Holiday Wishes

Tuesday, 03 December 2013

Contents:
- DEMA
- NY EPS Ban
- Holiday Giving

Hello fellow ocean lovers!

Welcome to the Holiday Season issue of our newsletter!

We'd like to extend a warm welcome to our newest subscribers, many of whom we met at the DEMA show in Orlando last month. As we reported in our last newsletter, this was COARE's sixth DEMA show, and it was a wonderful success.

As usual, in addition to seeing familiar colleagues and friends, we deepened some of our already established industry connections and met some fantastic people. We are definitely looking forward to the great collaboration that will develop as a result of our connections there.

Many special thanks go to Jessica and Suzanne, the awesome volunteers who helped staff our booth! Your assistance and enthusiasm were wholeheartedly appreciated! Our heartfelt appreciation is also extended to our friends Paul and David who help make our participation in the Florida-based DEMA shows possible; Paul drove our tables and chairs up from South Florida, and both Paul and David have agreed to provide storage for our tables and chairs for the next two years.

Next year's DEMA show will be in Las Vegas, Nevada and we'll look forward to seeing some of you there!

NY EPS Ban

On 25 November, a proposed ban of expanded polystyrene (EPS) (commonly referred to as "styrofoam") was considered by the City Council of New York. The hearing, held in the Sanitation Committee, was an epic seven hour battle pitting city officials and environmentalists against industry lobbyists.

Our executive director was the official ocean voice at the press conference preceding the hearing, and also provided direct testimony at the hearing to refute some of the outlandish claims made by industry officials.

84% of NYC restaurants already eschew foam, but *23,000 tons* of foam are still thrown out in New York City each year.

The Committee is now considering the testimony given during the seven hour hearing, and is expected to vote sometime soon. If we are able to get this measure past the Sanitaiton Committee, it will then be taken up by the full council, likely in this month's meeting.

If you live in New York, or know people who do, please visit the following link to see how you can help: http://www.coare.org/news/nycfoam

Holiday Giving

2013 has been another great year for COARE! Looking back, we have great cause to celebrate as we've had a great many victories, large and small.

None of this would have been possible without you, our supporters. You've spent time spent writing letters and e-mails to public officials, devoted hours staffing tables at local events, conferences, and trade shows, and you've contributed of goods, services, and funds - all of which has helped make COARE a visible, effective presence and leader in ocean conservation.

COARE remains a volunteer-led and volunteer-run organization, and since its inception, not a single penny of your donations has been spent on staff or administration. We run leanly, and with our many accomplishments, you can see that your contributions go a long way with us.

Next year we're looking forward to enhancing our educational offerings, using multimedia and networking technology to bring our messages to more and wider audiences - young and old.

We're also eager to continue to bring our passion and expertise in conservation policy into next year's legislative sessions. We made some great gains this year, and are confident that we can continue to be a significant influence and a channel through which to amplify your voice.

Last year, we entered into a new partnership with JustGive, a nonprofit organization that helps make charitable giving even easier. Through JustGive, you can now see specific examples of how effective your gifts to COARE can be, and you can easily choose your level of involvement.

Check out our giving page here:https://npo.justgive.org/nonprofits/donate.jsp?ein=20-8495026

Remember, all contributions to COARE are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law, and any donation you make by December 31st will count towards your 2013 tax year deductions.

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Wishing you healthy oceans,

Your friends at COARE

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