There is a growing recognition that the health of our natural resources and the health of the economy go hand in hand.  In Durham, we hear this most in terms of recruiting top talent to the area.  Clean air and water, places for recreation, safe and local sources of food – all of these things make Durham a great place to live.

EarthShare NC is positioned to help businesses be a part of keeping North Carolina great.  To that end, EarthShare NC is launching a new project this April to connect corporate interest in the health of our community with the nonprofits who are working every day on issues that impact our health, economy and quality of life.

The program begins on April 16th, with eleven businesses taking part in the Corporate Challenge. Employee teams are matched with volunteer projects in the Triangle like garden preparations at SEEDS and invasive plant removal at the Eno River Association.  Through these projects, companies including Net Friends, Triangle Community Foundation, Self Help, SAS, Build Sense and Hughes Gupton and Pitman will make an impact and enjoy some friendly competition.

As a coalition of 30 NC based conservation nonprofits, EarthShare NC’s specific purpose is to partner with businesses to bring more people and resources to the work of nonprofit organizations. We do this in a variety of ways, including offering businesses workplace giving for the environment.  Over 23 years, employees have pledged more than $8.75 million in support of these nonprofits.

The culminating event to the April activities is the Corporate Earth Day Breakfast on April 22nd at the brand new 21c Museum Hotel.  The event is open to all Triangle area businesses…and tickets are still available. We’ll celebrate the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, hear from local business leaders, have briefings from nonprofits, and awards from the Corporate Challenge. A full list of businesses participating and a description of the program is here.

I hope you’ll join us at the Corporate Earth Day Breakfast to learn more.

Submitted by Heather Beard, EarthShare NC