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Earth Force Announces Official Partnership with Spirit Charitable Foundation

(Denver, CO) (May 11, 2022) - Earth Force is excited to announce its official airline: Spirit Airlines. This partnership will expand the number of young people learning how to solve environmental problems in communities hardest hit by environmental problems.


"We're honored to celebrate our 10 years of service in Denver by giving back to an organization carrying out such meaningful work in the community," said Lania Rittenhouse, President of the Spirit Charitable Foundation and Vice President of Guest Experience & Brand for Spirit Airlines. "Earth Force advances two of the Spirit Charitable Foundation's key pillars by offering environmental education that empowers children to take an active role in building sustainable solutions in Denver."


“We’re excited to embark on this partnership to give more young people experience in solving tough environmental issues - starting right in their own communities,” says Vince Meldrum, President and CEO at Earth Force. “Our partnership with Spirit will allow us to travel to more places, more often, creating more opportunities for young people to participate in civic decision-making around the environment.” 


Earth Force’s mission is to engage young people as active citizens who improve the environment and their communities now and in the future. Spirit’s contribution will bring Earth Force closer to ensuring that every young person has the chance to apply the science from their classroom to create civic change in their community. Together we are creating more environmental citizens, stronger civic participation, and real solutions to environmental problems. Each year, Earth Force reaches over 15,000 young people by training and supporting over 500 educators and 40 partner organizations.


About Spirit Airlines: 

Spirit Airlines (NYSE: SAVE) is committed to delivering the best value in the sky. We are the leader in providing customizable travel options starting with an unbundled fare. This allows our Guests to pay only for the options they choose — like bags, seat assignments and refreshments — something we call Á La Smarte®. We make it possible for our Guests to venture further and discover more than ever before. Our Fit Fleet® is one of the youngest and most fuel-efficient in the U.S. We serve destinations throughout the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean, and are dedicated to giving back and improving those communities. Come save with us at spirit.com.


About Earth Force:

Earth Force is a national 501(c)3 organization with headquarters in Denver, Colorado. We are the home of a new type of environmental education: Environmental Action Civics. Through Earth Force and its network of partners, young people get hands-on, real-world opportunities to practice civic skills, acquire a deep understanding of the environment, and develop the skills and motivation to become lifelong leaders in addressing community issues. Visit www.earthforce.org to learn more.

Students in the Chesapeake Bay Compete For Funds to Take Environmental Civic Action 

Washington,D.C., Arlington/Herndon/Fairfax, Virginia, May 9, 2022- Taking care of the environment requires more than simply talking about it. It calls for stewardship and a lighter footprint. As a result, Nutrien launched an environmental program for students called, “Caring for our Watersheds” (CFW). 


CFW asks students to submit a proposal that answers the question, “What can you do to improve your watershed?” As a classroom, students must research their local watershed, identify an environmental concern and come up with one realistic solution. 


Students compete for cash rewards. Nutrien also has $10,000 in funding available to help implement the ideas.


Chloe Sprecker, Nutrien’s Community Relations and Education Advisor said, “One of the most appealing benefits is that this is an opportunity for students to learn about their local watershed and be empowered to turn theoretical ideas into realistic solutions.” 


Nutrien is proud to work with Earth Force to offer CFW in the Chesapeake Bay.


The Chesapeake Bay Watershed spans across parts of Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and DC, which allows CFW to reach more students and implement environmental solutions across a broader region.


Vince Meldrum, the CEO of Earth Force said, “This program gives young people the opportunity to be change agents in protecting vital water resources. We are so proud of the young people who created innovative solutions this year.”


The Top Three Winners:

1st Place: Herndon Elementary School, Fairfax County Public Schools

Project Title: Purple Martin Bird Towers

Project Summary: The Purple Martin population in the Herndon area is declining due to habitat loss. Herndon students plan to help restore the population by building two Purple Martin towers for the birds to inhabit.


2nd Place: Jamestown Elementary School, Arlington Public Schools

Project Title: Creating Shade for a Creek

Project Summary: Students discovered the creek near Jamestown Elementary School is unhealthy - it is stuck mostly inside a storm drain meaning stormwater flows right to it, there is no sunlight to the portion in the drain pipe, and barely any water above ground. The students plan to daylight the creek (which means to excavate the storm drain and redevelop the creek above ground) but while they obtain support from the county, they are going to plant shade trees along the side of the existing above ground portion of the creek to ensure lower water temperatures - keeping the creek healthy!


3rd Place: Katherine Johnson Middle School, Fairfax County Public Schools

Project Title: Make the Most Out of Compost

Project Summary: To help mitigate the largest source of pollution in the Chesapeake Bay - agricultural runoff - students from Katherine Johnson Middle School plan to build and install a large solar-powered compost tumbler for their school community. They plan to place buckets/bags throughout the school to enable students to bring food waste to these rooms, which will then be transferred to the outdoor compost tumbler. 

The success of CFW relies on teachers, students and community volunteers. If you would like to be involved please click here or contact Sarah Jennings, Earth Force Program Manager.


Media Inquiries:

Earth Force – Sarah Jennings - (508) 717-9919. sjennings@earthforce.org

Nutrien – Chloe Sprecker - 1-403-702-5199. chloe.sprecker@nutrien.com

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