Emerald Builders pledges 1% of annual sales to environmental causes
To close out Earth Month, Emerald Builders became a member of 1% for the Planet, pledging to donate 1% of annual sales to support nonprofit organizations focused on the environment. This comes after a month-long, coordinated effort of individuals, businesses, and organizations to grow the 1% for the Planet movement and raise awareness for the health of our planet.
“We are so excited to join this global movement of businesses funding impactful environmental action,” said Reggie Lebel, Founder and President of Emerald Builders. “We do everything we can to use the most eco-friendly products and processes but our industry has a long way to go, and it is dedicated activists who are going to get us there.”
Emerald Builders is one of only 13 Maine companies who have made this commitment.
Members of 1% for the Planet commit to supporting approved environmental nonprofit partners by donating the equivalent of 1% of sales through a combination of monetary, in-kind, and approved advertising contributions. Nonprofits are approved based on referrals, track record and environmental focus. There are thousands of approved nonprofits worldwide.
Collectively, 1% for the Planet Members have donated more than $175 million to environmental nonprofits to-date.
“We are thrilled to welcome Emerald Builders to our global network,” said Kate Williams, CEO of 1% for the Planet. “Currently, only 3% of total philanthropy goes to the environment and, only 3% of that comes from businesses. We need more business like Emerald Builders to do its valuable part to increase giving and support on the ground outcomes.”
About Emerald Builders
Based in Midcoast Maine, Emerald Builders crafts high-quality beautiful homes with care that are super energy efficient and are made with environmentally conscious products and processes. Current industry standard building practices needlessly harm the environment and occupant health, and waste precious resources and their owners’ money. Emerald Builders provides clients with energy efficient, eco-conscious, and healthy homes that will last for generations. Emerald Builders is a triple bottom line company.
About 1% for the Planet
1% for the Planet is a global organization that connects dollars and doers to accelerate smart environmental giving. We recognize that the current level of environmental giving – only 3% of total philanthropy – is not enough to solve the most pressing issues facing our planet.
Through our business and individual membership, 1% for the Planet inspires people to support environmental organizations through annual membership and everyday actions. We advise on giving strategies, we certify donations, and we amplify the impact of the network.
Started in 2002 by Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia, and Craig Mathews, founder of Blue Ribbon Flies, our members have given more than $175 million to environmental nonprofits to date. Today, 1% for the Planet is a network of more than 1,400 member businesses, a new and expanding core of hundreds of individual members, and thousands of nonprofit partners in more than 60 countries. Look for our logo and visit www.onepercentfortheplanet.org to learn more.