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NEWS RELEASE 
For Immediate Release 
 
Contact: Caeli Quinn, Executive Director, Climate Ride, 406.871.5477, caeli@climateride.org, or
Tim Frick, Mightybytes, 773.561.7529, tim@mightybytes.com

CLIMATE RIDE ANNOUNCES NEW MIDWEST EVENT FOR 2014

National Bike Ride for Sustainability Plans New 4-Day Fundraiser from
Grand Rapids to Chicago This September 6-9, 2014
 
MISSOULA, MT – January 14, 2014: Climate Ride, the national charitable organization for sustainable solutions, has announced that it will expand to the Midwest this September 6-9, 2014, for a 300-mile bicycle ride from Grand Rapids, MI to Chicago, IL. This new 4-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 change, public health, and bicycle advocacy. With this new event, Climate Ride anticipates that its grant program will grow an additional 25% in 2014. Registration for this inaugural event is now open at www.climateride.org.

“We are thrilled to bring the excitement and impact of Climate Ride to the Midwest for the first time,” said Caeli Quinn, Executive Director of Climate Ride. “We’ve heard from so many of our supporters in states like Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Wisconsin and Minnesota that they’d like to see a Climate Ride closer to home, so we’re really happy to roll out this new, exciting 4-day ride from Grand Rapids to Chicago. With this new event we’ll see our grants program impact local communities in the Midwest while shining a light on innovative green projects in Chicago and beyond.”

The ride will begin in Grand Rapids, MI on Saturday, September 6, the start of a 300-mile journey that will culminate with a group ride along the Lakefront Bike Path to the heart of Chicago. Like the organization’s other two national events, Climate Ride Midwest 2014 will benefit a collection of more than 60 hardworking environmental and bicycle-related nonprofits including: 350.org, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Active Transportation Alliance, Citizens’ Greener Evanston, 1% for the Planet, Climate Cycle, League of Illinois Bicyclists, and National Parks Conservation Association.

“My company’s team, Team Mightybytes, has participated in numerous past Climate Ride events, raising tens of thousands of dollars for some our favorite organizations,” said Tim Frick, Owner of Chicago-based Mightybytes and Climate Ride board member. “But what’s great about the new Midwest ride is that we’ll get to choose local beneficiaries and the funds we raise will have a real impact right here at home. My staff and I love Climate Ride because it gives us a chance to engage in a fun, healthy group activity outside the office, connect with co-workers and other like-minded people, learn about clean energy and climate science, and, most importantly, raise money for the critical cause of saving the planet.”

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. 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 $100 and then raises at least $2,800 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.

Other Climate Ride Events
From May 17-20, 2014, Climate Ride California 2014 will return for its fifth year, with the new Wine Country route. 200 Climate Riders will pedal more than 250 miles in 4 days on a new route from San Francisco, through the Wine Country, and across the Central Valley to California’s State Capitol in Sacramento. The new California ride begins in San Francisco and heads north across the Golden Gate Bridge into Marin County, passing through Petaluma before entering the Russian River Wine Country. The route continues through Healdsburg and the Alexander Valley before descending into the famed Napa Valley, and onward across the Central Valley through Davis to finish at a rally at California’s State Capitol in Sacramento.

Climate Hike Glacier, August 24-28, 2014, is a charitable hiking challenge that explores the wildest national park in the United States, and the ecosystem most threatened by environmental degradation and climate change. By fundraising and participating in Climate Hike, participants will raise awareness of our generation's greatest threat - and seeing first-hand just what is at stake. Note: Climate Hike Glacier 2014 is currently sold out. There is a wait-list.

Then, from September 20-24, 2014, Climate Ride returns to the East Coast with its sixth-annual Climate Ride NYC-DC 2014 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, 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.

Independent Climate Challenges is a new program for 2014 that allows participants to participate in non Climate Ride organized events or create their own events, while still raising money for and awareness of their favorite green organizations. Participants get their own homepage, fundraising support and more to help them achieve their goals, and make a significant impact at their chosen beneficiaries. More information can be found at http://www.climateride.org/events/independent-climate-challenge.

More information about these events can be found at www.climateride.org

About Climate Ride
Climate Ride is a nonprofit organization founded to change lives through sport and build an effective, citizen-based sustainability movement. Started as a five-day bike ride from NYC to Washington DC six years ago, Climate Ride has grown into an idea catalyst and leading funder of the environmental and active transportation movement. Climate Ride now convenes four annual Climate Ride events which bring together hundreds of people to share knowledge, raise funds and advance sustainability. Climate Ride speakers have included top sustainability thinkers, eco-heroes, and policy experts.

In 2014, Climate Ride’s events include the California Wine Country Ride (May 17-20th, 2014), the Glacier Montana Hike (August 26-28, 2014), the new Midwest Ride (September 7-9th, 2014) and the NYC-DC Ride (Sept ). Climate Ride also offers and an endurance program called Independent Climate Challenges, which empowers people to design their own events for the cause. Climate Ride events raise money for a collection of innovative organizations including 350.org, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, League of Illinois Bicyclists, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Active Transportation Alliance, National Parks Conservation Association, Climate Cycle, 1% for the Planet, and more. For more information, or to support a participant, visit www.climateride.org.

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NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release

Contact: Caeli Quinn, Executive Director, Climate Ride, 406.871.5477, caeli@climateride.org, or
Tim O’Bayley, O’Bayley Communications, 760.778.3525, tim@obayley.net

CLIMATE RIDE GRANTS MORE THAN $500K TO 60 GREEN ORGANIZATIONS; ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR NEW EVENTS IN 2014

Climate Ride Expands Green Grant Program by 25% over 2012 to $511,559;
New 4-Day Ride Event Added in Midwest from Grand Rapids to Chicago – Sept 6-9, 2014

MISSOULA, MT – January 9, 2014: Climate Ride, the national charitable organization for sustainable solutions, has announced that it has granted $511,559 to 60 nonprofit beneficiary organizations. The funds were raised during two cycling events in 2013 – Climate Ride California last May and Climate Ride NYC-DC last September. In all, 320 cyclists pedaled more than 100,000 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 $500,000 in grants this year which represents a 25% increase over last year’s grants. Climate Ride is on the move,” said Caeli Quinn, Executive Director of Climate Ride. “This showcases how fast the Climate Ride organization is growing and demonstrates that these issues are paramount to the American public. After so many unprecedented weather events, the hottest year on record, and pronounced impacts on human life, we’re working to elevate this cause. Climate Ride has truly become a hub of the sustainability movement, and a place where anyone interested in fighting for our planet and healthy communities can support the best environmental, health, sustainability, and active transportation organizations. By participating in Climate Ride, you have the chance to challenge yourself and give to the cause. Together, we can give powerfully.”

The grants were awarded in December 2013 to 60 national and local organizations, and range from $252 to $48,745. 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 innovation 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 60 organizations related to sustainability, renewable energy, climate and bicycle advocacy to receive funding from Climate Ride events in 2012 and 2013.

Nonprofits that received the 2013 grants included: 1% for the Planet, 350.org, Acterra, Active Transportation Alliance, Adventure Cycling Association, Alliance for Biking and Walking, Alliance for Climate Education, B Lab, Better Future Project, Bike New York, Boston Cyclists Union, California Straw Building Association, Carbon War Room, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Citizens Climate Lobby, Clean Air – Cool Planet, Climate Counts, Climate Protection Campaign, Climate Ride Growth Fund, Cycles of Change, Earthjustice, East Bay Bicycle Coalition, Environmental Defense Fund, Environmental Working Group, Green America, Greenbelt Alliance, Grist, I Challenge Myself, Institute for Sustainable Communities, Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, Interfaith Power and Light, League of American Bicyclists, League to Save Lake Tahoe (Keep Tahoe Blue), Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, Marin County Bicycle Coalition, Marine Applied Research and Exploration (MARE), National Parks Conservation Association, Natural Resources Defense Council, New Jersey Bike and Walk Coalition, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Renewable Energy Long Island, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, Save Our Snow Foundation, School For Field Studies, Sierra Club California, Sierra Club Florida, Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, Solar Living Institute, Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition, The Earth Institute at Columbia University, The Nature Conservancy, TransForm, Transportation Alternatives, US Green Building Council – National Capital Region, Walk San Francisco, Washington Area Bicyclist Association, Will Steger Foundation, Windustry, and World Bicycle Relief.

New Events to Debut in 2014 Climate Ride is expanding its events next year to include a new cycling event in the Midwest, a 5-day hiking adventure in Glacier National Park, and Independent Climate Challenges, where participants can design their own rides, hikes or other sporting or lifestyle events and raise funds and awareness for the Climate Ride cause and beneficiaries. The organization is also adding new beneficiaries throughout the U.S.

In 2014, Climate is adding its third annual ride event spanning three states: Climate Ride Midwest 2014. This new 4-day ride brings the excitement and impact of Climate Ride to the Midwest for the first time. The ride begins in the hip, bike-friendly city of Grand Rapids, and meanders through Michigan’s Northern woods and picturesque farmlands, to the scenic sandy beaches of the Great Lakes in Indiana, and into the heart of Chicago. The inaugural Midwest ride will debut from September 6 -9, 2014.
 

Climate Hike Glacier, August 24-28, 2014, is a charitable hiking challenge that explores the wildest national park in the United States, and the ecosystem most threatened by environmental degradation and climate change. By fundraising and participating in Climate Hike, participants will raise awareness of our generation's greatest threat - and seeing first-hand just what is at stake. Note: Climate Hike Glacier 2014 is currently sold out. There is a wait-list.

Independent Climate Challenges is a new program for 2014 that allows participants to participate in non Climate Ride organized events or create their own events, while still raising money for and awareness of their favorite green organizations. Participants get their own homepage, fundraising support and more to help them achieve their goals, and make a significant impact at their chosen beneficiaries. More information can be found at http://www.climateride.org/events/independent-climate-challenge.

Other Climate Ride Events
From May 17-20, 2014, the epic Climate Ride California will return for its fifth year, with the new Wine Country route. 200 Climate Riders will pedal more than 250 miles in 4 days on a new route from San Francisco, through the Wine Country, and across the Central Valley to California’s State Capitol in Sacramento. The new California ride begins in San Francisco and heads north across the Golden Gate Bridge into Marin, passing through Petaluma before entering the Russian River Wine Country. The route continues through Healdsburg and the Alexander Valley before descending into the famed Napa Valley, and onward across the Central Valley through Davis to finish at a rally at California’s State Capitol in Sacramento.

Then, from September 20-24, 2014, Climate Ride returns to the East Coast with its sixth-annual Climate Ride NYC-DC 2014 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, 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 these 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.

Contact: Caeli Quinn, Co-Founder and Director, Climate Ride, 406.871.5477, caeli@climateride.org or

Alyssa VandeLeest, Prosper Public Relations, 312.834.3361, alyssa@prosperpr.com

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.

NEWS RELEASE

Contact: Caeli Quinn, Climate Ride Co-Founder and Director, 406.871.5477, caeli@climateride.org, or
Tim O’Bayley, O’Bayley Communications, 760.778.3525, tim@obayley.net


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 caeli@climateride.org.

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