KYNF Announces Partnership with 1% for the Planet

Date: 
Fri, 06/01/2012

(JACKSON, WY) - Keep Yellowstone Nuclear Free (KYNF) is now a nonprofit partner of 1% for the Planet, an alliance of over 1,380 member companies in 43 countries that give one percent of revenues to environmental causes.

KYNF is now eligible to receive donations from 1% member companies, placing the organization among a diverse, global network of environmental organizations.  1% member businesses fuel this non-profit network through their annual contributions, which totaled over $22 million in 2010.  Partnership with 1% greatly expands the potential pool of funding to which KYNF can look to for support.

Newly approved KYNF contributes to a healthier planet by protecting local resources in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem from radioactive air emissions from the Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory.  KYNF accomplishes this mission through reviewing operations and new projects at the Idaho site to ensure that the nuclear endeavors there do not negatively impact the environment. 

Over 2,300 non-profits worldwide are included in the 1% network, and over $70 million has been funneled to its nonprofit partners to date.  “The intent of 1% for the Planet is to help fund these diverse environmental organizations so that collectively they can be a more powerful force in solving the world’s problems,” Yvon Chouinard, founder of 1% for the Planet.

“KYNF continues to be the only organization in Wyoming to stand up to the Department of Energy (DOE) in Idaho and their environmental practices.  Our role as a watchdog organization is vital to protecting this beautiful area of our country from radioactive air contamination." says James Powell, Executive Director of KYNF.  "This year, we are forming a 'Wyoming Citizen's Advisory Board' to give Wyoming stakeholders a voice in decisions made at the lab regarding nuclear waste operations at the site.  We belive this is a pivotal year for this measure, as national nuclear waste issues could directly affect this area and potentially turn Idaho into the Nation's interim storage site."

About 1% for the Planet

Started in 2002 by Yvon Chouinard, founder and owner of Patagonia, and Craig Mathews, owner of Blue Ribbon Flies, 1% for the Planet is a growing global movement of over 1,350 member companies in 43 countries that donate one percent of their sales to environmental organizations worldwide. Each day, more than one new business joins the 1% for the Planet movement. As a network, the 1% community has become a frontrunner in funding the work of environmental groups around the world. To learn more about 1% go to: www.onepercentfortheplanet.org