RAFT is being recognized by Acterra, Solutions for a Healthy Planet, as a recipient of its 2011 Business Environment Awards.

This coveted award recognizes Bay Area leaders that make impactful contributions, serve as a collaborative model for the business community, and deliver significant environmental benefits.

RAFT helps to protect the environment and create a brighter future for today’s kids by developing innovative, hands-on education materials that are largely fashioned from goods donated by Bay Area businesses. With additional help from thousands of volunteers, donated materials that would end up in the landfill are transformed into affordable hands-on education kits that engage students and increase their subject matter comprehension. This innovative business model makes it possible for all students to receive the benefits of hands-on education, regardless of their school’s budget.

“We are very proud to receive this award,” said Mary Simon, Executive Director of RAFT. “We are a Certified Bay Area Green Organization, and being stewards of the environment is an important aspect of our mission. Thanks to community support, RAFT is able to transform donated materials and students’ learning experience in an educationally and environmentally impactful way. This creates a brighter future for our next generation as well as for the planet.”

Additional recipients this year include Symantec Corporation, GreenWaste Recovery, Inc. and the Humane Society of Silicon Valley.  For more information, see RAFT’s Acterra award press announcement.

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