I planted trees with more than 60 Applied Materials employees and their family members.
In total, we planted 1,006 loblolly pines. Although the simple act of digging a hole, sliding in the sapling and gently patting the surrounding earth seems straight forward, I knew that we were planting much more.
The energy was obvious and the connections were working on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at the Tech Museum in San Jose, CA … both as 40 students worked in teams to build “We Share Solar Suitcases” and when the switch was flipped on their creations to generate electricity to power a 100-watt light bulb. Best yet, the students knew that the suitcase they engineered would power the first lights for schools and orphanages in Africa.
Originally published in the Boston College Center for Corporate CitizenshipBlog.
In 2001, an alarming number of very low performing schools and students were causing great concern throughout the Silicon Valley region, especially among businesses. In response, Applied Materials set a new philanthropic strategic course through its Education Initiative with the goal of increasing the number of students who graduate from high school inspired and prepared to have success in college and life. Today with consistent emphasis on system transformation, Applied Materials has a success story and a strategy worth sharing.
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The US Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC), a resource and voice for businesses and their social and philanthropic interests, recently published its inaugural list of 9 Corporate Citizenship Blogs to Read — and Watch which spotlights our very own Applied Materials Blog!
In India, according to the World Bank, approximately 400 million people are without access to reliable electricity and an estimated 100,000 villages are without access to the national grid and receive no electricity. In these cases, the use of coal, kerosene, and other "dirty" fuel sources for power, cooking, and lighting provide energy with intermittent quality and reliability, as well as serious health and environmental concerns.
The lack of reliable light at night affects young students’ ability to study and these find it difficult to concentrate on their studies for an extended period of time, due to irritation and pain in the eyes caused by smoke and heat produced from kerosene lamps. These unsafe sources of energy also cause long-term lung conditions.
Today I’m thrilled to share, that the Applied Materials Foundation, (and our partners) E+Co and SELCO were invited to the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) to announce our commitment to electrifying villages and schools and training social entrepreneurs in rural India.
In a region as diverse as Silicon Valley, the arts can bring people together in shared experiences that transcend boundaries and foster understanding. Through the arts, we gain exposure to the traditions of various cultures and learn of issues important to people in communities around the world. Two current events in San Jose, Calif., funded in part by the Applied Materials Foundation, work to build bridges between people through the arts.
Many companies support local communities through programmatic grants, but fewer funders venture into supporting nonprofit organizational effectiveness. Bucking the trend, the Applied Materials Foundation recently announced a joint venture with the Austin, Texas-based consulting group: Greenlights for Nonprofit Success, creating the Applied Materials Foundation Advancement Academy.
For the third year in a row, Applied Materials' annual employee food drive has directed more than $1 million dollars to non-profit agencies focused on hunger relief. This will enable 34 organizations across the United States to distribute more than 2 million meals to families in need.
Applied Materials employees used a bit of engineering and sun power to raise money for the Capital Area Food Bank in Austin, Texas. The third annual Solar Car Race, challenges engineering teams to compete for the fastest solar car design.
The Applied Materials Foundation extended its support of SOS Children’s Villages of India by sponsoring family homes for 30 children, an 18 seater school bus and solar lights for the main avenue of the village. The solar street lights will provide clean, highly energy efficient and economical light to the village campus.
The Applied Materials Foundation’s support of SOS Children’s Villages of India is part of its commitment to civic development initiatives that support innovative uses of renewal energy with a special focus on underserved communities as well as basic needs. Through our commitment of making a positive social contribution, the company is working to build a more sustainable and bright future around the world.
The American India Foundation (AIF), supported by funds from the Applied Materials Foundation, has installed low maintenance bio-sand water filters in 16 schools in Bangalore, India. For the 2009–2010 school year, the filters will be installed in schools that are currently being supported by the Applied Materials Foundation and will provide clean drinking water to more than 5,000 children.
One of the best things about living in Austin, Texas is the sustainable, forward-thinking the city incorporates into new developments like the Mueller redevelopment project. The project is an urban, mixed-used project that includes homes, office and retail space and the Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas.