Bayer and World Environment Day 2012
Since 2004, Bayer Corporation has been an enthusiastic supporter of World Environment Day. Bayer’s devotion to environmental education finds its roots in the 1990s, when Bayer and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) jointly developed a series of youth environmental projects across Asia.
With the success of those initiatives, Bayer became the first company in the world to forge a long-term partnership with the UNEP in this unique niche. In 2004, Bayer and the UNEP shared another important milestone: a framework agreement designed to globalize this landmark partnership. By August 2007, the partnership was extended by another three years. In 2010, the partners renewed their agreement for a second time and extended their partnership for another three years until the end of 2013.
World Environment Day is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP 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. Bayer AG and Bayer Corporation are global and regional sponsors, respectively, of World Environment Day.
More than 50 artworks, including the winning entries, will be on display at the Bayer-sponsored 2012 ICPC North American Exhibition scheduled to open at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Washington on Tuesday, June 5, 2012.
UNEP, in partnership with the Bayer Foundation, holds annually the ICPC on the Environment, in which children ages six to 14 submit original works of art based on a yearly theme. This year's theme was "Green Communities."
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
Dr. Mae Jemison, the first African-American female astronaut in space and Bayer's Making Science Make Sense national spokesperson, will lead an interactive workshop on science for high school students as part of the youth outreach component of World Environment Day. The event, sponsored by Making Science Make Sense, promotes science literacy in young adults.
The half-day interactive workshop will be attended by students and will give them the goal of identifying key regional environmental issues and concerns and offering potential solutions and recommendations for addressing them. Bayer scientist volunteers and regional environmental NGO leadership will serve as expert-sources for students, and the session will end with brief student presentations to an audience of students, expert resources, Washington, D.C. government, business and community leaders.
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Woodrow Wilson High School
Calendar: World Environment Day 2012 Event Calendar
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|13-year-old Michelle Lai of Toronto has been named first place winner for her painting that illustrates the 2012 International Children’s Painting Competition theme, “Green Communities.”|
|Second Place Winner: 11-year-old Vellia Zhou of Bayside, N.Y.|
|Third Place Winner: Nine-year-old Lucy Lui of Albuquerque, N.M.|
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Bayer US | World Environment Day 2010 in Pittsburgh
Bayer Corporation, based in Pittsburgh and a longtime sponsor of UNEP programs, including World Environment Day in North America and around the world, was instrumental in Pittsburgh's selection as 2010 North American World Environment Day (WED) host city. The United Nations created World Environment Day in 1972 to stimulate environmental awareness and action. With thousands of events in UNEP's six global regions including North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and the Pacific, West Asia, and Europe, World Environment Day is considered one of the largest environmental events of its kind.
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