Monday, April 18, 2016

04/18 PHILIPPE COUSTEAU, THE EARTHECHO WORLD WATER MONITORING CHALLENGE, FOOD NETWORK HOST & VETERAN SUNNY ANDERSON, OPERATION GRATITUDE, SPAMERICAN FOOD TRUCK TOUR

TAKE A STAND FOR CLEAN WATER AND HEALTHY COMMUNITIES THIS EARTH DAY WITH THE EARTHECHO WORLD WATER MONITORING CHALLENGE! PHILIPPE COUSTEAU TELLS US ALL ABOUT IT

ABOUT PHILIPPE COUSTEAU
An award-winning television host, producer, author, speaker, philanthropist and social entrepreneur Philippe is the son of Philippe Cousteau Sr. and grandson of Jacques Cousteau. His life-mission is to empower people to recognize their ability to change the world.

Philippe is the host and executive producer of Awesome Planet a new series that airs every Saturday morning syndicated on Fox and then Sunday free on Hulu. As a special correspondent for CNN he has hosted several award-winning shows including Going Green and Expedition Sumatra.

Over the years he has hosted television series for the BBC, Animal Planet and Discovery Channel.
As an author, Philippe has co-written many books including Going Blue and Make a Splash both of which have won multiple awards including Learning Magazine’s 2011 Teachers’ Choice Award for the Family, a Gold Nautilus Award and a 2010 ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Gold Award.

Philippe is also a successful social entrepreneur who believes in the power of commerce to do good.  In 2012 he partnered with AdvisorShares Investments to launch the Global Echo Exchange Traded Fund on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:GIVE).
His philanthropic efforts are focused on solving global social and environmental problems. In 2004 he founded EarthEcho International, a leading environmental education organization that is creating a whole new generation of environmental citizens; youth equipped with the knowledge to understand environmental challenges, the critical thinking skills to solve them, and the motivation to do so.

In addition, Philippe founded the GlobalEcho Foundation, a sister organization to his investment fund which donates a percentage of the fund’s management fee to support projects around the world which support woman, environmental education and micro-enterprise.  Most recently the foundation made a grant to support installment of solar panels at the Panzi Hospital in Eastern Congo, an award winning hospital focused on the treatment and empowerment of women as well as much needed maternity care for thousands of women and children each year.

Philippe serves on the National Environmental Education Foundation and on the National Council of the World Wildlife Fund.  Philippe has also testified to Congress on issues of ocean management and off-shore drilling.

TAKE A STAND FOR CLEAN WATER AND HEALTHY COMMUNITIES THIS EARTH DAY WITH THE EARTHECHO WORLD WATER MONITORING CHALLENGE

How well do you know your water?  In celebration of Earth Day this April, Philippe Cousteau, Jr. and EarthEcho International invite you to be part of the solution for clean water and healthy waterways worldwide with the EarthEcho World Water Monitoring Challenge (WWMC).  This international program helps all participants to better understand and protect their water resources, starting with the simple act of testing their local water and sharing the results.  Protecting the quality of water in local watersheds is a critical part of ensuring the overall health of the environment and our communities.

Individuals, schools, businesses and communities -- literally anyone -- can be part of the solution with three simple steps:


  • Test – It all begins by understanding the state of water quality in your community. Get started by purchasing a simple test kit at www.monitorwater.org;
  • Share - Upload your results to our web portal or our Android App. 
  • Use #MonitorWater16 on social media to share your stories and photos with us and other program participants. 
  • Protect – Armed with knowledge about your local water resources, you can use the information and tools available at www.monitorwater.org to protect your community’s water every day. 


Citizens from 120 countries have participated in the Challenge.  The program runs annually from March 22 (the United Nations World Water Day) through December.

The EarthEcho World Water Monitoring Challenge is made possible through the generous support of Xylem and the Legacy Foundation Fund.  In addition, the following organizations are collaborating with the EarthEcho World Water Monitoring Challenge through outreach, resources and events: Boys & Girls Clubs of America; Boy Scouts of America; Google Education; LaMotte Company; National Environmental Education Foundation; Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum; Southwest Airlines; YMCA of the USA; and Youth Service America.

WWW.MONITORWATER.ORG


FOOD NETWORK HOST & VETERAN SUNNY ANDERSON PARTNERS W/ OPERATION GRATITUDE & THE SPAM BRAND TO PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMUNITIES TO SHOW THEIR APPRECIATION THROUGH THE RETURN OF THE SPAMERICAN FOOD TRUCK TOUR

It seems every community and family has an experience to share about a military service member or first-responder having an impact on their lives. This spring, Sunny Anderson is partnering with Operation Gratitude and the SPAM brand to provide an opportunity for communities to show their appreciation through the return of the SPAMERICAN Food Truck Tour.

 Anderson, a Food Network host and veteran who completed her basic training at Lackland Air Force Base and began her career as a radio broadcaster and journalist in the Air Force in Korea, is helping the brand take their gratitude on the road with, with a letter writing campaign. The brand will donate $1 for every letter of gratitude submitted on SPAM.com and written in the 16 communities that the truck will to visit.

Taking a break from her Emmy nominated show, The Kitchen, Sunny is available on Monday, April 18 and Friday, April 22 to discuss this close to her roots cause. As part of the New York launch, she will unveil her signature Tour recipe- Operation SPAM Gravy with Biscuits – also bringing the Food Truck and other Chef-curated recipes such as SPAM Bahn Mi and SPAM fries for tasting.

•The return of the SPAMERICAN™ Tour showcases a new partnership honoring those who serve our nation. Following a successful and fun first year, the brand is unveiling new and unique SPAMTASTIC™ recipes created by some great chefs across America. (I can share them with you)
•The SPAM® brand is pledging a $1 donation for every personal letter written to include in each Operation Gratitude care package. Everyone can support the Operation Gratitude goal of meeting their 2 Millionth Care Package goal by writing a own letter at the interactive writing station when the SPAMERICAN Tour stops in their community, or at SPAM.com.

BIO:
While growing up traveling the world as an Army brat, Sunny's parents always encouraged her to indulge in the local cuisine, which she continued to do after beginning her career as a radio broadcaster and journalist in the Air Force. Upon leaving the Air Force an award-winning broadcaster, she continued her travels as a radio DJ, culminating in her dream job at a #1 rated radio station in New York. As a hobby she began cooking for her friends in the entertainment business and turned her growing client list into a catering company. That led to a guest appearance on Food Network’s Emeril Live! in 2005 and shortly after, she left her radio career and closed her catering business to chase yet another dream, sharing her recipes with the Food Network audience. Sunny’s first show, Gotta Get It, was quickly followed by Cooking for Real, How'd That Get On My Plate and other Food Network appearances. Her cooking style combines classic comfort foods along with unique flavors inspired by her many travels. She is the author of New York Times Best Seller Sunny's Kitchen: Easy Food for Real Life and is currently a co-host on Food Network's Emmy nominated The Kitchen. In 2015, as a long-time SPAM brand fan, Sunny partnered with the brand to serve as a brand ambassador to kick off the National SPAMERICAN™ Food Truck Tour and created a mainstay dish for the Tour – Coconut SPAM® Spears with Spicy Pineapple Chutney.

Sunny lives in Sunset Park, Brooklyn with her 3 rescue cats, Truffle Tycoon, Milky Mouth and Sea Salt and rescue dog Ella Edam.

WWW.SUNNYANDERSON.COM 
WWW.FOODNETWORK.COM

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