Applied Materials employees are taking to the streets, the mountains, the parks and the classrooms as part of the Company’s EarthWorks campaign that celebrates Earth Day and encourages employees and their families to learn, explore and get involved this Spring.
Over the next few weeks, we will be planting trees in Alzenau, Germany, enjoying an Earth Day festival in San Jose, California, and participating in cleanup projects at Mount Fuji in Japan and at various historical sites in Korea. “Litter Gitters” will be out in full force in Whitefish, Montana and Austin, Texas employee volunteers will join the “sweep” of the city to remove waste.
It was a sweltering 110 degrees on the roof, but that didn’t deter the Applied Materials employees who volunteered to install solar panels on two homes in a modest San Jose neighborhood recently. Gallons of water, ample sunscreen, and plenty of breaks under highly-coveted shade trees fortified the volunteers who worked alongside students from local solar job training programs.
Solar energy has the potential to create thousands of jobs and help strengthen our economy while providing a direct benefit to the consumer. But many homeowners lack the resources to harness this abundant source of clean energy - particularly the low-income homeowner that may need to choose between paying an energy bill and feeding their family.That’s where GRID Alternatives comes in.
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.
As part of Applied Materials’ month-long EarthWorks program celebrating Earth Day, employees in Bangalore, India contributed and supported a variety of activities, including making a conscious effort to continuously recycle, reuse and reduce their footprints on the environment.
Applied Materials employees around the world are marking the 40th anniversary of Earth Day with an impressive selection of environmental projects to improve our planet. At Applied, Global citizenship isn’t just viewed as a one-time a year event and so during the month of April we celebrate the environment and our community with our “Earthworks” program.
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.
I learned a lesson in tree planting while in Bangalore, India recently. The job is much easier and more fulfilling when you team with children, especially from orphan schools, to accomplish the task. Their eagerness, enthusiasm and elbow grease was a perfect compliment for the dozen Applied Materials India employees who ventured to the outskirts of the city to do a good act for mother nature. We partnered with the NGO Trees for Free who made all the arrangements, found the location and provided volunteer experts to show us the proper tree planting methods.