register at the discounted price.
Click to listen to Woody Tasch, Slow Money Founder, explain how moving towards more local economic principles can benefit our planet and everyone involved.
With a year-long commitment to giving back, it’s safe to bet 1% for the Planet members, NGOs, and fans don’t need a holiday to remember the environment. But as Earth Day turns 41 this Friday, we noticed a coincidence that we couldn’t pass up: there are 41 songs on our compilation album, all donated to raise funds and awareness of environmental causes. We decided that was ample cause for celebration–today only, we’re offering the 1% album as a free download.
Our planet-loving album, 1% for the Planet: The Music, Vol. 1, was released just over a year ago with 41 rare and exclusive tracks from artists like Jack Johnson, Josh Ritter, Jackson Browne, and Grace Potter. The album sold over 15,000 copies, thanks in large part to the support of the 1% network. Now, let’s see how widely we can share 1% on Earth Day.
Here’s what you can do:
* Include the link and code EARTHDAY11 in your tweets and facebook posts today (don’t forget to tag @1PercentFTP)
* Use the image above in your newsletter or blog with a link to http://music.onepercentfortheplanet.org/redeem. Download it here.
* Create buzz for giving green on Earth Day. Encourage friends, family, co-workers, and followers to pay it forward and support an environmental non-profit. 1% members have donated over $70 million to hundreds of organizations working to ensure a sustainable future for our planet–join them!
1% for the Planet was just named a beneficiary of Climate Ride’s 2011 charity cycling events! Climate Ride is the first multi-day, multi-city charitable bicycle ride to address climate change and renewable energy issues.
Open a newspaper, go online, listen to the radio and you’ll find stories about climate change which share a similar theme: climate change is and will continue to be one of the defining environmental issues of the 21st century.
Greenhouse gas emissions produced in the 1900’s continue to affect the globe’s climate today – increasing the temperature of the planet, contributing to greater volatility in weather patterns, and altering eco-systems from ocean reefs to glaciers and ice fields to ancient forests. And the greenhouse gas emissions we produce today – by driving our cars, heating our homes, charging our cell phones, powering our computers and engaging in other acts of daily life— will have significant, planet altering effects that will continue well into the 22nd century.
So this year, we’ve decided to change our habits and hopefully inspire others to do the same. At 1% for the Planet, we’re lowering our carbon footprint, one bike ride at a time. This year, whenever possible, we’ll be getting out of our cars and onto our bikes – to run errands, get to school and work, and have fun with friends.
And then, we are going to go on the road, big-time!
1% Co-Captain Brittany
1% Co-Captain Leah
Bring Your Message to Washington…By Bicycle!
On May 13 -17, 2011, our incredibly fun and athletic Director of Member Services, Brittany Nunnink will lead Team 1% for the Planet on Climate Ride’s forth year riding the beautiful country roads 300 miles from New York City to Washington, DC to raise awareness of renewable energy and the climate crisis. Check out the route!
Support Clean Energy & Bicycle Advocacy
On October 2-6, 2011, Brittany will be joined by our inspiring and soulful Development Program Manager, Leah Cameron, and co-lead the 1% team from Eureka to San Fransisco, 320 miles of stunning coastline, towering redwoods, and picturesque wine country, and conclude our journey across the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco. Rebecca Calahan Klein, our optimistic and athletically challenged but endurance sport loving VP for Organizational Development, will also join us for the fun. Check out the route!
And we’d love for you – our 1% member companies and NGO partners—to join us in this fun, life changing and planet-loving journey!
Donate Products or Services: Climate Ride welcomes in-kind product and service donations from companies. So if you have food, personal care products, bike gear, music, or other items you’d like to donate, bring them on! And remember up to 25% of your 1% donation can be made in product donation. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Share your Knowledge: We want to deepen knowledge about climate change among the 1% community with speakers from our NGO partner organizations that are working on climate change. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Our Pedal Pushers
The “climate conference on wheels” raises funds for a collection of nine hardworking non-profits including 1% For the Planet. All Climate Ride beneficiaries are 1% approved non-profits and working hard on various aspects of climate, policy, business, renewable energy, and bicycle advocacy and infrastructure. We are proud to be is such good company!
1% for the Planet has a new home on Bridge Street in Waitsfield, Vermont. We recently moved our office down the street into a traditional Vermont farmhouse, originally built in the late 1800’s and recently renovated. With views of the Mad River, the Northfield Range, and the Waitsfield Common, our new office is feeling like home. The 1% crew can often be seen bounding across the street for a quick dip in the river or out for a trail run or bike ride.
To all those considering sending care packages to the lovely 1% crew here in Vermont make sure to get our NEW shipping address. (PS we love baked goods and member products!)
Our new shipping address…
1% for the Planet
45 Bridge Street
Waitsfield, VT 05673
Moving day lunch break for the 1% crew
Membership Maven, Chrissy didn't miss a beat with the move...unpacked and ready to go!
Jake can sing and dance and now...Hula Hoop!
Our mailing address remains the same…
1% for the Planet
P.O. Box 650
Waitsfield, Vermont 05673
BREAKING: Our members in France are now celebrating their 100th 103rd member! But before we missed the 100th member party entirely, our very own Marketing VP, Melody, caught up with 1% member / photographer Emmanuel Donfut from his company Balao for a Skype interview and inspiring slideshow. Watch a couple minutes in for a view of 1% in France through a camera’s lens.
With this aptly chosen reenactment of the famous French Revolution painting, Liberty Leading the People, member companies on the French Riviera celebrate a present-day tour de force: 100 members of 1% for the Planet… and counting!
Getting members together for a networking event is a great way to share sustainability stories, recruit prospective companies to join, collaborate around a new giving project, or show off the great people, companies, and non-profits behind 1%. Big thanks — and CONGRATULATIONS — to the 1% members in France for expanding the pool of funding going to environmental projects each year.
This week marks the kick-off of the Chris Velan 1% for the Planet Tour. Sponsored by Mountain Equipment Co-op, the tour spans Canada from Vancouver to Montreal throughout April. 1% member and musician Chris will be headlining the tour with performances in MEC stores and venues in seven cities, all focused on raising awareness of local environmental issues. Representatives from the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, a 1% non-profit recipient, will be on hand at each stop to share stories of progress made as a result of donations from 1% members like MEC.
Vancouver: April 1 MEC Vancouver Store 12-2 PM, Railway Club 8 PM
Edmonton: April 7 MEC Vancouver Store 12-2 PM, Haven Social Club 6 PM
Calgary: April 11 MEC Vancouver Store 12-2 PM, Marquee Room 8 PM
Winnipeg: April 14 MEC Vancouver Store 12-2 PM, Park Theater 8 PM
Ottawa: April 24 MEC Vancouver Store 12-2 PM, Zaphod Beeblebrox 8 PM
Toronto: April 28 MEC Vancouver Store 12-2 PM, C’est What 10 PM
Montreal: April 30 MEC Vancouver Store 12-2 PM, Petit Café Campus
Live nearby one of these cities? We hope you’ll stop by to hear some great tunes and learn about the impact of 1% giving in your area. As an added bonus, the new 1% album will be available in MEC stores during April, so be sure to pick up a few copies!
Enjoy a glance at some of our latest artwork aimed to help spread the word about our new-release album. More to come!
About the Album:
1% for the Planet: The Music, Vol. 1 is a compilation of more than 40 rare and exclusive songs donated by leading artists to supporting non-profit organizations working to create a healthy planet. The album aims to accelerate the 1% movement by engaging more people and inspiring more companies to join. Download and share the album →
See more on the 1% Flickr site. Artwork by TDA Advertising and Design (Boulder, CO)
Our album rollout depends on online sharing, which we encourage. Please feel free to use these images on your blogs and websites, and link your viewers to the 1% music site: music.onepercentfortheplanet.org.
30% increase in giving to environmental work in 2009, totaling over $50 million since 2002
Three new staff members on the 1% team
1,132 members contributing 1% of their annual sales to a network of 1,909 environmental organizations worldwide
These strong results in 2009 signal more than ever the strength of commitment of 1% member companies. 1% goes into 2010 fueled by the momentum of these member companies and the work their giving enables. Together we are well-positioned to change the face of giving and decisively influence the health of the planet in the year ahead.
Thank you for being a part of the 1% network, and enjoy the holiday!
P.S. Thanks to Yes! Marketing, 1% member #985, for designing our holiday cards this year. Check ‘em out if you’re in need of help for a marketing or design project in the new year.
In a follow up to our October 1st post, the results are in for Green America’s People’s Choice Award for Green Business of the Year. Drum roll please . . . . . the winner is 1% for the Planet member Reusablebags.com! In recognition of their continued success (Reusablebags.com also won this award in 2007), the company was also awarded a Longtime Leadership Award. Our greatest thanks to all who voted and recognized Reusablebags.com as a truly committed company to Keeping Earth in Business!
We are pleased to share that 1% for the Planet co-founder Yvon Chouinard and the 1% for the Planet community have received a leadership nod by U.S. News & World Report for their commitment to revolutionizing the way business is done on this planet.
To join the movement with your business’s membership please contact us at email@example.com.
For the full article please click here. Please click here to learn of the 20 fellow honorees of America’s Best Leaders for 2009.