Bayer Corporation congratulates Portland, Oregon, on being named by the United Nations Environment Programme’s Regional Office for North America (UNEP RONA) as the official North American host city for World Environment Day (WED) 2013.
For the sixth consecutive year, Bayer will sponsor the youth programs for WED in North America, which includes the opening of a special exhibition of the International Children’s Painting Competition (ICPC) in Portland, an awards ceremony for ICPC North American and Portland winners and an interactive environmental workshop for local high school students led by Dr. Mae C. Jemison. Founder of the international science camp, The Earth We Share™, Dr. Jemison is a scientist, educator and the nation’s first African-American female astronaut. She also is Bayer’s national spokesperson for its company-wide Making Science Make Sense® program.
“Bayer is delighted once again to join UNEP RONA and to help showcase the city of Portland’s environmental leadership and spirit during this year’s official World Environment Day celebration in North America,” said Lauren Trocano, Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility for Bayer Corporation. “Our longtime partnership with UNEP RONA will afford the local students of Portland the opportunity to develop environmental awareness and literacy through a series of special youth events.”
“We hope that World Environment Day will help shine a spotlight on Portland’s pioneering environmental achievements,” said Amy Fraenkel, Director of UNEP RONA. “The city has been at the forefront of restoring the natural environment through its innovative use of green infrastructure for decades, and is in a leading position to share its environmental strategies and best practices with cities not only throughout the United States and Canada, but also around the world.”
“There’s a lot of good work going on in Portland to protect our rivers and streams, cut automobile use, reduce food waste, and prepare for climate change,” said Portland Mayor Charlie Hales. “I feel honored that Portland is hosting World Environment Day and I’m pleased that it will give the city and our many partners a chance to showcase their accomplishments.”
North American ICPC Entry Deadline Extended
Bayer and UNEP RONA announced today that the deadline for submitting original artworks for the ICPC has been extended until Friday, March 15, 2013.
ICPC is open to all six- to 14-year-olds in the United States and Canada. It allows students to express their creativity and showcase their environmental awareness on a theme which this year is Water: Where Does It Come From? The students’ artworks are expected to focus on the responsibility we all share in helping to ensure a healthy, secure and sustainable water supply.
The free-style artwork for the ICPC must be submitted on either letter- or legal-size paper and can be created using crayons, colored pencils, watercolors, oils, etc. Submissions must be received by the UNEP RONA office in Washington, DC, by Friday, March 15. For complete entry rules and conditions, please visit www.BayerUS.com/MSMS.
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About Bayer Corporation and Making Science Make Sense®
Bayer Corporation is a subsidiary of Bayer AG, an international health care, nutrition and high-tech materials group based in Leverkusen, Germany. As an inventor company, it sets trends in research-intensive areas. The company’s products and services are designed to benefit people and improve their quality of life. The Corporation is committed to the principles of sustainable development and to its role as a socially and ethically responsible corporate citizen. Economy, ecology and social responsibility are corporate policy objectives of equal rank. In North America, Bayer had 2011 net sales of EUR 8,177 million ($11,366 million) and employed 15,800 at year-end. For more information, go to www.bayerus.com.
Making Science Make Sense® (MSMS) is Bayer’s company-wide initiative that advances science literacy through hands-on, inquiry-based science education, employee volunteerism and a public education campaign. Currently, 12 Bayer sites around the U.S. operate local MSMS programs, which together represent a national volunteer corps of more than 1,000 employees.
About the United Nations Environment Programme and World Environment Day
Established in 1972 following the United Nation’s Conference on the Human Environment, UNEP’s mission is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations. World Environment Day is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates world-wide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action. With thousands of events in the six UNEP regions, World Environment Day is considered the largest environmental event of its kind.
About the UNEP Regional Office for North America
The mission of UNEP's Regional Office for North America (RONA), which is located in Washington, D.C. and comprises Canada and the United States, is: to build support in the region for UNEP's work; to promote effective responses to international environmental challenges; and to foster cooperation on environmental issues between North America and the broader international community. To achieve this mission, RONA’s strategy is to promote collaboration between UNEP and all sectors of North American society, including U.S. and Canadian governmental institutions, the private sector and civil society groups, and to provide UNEP with North American perspectives. For more information on UNEP RONA, go to: www.unep.org/rona.
About Bayer and UNEP
Bayer AG is the first company in the world to forge a long-term partnership with UNEP in the area of youth and environment. The partners first began cooperating on youth environmental projects in Asia in the late 1990s. In 2004, Bayer and UNEP signed a framework agreement to globalize this partnership. The partners have jointly organized a dozen environmental projects for young people around the world, including the TUNZA International Youth and Children’s Conference, regional youth networks, the Bayer Young Environmental Envoy Program, the International Children’s Painting Competition, the photo competition Ecology in Focus in Eastern Europe and TUNZA Magazine. In addition, Bayer Corporation in the United States supports UNEP’s World Environment Day activities in North America. Further information on the partnership between UNEP and Bayer is available on the Internet at: www.unep.bayer.com.
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