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Bayer USA Foundation Awards More Than $600,000 in Grants for Science and Environmental Education, Sustainability Initiatives

Submitted by: Bayer USA Foundation

Categories: Philanthropy & Corporate Contributions, Corporate Social Responsibility

Posted: Dec 19, 2012 – 09:30 AM EST


PITTSBURGH, Dec. 19 /CSRwire/ - The Bayer USA Foundation today announced that it will award $635,000 in grants over the next few years to nonprofit organizations across the U.S. to support programs that foster STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and environmental education, and sustainable development.

The Bayer USA Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Bayer Corporation, the U.S. subsidiary of Bayer AG, an international health care, nutrition and high-tech materials group based in Leverkusen, Germany.

“Whether it’s developing a diverse national STEM talent pool, educating students about environmental issues or helping businesses and organizations reduce CO2 emissions, the organizations receiving grants are working to advance issues that are important to Bayer and the country, at large,” said Sarah Toulouse, acting executive director, Bayer USA Foundation.

Some of the grant recipients are:

American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES)

            American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN’s) represent the smallest number of all underrepresented minorities working in U.S. STEM fields. To increase the number, AISES has established the Access and Success Program, which the new Bayer USA Foundation grant supports. The program helps ensure the academic and career success of AI/AN STEM students by providing them with year-round outreach and education STEM activities, annual scholarships, 10-week summer STEM internships, and an annual Leadership Summit, in addition to various AISES College Chapter trainings.

American Chemical Society (ACS)

            The two-year grant is earmarked for ACS’s Project SEED, a nationally-recognized STEM education diversity initiative that aims to develop the next generation of diverse scientific talent in the chemical enterprise. Project SEED offers high school students from economically disadvantaged families, particularly underrepresented minorities, the opportunity to experience careers in chemistry-related sciences by working in academic, industrial or government research laboratories for eight to 10 weeks during the summer where they perform scientific research under the supervision of volunteer mentors.

            The new grant will strengthen and expand Project SEED in Pittsburgh and Houston by increasing the number of high school students provided summer internships.

Berkeley Chamber Arts Foundation

            The three-year grant will help the Berkeley Chamber Arts Foundation establish its East Bay Environmental Network (EBEN) as an independent non-profit sustainable development organization. EBEN is a network of large East Bay commercial and industrial businesses working with public utilities and local governments to accelerate CO2 reduction efforts. Launched in 2011 under the leadership of the City of Berkeley, Pacific Gas and Electric Company and Bayer HealthCare, EBEN’s mission is to connect the complex array of technical assistance and financial incentives offered by utilities and government, simplify them for businesses and organizations, encourage collaboration, and ultimately, show cost-effective decreases in resource consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

National Park Foundation

            The National Park Foundation, the official nonprofit partner of America’s national parks and charitable partner of the National Park Service, will receive a grant for its Parks Climate Challenge Program. Approaching its fourth year, the Parks Climate Challenge Program trains teachers to educate students about climate change using America’s national parks as classrooms. The program uses a nationally relevant and replicable teacher training model that consists of on-site, in-person teacher training conducted at national parks during the summer; an online component that provides training and resources for teachers; and, park visits by students throughout the year that enable them to connect directly with the parks to deepen their understanding of climate change.

Sustainable Pittsburgh (SP)

            Since its inception in 1998, Sustainable Pittsburgh has been advancing its mission to accelerate the policy and practice of sustainability throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania. The new Bayer USA Foundation grant will support a variety of the nonprofit organization’s core programs designed to engage businesses and municipalities in integrating such policy and practice in their operations. These programs, which include SP‘s Champions for Sustainability (C4S) businesses network, Sustainable Community Development Network and Outdoor Recreation Network, advance technical programs, assistance and education for organizations in the region.

In addition, the Bayer USA Foundation is awarding fall grants to community-based social/civic organizations including Girls Hope of Pittsburgh, ACHIEVA, Life’s Work of Western Pennsylvania and the Salvation Army Pittsburgh.

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About Bayer USA Foundation
The Bayer USA Foundation is an endowed 501(c)(3) entity and is the primary source of Bayer Corporation’s philanthropy in the United States. With a programmatic focus on the environment and sustainability; education and workforce development; arts and culture; and health and human services, the foundation creates and supports organizations that improve communities in which Bayer employees live and work, as well as society at large. The Bayer USA Foundation is one of three Bayer foundations worldwide, including the Bayer Science & Education Foundation and the Bayer Cares Foundation. To learn more, go to bayerus.com/foundation.

About Bayer Corporation 
Bayer Corporation is the U.S. 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 www.bayerus.com. 

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