“Ecology.IT is a great addition to the network. By signing on to 1%, it shows they’re really walking the walk in their sustainability efforts,” says Terry Kellogg, 1% CEO. “They’re using generosity as a tool with which to build their business and enabling valuable environmental work along the way. We’re excited to welcome them to the 1% family.”
“At ecology.IT we believe that business and sustainability are not mutually exclusive, and that all three pillars of sustainability – economics, environment, and equity – are important to an organization’s success,” says Angela Miller, founder. “Being a sustainability and technology company, we felt it important to ‘live what we teach’ by dedicating a portion of our revenues toward mitigating the environmental impacts of our business through investments in non-profits that help achieve our sustainability vision.”
Members of 1% contribute one percent of revenues directly to any of the approved non-profit environmental organizations in 1%’s network. Non-profits are chosen based on referrals, track record and environmental focus. Over 2,500 non-profits worldwide are included in the 1% program.
“We’ve been averaging at least one new business member a day, and have nearly 1,400 members in 44 countries. 1% members have contributed over $70 million of critically needed funds into the hands of environmental non-profit groups to date,” comments Kellogg. “We are thrilled by the support we have gained as it proves the environmental ethic is trickling upward to larger corporate entities. The shared belief that you can do well as a business by doing the right thing with respect to the environment is clearly apparent. There’s a paradigm shift happening here and it’s happening organically.”
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 44 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
Ecology.IT provides technology and sustainability consulting and advisory services to companies looking to improve efficiency in all aspects of their business. Ecology.IT helps companies see opportunities to increase energy efficiency and improve the bottom line through energy audits, alternative energy sourcing, effective procurement, strategic technology architecture design, project management of technology implementations, cloud computing strategies, and certification and recognition for projects. For more information please see http://www.ecologyit.com.