(Photo above: ECS staff celebrate at The Annenberg Space for Photography – Skylight Studios)
On May 10, 2014, Environmental Charter Schools hosted our first Black Tie Benefit at the Annenberg Space for Photography – Skylight Studios in Los Angeles, CA. With more than 180 guests in attendance, the night was filled with great music, fantastic company and many heart-warming stories. ECS Board Members William Robertson and Bradley Jewett, both of whom have made a significant impact on the ECS community in many ways, we our hosts for the evening. Six Environmental Superheroes were honored for their incredible partnerships with ECS, as well as their ongoing efforts to better our community with their own industries. Find out more about each honoree below.
OUR ENVIRONMENTAL SUPERHEROES:
Earth Friendly Products Keeping your family safe and protecting the planet should not be a luxury. Earth Friendly Products was founded in 1967 by a chemist dedicated to providing superior cleaning results through true green practices. By removing the toxic dyes and preservatives used in conventional detergents and owning our own production facilities, we are able to offer over 150 of the most effective plant-based green cleaners on the market at lower prices than our competitors. And because we control our own manufacturing, Earth Friendly Products assures the highest standards of quality control and total commitment to sustainability. As a result of these sustainability initiatives, Earth Friendly Products declared Carbon Neutrality in 2013. In addition, the United States Environmental Protection Agency has awarded Earth Friendly Products its Safer Detergents Stewardship Initiative Champion level recognition, as well as a 100% Green Power User distinction for the company’s use of clean, renewable energy from solar, wind and low-impact hydropower.
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, is one of the nation’s leading law and consulting firms, with offices strategically located in California (Los Angeles, Orange County, Palo Alto, San Francisco and Sacramento), New York (New York City and Albany) and Washington, D.C. The firm represents a sophisticated client base — including Fortune 500, middle-market and emerging companies — across a range of practice areas and industry sectors.
AAA Flag & Banner Over the past 40 years, AAA Flag & Banner has grown from a one-man operation to one of the nation’s leading manufacturers of corporate and special event promotional materials, including customized car wraps. They have built their reputation on exceptional customer service and superior quality, making them one of the most trusted flag and banner companies in the industry. By providing state-of-the-art printing technologies and easy access to their knowledgeable staff, AAA Flag & Banner consistently provides exceptional quality and customer service. They also provide complete shipping and delivery services. If you require installation services, their expert installation team will make certain every custom advertising sign and project, including customized car wraps, will look its best.
The Annenberg Foundation The Annenberg Foundation is a family foundation that provides funding and support to nonprofit organizations in the United States and globally. The Foundation and its Board of Directors are also directly involved in the community with innovative projects that further its mission to advance the public well-being through improved communication. The Foundation encourages the development of effective ways to share ideas and knowledge and is committed to core values of responsiveness, accessibility, fairness and involvement. The Annenberg Foundation believes in funding organizations that have a deep level of community involvement, are led by effective leaders and tackle challenging and timely problems. Specific organizational attributes valued by the Foundation are: visionary leadership, impact, sustainability, innovation, organizational strength, network of partnerships plus the population being served (thus, creating the acronym VISION+).
Mayor Eric Garcetti Eric Garcetti is the 42nd Mayor of Los Angeles. His “back to basics” agenda is focused on job creation and solving everyday problems for L.A. residents. Garcetti was elected four times by his peers to serve as President of the Los Angeles City Council from 2006 to 2012. From 2001 until taking office as Mayor, he served as the Councilmember representing the 13th District which includes Hollywood, Echo Park, Silver Lake, and Atwater Village — all of which were dramatically revitalized under Garcetti’s leadership. Garcetti was raised in the San Fernando Valley and earned his B.A. and M.A. from Columbia University. He studied as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford and the London School of Economics and taught at Occidental College and USC. A fourth generation Angeleno, he and his wife, Amy Elaine Wakeland, have a young daughter. He is a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy reserve and is an avid jazz pianist and photographer.
Be Green Packaging Be Green Packaging manufactures and distributes Cradle to Cradle™ Certified, tree-free, and biodegradable packaging for the food service and consumer markets. The company designs and engineers products made from annually renewable plant fibers that are safe for people and healthy for the planet. Be Green Packaging is currently in the process of opening the first plant fiber manufacturing facility in the U.S. in Jasper County, South Carolina. The plant will be operated according to Cradle to Cradle™ principles.
Enjoy these photos from the event:
Thank you to our board members William Robertson and Bradley Jewett for hosting this special event.