Local Business and Organizations Invited to Help Lead Climate Action Campaign

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May 21, 2024
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The Office of Sustainability and the Environment, in partnership with Prompt for the Planet and the LENA Project invite businesses and community organizations to help lead a new initiative called "Promise to the Planet."  The initiative is aimed at sparking collective action towards building a cleaner, healthier, safer, and more sustainable community.

Engaging Our Community for a Greener Future

Promise to the Planet encourages everyone to consider how they can make a positive impact on our community and the environment. Participants are asked to make a promise to take specific actions, such as reducing plastic use, conserving energy, or supporting local green projects.

How Your Organization Can Lead the Way

As a respected member of our community, your organization's involvement is crucial to the success of this campaign. There are several ways you can contribute:

  1. Make Your Own Promise to the Planet
    Stand out as a leader by making a promise on behalf of your organization. We'll feature your commitment in our marketing efforts, amplifying your influence and inspiring others to follow your lead.

  2. Promote Promise to the Planet
    Engage your community by:

    • Displaying posters on your front door, windows, bulletin boards, countertops, or walls.
    • Featuring digital ads on screens within your premises.
    • Using marketing materials like coasters, table tents, flyers, or bookmarks.
    • Liking and sharing our social media posts.
  3. Support as a Sponsor
    Contribute to the campaign by funding resources, educational materials, and outreach efforts, helping us expand and succeed.

  4. Offer Exclusive Incentives for Promise-Makers
    Motivate the community by offering special discounts or incentives to those wearing a promise button. This not only rewards their dedication but also fosters a sense of community and active participation.

Join Us in Making a Difference

We believe that through collective action, we can achieve significant positive change for our planet and our community. Your involvement in Promise to the Planet will not only highlight your organization's commitment to sustainability but also inspire others to take action.

Together, we can make a meaningful difference. We hope you will join us in this important initiative. To get involved, click the button below.

Complete The Partner Form

About Promise to the Planet

Giving Voice to the Earth Through Art

In 2018, University of Iowa student, Shannon Nolan, and her instructor, David Gould, set out to ask young people to creatively reflect on the state of the planet.  To put words to their vision, Gould asked first-ever Youth Poet Laureate of the United States of America, Amanda Gorman, to write a prompt for the project.

Amanda's Prompt:

Think of one element and speak in its voice through pictures and words.  Think of it as creating an open letter from the planet.

Amanda's prompt gave rise to Prompt for the Planet, which has collected responses from people around the world who have lent their voice to the earth through poetry, art, and creativity.  Using art to tell stories from earth’s perspective helps us build empathy, desire, and support for making positive changes for our planet.

From Art to Action

Now hearing Earth’s voice through The Prompt, our next step is to take action to heal and protect our planet.  Through Promise to the Planet, we ask individuals, businesses, and other organizations to think of an action they can take to improve our community and the planet, then make a promise to do it.  Imagine a world in which every citizen made a promise to take one action to better our planet.  Imagine 8 billion acts every single day - 2,920,000,000,000 acts every year.  No promise is too big or too small.  Together our individual promises will add up to create significant change.