Adventurous souls looking for the eco-adventure of a lifetime are running out of time to enter for their chance to experience conservation in the heart of one of nature’s most fragile environments. The deadline to enter Neenah Paper’s “Eco-Trip for Two” sweepstakes and win a trip to the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica is Sept. 30.
The Neenah “Eco-Trip for Two” sweepstakes is open to anyone with a passion for the environment. To be eligible for the grand prize, participants can register at neenahpaper.com/environmentcontest. One winner will be randomly selected from all entries to receive the all-expenses-paid* trip for two which includes airfare, ground transportation, six days and five nights of accommodations at an ecologically friendly resort as well as a guided day-trip to the Neenah Reforestation Project, a project in partnership with the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin and Friends of the Osa. In addition to the grand prize, Neenah will award three $100 gift certificates (to REI, Keen Footwear and Patagonia) as secondary prizes. To be eligible for the secondary prizes, participants can visit The Osa Peninsula
neenahpaper.com/environmentcontest and answer five easy questions designed to
test their ENVIRONMENT® Papers knowledge. All completed quizzes qualify to win.
In keeping with its Chicago Climate Exchange membership pledge and corporate commitment to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, Neenah will offset the carbon footprint for the winner’s entire trip with carbon credits.
Says Kristen Hogan, senior brand manager for Neenah Paper, “We’ve been inspired by the number of entrants in the sweepstakes over the last month. It’s encouraging to see people not only want to take a ‘hard core’ environmental adventure, but that they are really getting our broader message that even a simple act like purchasing environmentally conscious paper can set off a chain of events that ultimately leads to the protection and conservation of the world’s natural resources.”
The Eco-Trip for Two was created by Neenah to celebrate ENVIRONMENT ®Papers. All ENVIRONMENT® Papers are Carbon Neutral Plus with CO2 emissions offset through retirement of CCX Carbon Financial Instruments and sequestration from Neenah’s rainforest reforestation project in Costa Rica. Through its Carbon Neutral Plus designation, Neenah has moved beyond making operational changes to reduce carbon emissions, and enhanced its commitment with tangible, accountable projects that directly impact the sustainability and biodiversity of the world. The Neenah Reforestation Project in the Osa is one of the company’s most recent Plus initiatives.
In 2009, Neenah Paper, with mills, finishing and distribution in Wisconsin, partnered with the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin and Friends of the Osa to help reforest this conservation property in Costa Rica. One of the most biologically diverse regions in the world, the Osa Peninsula is widely acknowledged as a global conservation priority by organizations such as the Nature Conservancy and Conservation International. In addition, this forest provides a critical habitat for 54 species of Wisconsin’s migratory birds that winter in the Osa Peninsula. Eighteen of those species are conservation priorities, three are threatened and one is endangered. With Neenah’s support and contributions, the reforestation project is creating a new habitat for endangered wildlife, protecting and restoring viable plant and animal habitats, removing carbon from the atmosphere, and restoring land degraded by deforestation.
In addition to its Osa Peninsula reforestation project, Neenah also strives to reduce CO2 emissions by increasing business efficiencies through innovation and using green electricity. Examples in these areas include:
• All scrap and waste paper generated in the making of Neenah paper brands is recycled or used in a waste-to-energy program;
• Neenah’s Appleton, Wis., paper mill generates up to 33 percent of its electrical needs from on-site, non-polluting hydro power;
• Neenah buys wind-generated electricity for all of its fine paper mills;
• And, ENVIRONMENT® Paper is made with 100 percent renewable electricity.
“Our goal is to make hard choices that err on the side of the environment, even when it might cost a little more or we have to rethink the way we do things,” explains Hogan. “While the Eco-Trip for Two sweepstakes will be an enjoyable way for people to think a little more about the environment, we want people to turn that thought into action and join us in making a difference.”
About Neenah Paper
For over 100 years, Neenah Paper (NYSE: NP) has been an innovative leader in the creation and manufacturing of premium and specialty papers. Neenah brings state-of-the-art technology to its signature brands, CLASSIC®, ENVIRONMENT®, STARWHITE®, NEENAH® and SUNDANCE®, as well as a host of other fine paper products preferred by graphic designers and printers. Neenah recently signed an exclusive partnership agreement with Crane & Company to manufacture, market and distribute Crane’s fine business paper brands: CRANE’S CREST®, CRANE’S BOND®, CRANE’S LETTRA®, CRANE’S PALETTE™ and CRANE’S® Choice Papers. Neenah’s award-winning and versatile digital papers round out its comprehensive portfolio. Neenah’s sustainability commitment is reflected through the Neenah Green initiative, which includes mill-based solutions for minimizing environmental impact. A proud consumer of Green Energy, Neenah Paper is also a U.S. EPA Green Power Partner, and manufactures many brands carrying the Green-e, Green Seal and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certifications (SW-COC-000885). For more information, visit www.neenahpaper.com or call (800) 558-5061.
About ENVIRONMENT® Papers
ENVIRONMENT® Papers are a new breed of sustainable, post consumer recycled paper. Now greener than ever, the brand is entirely FSC Certified, Green Seal Certified, and made with 100% renewable green electricity. ENVIRONMENT Papers was the first premium Writing, Text and Cover post consumer fiber recycled paper brought to market back in 1990. Today, the brand offers papers manufactured with four different levels of post consumer fiber, with the balance of pulp either FSC Certified fiber or alternative fiber.
*Some restrictions apply. Please visit neenahpaper.com/environmentcontest for complete sweepstakes summary, rules and restrictions. Open to residents of the United States and Canada, excluding Quebec. To enter, participants must be the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence as of the date of entry. One entry per person, email address and/or household. Contest ends Sept. 30, 2010.
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