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Astronaut Leads High School Students in “Green Communities” Workshop

By SpaceRef Editor
June 4, 2012
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Bayer Sponsors Youth Program in Washington, D.C., Celebrating World Environment Day

For the sixth consecutive year, Bayer Corporation has teamed up with the United Nations Environment Programme’s Regional Office for North America (UNEP RONA) to celebrate World Environment Day (WED) by sponsoring a series of youth-oriented environmental education programs in Washington, the 2012 WED host city in North America.

The Bayer-sponsored programs taking place at Woodrow Wilson High School include an astronaut-led interactive workshop for high schoolers and a Making Science Make Sense(R) booth at the WED Fair and Environmental Expo.

Bayer and UNEP also are sponsoring the International Children’s Painting Competition on the Environment annual art exhibition, and Bayer is participating in the U.S. Department of Education’s first-ever Green Ribbon Schools event.

Astronaut-Led Student Workshop

Dr. Mae C. Jemison, former astronaut, environmental sustainability advocate and Bayer’s longtime national spokesperson for its Making Science Make Sense (R) (MSMS) program, led more than 60 Woodrow Wilson High School students during the hands-on, interactive workshop, “Green Living, Green Working.”

Working in teams, the students used Dr. Jemison’s The Earth We Share(TM) curriculum to address “green” issues related to health, energy, recreation, education, the economy and biodiversity.

The students consulted experts from Bayer, UNEP and other industry, education, regional government and non-governmental representatives.

“We are proud to partner with Bayer once again on World Environment Day. This workshop and other environmental education initiatives provide these students an extremely valuable lesson in how green practices can substantially improve our communities and our world, while at the same time providing significant economic opportunities,” said Amy Fraenkel, Director, UNEP RONA.

“Understanding humans’ role in the environment is a fundamental component of science education. Something Bayer and I have long worked on together,” said Dr. Jemison. “Today, the students considered how their daily lives impact and can also be improved by living ‘green’ by using key science literacy skills — observation, inquiry, critical thinking, analysis and problem solving.”

ICPC Awards Ceremony and Exhibition

At Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, the central library of the Washington library system, Bayer will unveil the 2012 exhibition of the 21st annual International Children’s Painting Competition on the Environment and will introduce this year’s winners, including the global winner, who hails from California, North American first- and second-place winners and the two “Washington’s Best” winners. The exhibition will be open to the public June 5 – July 31, 2012.

U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools Initiative

Bayer Corporation is a sponsor of the inaugural U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools National Awards program taking place June 3 – 5, 2012, in Washington. Bayer’s Lauren Trocano will facilitate a workshop focusing on best practice public-private partnerships. The Green Ribbon Schools program recognizes exemplary achievement in environmental impact, health and education in the nation’s schools.

The Earth We ShareTM is a trademark of The Dorothy Jemison Foundation for Excellence.

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About Bayer Corporation and Making Science Make Sense

Bayer Corporation, headquartered in Pittsburgh, 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

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 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 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:

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:

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