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Earthwatch Institute Announces Starbucks Sponsorship of 10 Expenses-Paid Opportunities to Join a Pioneering Forest Restoration Project in Costa Rica

Published 03-17-04

Submitted by Starbucks Corporation

MAYNARD, MA--In celebration of Earth Day, Starbucks Coffee Company has partnered with the non-profit Earthwatch Institute to sponsor 10 individuals on an Earthwatch research expedition to the coffee growing region of Costa Rica. Entries for the drawing may be made online at Participants will be selected by random drawing on or about April 26, 2004.

The 10 winners will work closely with scientists and a local cooperative of coffee growers to conduct a pioneering forest restoration project in a region of Costa Rica where less than 10 percent of the original forest remains. Based out of Agua Buena, Costa Rica, participants will plant trees in experimental plots and measure seedlings to help determine the success of the on-going restoration effort.

On the 12-day Starbucks-sponsored Earthwatch Expedition, participants will be active members of the research team. They will live and work as field researchers do and will experience the scientists' passion for their subject and share in their discoveries and accomplishments.

Since 1972, Earthwatch Institute has offered the public the opportunity to assist scientists on field research projects around the world. The expeditions are an opportunity for personal enrichment and will help each participant develop a deeper understanding of their role in building a sustainable future.

"Earthwatch Institute creates community advocates for environmental stewardship and Starbucks is proud to support their efforts by offering this sponsorship," said Ben Packard, director of Environmental Affairs for Starbucks. "Our hope is that the participants of the sponsorship gain a broader awareness of the importance of environmental stewardship and share their experience with their communities."

Information about the expedition can be found at your neighborhood Starbucks location or online at

Earthwatch Institute is an international non-profit organization founded in 1971 which supports field research in cultural, environmental, and biological sciences worldwide by offering members of the public unique opportunities to work alongside field scientists and researchers. The Institute's mission is to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment.

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