REPORT FROM THE NATURE CONSERVANCY OF HAWAII – With contributions from 61 businesses, The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii’s Corporate Council for the Environment raised over $300,000 for local conservation in fiscal year 2013.

Dustin Sellers, President of ProService Hawaii and a Conservancy trustee, chairs the Corporate Council, which emphasizes the link between Hawaii’s environment and its economy. Since its launch in 1987, this coalition of local businesses has raised over $4 million to protect Hawaii’s natural resources.

Businesses that supported the Corporate Council at the leadership level of $10,000 or more are:  Alaska Airlines, Alexander & Baldwin, ABC Stores, CDF Engineering LLC, Hawaiian Electric Company, Hawaiian Electric Industries, James Campbell Company, Macy’s Foundation, Outrigger Enterprises Group, ProService Hawaii, Skyline Eco-Adventures LLC, The Howard Hughes Corporation and The Shidler Family Foundation.

“Hawaii’s businesses are an invaluable partner in our work to protect our island home,” said Suzanne Case, the Conservancy’s Hawai‘i Executive Director. “In difficult economic times, protecting the environment can get deferred, but these companies know the importance of the environment to Hawaii’s economy. Their vision and commitment help us protect the lands and waters that sustain Hawaii’s people, economy and island way of life.”

Since 1980, The Nature Conservancy has protected almost 200,000 acres of natural lands in Hawai‘i and works with other public and private landowners to protect the islands’ key watersheds. The Conservancy manages a statewide network of 11 preserves and works in 12 coastal communities to protect the near-shore waters of the main Hawaiian Islands.

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