Our Corporate Forums bring together business and conservation leaders to discuss a common interest in protecting our natural resources and opportunities for engagement. The next forum will be held at Belk Corporate Headquarters on May 26th. See the  Corporate Forum page  for  more information and RSVP to by May 18th.
Photos from the March Corporate Forum at Proximity Hotel in Greensboro.
Photo credit: Live Oak Communications
David Craft of Craft Insurance begins the Corporate Forum program.
Thank you to the sponsors and advisors who made the Triangle and Charlotte Corporate Earth Day Events a huge success. The Ripple Effect theme came to life as c ompanies large and small joined together to support local nonprofits that care for our water, air, land and wildlife. 

On April 7th, eight corporate teams involving 130 volunteers made the following impact through the Charlotte Corporate Challenge:
  • Cleared 400 square feet of invasive plants, filling 15 trash bags
  • Cleaned a half mile stretch of Little Sugar Creek, collecting 2500 pounds of trash (90 bags)
  • Salvaged resuable material while disassembling an unusable play structure
  • Built an ozone and pollinator garden
  • Built a schoolyard wildlife habitat containing 4 gardens, 11 plants, 4 nest boxes, and  over 10,000 pounds of soil
On April 14th, 15 teams involving 160 volunteers made a big impact in the Triangle Corporate Challenge. You can see the video recap here. Triangle volunteers:
  • Mixed and poured 3 tons of concrete
  • Dug a 20 foot long, 20x20 inch drainage trench
  • Repaired 100 feet of the Mountains to Sea Trail
  • Planted 300 plants
  • Mulched 1000 square feet of public park space
  • Pulled 200 wild onions and countless weeds
  • Cleared 700 square feet of invasive plants
  • Picked up 300 lbs of trash and 50 lbs of recycling from 2000 feet of river bank
In addition to making an impact for local nonprofits, the work done during the Challenges will have a ripple effect in our communities,  increasing capacity for a garden that provides produce to local families, providing experiential environmental education for children,  bringing pollinators to local parks, keeping our water sources clean for people and wildlife, improving spaces for recreation, upfitting habitat for rescued animals and beautifying green space in our fast-developing cities.

The Ripple Effect continued with the Corporate Earth Day Breakfast on April 22nd, bringing together 100 businesses and conservation leaders for a program that celebrated the impact of corporate engagement in our community. Keynote speaker Dr. Roland Kays of the Museum of Natural Sciences highlighted the importance of continual curiosity and engagement with our natural world as he described his involvement with the discovery of a new mammal species, the olinguito. The event also featured remarks by United States Congressman David Price, SEEDS Executive Director Emily Egge, Sound Rivers Executive Director Harrison Marks, and Meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner of WRAL-TV. Attendees engaged with EarthShare NC Member nonprofits and identified ways to expand their companies' "ripple effect" to strengthen conservation work through EarthShare NC.
Carolinas HealthCare won the Spirit Award for the Charlotte Corporate Challenge. They listened to music and had a great time while clearing invasive plants with Audubon NC.
Photo credit: Katie Williams
Grubb Properties won the Charlotte Corporate Challenge for their impressive work at Carolina Raptor Center.
Photo credit: Six Cents Photography
Wells Fargo won the Teamwork Award for the Charlotte Corporate Challenge. 70 Wells Fargo employees worked with Catawba Riverkeeper to clean up Little Sugar Creek. Photo credit: Six Cents Photography.
Buckner Companies won the Triangle Spirit Award for their work at SEEDS.
Sports Endeavors won the Teamwork Award for the Triangle Corporate Challenge. They cleaned up dump sites along the Eno River.
photo credit: Laura Wessell
Nigel Kelly accepted the Triangle Corporate Challenge Award for Dude Solutions. The "Good Dude" team hand mixed and poured 3 tons of concrete at Carolina Tiger Rescue.
photo credit: Jim Wallace
At the Earth Day Breakfast, U.S. Congressman David Price made remarks on the importance of protecting natural resources in our state and across the globe.
Elizabeth Gardner, meteorologist with WRAL-TV and outdoor enthusiast, served as emcee for the Corporate Earth Day Breakfast.
Photo credit: Jim Wallace
Sam Berger, senior director of talent and leadership development and Todd Boyle, chief people officer, both of Sensus, pictured with EarthShare NC's executive director Heather Beard and outreach & engagement director Allison Harrison.  
Photo credit: Jim Wallace
Raleigh-Headquartered Technology Business Honored for Conservation Contributions

An EarthShare NC partner with operations on five continents and headquartered in Raleigh, Sensus helps public service providers do more with their infrastructure to improve the quality of life in local communities. Sensus was honored at EarthShare NC's Corporate Earth Day Breakfast on April 22. 

The partnership began in 2015, when Sensus approached EarthShare NC with a desire to enrich the local community through donations and volunteer opportunities that build team spirit. To kick off the relationship, Sensus hosted a giving campaign for employees at seven locations in five states and raised more than $25,000 to support member nonprofits through employee donations and a Sensus corporate match. Sensus also gave its customers the opportunity to learn about and support four EarthShare nonprofits working across the country. On April 14th, Sensus employees volunteered in the Triangle Corporate Challenge, and additional EarthShare NC volunteer experiences are slated for May.

"We are pleased to present the 2016 Corporate Partner of the Year award to Sensus as they are an outstanding example of corporate citizenship in connecting employees with opportunities to take care of their communities,"said Heather Beard, executive director, EarthShare NC.

"The health of the environment is central to everything we do--for our customers, for our employees and for the greater community," said Todd Boyle, chief people officer, Sensus. "That's why partnering with EarthShare makes not just good business sense; it's good common sense, too. We're honored to be recognized for doing our part and encourage other companies to do theirs as well. It's an obligation we all share."

NC Wildlife Federation launches statewide pollinator initiative

The North Carolina Wildlife Federation has launched the Butterfly Highway - a statewide conservation initiative to help restore native pollinator habitats to areas impacted by urbanization, land use change and agriculture.
The goal of the initiative is to create a network of native pollinator plants to support butterflies, bees, birds and other pollen and nectar dependent wildlife. The network will include green spaces and pollinator gardens that will connect and thread throughout North Carolina to create The Butterfly Highway. Employees from TIAA participated in the Butterfly Highway initiative as part of EarthShare NC's Charlotte Corporate Challenge, building a pollinator garden at a local school.

Visit the Butterfly Highway website to learn more, including criteria for Butterfly Highway garden designation and how to register a Butterfly Highway garden.
As always, our Member events  calendar is full of volunteer, education, and recreation opportunities near you! You can sync it with your calendar so you'll never miss an event. Here's a sampling of May events:
Thank you for supporting EarthShare NC and our Member nonprofits. Follow us on social media at the links below to stay up to date between bi-monthly editions of NC E-News.

Allison Harrison
Outreach & Engagement Director
EarthShare North Carolina
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