Posted on June 12th, 2013 by pauline
Mad Marathon, a 1% for the Planet event, encourages participants to go carbon neutral through local, streamside tree plantings
Waitsfield, VT – This summer’s Mad Marathon, a 1% for the Planet event, in Vermont’s Mad River Valley is the first marathon in the nation to offer runners the option of defraying the carbon footprint of their travel through the nonprofit Clear Water Carbon Fund.
The race is described as the “the first marathon dedicated to sustainability” and will be held on July 7 in Waitsfield, Vermont.
The Clear Water Carbon Fund plants trees along deforested rivers and streams to reduce atmospheric carbon, protect clean water resources and create wildlife habitat. Mad Marathon runners can neutralize their travel emissions by purchasing trees to be planted and monitored by the Clear Water Carbon Fund. The Fund, which was launched by the nonprofit Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences, has planted nearly 1,800 trees since its inception last year.
“We are very excited to work with a forward-thinking race like the Mad Marathon,” said Ethel Wilkerson, a Manomet Center scientist who coordinates the Fund. “They are focused on sustainability and reducing their environmental footprint. Planting trees in local watersheds is a great way to achieve both of those goals.”
This year, the Fund is planting Central Vermont as well as in the Northeast Kingdom. In Maine, the Fund is reforesting areas near the Androscoggin River and Sebago Lake.
“We are so proud to have the 1% for the Planet New England nonprofit partner, Clean Water Carbon Fund, to be such an active participant in this event. Not only are they demonstrating what the do best, but they are also using this platform to raise money and awareness of their cause. It’s truly our model in action,” said Barbara Friedsam, Sr. Director of Marketing and New England.
Dori Ingalls, Mad Marathon Race Director explained, “The course highlights the beauty of Vermont’s fields, forests, and streams. We can think of no better way to achieve our mission of sustainability then by planting trees to keep our air and water healthy and clean.”
For more information about the Clear Water Carbon Fund, contact Laury Saligman at firstname.lastname@example.org, (802) 505-0582.
Students from Stockbridge Central School’s 3, 4, 5, and 6 grade reforest a functioning flood plain on Stony Brook, a tributary of the White River in central Vermont. Stony Brook is an important spawning stream for wild rainbow trout, native brook trout, and Atlantic salmon.
NorthWoods Stewardship Center staff plants a stream buffer along a tributary of the Pherrins River in Morgan, VT. The Pherrins River flows into the Clyde River, which feeds Lake Memphermagog, an international body of water spanning the US and Canadian border.
Posted on March 14th, 2013 by jon
By now you’ve probably heard about our big 10th Anniversary event coming up this summer. We’ve joined forces with the Mad Marathon here in our hometown of Waitsfield, VT to create the 1st ever 1% for the Planet Mad Marathon. Dedicated to sustainability and environmentalism in New England, this event will help us to provide awareness and funding for the nonprofits and partnerships that protect the places we play. Not only should all of our partners plan on attending, but we also want to help raise money for your important causes. How can we do this you ask?
Form a Team:
• Create a team for your organization and encourage people to sponsor your runners! Your organization’s tile will show up on our leaderboard and potentially attract additional donations.
• Ask participants on your team to spread the word about the race and your organization. People love supporting these types of fundraising activities.
• Ask individual supporters of your organization to participate in “The Most Beautiful Marathon in the World,” so they can raise funds by running on your behalf. Runners have the choice of running the full marathon, half, or creating a relay team. They will be sure to have a blast, while doing a good deed at the same time.
• Have you already received donations from 1% member businesses? Encourage these partners to form a team in support of your organization.
• 1% for the Planet will be supporting this event by providing numerous activities throughout the weekend and by publicizing it through our various marketing channels. We can’t wait!
Last year, one nonprofit who fundraised using this race earned $27,000! We’re looking for nonprofit partners who think they can blow this record away. With a little effort and our support, we’re sure you can.
• Please let us know if you are planning on participating. We’ll send you directions and help spread the word! Email us at email@example.com or call us at 802-496-5408
• Let us know if you are joining on our Facebook event page and invite others
• Stay tuned for additional ways to participate over that weekend
We’re looking forward to celebrating all that you do. Start your training!
Posted on February 27th, 2013 by pauline
As you might have heard, this year we’re celebrating our 10th anniversary. One of our big anniversary events will take place right here in our home town. We have joined forces with the Mad Marathon in Waitsfield, VT to create the first ever 1% for the Planet Mad Marathon designed to support the nonprofits and partnerships that protect the places we play.
WE WANT YOUR COMPANY HERE. Come celebrate the planet with us!
Save the date: Sunday, July 7, 2013 - Race Day
July 6th, 2013 – Kids run and 1% for the Planet (1% FTP) network meet-up
The marathon is a way to:
- -Grow our movement
- -Celebrate your company’s commitment, and
- -Raise funds for environmental organizations
There are three ways you can get involved:
1. Sponsor the race
There are various levels of sponsorship available. Your sponsorship is considered a donation and part of your 1% FTP commitment for 2013.
- -be included in a virtual bag and a physical bag for participating runners
- -be highlighted in the 10th Anniversary marketplace grand opening
2. Donate product
If sponsorship is not in your company’s budget for this year, product donations for prizes and raffles are a great option. Remember, 25% of your company’s 1% annual commitment can be in-kind donations and/or employee volunteer time.
3. Run for a cause
Your company can support a nonprofit team by either running for or donating to them. Last year one nonprofit earned over $27,000! 1% FTP will also have a team fundraising on behalf of high impact partnerships in the region.
- -Email or call us at 802-496-5408. Please let us know if you have any questions and/or how you’d like to be involved
- -Join our event page on Facebook
- -Stay tuned for other ways to participate over that weekend
We’re looking forward to celebrating all that you do to support our network. Start your training!