Effective March 31, 2014
I. ABOUT PATH TO POSITIVE COMMUNITIES
Path to Positive Communities is a council of diverse community leaders and organizations united to advance climate solutions. The Path to Positive Communities program empowers local and regional leaders to maximize the opportunities climate solutions bring to American people and their communities, and inspire their citizens and other leaders to support solutions at local, regional, and national levels. Leaders and organizations from American cities, counties, and states are invited to join and leverage the Path to Positive Communities program.
Path to Positive Communities is a program created by a council of community/municipality leaders in collaboration with ecoAmerica through the MomentUs initiative. It is funded by The MacArthur Foundation, The Linden Trust for Conservation, and others.
II. INFORMATION WE COLLECT
User Provided Information. ecoAmerica collects personal information from you when you fill out the form to express interest in Path to Positive Communities. To express your interest, you must provide your first and last name, title, organization, and email address. When you submit this information, we will send you a confirmation email.
From time to time we may ask you to respond to surveys or other requests for information and we collect the information you provide. We may also collect information about you through other methods, including research surveys or information we obtain from third parties, including verification services, data services, as well as public sources. We use this information to continually offer you the most value as a Path to Positive Communities participant.
Web Logs. Like most standard Website servers, we collect information from all visitors to the Site. This information may include the browser you are using, the internet address from which you linked to our Site, the operating system of your computer, the unique IP address of the computer you used to access our Site, and usage and browsing habits. We use this information to help diagnose and troubleshoot server malfunctions, to analyze trends, track user movement in the aggregate, and gather broad demographic information. We may also use individual information we collect through web logs to send you targeted communications.
Cookies. To help make sure you receive information that is relevant to you, our Site uses data "cookies." These cookies are small data files stored on your computer which identify you as a previous visitor to the Site and help us to personalize your experience when you arrive. Most web browsers are set to accept cookies. You can instruct your browser not to accept cookies. However, if you disable this function, you will not be able to use some of the features on our Site.
Web Beacons. Our Web pages and our e-mail newsletters may contain "web beacons." Web beacons allow us to count users that have visited a web page or opened an email that contains a web beacon and collect other types of aggregate information. Using this information, we are able to measure the effectiveness of our communications and how visitors use our Site. This allows us to learn what pages are most attractive to our visitors, which parts of our Site are the most interesting and what kind of offers our Members like to see. Some of the web beacons that may be in place on our Site are used only by ecoAmerica, and other web beacons are from our vendors who use this data to assist us in analyzing how our visitors use the Site.
III. HOW WE USE YOUR INFORMATION
When you Register. When you sign up to express your interest in Path to Positive Communities no information is displayed on the Site.
We'll send you our email and newsletters. ecoAmerica may send you Path to Positive Communities-related announcements and emails from time to time, such as e-newsletters, updates and communications about Path to Positive Communities. We may ask you which newsletters you wish to receive. You may change your newsletter preferences by opting-out of receiving future emails as described at the bottom of each communication from Path to Positive Communities.
Third Party Offers. On occasion, we are able to offer you special products or services through a relationship with a third party. In those cases, the offer may be brought to you by Path to Positive Communities and fulfilled by the third party. If you accept the offer, you will become a customer of the company that is fulfilling the offer and we will not have control over their use of the personally identifiable information that you provide to them when you accept the offer. In addition, your information may be shared with Path to Positive Communities partners. Prior to any such information sharing you will be provided the opportunity to opt-out of any such information sharing through an email notification.
Legal Matters; Safety. We may, without your consent, access and disclose your information, any communications sent or received by you, and any other information that we may have about you or your account as may be permitted or required by law (including, but not limited to, court order or subpoena), or to prevent or investigate suspected fraud, violations of our Terms of Service, or activity that appears to us to be illegal or may expose us to legal liability. Additionally, we may disclose your information in situations that we believe to be emergencies involving potential threats to the physical safety of any person or property if we believe that your information in any way relates to that threat.
Sale of Business or Assets. In the event that ecoAmerica, substantially all of its assets, or a line of business are acquired or merged with another company, personally identifiable information of our Members may be one of the assets sold or merged in connection with that transaction. ecoAmerica will notify users of the Site of such a change in ownership or transfer of assets by posting a notice on the Site.
IV. IMPORTANT DISCLOSURES, PRACTICES AND CONTACT INFORMATION
ClimateofOpportunity.org contains links to other sites. It is possible for you to receive information directly from our partners and other companies if you access them through a link on ClimateofOpportunity.org or if you go directly to their Websites. Once you are on their sites, any data that you supply to these partners, for example, to obtain information or buy products directly from them is beyond our reach and will be the responsibility of each of the linked-to entities and not ecoAmerica or Path to Positive Communities. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of these Websites or any other sites linked to or referenced on our Site.
Security. Path to Positive Communities has multiple layers of security on its systems. We have implemented software and hardware security, including firewalls, data encryption, and private networks intended to protect your personally identifiable information from unauthorized access. We use firewalls and intrusion-detection devices that are designed to defend against hackers and notify us if any attempts are made to compromise our network. We regularly review additional software upgrades to enhance our security measures. However, despite our efforts, no system can completely guarantee that there will never be unauthorized access to your personally identifiable information, and your use of the Site indicates that you are willing to assume this risk.
Children's Privacy. Path to Positive Communities does not encourage participation or visitation by children. Visitors who are known to be under the age of 16 are prohibited from becoming Path to Positive Communities Members. ecoAmerica does not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under the age of 16.