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Impact in New England

“The people of plenty were a people of waste.”

–Geographer Bill Cronon

“The better you get at a sport, the less you need.”

–Yvon Chouinard, Patagonia

Like Yvon Chouinard, Bill Cronon recognizes the profound effect our history pursuing capitalism had on the ecosystems of New England. 1% for the Planet exists to move this relationship to a healthier place. And in New England, our backyard, we set our sights on big, positive change.

From fishing grounds off of Rhode Island to the wide-open spaces of northern Maine, New England stretches from New York City suburbs all the way to the Canadian border.  The region’s population and scale have put sustainability to the test as New Englanders commingle with urban and rural, mountains and ocean, all within a day’s drive.

In New England, we realize what it means to eat local, in season foods and we see the effects of climate change coming to our backyard with drastic weather events. We have the largest damn project in the country setting the Penobscot River free one removal at a time and the nation’s only Nationally Designated Blueway, the Connecticut River. We have land connectivity that allows wildlife to thrive cross boarders and we pay close attention to the need to preserve these open spaces.

New England is home to people who are in tune with their working landscape, who love the outdoors, and who are deeply invested in its protection. 1% for the Planet is mobilizing businesses, nonprofits and individuals to address priorities in the region.

Our key partners include:


Photo: Brodie O’Brien

Appalachian Mountain Club: The Upper Androscoggin River Watershed in northern Maine and New Hampshire encompasses approximately 1.5 million acres, and contains nearly 450 miles of named rivers, and 3,000 miles of mapped perennial and intermittent streams. While the region has been a top priority for conservationists, the critical pieces for a major land protection push have not been well coordinated, until recently. The Appalachian Mountain Club, The Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust, and The Trust for Public Land are collaborating to provide additional buffer land protection to and connectivity between key regions in New England.

The Staying Connected Initiative: Sustaining landscape connectivity safeguards native wildlife and plants from the impacts of habitat fragmentation and climate change, and supports human activities and values that are tied to the forested landscape. The Staying Connected Initiative (SCI) unites two-dozen conservation organizations and state and local governments to conserve, restore, and enhance landscape connectivity across the Northern Appalachian/Acadian region of the U.S. and Canada.

Student Conservation Association: Every year SCA motivates and deploys thousands of young people who care passionately about improving their natural world. They work in our parks and public lands and urban green spaces to make improvements and learn conservation and sustainability practices. They learn how to plan, enact, and lead, all while making a tangible impact in conservation.

The Trustees of Reservations: A Massachusetts-based organization with more than 100,000 members who love the outdoors, who appreciate the distinctive charms of New England, and who believe in celebrating and protecting them, for everyone, forever. They care for more than 100 special places – nearly 25,000 acres – all around Massachusetts. And they are actively building an extended family of friends and neighbors across the state that can help in their different ways.


Photo: Brodie O’Brien

Connecting people to their food is one of the surest ways to ensure healthy, engaged communities and a thriving ecosystem. 1% for the Planet partners with organizations in each of the six New England states including Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, Burlington School Food Project, CitySeed, and Farm Fresh Rhode Island (and many more!) to engage communities in local, sustainable food initiatives.

Farm Aid: Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp organized the first Farm Aid concert in 1985 to raise awareness about the loss of family farms and to raise funds to keep farm families on their land. Dave Matthews joined the Farm Aid Board of Directors in 2001. To date, Farm Aid has raised more than $45 million to promote a strong and resilient family farm system of agriculture.

The Food ProjectBy connecting teens with sustainable agriculture The Food Project helps them grow as both individuals and leaders of sustainability within their community food systems.  The food they grow is distributed throughout the community in the form of CSAs and farmers markets, carrying the message of local and sustainable food the whole way.

Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA VT): NOFA VT is a nonprofit association of farmers, gardeners, and consumers working to promote an economically viable and ecologically sound Vermont food system for the benefit of current and future generations.  In their work to achieve this, they are dedicated to supporting sustainable agriculture and food systems through its work with CSA’s, agricultural trainings, and Farm to Institution programs.


Photo: Brodie O’Brien

With the variety of ecosystems vulnerable to climate change–from coastal communities to fragile alpine environments–and its tourism-based economy, New England is uniquely positioned to benefit from a proactive effort to address climate change. We’re working with partners including Climate Counts350Vermont, Clear Water Carbon Fund, and more to raise awareness of ways New England communities can be part of the solution.

Center for EcoTechnology (CET): CET helps businesses, nonprofits, and individuals make their offices, homes, and buildings more energy efficient and have the smallest impact on the environment as possible.  By encouraging the sourcing of renewable energy whenever possible, CET is helping New Englanders do their part to fight climate change.

Ceres: Ceres engages with companies across the country on a range of sustainability issues, including climate change. They work with companies to: reduce greenhouse gas emissions, disclose financial and material implication of climate change and it’s mitigation within their company, put in place governance structures to manage climate change risks, and develop products that decrease emissions. Two of their main climate change programs are BICEP (Businesses for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy) and the Climate Declaration.

Clean Air-Cool Planet: New Hampshire-based Clean Air-Cool Planet works collaboratively with campuses, communities and corporations to pioneer and scale-up innovative solutions aimed at reducing carbon emissions and preparing for climate change. They also work to build support for environmentally effective and economically efficient national climate policies.

Union of Concerned Scientists: What began as a collaboration between students and faculty members at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1969 is now an alliance of more than 400,000 citizens and scientists. Based in Cambridge, MA, UCS puts rigorous, independent science to work to solve our planet’s most pressing problems. Joining with citizens across the country, they combine technical analysis and effective advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for a healthy, safe, and sustainable future.


Photo: Brodie O’Brien

From the lakes, rivers, streams, and ocean that provide New England with food and year round recreation to the tap water that quenches the thirst of some of the Eastern Seaboard’s largest cities, water is an integral part of the New England way of life. We’re partnering with organizations working to ensure we have healthy aquatic ecosystems for generations to come.

Charles River Watershed Alliance: Using science, advocacy, and law, as well as its network of grassroots volunteers to monitor the Charles River Watershed and restore it to optimal health. CRWA uses its science-based understanding of the watershed to define effective, long-term solutions to the river’s problems, and to promote cutting-edge, sustainable water management practices.

Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMI)NAMI advocates for policies and practices that will sustain our fisheries. They transform markets through direct connections between consumers and fisherman, influence policy by working with fishery managers to make the case for supporting small-scale, community-based fishers through policy decisions, and build coalitions with like-minded fishing communities, food and farming activists, and anyone interested in knowing where their food comes from.

Penobscot River Restoration Trust: Dams remain the most significant unaddressed threat to sea-run fisheries. The Penobscot River Restoration Trust is working to restore access to critical habitat for sea-run fisheries of New England’s second largest watershed through an aggressive dam-removal effort. The initiative is a collaboration of 7 conservation nonprofits, federal and state government, regional hydropower companies and the Penobscot Indian Nation.

Land and people influence one another. Let’s make that as positive an influence as humanly possible. See a full list of New England nonprofit partners to learn more about our network.

Thanks to support from the Jessie B. Cox Trust, the largest environmental funder in the region to date, we’re able to continue their legacy in New England by engaging more businesses to being part of the solution for years to come.  You too can help to make change on the scale that’s needed. And since we’re small scale relatively speaking, see your impact really make a difference here.



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