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P.J. and Marv Marshall to be Honored for Service to Coastal Louisiana at Rougarou Ball

It is a great honor to announce that Restore the Earth Foundation’s (REF) Co-Founders P.J. and Marv Marshall have been chosen to receive the South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center’s 2017 John W. Woodard Award. This award recognizes those who have dedicated service to the preservation and restoration of coastal Louisiana. The award will be presented at the 5th… Read More

Congratulations to REF Partner: Carol Cone ON PURPOSE Marks First Anniversary as Purpose Collaborative Continues Rapid Expansion

NEW YORK, NY (PRWEB) FEBRUARY 06, 2017 It has been one year since Carol Cone, the trailblazer often called the “Mother of Cause Branding,” launched a new business and social purpose consultancy, Carol Cone ON PURPOSE (CCOP), and along with it, the Purpose Collaborative, the world’s first collective network dedicated to fostering CSR and connecting… Read More

Watch P.J. Marshall Present Our EcoMetrics™ Model at New Metrics

In November 2016, Restore the Earth Foundation (REF) Co-Founder and Executive Director P.J. Marshall presented at Sustainable Brands’ New Metrics Conference. The conference focused on the new set of values being adopted by businesses and their leaders. These new values incorporate the environmental and social impacts of operations, allowing companies to better assess their sustainability, risk,… Read More

Leadership in 2017: Restoration Begins at Home — With New Thinking

It’s easy to see the magnitude of change over time while watching a time-lapse video. As this video cycles through composite satellite images of Earth, you can see the march and retreat of the Arctic ice across the seasons and over the years. It looks like the planet is breathing, until, in 2100, the ice… Read More

VMware Joins One Million Acre Landscape-Scale Restoration Project

VMware recently announced its partnership with Restore the Earth Foundation on a bold new landscape-scale restoration project to restore one million acres of degraded land in the lower part of the Mississippi River Basin—a vast ecosystem once so rich in biological and environmental resources that it was compared to the Amazon Rainforest. As a global… Read More

New Metrics for a New Economy: Restore the Earth’s EcoMetrics™ Model

By P.J. Marshall, Co-founder & Executive Director, Restore the Earth Foundation The New Economy has begun. One year into a world where global leaders have agreed to act on 17 concrete Sustainable Development Goals, and where the full force of law is now behind the international agreement on climate change, we are speeding toward a bright… Read More

North America’s Amazon: The Restoration Has Begun

On Thursday, October 27, 2016, over 120 people joined Restore the Earth Foundation to celebrate the groundbreaking of our initiative to restore one million acres in the Mississippi River Basin—a vast ecosystem once so rich in biological and environmental resources that it was compared to the Amazon Rainforest. In less than two hours, our 50… Read More

The Houma Courier: Nonprofit group starts restoration project

By Sean Ellis, The Houma Courier A nonprofit organization broke ground today on an initiative to restore 1 million acres of land in the Mississippi River Basin with the planting of trees in Pointe-aux-Chenes. P.J. Marshall, co-founder and executive director of the Restore the Earth Foundation, said that the project is the beginning of the… Read More

The Houma Courier: State partners with group to restore area swamps

By Kevinisha Walker, The Houma Courier Until the mid-20th century, bald cypress filled 4,000 acres of Pointe-aux-Chenes’ forested wetlands, but erosion, sinking land and Gulf of Mexico storms have since destroyed most of them. In 2002, an oil and gas company tried to restore the area by replanting cypress, but a storm devastated the area,… Read More

Press Release: Restore the Earth Foundation donates “Marsh Master” to LDWF

Oct. 28, 2016 – Restore the Earth Foundation announced its gift of a Marsh Master to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries at its groundbreaking at Pointe-aux-Chenes Wildlife Management Area on October 27th. The Marsh Master, built by Coast Machinery LLC of Baton Rouge, will support the 4,000-acre restoration at Pointe-aux-Chenes and will be used… Read More

Press Release: Melancon pledges LDWF support to Restore the Earth’s restoration effort

Oct. 28, 2016 – “You have our total support,” Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Charlie Melancon pledged Thursday to a national organization attempting to restore some 1 million acres of land along the Lower Mississippi River Basin, or as Restore the Earth Foundations calls it, “North America’s Amazon”. Melancon was a guest speaker… Read More

Press Release: Restore the Earth Foundation Breaks Ground on One-Million-Acre Landscape-Scale Restoration Project

Pointe-aux-Chenes, Louisiana—October 2016—On October 27, Restore the Earth Foundation will break ground on a bold new landscape-scale restoration project to restore one million acres of degraded land in the lower part of the Mississippi River Basin— a vast ecosystem once so rich in biological and environmental resources that it was compared to the Amazon Rainforest…. Read More

Breaking Ground on a Bold New Vision to Address Climate Change: Restoring North America’s Amazon

On November 4, the historic Paris Agreement for global action on climate change will enter into force, catalyzing collective action by governments, civil society organizations, and businesses to collaborate on building a 2°C future. “Now we must move from words to deeds and put Paris into action,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “We need all… Read More

Unlocking the Billion-Dollar Business Case at IUCN

Earlier this month, Restore the Earth Foundation (REF) co-hosted a panel session with US Business Council on Sustainable Development (US BCSD) at the International Union for Conserving Nature’s (IUCN) World Conservation Congress. The IUCN Congress is hosted every four years in various locations and welcomes thousands of participants from across the world including heads of state,… Read More

Louisiana Floods: Restoration Will Help Us Build Back Better

In Baton Rouge these past weekends, the “Cajun Navy” was out in force cleaning up after the devastating Louisiana floods that killed 17 people and forced thousands of others to leave their homes. Despite the crushing heat and debris-filled neighborhoods, the mood felt oddly cheerful as volunteers hefted water-logged furniture, drywall and insulation out of… Read More

Putting Natural Capital to Work: How Business Can Benefit from Landscape-Scale Restoration

This article has been submitted as part of the Natural Capital Coalition‘s series of blogs on natural capital by PJ Marshall, co-founder and executive director of Restore the Earth Foundation. In July, global business leaders welcomed the launch of the Natural Capital Protocol, a framework that will help businesses measure their reliance on nature and… Read More

Louisiana Wetlands Restoration Project Offers Corporate Investors a Social Return

Travel in Pointe aux Chenes, a 35,000-acre swampy marshland southwest of New Orleans, is difficult. The 680 members of the Pointe-au-Chien Tribe who call it home historically used canoes carved from native bald cypress trees – a species often compared in size and majesty to California’s redwood. Today the wetlands’s acreage is more likely to… Read More

US BCSD and Restore the Earth Foundation Strategic Alliance Aims to Restore Last Line of Defense from Open Water for Two Louisiana Parishes

New Haven, CT – June 14, 2016. The United States Business Council for Sustainable Development (US BCSD) and the Restore the Earth Foundation announced their Strategic Alliance for landscape-scale restoration and a $1 million Collaborative Fund today at the US BCSD, World Business Council (WBCSD), and Yale Center for Business and the Environment meeting at… Read More

Why Business is Investing in Landscape Restoration in the Mississippi River Basin

A new private-public fund aims to bring back North America’s Amazon. The Mississippi River Basin—which generates $200 billion in economic value annually from commerce and recreation—is central to commerce and a pillar in the U.S. economy. Individuals and businesses rely on the Mississippi for transportation, water, food, recreation, and a variety of goods and services…. Read More

Coastal Groups Complete Another Major Reforestation Effort

This week marks the completion of a 10,000 tree reforestation initiative executed by Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) in partnership with Restore the Earth Foundation (REF) and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (LPBF). Saturday, April 2nd, will mark the official planting of the 10,000th native tree, by volunteers, in the Caernarvon Freshwater Diversion Outfall… Read More

A New Story: Takeaways from the 2015 Paris Climate Conference

At the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, known as COP21, 150 world leaders emerged with an agreement to limit the rise of temperature increases “well below 2°C” above pre-industrial temperatures with a hopeful target to limit it to 1.5°C. It is an ambitious goal, although not direct enough for everyone, and will require the combined efforts… Read More

GreenBiz publishes Restore the Earth

GreenBiz features our business case for landscape-scale restoration in the article, “Why Entergy, Wells Fargo and Timberland invest in restoration.” Business leaders who invest in landscape restoration are reducing their climate risks, enhancing their reputation and social license to operate, and supporting the resilience of the environment and local communities. Few capital investments deliver as… Read More

Huffington Post features Restore the Earth

In the midst of the climate conference in Paris, HuffPost Green featured our piece, “The Most Powerful Climate Solution You’ve Never Heard Of” on the safe, proven effective and shovel-ready practice of landscape-scale restoration. Sustainable land-management practices such as these could deliver up to $1.4 trillion in increased productivity, and by restoring our vast landscapes,… Read More

Restore the Earth Published in Global Education Magazine

In the piece, “Plugging Business into the Global Agenda: The Platform for Environmental Investment,” PJ Marshall provides a detailed look into how REF is uniquely positioned to support six Sustainable Development Goals and the compelling business case for sustainability projects. Funders of these initiatives are seeing tremendous gains to their balance sheets and vital ecosystems,… Read More

Global Forest Resources Assessments (FRA) released

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has been monitoring the world’s forests at 5 to 10 year intervals since 1946. The Global Forest Resources Assessments (FRA) are now produced every five years in an attempt to provide a consistent approach to describing the world’s forests and how they are changing. By… Read More

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Names Restore the Earth Foundation Grant Recipient for Forest Marsh Restoration in Montegut, LA

On August 27, 2015 the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced the recipients of the Gulf Coast Conservation Grants Program (GCCGP), and Restore the Earth Foundation has received funding to restore 200 acres of cypress forest marsh in Montegut, Louisiana. With this grant, our partners and volunteers will plant 20,000 native trees in Pointe-aux-Chenes Wildlife Management Area, bringing environmental,… Read More

CITGO and Restore the Earth Plant 1,000 Trees to Restore Wetlands Marking 10 Years since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

Restore the Earth Foundation, Inc. (REF), CITGO Petroleum Corporation (CITGO) and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) planted 1,000 trees in Pass a Loutre, Louisiana to commemorate Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on August 28 and 29 as part of CITGO’s “Caring for Our Coast” initiative. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Pass a Loutre suffered major damage and subsidence, devastating vegetated… Read More

Ecosystem Defenses are Critical to Dutch Flood Management

Environmental Defense Fund highlights the natural environmental infrastructure that provides protection for communities, habitat for birds, and is valued for its contributions to ensuring a reliable water supply in the flood-prone Netherlands. When you invest in an integrated approach we can be better prepared to withstand storms and protect our coastal habitats. Read the full… Read More

Founder P.J. Marshall featured on Points of Light blog commemorating the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

The ‘A Billion + Change’ blog series highlights a few outstanding examples of skill-based volunteers who continue to contribute to the growth and resilience of the people and the city of New Orleans. Restore the Earth Foundation continues to be a leading partner in corporate employee engagement. Read our featured story.

EILEEN FISHER and Restore the Earth partnership raises nearly $10K by 6-month mark

Restore the Earth Foundation (REF) is happy to announce since the launch of our partnership with EILEEN FISHER, Inc. in January, over 3,645 customers have selected a reusable bag available in stores nationwide. With each purchase of the reusable bag  $1 is donated to Restore the Earth.  To date, the initiative has raised nearly $10,000…. Read More

Speedy Recovery: Coastal Partnership Completes Planting of 10,000 Trees in the Month of April

Last month, 10,000 trees were planted on private land owned by Stinking Bayou LLC on the Maurepas Land bridge near Middle Bayou. The planting was completed with two, week-long plantings of 5,000 trees per week. The project is the result of a collaborative partnership between Restore the Earth Foundation (REF), Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (LPBF)… Read More

Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, Restore the Earth Foundation, and Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation Announce Completion of 5,000 Tree Reforestation Initiative

Today, Restore the Earth Foundation (REF), Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (LBPF) mark an incredible accomplishment: completed reforestation of 5,000 native trees. Over 13 planting days in 2014 and 2015, 275 volunteers planted 5,000 trees in St. Bernard Parish. This fall, volunteers will help plant an additional 5,000… Read More

The International Space Station Will Soon Be Able to Measure Forest Density Using Lasers

Smithsonian Magazine reports on the innovative device being created for the International Space Station: the Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI). This $94 million instrument is on track to launch in 2018, utilizing the reflection of infrared lasers to measure the density of forests living in space, 268 miles above Earth. GEDI will produce the most… Read More

Restore the Earth Partners with EILEEN FISHER in Their Reusable Bag Campaign

Restore the Earth is honored to partner with EILEEN FISHER as part of the company’s reusable bag campaign, in which $1 is donated to Restore the Earth’s restoration projects with every in-store customer who opts for a reusable bag. This exciting initiative was launched after EILEEN FISHER volunteers joined Restore the Earth to participate in… Read More

Restore the Earth Launches Commitment at Clinton Global Initiative; Pledges to Restore North America’s Amazon

The Restore the Earth Foundation announced its Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action to restore 1,000 critical acres in the Mississippi River Basin, North America’s Amazon. This commitment will serve as the launch point of a larger, 15-year commitment to restore 1 million acres in the basin’s southern region, the Mississippi Alluvial Valley. “The Earth’s… Read More