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Release Date: 06.22.2015 | Location: All Metro Atlanta | Organization: CAPTAIN PLANET FOUNDATION

Atlanta Daybook Nonprofit Spotlight | Captain Planet Foundation

Our children can inherit a legacy of wastefulness, or an action plan that can save our planet. That is why we created  Captain Planet and the Planeteers.”
- Ted Turner

In 1989, The animated television series Captain Planet and the Planeteers was conceived by Ted Turner and Barbara Pyle. In 1990, the show launched to worldwide acclaim, and the series quickly made a name for itself as the world's first ever edutainment 'eco-toon.'

The Captain Planet Foundation (CPF) was born in 1991 - with the goal of putting Captain Planet's message of environmental stewardship and teamwork into practice.

The mission of the Captain Planet Foundation is to give the next generation of environmental stewards an active understanding and love for the natural world in which they live. Our unique program of funding and supporting hands-on environmental projects is designed to encourage innovative initiatives that inspire and empower children and youth around the world as they work individually and collectively creating environmental solutions in their homes, schools and communities.

1,915 Projects Funded | 1,183,055 Kids Funded

10,000,000 Kids Impacted


OVERVIEW OF CPF INITIATIVES

CPF is driving a major school garden expansion in metro Atlanta and across the country, working with FoodCorps (https://foodcorps.org). CPF, co-founded by media mogul Ted Turner and now chaired by his daughter, Laura Turner Seydel, funds environmental education and stewardship programs for K-12 kids in all 50 states and around the world.

CPF's innovative Project Learning Garden™ program (http://captainplanetfoundation.org/learning-garden) connects children to a healthy future for themselves and their environment. Using the garden as an onsite learning lab, Project Learning Garden lets teachers substitute an engaging hands-on lesson in the garden for a textbook-driven lesson in the classroom – while teaching the same required curriculum standard in math, science, social studies, health or language arts. The program has school gardens in Atlanta (in 140 APS, Gwinnett, Cobb, DeKalb and Fulton schools) and Ventura, Calif. (12 schools).

Through the generosity of the James M. Cox Foundation, CPF will pilot a pre-K version of Project Learning Garden this year at 10 metro Atlanta early childhood learning centers and public schools; other sponsors are funding CPF to install another 35 new metro Atlanta school gardens this year. CPF provides a fun and fulfilling opportunity for corporate and community volunteers to help with school garden installations; see www.captainplanetfoundation.org/volunteer-opportunities for more information.

During the 2014-2015 school year, Project Learning Garden expanded in metro Atlanta and nationally with the help of four FoodCorps service members and a new partnership with Conyers-based packaging company Pratt Industries
(www.prattindustries.com).

FoodCorps, a national farm to school organization that connects children in underserved communities to real food, expanded to Georgia during the 2014-2015 school year, with Georgia Organics (http://georgiaorganics.org) serving as its state host organization. (FoodCorps, part of the AmeriCorps Service Network (www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps), added Georgia and Washington, D.C. to its 15-state program.) Eight FoodCorps service members are dedicating one year of full-time public service in Georgia school food systems, working with service site organizations Captain Planet Foundation, the Athens Land Trust (www.athenslandtrust.org) and the Northeast Georgia Farm to School Program (https://northeastgafarm2school.wordpress.com). Service members are expanding hands-on metro Atlanta school nutrition education programs, building and tending school gardens, and bringing high-quality local foods into school cafeterias.

Through the Pratt Industries partnership, any U.S. K-5 teacher or school garden support organization across the country can now download Project Learning Garden lessons and order a classroom lesson supply kits and mobile cooking carts to use in their school garden (at cost, about $1,200 total).


LEADERSHIP PROFILE

Leesa Carter-Jones - Executive Director
Leesa joined Captain Planet Foundation in 2012, and has helped the organization successfully launch Project Learning Garden, the Leadership Center (science and environmental stewardship programs with the Georgia Department of Education), and the Planeteers Club Program. She is a respected speaker on sustainability, environmental stewardship, and youth education programs. Most recently, she spoke on the Farm to School panel at the International Farm to Table Symposium and moderated the panel on environmental education at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting.

Leesa has a BA in Communications from Wake Forest University and executive-level involvement with industries ranging from organic products to non-profit management. Prior to joining CPF, Leesa served as Executive Director for the U.S. Green Building Council – Georgia Chapter as a leading advocate and educator for sustainable communities, green jobs and green building. Other select past experience includes: National Field Marketing Director for Wild Oats Markets (a $1 billion natural & organic retailer bought by Whole Foods in 2007), production and special events for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games (ACOG), and over a decade of non-profit arts management.

Leesa serves on the Steering Committees for Atlanta Recycles, will.i.am’s Ekocycle Project with Coca-Cola, Atlanta Community Foundation’s Grants to Green, FIRST Lego League’s 2015 Challenge Advisory Team, and on the Advisory Board for This American Land on PBS. She recently graduated with the 2012 Class at the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership.


Laura Turner Seydel - Chairperson
Laura is an international environmental advocate and eco-living expert dedicated to creating a healthy and sustainable future for our children.

Laura is chairperson of the Captain Planet Foundation, which promotes hands-on environmental education projects worldwide. She is a director of and works with the Environmental Working Group to limit the toxic chemicals in food, air, water and consumer products. In 2004, she co-founded Mothers and Others for Clean Air and is currently the chair of the board; in 1994, she and her husband co-founded Chattahoochee Riverkeeper.

Laura serves on the boards of her family’s foundations: The Turner Foundation, Jane Smith Turner Foundation, the Turner Endangered Species Fund, and Ted’s Montana Grill. She is vice chair of the League of Conservation Voters Education Fund and sits on the national boards of the League of Conservation Voters, Defenders of Wildlife, Waterkeeper Alliance and the Carter Center Board of Councilors; she also serves on the advisory board for the Ray C. Anderson Foundation. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Downtown Atlanta.

Laura is the recipient of numerous humanitarian and environmental awards, including the League of Conservation Voters Environmental Hero Award, the SCLC Drum Major for Justice Award, the Healthy Child Healthy World’s Mom on a Mission for Service Award, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta’s Legacy Award, the YWCA Academy of Women Achievement Award, the National Garden Clubs Award of Excellence, the Andrew Young Foundation “Pass on Blessings” Award, and is a Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta Legacy of Leadership Honoree.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Oglethorpe University and is a contributing eco-editor and environmental speaker living with her husband, Rutherford, and their three children in their home, EcoManor, the first LEED-certified Gold residence in the Southeast.


HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteer - Our volunteers are one of most important resources, and your time and talents are valued. At CPF, we try to match your skills or interests with our needs to exceed program expectations. We utilize skills such as administrative, grant research, accounting, writing, graphic arts, video production, event planning, IT and secretarial.
Find out more at www.captainplanetfoundation.org/volunteer/

Fund a Grant - Focused on sustainability impact areas that mirror the original Planeteer characters from the cartoon, grants are given in the following categories: Earth, Fire, Wind, Water and Heart.
Find out more at www.captainplanetfoundation.org/small-grants-program


Captain Planet Foundation
The mission of the Captain Planet Foundation is to give the next generation of environmental stewards an active understanding and love for the natural world in which they live. Our unique program of funding and supporting hands-on environmental projects is designed to encourage innovative initiatives that inspire and empower children and youth around the world as they work individually and collectively creating environmental solutions in their homes, schools and communities.


In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we have been taught.”
- Baba Dioum, conservationist, Senegal, Africa

Contact Info

Contact Name: Anne Isenhower

Company: Anne Isenhower Communications, LLC

Phone: (404) 353-6088

E-mail: anne@anneisenhower.com