Mark Carlson of Laughlin Constable Recognized for Outstanding Contributions to EarthShare and Environmental Philanthropy

Meri-Margaret Deoudes, EarthShare's CEO, and Mark Carlson, National Board Chair

Carlson is the recipient of the 15th annual EarthShare Earl Blauner Award

Washington, D.C., July 6, 2017 – EarthShare has presented its annual Earl Blauner Award for Outstanding Contributions to EarthShare and Environmental Workplace Giving to longtime board member and supporter, Mark Carlson, Chief Strategy Officer, Laughlin Constable. The award was created in honor of the founder of EarthShare, Earl Blauner, who first established the organization to build support for the environmental movement more than 30 years ago.  

EarthShare is America’s oldest and largest environmental and conservation coalition, and has raised more than $300 million for hundreds of U.S. organizations that protect and preserve our air, land, water, wildlife, and health. Thanks in large part to Carlson’s leadership, EarthShare continues to build bridges between causes and the business sector via new and innovative engagement programs that educate and inspire, while fueling vital environmental and conservation programs.

“I’m so grateful to Mark for the role he’s played in our leadership and organizational transition. He brings a creative spark and innovative approach that are inspirational to our team,” said Meri-Margaret Deoudes, President and CEO of EarthShare. “I’m continually impressed with his dedication to our mission and vision, and his commitment to ensure a thriving future for all inhabitants of our beautiful planet.”  

Carlson previously spent more than 15 years with the Leo Burnett and Foote, Cone & Belding advertising agencies in Chicago, which heralded the start of his relationship with EarthShare. In addition to his current service as EarthShare’s board chair and his leadership on the organization’s Marketing Committee, he played a crucial role in the development of EarthShare’s award-winning public service advertising (PSA) campaign, the largest environmental PSA campaign in the Advertising Council’s history and one that illustrated the meaningful connection between giving at work and caring for our environment.

“The imprint of Mark’s decades of volunteer service to EarthShare is quite remarkable,” said Marci Reed, Chief Development and Communications Officer for Southface Energy Institute and an EarthShare board member. “Most recently, his thoughtful guidance through our strategic planning process has allowed the organization to pivot in a meaningful way toward greater service to its member organizations, affiliates, and chapters.”

As a Naval Officer, Carlson flew S-3 Viking jets off of the USS Ranger, and served on Colin Powell’s staff at the Pentagon. He has a BS in Political Science from the U.S. Naval Academy was also Top Dog of his graduating class at the Miami Ad School. Carlson has volunteered with both national and local animal rescue organizations, and is a former firefighter with the Volunteer Fire Department in Crozet, Virginia.

“Mark has been much more than a volunteer leader in our organization; he is a valued member of the EarthShare family. We’re so grateful for everything he’s given the organization and our cause, and, by extension, the hundreds of respected environmental and conservation organizations we call members,” said Deb Furry, Partner at Tippens + Furry Consulting and an EarthShare board member.

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About EarthShare: For 30 years, EarthShare has supported nearly 600 of America’s most respected environmental and conservation organizations through the original crowdfunding – workplace giving. Today EarthShare is a strategic advisor and programmatic partner to the business sector, executing dynamic engagement and philanthropy programs focused on creating the tangible impact needed to ensure a flourishing future. More information: Robin@earthshare.org

About Laughlin Constable: Laughlin Constable is a 4A’s Top 25, integrated, proudly Midwestern advertising agency, independent since 1976. With offices in Chicago and Milwaukee, Laughlin Constable leverages creativity and technology to take brands From Now to Next®. Its annual billings are in excess of $280 million. The agency's clients include: Wisconsin Department of Tourism, Bon-Ton Stores, Sears Auto Centers, Lung Cancer Alliance, Medela, Northwestern Medicine, Acuity, ManpowerGroup, Master Lock, Paris Presents and Fram Group. For more information, please visit Laughlin.com, www.Facebook.com/LaughlinConstable or follow LC on Twitter @LaughlinAgency.  

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