Under the leadership of chair Jeffrey Watanabe, attorney and community leader, the Corporate Council for the Environment raised $220,000 for The Nature Conservancy of Hawai‘i in fiscal year 2010. The Conservancy launched the Corporate Council for the Environment in 1987 to engage the business community in supporting conservation in Hawai‘i, emphasizing the direct link between the economy and the environment. Since then, this coalition of local businesses has raised more than $3.7 million to protect Hawaii’s natural resources.
Businesses that support the Corporate Council for the Environment at the Executive Leadership Circle level ($10,000+) are: Alexander & Baldwin Foundation, Disney Vacation Club, Hawaiian Airlines, Hawaiian Electric Industries, Macy’s Foundation, Monsanto Fund, Outrigger Enterprises Group, ProService Hawaii, Skyline Eco-Adventures, and The Shidler Family Foundation.
“Our work to protect what is unique about our island home can only be done in partnership with businesses. We are grateful to our local companies for their generous support,” said Suzanne Case, the Conservancy’s Executive Director. “In difficult economic times, protecting the environment can get deferred, but these companies know that in Hawai‘i the environment is the economy. Their vision and commitment help us protect the lands and waters that sustain Hawaii’s people, our economy and island way of life.”
Since 1980, The Nature Conservancy has been working to protect Hawaii’s native forests and more recently the nearshore waters of the main Hawaiian Islands. The Conservancy manages a statewide network of ten preserves, the majority of which are strategically positioned in key watersheds throughout the state. The Conservancy’s marine program works 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.