It’s time for Earth Day 2017– and we’re gearing up to celebrate with our Teammates coast to coast! This year we are excited to continue our partnership with our friends at NatureBridge– which includes a $25,000 cash and $25,000 in-kind donation to their educational programs which provide environmental science education for students in the world’s best classrooms—our national parks! Every year, NatureBridge connects more than 30,000 students to the wonder and science of nature at six national parks: Yosemite National Park, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Olympic National Park, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Channel Islands National Park, and Prince William Forest Park.
We’ve invited Alaska’s employees to join in the fun with our Teammates by taking part in volunteer opportunities at NatureBridge’s national park campuses near San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle and Washington, D.C.
Virgin America Teammates’ ongoing efforts in the Bay Area– now in their third year – will include helping NatureBridge educators in Half Moon Bay to collect marine animals such as sea stars for NatureBridge’s educational Intertidal Lab touch and habitat tanks.
“We’re delighted to continue our partnership with Virgin America,” said NatureBridge President & CEO, Phil Kilbridge. “Support from our partners is critical so that we can provide more students with hands-on environmental science and furthers our mission to increase environmental literacy for a more sustainable planet.”
Virgin America will also be partnering with CarbonFund.org to offset the carbon emissions associated with its headquarters’ energy consumption as well as an additional $10,000 to support CarbunFund.org’s independently verified offset projects within California including The Hilarides Dairy Project in Lindsay, California that helps to reduce heat-trapping methane emissions which in turn, lessens the impact of global climate change and each year reduces approximately 18,500 metric tons of CO₂ emissions. The project also encourages the development of new technologies, reduces local water pollution and provides an alternative source of income for local farmers.