On the 40th anniversary of Earth Day last week, Applied Materials Taiwan announced they would be donating solar heaters to five native elementary schools through sponsorship of the IShare Community Development Association’s "Energy Saving and CO2 Reduction" eco campaign. The association’s campaign will help 10 remote mountain elementary schools install solar heaters in addition to raising environmental awareness to the public.
As part of Applied Materials’ month-long EarthWorks program celebrating Earth Day, employees in Austin joined with their family members to support Keep Austin Beautiful (KAB) by participating in the environmental nonprofit organization’s annual Clean Sweep event. This year’s KAB Clean Sweep included more than 4,000 volunteers city-wide, who completed many tasks aimed up cleaning and beautifying the City of Austin.
Historian Adam Rome calls Earth Day the "most famous unknown event in modern American history." Its grassroots nature, spurred by Senator Gaylord Nelson's '60's wish for Americans to observe it "in any way they want," has become an annual event and international in scale. Many corporations around the world use Earth Day as a centerpiece for employee and community focused environmental programs and Applied Materials is no exception.