Pittsburgh, July 22, 2011 – Bayer will welcome 13 high school students to Pittsburgh from the United States and Europe on July 25. During a two-week camp, students will have a unique opportunity to learn about environment, sustainable development and global climate change issues through urban-river experiences as part of the fourth annual Bayer International Summer Sustainability Camp.
The camp – funded by the Bayer USA Foundation and the Bayer Science & Education Foundation – is conducted by RiverQuest, a Pittsburgh-based, nonprofit educational organization. RiverQuest uses Western Pennsylvania's rivers as classrooms to connect students with their surrounding environment.
The students, recognized as Bayer Climate Fellows, hail from Germany, California, Utah, North Carolina, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The students will conduct hands-on field studies of aquatic biology on Western Pennsylvania’s Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio rivers and explore Western Pennsylvania’s historic coal mines.
The students will also have the opportunity to visit various innovative green and eco-friendly landmarks in the Pittsburgh region, including a visit to Bayer's EcoCommercial Building Conference Center at Bayer Corporation's headquarters campus in Pittsburgh. The net-zero, net-energy building is a prototype for materials and technologies that can be used to produce zero-energy commercial buildings.
They will also travel aboard RiverQuest’s Explorer, one of the world’s first environmentally “green” passenger vessels. The boat's hybrid diesel-electric propulsion system reduces per passenger energy consumption and reduces greenhouse gas emissions versus conventional propulsion systems.
Bayer’s support for the camp is part of the Bayer Climate Program, a global initiative to develop and carry out environmentally sustainable programs.
“This camp fosters the intellectual development of a select group of international students for two weeks of sustainability education,” said Rebecca Lucore, Executive Director, Bayer USA Foundation. “Once again working with RiverQuest, we’re educating the next generation of leaders on energy, climate change and sustainable development, which are vital, global issues.”
“The Pittsburgh area’s wildlife, rivers, universities and organizations provide endless opportunities for students to learn about the environment,” said Paul King, Executive Director, RiverQuest. “This annual camp is an innovative tool that educates students on the environment, their surrounds and their cultural awareness.
About Bayer USA Foundation
The Bayer USA Foundation is an endowed 501(c)(3) entity and is the primary source of Bayer Corporation’s philanthropy in the United States. With a programmatic focus on the environment and sustainability; education and workforce development; arts and culture; and health and human services, the foundation creates and supports organizations that improve communities in which Bayer employees live and work, as well as society at large. The Bayer USA Foundation is one of three corporate Bayer foundations worldwide, including the Bayer Science & Education Foundation and the Bayer Cares Foundation.
About Bayer Science & Education Foundation
Established in 2007, the Bayer Science & Education Foundation pursues the primary goals of honoring outstanding research achievements, assisting talented young scientists and supporting important scholastic projects. The Bayer Science & Education Foundation is one of three corporate Bayer foundations worldwide, including the Bayer USA Foundation and the Bayer Cares Foundation.
About Bayer Corporation
Bayer Corporation, headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa., is the U.S. subsidiary of Bayer AG, an international health care, nutrition and high-tech materials group based in Leverkusen, Germany. 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 2010 net sales of EUR 8,228 million ($10,861 million) and employed 16,400 at year-end. For more information, go to www.bayerus.com.
RiverQuest, formerly Pittsburgh Voyager, is an award-winning not-for-profit education organization offering river-based educational programs for students, teachers, and the community. RiverQuest also provides a range of public programs, including interpretive cruises and private charters for businesses, organizations and the public. RiverQuest operates a one-of-a-kind green laboratory vessel called Explorer, docked on the North Shore adjacent to downtown Pittsburgh, PA.
RiverQuest's mission is to connect people to their environment through river education adventures programs. Since launching programs in 1995, RiverQuest has served nearly 80,000 individuals through on-board education programming. More than 64,000 elementary, middle and high school students representing 239 schools from 66 school districts in 11 Western Pennsylvania counties have participated in standards-based learning programs, with themes ranging from environmental science and regional history to physical science and mathematics. Along with students, more than 2,500 teachers and college students and 17,000 members of the general public have participated in RiverQuest programs. For more information, visit www.RiverQuest.org.
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