We partner with stakeholders to optimize resources and contribute toward viable economic growth.
Living better locally
In partnership with Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD), Eastman supports and promotes improved access to healthy, garden-grown foods and sustainable agriculture and forestry in areas of Tennessee and Virginia. With numerous programs in place, ASD empowers and educates varied generations of community members and provides tools needed to fight poverty, revitalize communities, and protect natural resources. This includes a rural food hub, called Appalachian Harvest, that connects farmers to large wholesale markets and distributes local produce from Maryland to Georgia.
Help is on the Way
When disaster strikes, Eastman often steps in. The Eastman Foundation, coupled with employee contributions, has regularly delivered aid through the American Red Cross to locations around the world. Eastman products have also been useful in aiding recovery, such as application of RainStick (formerly HydroPack) for emergency hydration and plasticizers (in piping) for resolving issues at a nuclear power plant.
As a result of the historic flooding that has swept through Louisiana, a number of Eastman employees and family members at our St. Gabriel site have been displaced from their homes. If you are interested in contributing to relief efforts, the Eastman Foundation is providing funding and accepting donations.
Partnering to build skills
The Center for Advanced Film Manufacturing in Martinsville, Virginia, is an initiative that delivers skills training in advanced film production. The center represents a public-private partnership that involves local Eastman facilities, two colleges in the region and the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation. Notably, more than 30 percent of the world’s supply of coated and dyed film originates from this area.