In Focus: Green Schooling

Small boy watering the garden plants with watering can

Small boy watering the garden plants with watering can

As a company focused on environmental and energy solutions, Applied Materials understands the importance of building a sustainable future for all. Underscoring this commitment, the Applied Materials Foundation invests in environmental projects to increase community engagement, promote sustainable living and educate youth on how to help take care of the environment for future generations. Supported programs place special emphasis on environmental experiences for low-income students who wouldn’t otherwise have the chance to immerse themselves in natural learning environments. In addition, localized experiences provide opportunities for students to better understand their surroundings—exploring Texas caves, California’s Redwoods, Montana’s trail systems and an Italian renewable energy park.

Our education programs engage youth in hands-on opportunities that promote environmental awareness. In Austin, Texas, Applied Materials partnered with Keep Austin Beautiful to create the Green Teens program, a group targeted for ages 12 and up who participate in weekly after-school activities to learn about water quality, gardening, recycling, and other environmental practices. With the support of the Foundation, Keep Austin Beautiful’s Green Teens traveled to Colorado Bend State Park for a camping trip, where they explored caves, swam in the river, and spotted Texas wildlife. One teen shared that the camping trip was “the best trip ever.” Visit the Keep Austin Beautiful web site for more information on the Green Teens and their outdoor adventures.

In Kalispell, Montana, youth are working on trail preservation with Foy’s to Blacktail Trails, courtesy of a Foundation grant that reaches students through the Youth Engaged in Service Program (YES). YES will be sending a crew to work in the Chase Family Forest, where popular trails still need reestablishing. This program provides teenagers with hands-on environmental experiences, and team building and work ethic skills that will last a life time.

In Silicon Valley, the Foundation supports youth environmental education by partnering withVida Verde Nature Education, a Bay Area non-profit that promotes educational equity by providing free, overnight environmental learning experiences for low income students. Through their Environmental Education Trips program, and with the help of the Foundation, Vida Verde Nature Education sent 85 students on a camping trip of a lifetime, where they spent educational time outdoors.

Applied Materials also immerses youth in environmental education at international locations by supporting environmental non-profits in areas with Applied offices and employees. Scuola Primaria 1 Maggio, a grantee and school in Treviso, Italy, motivates children to improve their environmental sensibility through their Grassroots for Growth program. In this program, 200 elementary school students are taken on six environmental education trips, including a visit to a renewable energy park.

In the past six years, Applied Materials and the Applied Materials Foundation have contributed more than $2 million to environmental organizations around the world.

Original Article on Cleantech, Applied

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