Targeted Investments in Research and Conservation
We at Upwell Coffee Company know that by making targeted investments in research and conservation projects, and particularly focusing on data gaps and implementation gaps, we can better empower small projects that have a large return on investment.
Scientists and conservationists working in oceans, lakes, and rivers often know how to make a lot happen from a little, with most folks just needing funds to buy materials and get into the field. Local communities and researchers move the needle with very little but often make a huge difference in our understanding of these ecosystems and how they can be restored.
With that in mind, we are doing whole partnerships with organizations and researchers that share this value to advance the whole health of ecological communities, or to better understand the overlooked organisms that play a role in those communities.
Below you'll find some of our partners, but know that as we grow this list will expand!
Remote Ecologist Partnership
Keeping Scientists and Conservationists in the Field
Remote Ecologist is a non-profit organization founded by our owner, Dr. Dave Hudson, and works by creating long-term field and lab projects to advance conservation and science, but also retention of scientists and conservationists. The major projects involved at this point are coral and mangrove restoration, coastal resilience, fisheries, and aquaculture. It will support all aspects of ecology, including forest and watershed work.
Select "Remote Ecologist" when selecting your coffee and/or tea to designate your $1 per unit to research and conservation, which will enable the team to keep restoration and conservation projects going on the ground! As we are closely affiliated, an additional $1 per unit will be donated. Click the button below to learn more about this important work, and thank you for your support!
Oceanic Society Partnership
Oceanic Society partnership
State of the World’s Sea Turtles Program
Each year, the State of the World’s Sea Turtles (SWOT) program allocates small grants to sea turtle scientists and conservationists to support their research, community outreach, and solutions to threats faced by endangered sea turtles globally.
To support these grants, you can select "State of the World's Sea Turtles" when selecting your coffee and/or tea to designate your $1 per unit to go specifically to this grant program.
Your donation will help ensure that sea turtles will be protected throughout their ranges, and that critical populations of these reptiles, around since the dinosaurs, will continue to exist for generations to come.
To see fascinating stories, stunning images, incredible maps and more about sea turtles, check out the 15 years of award-winning SWOT Reports below and thanks for your support!
Harbor Watch Partnership
Sewage in Our Rivers?
NO WAY! Harbor Watch is a water quality research and education program working to study local waterways and stop sewage pollution at its source, protecting Long Island Sound. Harbor Watch's team of staff, students, and volunteers patrols hundreds of river, stream, and harbor field sites every 2 weeks, testing thousands of water samples for bacteria and providing actionable data to towns to stop pollution. Through education programs, they also train more than 50 high school and college students each year, providing hands-on field and laboratory training to the next generation of environmental stewards, at no cost to the student participants.
Select "Harbor Watch" when selecting your coffee and/or tea to designate your $1 per unit to research and conservation, which will enable the team to run additional bacteria tests in their laboratory and track down sewage pollution! Click the button below to learn more about this important work, and thank you for your support!
The Amphibian Foundation Partnership
The Amphibian Foundation
Amphibian and Reptile Research
The Amphibian Foundation is dedicated to the conservation of threatened and endangered coastal plains native species as well as restoring and preserving urban wildlife. Our mission includes amphibian and reptile research, outreach and education. Your donation will go directly towards tuition scholarships to help students of diverse backgrounds participate in our Bridge Program for Conservation Research. This one-of-a-kind program offers students the opportunity to conduct applied scientific research on amphibians and reptiles while exploring conservation careers.
Our curriculum includes transition services in a customized and mentored setting designed to help adults at any stage, before, during, or after college, get hands-on experience that will help them advance to the next stage of their career. For more information about this unique residential program based in Atlanta, Georgia, please click below.
Project SECORE Partnership
Restoration of Coral Reefs
SECORE International, Inc. is a leading conservation organization for the restoration of coral reefs. Its mission is creating and sharing the tools and technologies to sustainably restore coral reefs worldwide. Through supporting this organization, you will help them realize their vision of a world where thriving coral reefs support healthy oceans for future generations.
Utilizing sound science as the basis of their work, findings and developed methods are translated by engineers into innovative techniques and tools to implement reef restoration at much larger scales than currently possible―which is urgently needed, regarding the dire situation of coral reefs worldwide.
Project SECORE has established a global network of scientists, public aquarium professionals as well as local authorities, partners and stakeholders. It shares its knowledge in training events and workshops, and mentors their partners for implementing new techniques on‐site.
Through their innovative focus on breeding corals, they get huge numbers of coral babies by collecting coral germ cells during natural spawning events on the reef, while supporting the corals' genetic diversity and consequently promoting reef resilience at the same time. Through selecting "SECORE Corals" when choosing your coffee and/or tea, $1 per unit will go to giving coral reefs a fighting chance for the future!
The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk Partnership
The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk
Conservation in Long Island Sound and beyond
The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is the only aquarium focused on Long Island Sound. It’s mission is to inspire people of all ages to appreciate and protect the Long Island Sound ecosystem and the global environment through living exhibits, marine science, and environmental education. From this core, it explores related animals and conservation issues from around the world.
Be sure to select “The Maritime Aquarium” when choosing your coffee and/or tea to ensure that $1 per unit will go to the Aquarium. Upwell Coffee will match that $1 contribution.