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ENVIRONMENTAL SUPPORT CENTER AND APPLE AWARD COMPUTERS TO 100 ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS

 ENVIRONMENTAL SUPPORT CENTER AND APPLE AWARD COMPUTERS
 TO 100 ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS
 CUPERTINO, Calif., July 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The following announcement was made today by Apple Computer Inc.:
 One hundred organizations working on environmental issues in the United States will receive personal computers and printers as a result of a partnership between Apple Computer Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) and Environmental Support Center (ESC), a non-profit organization that provides management and technical assistance to environmental groups. The total value of the awards is over $330,000.
 The purpose of the collaboration between ESC and Apple is to support grassroots organizations with computer equipment for more effective office administration and program management. Apple donated 100 fully configured computer systems, each valued at approximately $3,300. ESC supervised the grant proposal and selection process and will subsidize the necessary technical training for each recipient.
 "We received nearly 700 applications from groups in all 50 states, which demonstrates how sorely the grassroots environmental community needs computer resources," said Jim Abernathy, executive director of ESC. "The Apple computer grant will go a long way toward helping these groups strengthen their organizational resources."
 Fred Silverman, Apple's manager of Community Affairs, said, "We have learned over the years that environmental agencies are very creative and aggressive users of computer technology. We are encouraged by the range of groups and issues being supported by these grants, especially those agencies that view environmental issues as a critical component of community development and health."
 More than half of the awards were made to coalition groups where the computers are expected to help environmentalists communicate with their constituents and benefactors in a professional, timely and cost- effective manner. For example, Boston GreenSpace Alliance Computer Coalition, an alliance of five organizations working to improve parks and open spaces in Boston, will use its grant to enhance community organizing efforts with an electronic bulletin board and to create brochures, posters and notices in Chinese, English, Spanish and Vietnamese languages.
 Another example is the Western Organization of Resource Councils Education Project, a coalition of six organizations that will use its computer systems to facilitate communication between staff in 10 offices serving 4,000 members in
five western states. The computers will be used to analyze environmental data and to publish newsletters and other printed materials that integrate text and graphics.
 Organizations receiving computers through the ESC-Apple program reflect a range of constituencies, including people of color, low-income populations, and the general public. Recipients are almost equally divided among the nation's main geographic regions. The way the various recipients plan to use their computers covers a breadth of technical applications such as financial accounting, fund-raising management, membership development databases, environmental program management, statistical analysis, desktop publishing, and telecommunications.
 The Environmental Support Center, founded in 1990, is a national non-profit organization that supports the organizational development needs of regional, state, and local groups working on environmental issues. In addition to providing equipment and professional services, ESC helps with training and technical assistance to enhance fund raising efforts, communications, and non-profit management. ESC promotes workplace funds solicitation through environmental federations and fosters cooperation between U.S. environmental organizations.
 Apple Computer, through its Community Affairs Department, has donated computer technology to a wide range of non-profit groups for more than 10 years. The partnership with ESC represents the first of several major grants programs that Apple is sponsoring to support a range of environmental issues. This summer, Apple plans to announce a cycle of grants called EarthGrants, which will enable both non-profit groups and universities to use Apple's high-end technology in a variety of research, analytical and educational efforts.
 A complete list of organizations receiving computers from ESC is available upon request by contacting Environmental Support Center, 1731 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20009. Phone 202-328-7813, or fax 202-265-0492.
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 NOTE: Apple and the Apple logo are registered trademarks of Apple Computer Inc.
 /CONTACT: Jim Abernathy of the Environmental Support Center, 202-328-7813; or Marianne L. Lettieri of Apple Computer Inc., 408-974-1109/
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