is awarding more than $400,000 in grants to nine environmental
organizations for projects aimed at improving science-based
environmental and conservation education for youth. Since 2001, 3M's
environmental giving program has invested more than $21 million in
sustainability initiatives. 3M Eco Grant recipients are providing
environmental programs that help students connect science, technology,
engineering, and math (STEM) education with the world around them.
The grant recipients are nature and environmental learning
centers located in communities near a 3M facility. Recipients were
selected based on criteria including: their goals to connect STEM
education and nature with outdoor learning opportunities, provide
education that encourages environmental stewardship, and to increase
student visits and teacher preparedness-thereby extending the learning
beyond a single visit.
"3M is committed to sustainability, and these educational programs are
helping to connect the future workforce to nature and science as well,"
said Kim Price, Vice President, 3M Community Affairs. "We are proud to
support these organizations in their efforts to enhance environmental
education, and we look forward to seeing the measurable results of the
Eco Grants in action. Each of these grant recipients has demonstrated an
outstanding idea for how their program can be served by this funding,
and we are pleased to help them reach their goals."
3M's Eco Grant recipients include the Delaware Nature Society, located
near the Newark, Del., 3M facility. The organization will apply its
grant to its Watershed Stewardship Program, which will design a
statewide outdoor watershed experience for seventh grade students. 3M
employees with training will have the opportunity to mentor students
during the outdoor watershed lesson.
Another honoree, the Chippewa Nature Center, located near the Midland,
Mich., 3M facility, will use the funds for its Nature School program, in
which classrooms move to the Nature Center for a weeklong immersion in
nature and science.
The additional Eco Grant recipients and corresponding 3M facility
locations are the San Gabriel Mountains Regional Conservancy, Monrovia,
Calif.; Center of Glastonbury (The Connecticut Audubon Society, Inc.),
Meriden, Conn.; Chattahoochee Nature Center, Atlanta, Ga.; Huron-Clinton
Metroparks Foundation, Detroit, Mich.; Cincinnati Nature Center,
Milford, Ohio; Conestee Park, Greenville, S.C.; and Islandwood,
Bainbridge Island, Wash.
For more information, visit www.3Mgiving.com.
About 3M3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms
them into thousands of ingenious products. Our culture of creative
collaboration inspires a never-ending stream of powerful technologies
that make life better. 3M is the innovation company that never stops
inventing. With $30 billion in sales, 3M employs 84,000 people worldwide
and has operations in more than 65 countries. For more information,
or follow @3MNews on Twitter.
About 3M Community Giving3M is not only a company that
creates; it is a company that cares. 3M Community Giving is helping to
improve lives in communities around the world. Since 1953, 3M and the 3M
Foundation have invested more than $1.7 billion in cash and products to
education and charitable organizations. These donations were bolstered
by thousands of employee and retiree volunteers. In 2011, 3M awarded
more than $60.9 million to non-profit organizations. For more
information, visit www.3Mgiving.com.
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