GROUNDBREAKING LIVING SHORELINES REPORT TO DEBUT AT SUMMIT
A team of living shorelines experts has been undertaking the first national evaluation of institutional barriers to the use of living shorelines and developing specific actions for how the barriers can be overcome. The result is a draft report, “Living Shorelines: From Barriers to Opportunities,” which will be debuted at the Summit in a session dedicated to a vibrant and dynamic conversation to elicit comments (Concurrent 2, NH-10). The draft report and related information is available here
For additional information on this report, Restore America’s Estuaries, or the Living Shorelines program, please contact Lance Speidell at lspeidell (at) estuaries (dot) org.]]>
Allen Construction is recognized regionally and nationally as a leader in green building practices. Since the inception of our company, our vision has been to build or remodel structures that generate energy rather than consume it, use less water, produce zero waste, and even purify the air. Our portfolio includes some of the greenest buildings in the country. To accomplish this, we use building methods and help clients select products for their homes that will be sensitive to both them and our community’s unique resources. Based on our years of green building experience, we guide clients toward choices that are healthier, more energy-efficient, more durable, and more cost-effective over the long term. Allen Construction is proud to be a member of 1% For The Planet and have the opportunity to work together with other companies to affect positive changes promoting the health and wellness of the Earth.
Bearded Brothers is committed to sustainability through the use of organic non-gmo ingredients in our products, as well as our compostable packaging. Partnering with 1% For the Planet was a goal of ours since we started the company. Through our commitment to 1% FTP we hope to further the impact of sustainable and environmentally friendly practices.
Greenvelope was founded on the promise of Save Trees, Save Time, Save Money, and our commitment to sustainability and protecting the natural environment is at the core of both our company and personal values. Since day one we have donated a percentage of every sale to Mountains to Sound, a non-profit organization that maintains forests in the Pacific Northwest. Through our partnership with 1% for the Planet, we are excited to solidify our promise to our customers and our global community. Greenvelope strives to deliver the most elegant electronic invitation service by emulating the experience of opening a “traditional” printed invitation. By creating a positive online experience, we hope more hosts will consider sending invitations electronically for formal events. With 1% FTP and their network of like-minded companies, we look forward to an opportunity to extend our efforts and truly make a difference through not only our product itself, but through investment in our planet and our future. Together, we can invite a greener future.
Icebox Water TM is honored (and thrilled!) to join the 1% for the Planet community. We at Icebox Water firmly share 1% FTP’s belief that business is responsible for positive change. We are passionately committed to promoting the wellbeing of people and our planet, supporting a healthy, active lifestyle while preserving the places we love. We searched the world for the most delicious premium spring water and the newest eco-friendly, BPA-free packaging to bring you Icebox, a sustainable solution for healthy hydration so both people and our planet can refresh naturally. Changing the mindset from bottled water to Icebox has the potential to build a wave of change in many ways. When the volume of bottled water consumption is taken into account with the current recycling rates, (43.9 billion 16.9oz. bottles consumed in the U.S. alone in 2011, recycling rate 32.25% resulting in 29.76 BILLION plastic bottles ending up in landfills, oceans and our environment1), Icebox Water can make a significant impact in reducing the amount of plastic bottles used while building the movement for a healthier world through engaging and activating our valued customers, non-profit partners, business partners, ambassadors, and more. Through our partnership with 1% for the Planet, Icebox Water TM is excited to connect with likeminded people, businesses and nonprofits to drive positive environmental change and give back to organizations that are on the frontlines working to protect our planet. Together we have a louder voice to promote our shared values of sustainability, stewardship and good health for people and our planet.
Plum is a fresh new line of beauty products that’s all about “being good” – to your skin, to your senses, to others and to the environment. People look the prettiest in the skin they were born in, and Plum aims to protect, repair and nourish skin naturally, using some of the richest sources of natural nutrients, without using harmful chemicals like parabens, SLS and phthalates. We choose natural ingredients for specific, scientific purposes. Sustainability is one of our four core values (customer delight, respect and transparency are the other three). We signed up with One Percent for The Planet because it’s a structured, disciplined way of giving back to nature. It is great to see like-minded brands forming a one-of-its-kind global alliance for a cause that we ought to be doing more for. Also, we appreciate the fact that we have the flexibility to choose from approved non-profits and we can clearly see where our money is being utilized. From the time we first saw the 1% for the Planet website to signing up, I didn’t think it took us more than a week to make up our minds that this is what we wanted to be doing.]]>
The following blog by Jon Devine, Senior Attorney for the NRDC in Washington, DC was originally posted in The Switchboard blog. The original post is available online here.
Forty-two years ago this past Saturday, Congress passed the law known today as the Clean Water Act. I salute their forethought and bipartisan leadership, not just because I make my living implementing that law, but because it has helped to restore waters that are special to me.
I grew up in Massachusetts, where the water pollution was so bad in Boston Harbor and the Charles River that the Standells’ “Dirty Water”became the city’s unofficial anthem. I remember going into Boston on a boat for Fourth of July fireworks and my mom telling me not to touch the Charles. My family also spent a lot of weekends by the Pemigewasset River in New Hampshire, which “was for yearsone of the most polluted rivers in New England, the repository for raw sewage from factories and towns,” and which “emitted an overwhelming odor and was known to peel the paint off buildings located on its banks.” Today, these water bodies are significantly improved – thanks in part to the Clean Water Act’s requirements limiting pollution into the nation’s waters. My sisters and I could swim in the Pemigewasset, and when we took a “duck boat” tour of Boston a few years back, I didn’t have to warn my own kids not to touch the water.
Despite the law’s successes, it is under attack today. Many waters around the country are at risk of becoming polluted because a pair of Supreme Court decisions and policies implemented by the prior administration left the status of small streams and wetlands in legal limbo. As a result, it is unclear today whether the law protects these kinds of resources from pollution or destruction, even though they help provide drinking water for one in three Americans. I’ve discussed this problem more times than I care to count, dating from my very first post on this site seven years ago.
We’re hopeful that this mess will soon be cleared up and this dangerous loophole will be fixed, thanks to the Obama administration’s proposed Clean Water Protection Rule. Sadly, a daunting lineup of industry lobby groups have joined together to attack the proposal. I’ve previously posted an overview of the clean water proposal, as well as a number of blogs responding to the misinformation campaign that opponents have launched.
After many years of work on this issue, I’m extremely excited today to report that NRDC and other environmental groups, sportsmen, health advocates, and the sustainable business community are delivering more than 500,000 comments in support of the proposed clean water rule to the Environmental Protection Agency. (Don’t fret about the trees – this is mostly a virtual, not paper, delivery.) We’re announcing this milestone at an event along the Anacostia River in the Washington, D.C. area, another water body I am happy to report has been significantly improved thanks to the law. Today’s event showcases the enormous support that Americans have for protective clean water policies. It should be an inspiration to the Obama administration to keep moving forward to strengthen and finalize its proposal, and it should be a warning to polluters and their political allies on Capitol Hill that they risk alienating the public when they attack clean water.
To all of you who have commented and whose comments we’re delivering today – thank you! Your involvement in this process is critical to getting a strong final set of protections in place. And if you haven’t yet had the chance to weigh in, you can still do so, as the comment period on the rule was recently extended until November 14th. You can take action to support it by clicking here.
Kavaj creates gorgeous leather cases for your smartphones and tablets, including iPhones, iPads and Android devices. Our products are sleek, thin, soft and most importantly, highly functional. Our cases protect your iPad in high style, with colors that include a rich, supple, black and elegant cognac brown. As Leonardo di Caprio just repeated again at the United Nations Climate Change conference: “Climate change is a defining issue of our age. Our response will define our future. To ride this storm we need all hands on deck.” Kavaj gives us the opportunity to raise awareness for environmental causes, specifically climate change, in the business we do day to day. We utilize the 1% for the Planet logo wherever we can, on our website, in our packaging and in our voice. We want our customers to know that our product gives back to protect the planet.
Since I was a kid, I always enjoyed a variety of subject areas – history, science, languages, as well as music and art. I didn’t feel like there was one subject area I excelled at more than another. So when the time came to choose what I wanted to study in university, I was torn. I didn’t see a way for me to combine my favourite courses in the sciences and the arts. After many years of trying to do one or the other, I feel like I have successfully found a balance in the environmental sector that allows me to explore both my passions: communicating science and innovation through artistic and creative means. I am in the process of completing my Masters degree in Resource and Environmental Management, and I have found that more and more, these two subjects are intertwined.
August 26, 2014, marked the launch of Adjacent Possibilities in art+energy, a 2 week, one-of-a-kind exhibit, housed within the MaRS Discovery District Heritage Atrium, Downtown Toronto. This engagement was the result of teamwork between artists with innovators to convey inspiration, determination, and human innovation to address climate change. This exhibit not only showcased the possibilities being developed to address climate disruption, but boldly addressed what can emerge from collaborative thinking.
Adjacent Possibilities is artistically representing scientific technological advancement, providing a visual and emotional message to the innovative solutions that many companies are implementing to solve global climate issues. As they put it: “Against the vastness and complexity of climate disruption, non-experts can struggle to derive meaning and importance from technically complicated cleantech solutions, leading to pessimism about our capacity to transition our energy economy. By engaging creative minds from the worlds of arts, science and business, Adjacent Possibilities in art+energy leans into the challenge of climate change, inspiring boldness in the face of the daunting energy transitions to come”.
At the opening of the exhibit, Jesika Briones, co-founder of Adjacent Possibilities, told us why she’s bringing the venture to Toronto. “We are sharing this with you today because it is not easy to speak about climate change. It is very heavy. To put the climate change coat on every day is not easy… We need to make a cultural change to steer our way toward a greater future, and I strongly believe that we have the solutions that are needed to make a difference in the world. I don’t want to see future generations telling us that we had the power to make a difference and we didn’t do anything about it.”
The means and methods to address issues and innovation need to be communicated in a fashion that will drive home a message, evoke an emotional response, and spark that need to make a difference. That is what art can bring to the world of science. As Briones mentioned, this exhibit and this art “will serve as a beacon off in the distance to hold our gaze and lift our spirit.”
The name Adjacent Possibilities, which comes from a theory by theoretical biologist Stuart Kauffman, describes that the realm of possibility can only be accessed by becoming adjacent to it. Therefore in order to truly understand and access the will and drive to implement change, there needs to be an interconnectedness between the art, the innovation and the science.
This year, the Starfish Canada is pleased to name Tamo Campos our Top Environmentalist under 25. Regardless of his family ties to David Suzuki, Tamo has made his own name in the environmentalism game at the age of 23.
As a young athlete and aspiring snowboarder, Tamo founded Beyond Boarding, an environmental and humanitarian activism group to raise awareness about issues impacting all corners of the world – from the headwaters of the Amazon, to First Nation’s groups in Northern BC.
Tamo recalls the impact the Beyond Boarding’s first project had on his sense of urgency and understanding of the interaction social and environmental issues. “[The project] was about international development done locally. We showcased the area through film by involving local communities in impoverished areas. Our project largely draws in different audiences – snowboarders and youth with snowboarding of volcano craters in Patagonia. Seeing massive floods in these areas hit me personally. I came home and saw how fossil fuel development in BC contributes to the problem and it inspired us to take environmental action.”
Raising awareness through film is something that Tamo has discovered a knack for in his pursuits with Beyond Boarding. His most recent project “Northern Grease” have been featured at the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival and the Tofino Film Festival. The movie embodies one of the core lessons of environmental activism through its frank and honest presentation of the issues inherent in the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline paired with the fun-loving, thrill-seeking perspective of a professional snowboarder.
To film the movie, Tamo got his hands dirty – literally. He and his crew modified the engine of an old school bus to run on used vegetable oil. Once they had raided enough french fry stands to fuel the trip, the loaded the bus and travelled 18,000 kilometers across the province, telling the stories of the communities and people they met along the way. Tamo was so moved by what he learned on the Northern Grease trip that, at its conclusion, he found himself joining in the blockade organized by the Tahltan First Nation against a coal mine that would directly impact the Sacred Headwaters. Tamo took on the role of social media liaison; keeping the police honest by remaining in constant contact with the wider world through twitter and facebook reports of the goings on.
It is for his passion, drive, and success that Tamo received three separate nominations to our Top 25 Environmentalists Under 25 list; and it is for his ability to marry youth culture with issues that really matter (and an apparent ability to have a great time doing so) that The Starfish Canada is happy to award Tamo Campos the number one spot on our 2014 countdown.]]>
AE Stelzer Photography (Lowell, MA) - A Fine Art Photography Studio that believes wedding photos should be breathtaking, refreshing, and tremendously beautiful.
Artless (Los Angeles, CA) - Creating contemporary craft furniture. Designs are clean, functional, sourced responsibly, and made with the highest standards of American manufacturing.
Balanced Guru (Boca Raton, FL) - Providing certified Organic personal care products for skin, hair, body and spa.
BareBlissBox (Atlanta, GA) – Skincare products that are made solely from the natural elements of the earth. Quality beauty and skincare products without compromising health and overall wellbeing.
Breathe (Philadelphia, PA) - A one-woman-owned boutique business that offers accounting and project support services to creative entrepreneurs.
Busmor Kafferosteri (Valberg, Sweeden) - A roastery of premium coffees.
Cuttingboard.com (Redmond, WA) - A specialty retailer that sells cutting boards and chopping blocks with a focus on sustainability and environmental awareness.
Davines.com (New York, NY) - Selling world renowned, high-end hair-care products with a mission of creating beauty sustainably and encouraging people to take care of both themselves and the environment.
Del Pacifico Wild Caught Seafoods (Hermosa Beach, CA) - Distributors of seafood from the Mexican Pacific. Shipping fresh and frozen seafoods to the United States.
Earth Missions (Lido Beach, NY) - A company that helps its clients experience and enjoy serious powder, swell, and fishing trips.
FarmtoFerments (Windsor, CA) – Raw unpasteurized fermented foods like sauerkraut and kimchi. Providing locally sourced produce and full circle foods. From farm to ferments.
Fayettechill Outdoor (Fayetteville, AR) – Experience inspired apparel for outdoor enthusiasts, an exhale to the daily grind.
Green Bee Web Consulting (Chicago, IL) - Consulting specialists, focused on building websites using the flexible open source content management system, WordPress focusing solely on B Corps, nonprofits, and those with a social and/or environmental mission.
Icebox Water (Cold Spring Harbor, NY) – Pure spring water in an environmentally friendly paper based carton, a convenient alternative to bottled water in plastic bottles.
imageMILL (Tokyo, Japan) - A new-age branding agency, with a passion and focus on being a catalyst for change for organizations that want to become more sustainable and have a desire to do good in local and global communities.
Kabushiki Kaisya Slow Village (Japan) - Featuring the “All things in Nature” environmentally friendly detergent brands.
Kamuy Outdoor (Lille, France) – Unique outdoor coaching and ultralight backpacking school.
Kossymix (Japan) - Specializing in premier snowboard wax for passionate riders.
Modern Way Consulting (Cotterells, United Kingdom) – An online payment systems and optimal digital commerce solution for business.
NUTRIMATIX (Scottsdale, AZ) – Providing personalized nutrition products.
Open Mind Developments Corporation (Saskatchewan, Canada) - Creating products from plants to provide earth conscious alternatives to conventional plastic.
Oregon’s Wild Harvest (Sandy, OR) – Family-owned and operated proud grower and producer of fresh Certified Organic herbal products.
Pandosy Village Veterinary Hospital (Kelowna, BC, Canada) - An integrative veterinary clinic and fine pet goods store.
Pascha Chocolate Company (Toronto, Canada) - Makers of ultra-pure chocolate which is completely free from all the major food allergens. Using fine aroma organic cocoa beans and creating the chocolate from bean to bar.
Phytodess (Paris, France) - Real beauty care for the scalp and hair, the PHYTODESS products combine nature, luxury and hair expertise to reveal and enhance the hair’s beauty.
Quabblejack (Lake Oswego, OR) - An online retailer with a focus on gear for the adventure and a mission to design quality goods that will last through each and every adventure, that have a minimal impact on the environment.
Sharp Six Services (Vancouver, BC, Canada) – Providing capacity building professional services to community driven organizations and micro-financing & capacity building services.
Susquehanna Actuarial Consulting (Golden, CO) - Specializes in actuarial and management consulting to the healthcare industry: insurers, health plans, employers and government agencies.
Taco Bike (Nashville, TN) - Taco Bike Serves organic, sustainable, humane breakfast tacos from a bicycle. As a social business, Taco Bike was founded to promote local organic food, sustainability, and animal welfare.
TenderWin (Stockholm, Sweden) - Helping people to achieve a healthier life style.
The Conservation Process (Isle of Palms, SC) - A credit card processor hoping to prove that one simple business decision can decrease operating cost and generate additional funding for the community initiatives clients support.
Vermont Farm Tours (Winooski, VT) – Experience the story and flavor of Vermont’s unique culinary landscape by connecting guests to the people and farms that feed us and inspire a better food system.
We invite you to check-out all of these members at the 1% for the Planet website.
The GIC: Impactathon is a national challenge to see which of our student volunteers can conduct the most energy audits for local businesses during the month of October. And at the end of the month, we will crown one student or group as the GIC: Impactathon Winner, along with a plaque and other cool prizes like CO2 light switch stickers, blog features, and more.
The competition will bring energy efficiency recommendations to small business owners across the country, as well as empower dozens of students through hands-on experience. But, it’ll do more than just that.
In keeping with the goal of National Energy Awareness Month, this competition will shine a light on a neglected community of the climate change conversation. GIC: Impactathon will raise awareness about the $60 billion in energy costs and the half a billion metric tons of carbon emissions that the small business community contributes every year and the need for us to help them take action.
So we invite you to participate in this national competition and help us to spread awareness. Here’s how you can get involved:
Compete! Step up and try to conduct the most energy audits in your community and take home the GIC: Impactathon plaque. This is a great way to add something to your resume while helping local businesses and the environment. To get started, review the GIC volunteer toolkit and then sign up to join and we’ll provide you with access to our energy audit tool, GEMS
Volunteer Sign Up
Get a free energy audit! The GIC: Impactathon is a great opportunity for you to support local student volunteers while receiving custom, actionable ways to save energy and utility costs. With the average energy audit only taking 20 minutes and identifying 25% in energy savings, it’s the best investment you’ll make this year. To sign up to receive a free energy audit, simplyregister your business.
Register Your Business
Spread the word! Use the hashtag #GICImpactathon to help us spread sustainability awareness in the small business community and on universities across the country.
CLICK TO TWEET: A national student #energy audit competition for #smallbiz! Who will win?! #GICImpactathon
And good luck to all of those competing!]]>