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August/September EarthShare NC E-News 
In This Issue
ON THE HOMEFRONT has a new design!


This month we unveiled a new website design that we hope will be fun to look at and easy to navigate. Our Member nonprofits do amazing work, and it's our hope that will help you learn more about the causes we sustain and how you can partner with us to protect the resources and quality of life we all depend on. We have a few pages to finish, but go check it out and stay tuned for the final product! Thanks to Gabe Casalett for his time and talent in building the website.

Welcome to our newest Workplace Partners!

Thanks to these organizations who will host employee giving campaigns and partner with EarthShare NC to support our 70+ nonprofits.
Business Competitiveness and a Thriving North Carolina


On August 25th, we held a first-of-its-kind meeting at SAS Headquarters in Cary. The theme of the forum was "Business Competitiveness and a Thriving North Carolina." Triangle area businesses and EarthShare NC nonprofits came together to discuss how a healthy NC is good for business and to begin discussing opportunities to work together to keep NC a thriving place to live and work. Keynote speakers included Jerry Williams (SAS), and Michael Goodmon (Capital Broadcasting)

Thanks to our sponsors (featured below) and to everyone who made this event a success. Two more forums are planned for the Triad and Charlotte regions.


Photo from PTRF
Pamlico-Tar River Foundation
Youth on the Water 

In an effort to give every child in Beaufort County a chance to get on the waterways, the Pamlico-Tar River Foundation hosted an open Youth Kayaking Program on July 23. The program offered a chance for children to learn how to kayak and learn about the different species of plants and animals that call the Tar-Pamlico watershed their home. Approximately 75 kids attended the program this year. The program was free, with PTRF providing lunch, kayaks and life jackets. Read more at
NC Wildlife Federation Announces 2014 Awards
from the Wildlife Wire Vol. 12 Issue 8

Next weekend, North Carolina Wildlife Federation will be celebrating the winners of the 51st Annual Governor's Conservation Achievement Awards. This year's winners are a who's who of Conservation stalwarts who work for species ranging from turkey to turtles, from water quality and land stewardship advocates to those helping feed the hungry and connecting youth to nature. The award winners include state agency professionals, elected officials, leaders in academia, non-profit leaders and emerging youth leaders.

In addition, there will be a special induction into the Conservation Hall of Fame for long-time environmental philanthropist and conservation advocate Mr. Fred Stanback of Salisbury, NC. This is a special honor bestowed upon only a select few in history. Stanback is a previous Governor's winner for Conservationist of the Year in 2005. 
Click here for a full list of award winners.
NC League of Conservation Voters Foundation Ramps Up Nonpartisan Voter Registration


Issues like fracking, coal ash, and climate change have become growing risks to the North Carolina environment and the health of our communities. But even as these dangers loom, decades of environmental regulation and enforcement policy have been threatened or undone. That's why people like Mark from High Point have partnered up with NC League of Conservation Voters Foundation (NCLCVF) to canvass local communities and get people engaged in the state policy process. Mark sees many North Carolinians disconnected from decisions at the state level and underrepresented by those in office. "I want to help change the perception that our government is a separate system," Mark explains, "but rather our government is the outcome of the values we as voters want to be reflected in the decisions they make." Mark believes you need to have sound environmental protection to have a strong economy and healthy communities--the reasons people live in NC and bring businesses here.


By partnering with community-based organizations and running nonpartisan voter registration programs across the state, NCLCVF is striving to register more than 20,000 new voters by the end of 2014. It is only through environmental education, community involvement, and engagement in the democratic process that we can protect the beautiful North Carolina landscapes, resources, and communities we call home. Visit and "It Matters NC" on Facebook to learn more.
Submission from the previous MST Photo Contest
Mountains-to-Sea Trail Photo Contest

Each year, FMST holds a Mountains-to-Sea Trail Photo Contest. This year's deadline for submitting photos is midnight on Friday, October 31. The three categories are View from the Trail, People on the Trail, and Youth Photographer (17 or under). The judges are professional and amateur photographers with a passion for the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. Images will be judged on creative composition, good use of lighting, and an approach that reveals the character of the trail. See details here.

Fall Events: Mark Your Calendars

10/4 Official NC Big Sweep, statewide

10/10-10/12 Campout!Carolina, statewide

Thanks to Fan Li and Jesse Hall for contributing to this edition of E-News.
ESNC Member Events:
See all events on our ESNC Member Event Google Calendar
8/29Rich Inlet Boat and Beach Excursion with NC Coastal Federation. see website
9/5: Solar Thermal Water Heating Workshop held by NC Sustainable Energy Association.
9/4-9/7Exploring the Grand High-Country Retreats with NC Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation. See details
9/27: Hike The Orchard at Altapass Trail with Conservation Trust of NC See website
Back to School Green Tips
from EarthShare


  • Start with the basics. Remind kids to turn off the lights in the bathroom or any unoccupied room at home and at school. 
  • Carpool. If you live somewhere where bus service isn't provided, start a carpool and take turns with other parents in the neighborhood to drop off and pick up the kids.
  • Lunch break. Pack lunches in lunch pails or canvas bags instead of throwaway paper bags. Consider only using durable containers. 
  • Keep children in touch with nature. After-school time used to involve catching fireflies, exploring the neighborhood woods, making mudpies, and just having a good time running around outside.
  • your gift goes a long way!
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