Junxion client 1% for the Planet held its first monthly member networking event in Vancouver, BC on May 28, 2013 at East of Main Café (a social enterprise that also happens to be a Junxion client). The event is part of a series that will take place throughout the year in an effort to build collaborative relationships between 1% member companies and the nonprofits they support.
1% for the Planet is a network of over 1,000 companies worldwide that donate one percent of their annual revenues to environmental nonprofits of their choice. There are approximately 120 Canadian members of 1% for the Planet, and about 150 nonprofits that receive donations from 1%’s global network of companies.
Twenty-five people attended the first Canadian Member meetup, including a solid mix of 1% for the Planet member companies and the nonprofit partners who benefit from their donations. Member companies present included Alexander Whitehead, Boldt Communications, EcoTaxFile, Greenster, Michael Green Architecture, Mountain Equipment Co-op, Salt Spring Coffee and Saul Good Gift Co.
While the two-hour event was mostly focused on networking, the group was treated to a brief talk by one of 1%’s newest members, architect Michael Green (below), who paid homage to Patagonia founder—and 1% for the Planet co-founder—Yvon Chouinard. Using pitons as props, Green used the evolution of Chouinard’s business as a metaphor for designing buildings using practices that don’t permanently scar the landscape.
Upcoming 2013 dates for 1% for the Planet networking events are July 9, August 20, September 17, October 22, November 19.