Contact: Caeli Quinn, Co-Founder and Director, Climate Ride, 406.871.5477, email@example.com or
Alyssa VandeLeest, Prosper Public Relations, 312.834.3361, firstname.lastname@example.org
200 BICYCLISTS TAKE THE MESSAGE OF A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE FROM NYC TO DC
Largest Climate Ride Ever, Features Environmental Leaders from Organizations Including NRDC, 350.org, NPCA, EDF, WABA, TransAlt and more
NEW YORK CITY – September 17, 2013: The 5th annual Climate Ride NYC-DC 2013, to be held Sept 21-25, will see more than 200 bicyclists pedal from New York City to Washington DC. The 5-day, 300-mile cycling adventure will raise funds for more than 60 environmental and active transportation organizations working in the areas of sustainability, renewable energy, climate, public health, and bicycle advocacy. Climate Ride is known as the ‘green conference on wheels’ because participants pedal 60-70 miles each day, and then attend green speaking events each evening along the route.
“This will be our biggest ride yet, and the largest charitable ride for the environment ever,” said Caeli Quinn, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Climate Ride. “Climate Ride brings together innovators, entrepreneurs, green leaders and everyday people to learn, share ideas and raise funds for their favorite green organizations. Last year, we were able grant 60 organizations a total of $400,000 to support their critical work, and this year we’re on track to grant more than $500,000. You get the best of a conference, you get in shape, and you have a chance to give back to your community.”
Climate Ride is garnering more and more attention each year including being inducted into the International Green Industry Hall of Fame in 2012, and an award in 2011 for ‘Best in Green Travel’ from TreeHugger. “One of the best things about Climate Ride is that we’re showcasing the bicycle as one solution to climate change,” notes Geraldine Carter, Co-Founder of Climate Ride. “Climate Ride helps make the connection that fewer cars on the road can lead to a more sustainable future.”
The ride begins at 9:30 am on Saturday, September 21, at The Space at N 3rd Street in Brooklyn, New York, the start of a 300-mile journey that will culminate with a group ride up Constitution Avenue to Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Hundreds of cyclists are expected to join the Climate Riders for the final three miles to the Capitol. Climate Ride NYC-DC 2013 benefits a collection of more than 60 hardworking environmental and bicycle-related nonprofits including: 350.org, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Green America, Environmental Defense Fund, 1% for the Planet, Washington Area Bicyclist Association, and Transportation Alternatives (NYC).
Climate Ride features world-class cycling and a diverse speaker series each evening, including:
Deborah Goldberg - Managing Attorney, Earthjustice. The Campaign of Silence: Fracking and Public Health
Mark Wenzler - Vice President of Conservation Programs, National Parks Conservation Association. Is 300 Years Too Long to Wait for Clean Air in our National Parks?
Dan Lashof - Climate and Clean Air Program Director, Natural Resources Defense Council. Closing the Carbon Pollution Loophole: How President Obama Can Use the Clean Air Act to Clean Up America's Biggest Climate Polluters
Gernot Wagner - Senior Economist, Environmental Defense Fund. You Recycle. Bike. Eat Local. But Will the Planet Notice? Market-Based Solutions to Environmental Problems.
Colin Hughes - Director of National Policy, The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy. Designing a New Mobility Paradigm: Sustainable Transportation for Sustainable Development. Changing Lives and Saving the Climate.
Cy Maramangalam - DC Lead Educator, Alliance for Climate Education. Filling in the Gaps on Climate Education in the Classroom.
Andy Clarke – President, League of American Bicyclists
See the complete speaker series at: http://www.climateride.org/rides/expert-speaker-series/.
Full carbon offsets for the participants, high-MPG support vehicles, and low-waste catering are a few of the innovative measures that Climate Ride has successfully implemented. Each participant pays a registration fee of $75 and then raises at least $2,400 to participate in Climate Ride. Registration includes a personal fundraising web page, training support and access to a nationwide network of Climate Riders and eco-heroes. The ride includes a cycling jersey, accommodations, luggage transfer, road support, meals, bike mechanics, expert guides and the nightly expert speaker series.
About Climate Ride
Climate Ride was founded to inspire and empower citizens to work toward a new energy future. Climate Ride events raise money for a collection of more than 60 organizations focused on sustainability, climate issues, public health, renewable energy and bicycle advocacy, including 350.org, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Environmental Defense Fund, 1% for the Planet, Washington Area Bicyclist Association, and Transportation Alternatives. Climate Ride also produces Climate Ride California and Climate Hike.
Videos, photos and blogs can be viewed at www.climateride.org/rides/experience-the-ride/. For more information, please visit www.climateride.org or call 406.871.5477.
Contact: Caeli Quinn, Climate Ride Co-Founder and Director, 406.871.5477, email@example.com, or
Tim O’Bayley, O’Bayley Communications, 760.778.3525, firstname.lastname@example.org
150 CYCLISTS AND THOUSANDS OF SUPPORTERS TAKE THE MESSAGE OF SUSTAINABILITY AND BICYCLE ADVOCACY ON THE ROAD
Nation’s largest environmental charitable bicycle ride to begin in Northern California – May 19;
Paul Hawken to ride and deliver keynote address at finale on May 23
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – May 15, 2013: The 8th Climate Ride, Climate Ride California 2013, will be held May 19-23 and will see more than 150 cyclists pedal the Northern California Coast from Fortuna, CA (near Eureka) to City Hall in San Francisco. The 5-day, 320-mile cycling adventure will raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the nation’s leading nonprofit environmental and bike advocacy organizations. The ride features some of the best and brightest minds working in the areas of sustainability, renewable energy and bicycle advocacy. Climate Ride is known as the ‘green conference on wheels’ because participants pedal 60-70 miles during each day, and then attend speaking events each evening along the route.
“Every day we see new environmental crises and challenges, but when Climate Ride participants realize they have the power to take action and change lives, they elevate expectations for their communities and for themselves,” said Caeli Quinn, Climate Ride’s Co-Founder. "In 2012, we granted more than $400,000 to groups that our riders selected. This is incredibly empowering experience to raise funds, ride your bike and see the impact in the areas that you want to support. It’s amazing to think that something as simple as a bicycle ride can have such an impact on people personally, and help move the country toward a sustainable, renewable future.”
Climate Ride has an innovative beneficiary structure which allows participants to direct their event fundraising to organizations of their choice. This structure allows more organizations related to sustainability, renewable energy, climate and bicycle advocacy to receive funding from Climate Ride events. In 2013 Climate Ride estimates that it will grant more than $500,000 to 54 beneficiaries. A full list can be found at: http://www.climateride.org/reasons-to-ride/beneficiaries.
The ride begins at 9:00 am on Sunday, May 19, in Fortuna, CA, the start of a 320 mile journey that will culminate with a ride across the Golden Gate Bridge, and to San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza – where a rally and speaking event will take place on Thursday, May 23 at 12 pm noon.
Paul Hawken will ride the final day and deliver the keynote address at the rally. Hawken is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, and author. His work includes starting ecological businesses, writing
about the impact of commerce on living systems, and consulting with heads of state and CEOs on economic development, industrial ecology, and environmental policy. One of his books, The Ecology of Commerce, was voted in 1998 as the #1 college textbook on business and the environment by professors in 67 business schools. Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution (Little Brown, September 1999) co-authored with Amory Lovins, has been read and referred to by several heads of state including President Bill Clinton who called it one of the five most important books in the world today.
About Climate Ride
Climate Ride was founded to inspire and empower citizens to work toward a new energy future. Climate Ride events raise money for a collection of more than 50 environmental and bike advocacy non-profit organizations. Beneficiaries for 2013 include 350.org, NRDC, Green America, Nature Conservancy, EDF, TransForm, East Bay Bicycle Coalition, Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition, Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, 1% For the Planet, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, & Sierra Club California. For more information, or to support a participant, visit www.climateride.org.
Climate Ride is garnering more and more attention each year including being inducted into the International Green Industry Hall of Fame in 2012, and receiving an award in 2011 for ‘Best in Green
Travel’ from leading green news outlet TreeHugger.
Climate Ride is the first bicycle tour where pedal strokes help raise money and awareness of a future powered by renewable energy, sustainability, and a green economy. Full carbon offsets for the participants, hybrid or high-fuel economy support vehicles and near zero-waste catering are a few of the innovative measures that Climate Ride has successfully implemented. The ride offers people who share a passion for green living and cycling a chance to make a difference. Each Climate Rider pays a registration fee of $75 and then raises at least $2400 to participate in this 5-day, fully-supported event.
Registration for Climate Ride’s 2013-14 events is open at www.climateride.org. Registration includes a personal fundraising web page, training/logistical support and access to a nationwide network of Climate Riders. The ride includes a cycling jersey, campsites, luggage transfer, road support, meals, bike mechanics, bike guides and the nightly expert speaker series. Sponsorship opportunities are available for Climate Ride NYC-DC 2013 and Climate Ride California 2014. For more information, please contact Caeli Quinn at 406-871-5477 or email@example.com.
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CLIMATE RIDE GRANTS MORE THAN $400K TO 56 ORGANIZATIONS IN 2012
Climate Ride Expands Green Grant Program by 37% over 2011 to $409,847;
Surpasses $1 Million in Grants to Environmental and Bicycle-related Nonprofits Since 2008
MISSOULA, MT – December 20, 2012: Climate Ride, the national bike ride for sustainable solutions, has announced that it will grant $409,847 to 56 nonprofit beneficiary organizations this week. The funds were raised during two cycling events in 2012 – Climate Ride NYC-DC last May and Climate Ride California last September. In all, nearly 300 cyclists pedaled more than 620 miles to raise funds for and awareness of sustainability, bicycle advocacy, renewable energy, and climate change solutions.
“We’re very proud to exceed the threshold of $400,000 in grants for the year because it represents a 37% increase over last year’s grants, without a significant increase in staff costs, which means we worked harder and smarter again in 2012,” said Caeli Quinn, Co-Founder and Director of Climate Ride. “I think this metric showcases not only how fast the Climate Ride organization is growing, but also demonstrates how important these issues are becoming to the American public after so many unprecedented weather events and the hottest year on record. Climate Ride has truly become a hub of the sustainability movement, and a place where the biggest environmental and bicycle organizations can come together to network, share ideas, and experience 300 miles of amazing cycling together.”
The grants for 2012 will be awarded this week to 56 national and local organizations, and range from $526 to $52,713. The grant amounts vary because participants are allowed to direct their specific fundraising dollars to a list of pre-approved nonprofits. In 2011, Climate Ride announced a significant change to its beneficiary structure, which allowed participants to direct their event fundraising to organizations of their choice, as long as the organization meets the beneficiary requirements set forth by the Climate Ride Board of Directors. The change allowed 56 organizations related to sustainability, renewable energy, climate and bicycle advocacy to receive funding from Climate Ride events in 2012.
“Including these 2012 grants, we have given away $1,057,240 to hard-working nonprofits since our inaugural ride in 2008,” said Geraldine Carter, Co-Founder and Director of Climate Ride. “That amazes me. When we dreamed up the first Climate Ride, we never imagined that we’d hit this important milestone within 5 years. We’ve given out 90 grants since 2012 and with so many other funders and grants drying up, our riders’ fundraising has helped these beneficiaries bridge the gap and continue their critical work.”
Climate Ride benefitted 25 organizations in 2011, and then added 33 new beneficiaries for 2012. Nonprofits that will receive the 2012 grants include: 1% For the Planet, 350.org, Adventure Cycling Association, Alliance for Biking and Walking, Alliance for Climate Education, Acterra, Active Transportation Alliance, Bike New York, BikeSonoma, Boston Cyclists Union, Carbon War Room, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Clean Air - Cool Planet, Climate Counts, Climate Protection Campaign, Center for Resource Solutions, East Bay Bicycle Coalition, Environmental Defense Fund, Environmental Working Group, Green America, Green For All, Greenbelt Alliance, Grist, IISD - United Nations Office, Institute for Sustainable Communities, International Green Industry Hall of Fame, League of American Bicyclists, Marin County Bicycle Coalition, National Parks Conservation Association, Natural Resource Defense Council, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Renewable Energy Long Island, San Francisco Bike Coalition, Sierra Club California, Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, School for Field Studies, Solar Living Institute, Save our Snow Foundation, Transportation Alternatives, US Green Building Council - National Capital Region, Washington Area Bicyclists Association, Walk San Francisco, Will Steger Foundation, Windustry, World Bicycle Relief, and 11 other smaller, local organizations.
2013 Ride Events
From May 19-23, 2013, the epic Climate Ride California will return for its fourth year and will see nearly 200 Climate Riders pedal more than 320 miles in 5 days. The California ride begins under towering redwoods along the Avenue of the Giants in Humboldt Redwoods State Park, before turning west toward the coast for two full days of some of the most scenic cycling in America. After a quick spin through the Russian River Wine Country, Climate Riders pedal across the Golden Gate Bridge to finish at a rally at City Hall in San Francisco.
Then, from September 21-25, 2013, Climate Ride returns to the East Coast with its fifth-annual Climate Ride NYC-DC 2013 event from the heart of New York City to the steps of the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Registration is open to 200 cyclists who will raise money for the green organization of their choice (pending Climate Ride approval), and then set out on a 5-day, 300-mile journey and ‘green conference on wheels’ through four states and the District of Columbia to take their message of a sustainable future to Washington.
More information about both events can be found at www.climateride.org.
About Climate Ride
Climate Ride was founded to inspire and empower citizens to work toward a new energy future. Climate Ride events raise money for a collection of innovative organizations including 350.org, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Green America, Climate Counts, 1% for the Planet, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, Washington Area Bicyclist Association, and Transportation Alternatives. For more information, or to support a participant, visit www.climateride.org.
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