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  • Walter Lippmann
    From: Sent: Wednesday, October 31, 2001 9:55 PM USCSCA Member Thanksgiving Coffee Wins Environmental Award! NOTE: For USCSCA groups who have
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      Sent: Wednesday, October 31, 2001 9:55 PM
      USCSCA Member Thanksgiving
      Coffee Wins Environmental Award!


      NOTE:
      For USCSCA groups who have not yet ordered "End the Embargo Coffee" now
      is the time to stock up on this perfect holiday gift and fundraising idea!
      Now more than ever, we need to get our message out about Cuba to have it
      removed from the US list of 'states that sponsor terrorism.'

      Use this wonderful, award winning coffee to inform your friends, family and
      coworkers-even elected officials and their aides, about Cuba and make money
      to finance your activities to create sustainable relationships with our Cuban
      neighbors.

      Thanksgiving Coffee is planning to enter into its own twinning agreement with
      coffee cooperatives in Santiago de Cuba, so it will not only be a corporate
      sponsor of USCSCA, but also developing a sustained relationship with
      counterparts in Cuba! Let's support them and ourselves and give this coffee
      the exposure it so richly deserves!

      SPECIALTY COFFEE COMPANY RECEIVES
      CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD


      Fort Bragg, CA (November, 2001) - Thanksgiving Coffee Company, an
      environmentally responsible business based in northern California, has been
      named a recipient of the state's 2001 Waste Reduction Award Program (WRAP)
      for outstanding efforts to reduce waste and protect the environment.

      The award, presented each year by the California Environmental Protection
      Agency since 1993, recognizes companies that implement innovative programs to
      reduce the amount of waste they send to landfills. Efforts range from
      changing production methods and recycling waste materials to buying materials
      with recycled content and educating employees about the impact of their
      actions at work and home.

      Thanksgiving Coffee is a leader in the gourmet "specialty" coffee industry,
      which includes big names such as Starbucks and Equal Exchange. Thanksgiving
      imports coffee beans from more than 15 countries around the world, roasts
      them, and then distributes them to stores, cafes, restaurants, and individual
      customers in the U.S. and around the globe.

      In 1999, Thanksgiving conducted an "environmental audit" that identified
      eight areas in which it could cut waste and reduce its impact on the Earth.
      This resulted in several new initiatives, including switching to a more
      efficient roasting oven to save propane, installing low-power compact
      fluorescent bulbs throughout its 15,000-square-foot plant, creating a worm
      farm to compost biodegradable waste, and partnering with a non-profit
      organization to plant more than 21,000 trees in Africa to offset the carbon
      dioxide emissions from its operations.

      Businesses generate almost half of California's 66 million tons of solid
      waste each year, and have an important role to play in state efforts to cut
      waste. By reducing the amount they throw away, re-using materials, and
      increasing purchases of recycled products, they can reduce demand for raw
      materials, the energy used to process them, and new landfills, which contain
      toxic chemicals. California currently sends about 58 percent of its solid
      waste to landfills.

      But reducing waste is not only good for the environment; it's good for the
      bottom line. On an annual basis, Thanksgiving Coffee now saves more than
      8,000 gallons of propane and over 43,000 kilowatt hours of electricity, and
      pays less to dispose of waste. Collectively, the 2000 WRAP award winners cut
      the amount of waste sent to landfills by more than 5.6 million tons.

      "It's great to see how creative and innovative California businesses can be
      when it comes to reducing waste," said Linda Moulton Patterson, chair of the
      California EPA's Integrated Waste Management Board, the state's primary
      recycling agency. The board works with industry, local governments, and the
      public to reduce waste disposal and ensure environmentally safe landfills.

      ______________

      For more information about Thanksgiving Coffee's
      commitment to environmentally responsible
      business practices, or to order "End the Embargo
      'Cofee " for your group to sell, contact April Pojman at
      apojman@... or
      (707) 964-0118 x30, or visit
      www.thanksgivingcoffee.com.


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      Sincerely,

      Lisa Valanti
      President
      US-CUBA Sister Cities Association, Inc.

      National Office:
      320 Lowenhill Street
      Pittsburgh, PA 15216

      412-563-1519
      Fax: 412-563-1915
      Email: USCSCA@...
      Website: www.USCSCA.org
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      Mission Statement

      "To foster sister city relationships and understanding
      through mutually beneficial exchanges between
      individuals, community groups, organizations, and
      institutions in the United States with counterparts in Cuba."
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