EarthShare NC E-News: Earth Day 2014 Special Edition

Before I came to EarthShare North Carolina 6 weeks ago, I didn't think I had a big role to play in making NC a sustainable place to live. I grew up playing in the creek that ran through my front yard, taking weekend walks on the trails nearby, having family picnics on the Blue Ridge Parkway, looking for alligators and turtles in a swamp near the seafood restaurant my grandparents liked. "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" was all the rage, and in Girl Scouts I learned how long it takes styrofoam to disintegrate. I loved seeing the farmlands along the highway between my college and my hometown. I took it for granted.
When I hear climate change forecasts, or see the river near my home ranked in the 10 Most Endangered Rivers in the US, the problem seems so big and my efforts seem so small. How much difference does it make if I bring my coffee cup from home, carpool, or donate a few dollars to an environmental group?
But then I came to work at ESNC. I see nonprofits using ingenuity and tenacity to keep our water clean and our air healthy, preserve the land that makes this state unique and prosperous, improve food access, advance sustainable energy, advocate for people- and planet-friendly legislation, and ensure that NC is a viable place for wildlife and recreation. I see workplaces from all sectors and regions partnering with us to complete volunteer projects, fund the vital work of our nonprofits, and collaborate on mutually beneficial goals.
And I believe that big change is possible, in NC and globally.
Earth Day is next Tuesday. Let's celebrate our natural heritage and make a commitment to work together to sustain the good work you will read about below. Tell your friends to sign up for this bi-monthly newsletter by using the Share This link at the bottom of this message, Like us on Facebook, or contact us about how to get your workplace more engaged. You can even donate to help ESNC better support our nonprofit members and workplace partners.
Let's sustain the change--all year long.
Allison Harrison
Outreach & Employee Engagement Associate
EarthShare NC, 919-687-4840
Our 2013-2014 Annual Report is now available online. Meet new staff and board members, see how our workplace partners have engaged in corporate social responsibility, and read about ESNC accomplishments and future plans.


ESNC is happy to announce our newest workplace partner, SEPI Engineering & ConstructionSEPI is a full service civil engineering and construction management firm offering site/civil design, surveying, roadway and structure design, environmental planning, construction management, traffic engineering and operations, water resources, natural resources, and feasibility studies.
They are committed to reducing their impact on the environment.


If your company is interested in supporting EarthShare NC and our 70 member nonprofits through workplace giving and engagement, contact Executive Director Heather Beard, 919-687-4840.


Want to know what our Member nonprofits are up to for Earth Month and beyond? Add our Public EarthShare NC Member Events Calendar to your Google, Outlook, or other calendar to find out about events, activities, and volunteer opportunities with ESNC's Member nonprofits. In Google, click the down arrow beside "Other Calendars," select "Add by URL" and use this URL (iCal link). You can use HTML or XML to add to other calendars or view in a browser.
Earth Day is April 22, 2014! Earth Month is a great time to rally your company in support of EarthShare nonprofits. For example:
  • ESNC workplace partner IBM holds an Earth Day Fair every year in conjunction with Take Our Children to Work Day.
  • Employees from HP in Charlotte will be joining Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation for their Briar Creek Cleanup and Rain Barrel Rollout.
  • Belk has a variety of activities slated for Earth Month and will host Carolina Raptor Center, Clean Air Carolina, and NC Wildlife Federation.
  • Our friends at SAS are hosting Eno River Association, NC Rail-Trials, and Audubon at their Family Picnic.
  • Accenture in the Triangle is volunteering with SEEDS and Friends of the Mountains to Sea Trail.
  • Accenture in Charlotte is hosting Clean Air Carolina and Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation for happy hour at Birdsong Brewery.

How is your workplace celebrating Earth Day? Send your workplace Earth Month story and we'll feature you in the June/July E-News!

Did you know? Earth Day Network, global coordinator of Earth Day, is an EarthShare NC Member nonprofit. Earth Day Network is a leader in environmental education and forges alliances on issues including climate change and a post-carbon economy. The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970,activated 20 million Americans. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. See more at
ESNC Member Events:
See all events on our ESNC Member Event Google Calendar
4/19 Crystal Coast Earth Day Attend or volunteer with NC Coastal Federation
4/19 Briar Creek Cleanup with Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation
See details
4/22-4/23 NC Sustainable Energy Conference in Raleigh See details
4/26 Hike the AT with Western NC Alliance 
4/26 Wildflower Preserve Workday and Piedmont Enviro Alliance Earth Day with Piedmont Land Conservancy See details 
4/26 Annual Neuse River Cleanup with Neuse Riverkeeper Foundation 
EarthShare NC partners with workplaces to make NC sustainable for the people who live and work here. 

Our 70 member nonprofits work locally and nationally on a the issues that are important to you.

We connect our workplace partners to this work through education, volunteerism, and philanthropy.
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