JetBlue Provides $60,000 in “GreenUp" Grants to Four Eco-Focused Nonprofits
JetBlue recently wrapped its annual environment-focused campaign which took place during Earth Month. Throughout April, JetBlue provided opportunities for its customers, crewmembers and community to donate, volunteer and engage with nonprofits working to preserve the environment.
JetBlue For Good focuses on the areas that are most important to the airline’s customers and crewmembers - community, youth/education and the environment. This year, JetBlue let its crewmembers nominate their favorite environmental causes and charities to receive grants. In April, JetBlue customers voted from the list of finalists for their favorite eco-friendly organizations to receive a $15,000 grant to further their missions. . Categories included wildlife, urban environment, climate change and conservation.
The winners are:
- WILDLIFE - Save The Manatee
Save the Manatee Club was founded in 1981 by Bob Graham, former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator, and singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett. The Club was started with the mission to protect manatees and their habitat. Today, Save the Manatee Club is the world’s leading manatee conservation organization.
- URBAN ENVIRONMENT - GrowNYC
GrowNYC is the sustainability resource for New Yorkers: providing free tools and services anyone can use in order to improve our City and environment.
- CLIMATE CHANGE - One Tree Planted: One Tree Planted
One Tree Planted is a 501(c)(3) non-profit based in Shelburne, Vermont. That works with amazing reforestation organizations around the world that need financial support to help them get more trees in the ground.
- CONSERVATION - Vida Marina Aguadilla: Vida Marina Aguadilla
Vida Marina, the Center for Coastal Conservation and Restoration of the University of Puerto Rico at Aguadilla celebrates its 10th anniversary. This center had been distinguished for its commitment to educate the community through the conservation and ecological restoration of the northeast coast of Puerto Rico.
Additionally, throughout April, JetBlue activated crewmember volunteer opportunities in all six of its focus cities, mobilizing more than 300 volunteers throughout its network. Volunteer events included the annual Charles River CleanUp in Boston, lettuce farm maintenance in San Juan, Puerto Rico and some park clean-ups in New York City, Fort Lauderdale, Long Beach, Calif. and Orlando.
JetBlue For Good: Commitment to the Environment - JetBlue depends on natural resources and a healthy environment to keep its business running smoothly. Natural resources are essential for the airline to fly and tourism relies on having beautiful, natural and preserved destinations for customers to visit. The airline focuses on issues that have the potential to impact its business. Customers, crewmembers and community are key to JetBlue's sustainability strategy. Demand from these groups for responsible service is one of the motivations behind changes that help reduce the airline’s environmental impact. For more on JetBlue’s conservation initiatives, visit jetblue.com/green. Join the #JetBlueForGood conversation on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, check for regular updates and get involved.