Costa Rican NGO alligns with 1% for the Planet

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
                                       
For more information, contact:
Melody Badgett, 1% for the Planet
melody@onepercentfortheplanet.org
+1 (802) 496-5408
 
ARCAE Announces Partnership with 1% for the Planet 
 
San Jose, Costa Rica, April 13 – The Costa Rican Environmental and Educational Network – ARCAE is a new nonprofit partner of 1% for the Planet, an alliance of over 1,380 member companies in 43 countries that give one percent of revenues to environmental causes.
 
ARCAE is now eligible to receive donations from 1% member companies, placing them among a diverse, global network of environmental organizations.  1% member businesses fuel this non-profit network through their annual contributions, which totaled over $22 million in 2010.  Partnership with 1% greatly expands the potential pool of funding to which ARCAE can look to for support.
 
Newly approved ARCAE contributes to a healthier planet by carrying out scientific marine research, by participating in community development projects and coastal management plan strategies, and through initiatives that strengthen the quality of education available in local elementary schools.  The non-profit is also a partner of Stanford University’s Woods Institute for the Environment and is providing information for the University’s Osa Golfito Sustainability Initiative, a long term sustainability analysis for Southern Costa Rica.
 
Over 2,300 non-profits worldwide are included in the 1% network, and over $70 million has been funneled to its nonprofit partners to date.  “The intent of 1% for the Planet is to help fund these diverse environmental organizations so that collectively they can be a more powerful force in solving the world’s problems,” Yvon Chouinard, founder of 1% for the Planet.
 
“ARCAE works with community members to develop sustainable development strategies”, said Andy Bystrom, ARCAE’s executive director.  “We’ve yet to celebrate our first birthday and already we’ve been invited by various rural community development organizations to participate in projects that will improve the livelihoods’ of local residents.”  
 
About 1% for the Planet

Started in 2002 by Yvon Chouinard, founder and owner of Patagonia, and Craig Mathews, owner of Blue Ribbon Flies, 1% for the Planet is a growing global movement of over 1,350 member companies in 43 countries that donate one percent of their sales to environmental organizations worldwide. Each day, more than one new business joins the 1% for the Planet movement. As a network, the 1% community has become a frontrunner in funding the work of environmental groups around the world. To learn more about 1% go to: www.onepercentfortheplanet.org
 
About ARCAE

ARCAE was founded on July 13, 2011.  by Andy Bystrom and Ingrid Rojas.  Ingrid is an educational psycologist and Andy has a background in non-profit administration and natural resource management.  It was founded in order to give the residents of Southern Costa Rica more resources to better combat the mounting pressures of large-scale international development initiatives that have little mind for the local community’s long term well being. 

In 2012 ARCAE is carrying out a visual marine fauna survey of the Golfo Dulce’s (Sweet Gulf) mouth.  Research is being done with members of the Pavones Artisanal Fishing Association.  The organization is also developing more research opportunities for national and international students.  These projects bring revenue into the community and employ local residents as research assistants.  ARCAE has been invited by the Punta Banco Development Association to assist in the construction of an aqueduct to bring fresh water to the entire town and surrounding areas.  Development Association members have also asked ARCAE to continue its environmental education campaign at the local elementary school and to help it apply for a Blue Flag Certification, a governmental program that certifies communities that develop garbage disposal, clean drinking water, and water treatment programs.

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