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$240K Raised for Hawai’i Nature Conservancy

August 27, 2015, 3:55 PM HST
* Updated August 27, 3:56 PM
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The Nature Conservancy of Hawai’i Corporate Council for the Environment raised $240,000 for local conservation during its 2015 fiscal year.

Fifty-two businesses contributed to the near quarter-million dollar amount.

Dustin Seller of Koa Capital Partners is the Chair of the Corporate Council, which emphasizes the link between Hawai’i’s environment and its economy.

More than $4 million has been raised to protect Hawai’i’s natural resources since the organization’s launch in 1987.

Alaska Airlines, Alexander & Baldwin, and CDF Engineering are Corporate Visionary supporters with a donation of over $25,000.

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The Executive Leadership Circle supporters with donations of $10,000 or more include ABC Stores, First Hawaiian Bank, Hawaiian Electric Industries, Macy’s, Matson Foundation, Outrigger Enterprises Group, Shidler Family Foundation, Skyline Eco-Adventures, and The Howard Hughes Corporation.

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“In Hawai‘i, the environment is the economy,” said Mark Fox, the conservancy’s Hawai‘i Acting Executive Director. “These companies know the importance of protecting the lands and waters that sustain Hawai’i’s people, economy, and island way of life.”

More than 200,000 acres of natural lands in Hawai’i have been protected in Hawai’i since 1980. The organization works with other public and private landowners to protect the islands’ key watersheds. In addition, the Conservancy manages a statewide network of 13 preserves with work in 19 coastal communities to protect the main Hawaiian Islands near-shore waters.

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