With contributions from almost 90 local businesses, The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii’s Corporate Council for the Environment raised $230,000 for conservation in fiscal year 2011.
Launched in 1987 to engage the business community in supporting Hawaiian conservation, this coalition of local businesses has raised nearly $4 million since then to protect Hawaii’s natural resources. Jeffrey Watanabe, attorney and community leader, chairs the Corporate Council, which emphasizes the link between Hawaii’s environment and its economy.
Businesses that support the Corporate Council for the Environment at the Executive Leadership Circle level ($10,000+) are: Alexander & Baldwin Foundation, Hawaiian Electric Industries Charitable Foundation, Macy’s Foundation, Monsanto Fund, Outrigger Enterprises Group, Skyline Eco-Adventures, The James Campbell Company and The Shidler Family Foundation.
“Hawaii’s businesses are an invaluable partner in our work to protect our island home,” said Suzanne Case, the Conservancy’s Hawai‘i Executive Director. “In difficult economic times, protecting the environment can get deferred, but these companies know the importance of the environment to Hawaii’s economy. Their vision and commitment help us protect the lands and waters that sustain Hawaii’s people, economy and island way of life.”
Since 1980, The Nature Conservancy has protected almost 200,000 acres of natural lands in Hawai‘i and works with other public and private landowners to protect the islands’ key watersheds. The Conservancy manages a statewide network of 10 preserves. It is also active in protecting the nearshore waters of the main Hawaiian Islands, working in six coastal communities on three islands.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.