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Earth Island is pleased to welcome three new projects. The Alliance for a Clean Waterfront (ACW) will lead efforts to transform the way San Francisco manages its stormwater and sewage. Much of San Francisco's municipal water is wasted due to outdated management techniques. ACW will promote a vision of an ecologically sustainable, cost-effective, and socially just water management system.

Rooted In Community (RIC) works with young activists on food and justice issues while building a national grassroots movement. RIC provides technical assistance and training, and introduces youth to careers and activist roles in environmental justice.

Bay Area International Development Organization (BAIDO) is a network of San Francisco Bay Area nonprofits that work on international development issues. BAIDO works to craft strategic public education programs on development issues and grassroots solutions to global problems.

Working Assets, the telecommunications company dedicated to building a world that is more just, humane, and environmentally sustainable, recently awarded EII a portion of their 2003 donation pool. The contribution is determined by the votes of their customers. Working Assets administers the program with Tides Foundation. For more information about Working Assets, visit www.workingassets.com.

Earth Island and 30 other environmental organizations including Oceana, Bluewater Network, and Surfrider Foundation, have released a letter criticizing the International Council of Cruise Lines and Conservation International for lack of commitment to ending cruise ship pollution. The coalition is urging cruise companies to support upcoming Congressional legislation that would set limits for effluent emissions.

Maát Youth Academy founder-director Sharon Fuller was named Woman of the Year in California's 14th Assembly District for her community service and youth advocacy, and was honored at a reception in March by Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante and Assemblymember Loni Hancock.

This summer, Mangrove Action Project (MAP) will lead a volunteer team to Akumal, Mexico to help with mangrove rehabilitation, sea turtle rescue, and other conservation work. MAP will team up with a Mexican NGO and local communities to help establish a nature reserve. Volunteers are responsible for all of their own travel expenses. Contact Monica Gutierrez-Quarto at monicagquarto@olympus.net.

Congratulations to 2002 Brower Youth Award winner Amir Nadav, honored by Teen People magazine as one of "20 Teens Who Will Change the World" for his cleaner school bus campaign. If you know people age 13 to 22 who are changing the world, encourage them to apply for the 2004 Brower Youth Awards. Applications are available at www.earthisland.org/bya. Deadline for submission is June 1.

Brian Maxwell, founder of Berkeley, California-based PowerBar, died unexpectedly of a heart attack March 19. Brian, 51, was a generous friend of Earth Island. He is survived by his wife Jennifer and their six children. We at EII mourn his passing, and offer our deepest sympathy to Brian's family.

   

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