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Family Foundations Support Schools | September 2008


Rebuilding Schools Sustainably

It is with sincere appreciation that the China US Center for Sustainable Development recognizes the generous support to the Rebuilding Schools Sustainably Campaign from The Andringa Family Foundation of Pella, Iowa and Elizabeth Economy and her husband David Wah of New York City.

Both donors are on the Center’s Board of Councilors with Mary Andringa and Elizabeth Economy acting as driving forces on the Board Working Group guiding the campaign. Kent Snyder, a member of the Board of Councilors and representing the 501©(3) non profit that is the US Secretariat for the Center stated, “These first major commitments are the leadership needed to move this campaign forward. We appreciate and applaud their vision for this special opportunity focused around helping rebuild safe and sustainable schools for children following the massive May 12 earthquake.”

Mary Andringa is President and CEO of Vermeer Manufacturing, a leading agricultural, construction, environmental and industrial equipment manufacturing company. Elizabeth Economy is the C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director for Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations Council on Foreign Relations.

The China-U.S. Center for Sustainable Development is a public-private partnership that conducts projects and training with the aim of putting sustainable principles into practice. For more information about the Rebuilding Sichuan Schools Sustainably initiative, please visit www.chinauscenter.org. To join in support of the Rebuilding Sichuan Schools Sustainably program, please contact Joe Marcotte (1-503-279-9383) in the US.