September 18, 2012

DINGMANS FERRY, PA – Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is a new nonprofit partner of 1% for the Planet, an alliance of over 1,380 member companies in 43 countries that give 1% of revenues to environmental causes.

PEEC 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 PEEC can look to for support.

Newly approved PEEC contributes to a healthier planet by providing numerous year-round activities, opportunities, and programs for persons of all ages and abilities to study, become engaged in, and become connected to nature and natural systems. PEEC opens doors to nature.

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.

It is our belief at PEEC that, through ‘direct experience’ with the natural world, all PEEC participants will not only gain increased knowledge of natural science, techniques for scientific inquiry, and familiarity with local flora, fauna, and ecology, but will become connected to their natural world and (hopefully) create and establish their personal land ethic and actively become involved in conservation and stewardship. As John Burrows once said, “Knowledge without love will not stick. But if love comes first, knowledge is sure to follow.” 

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 PEEC
PEEC’s mission is to enhance environmental awareness, knowledge and appreciation through hands-on experience in a natural outdoor classroom. It provides unique, year-round, environmental experiences to families, school groups, scouts, and nature enthusiasts of all ages. PEEC is located near mile marker 8, within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, in Dingmans Ferry, PA (Lehman Township). For more information call (570) 828-2319 or visit PEEC online at www.peec.org for a complete list of all upcoming PEEC events and programs. PEEC is close to home, where learning comes naturally!

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