Waste not, want not
Bringing improvements to Eastman’s recycling processes was the goal of one employee team when it voluntarily offered to dig through and assess 1,000 pounds of trash. The group’s piece by piece “trash audit” helped determine the amount of waste being produced and how many recyclable items were going to landfill. Key findings led to implementing single-stream recycling as well as improved processes for handling waste.
Women's athletics, for the win
When it comes to empowering women, Eastman and the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (NACWAA) share the same philosophy. The nonprofit NACWAA has 3,000 members nationwide and encourages the advancement of women through leadership education, networking and career guidance. Eastman collaborates with NACWAA to effectively reach and empower women and girls to improve their wellbeing and future development.
Bringing Ocean Science to the Classroom
Through a partnership with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Dobyns-Bennett High School at the company’s global headquarters in Kingsport, TN, students are being challenged to apply cross-disciplinary learnings to real world issues and problems in a unique capstone course focused on ocean processes. By interacting with some of the world’s top ocean scientists on active research projects, students are exposed to experiences that will give them a competitive advantage while continuing their education and entering the workforce.
Winning with ocean science
At the company's global headquarters in East Tennessee, students at Dobyns-Bennett High School are being challenged to apply cross-disciplinary learnings to real world issues and problems in a unique capstone course.
Most recently, the school's first team took home fifth place at the National Ocean Sciences Bowl Regional Competition in Wilmington, NC. What makes this team unique? The Dobyns-Bennett team is made up of four young ladies that set a great example of the importance of equipping girls in STEAM curriculum to develop a diverse workforce.
Clemson Engineers for Developing Countries
Clemson Engineers for Developing Countries (CEDC) is a student-led service learning initiative from Clemson University that works with local communities in rural Haiti to develop engineering solutions that improve quality of life. Eastman is proud to partner with this organization, both through financial support and by sharing employee expertise as mentors to CEDC students.
The Eastman Foundation is offering a matching gift opportunity for our partnership with CEDC in 2016. Help Eastman and CEDC create viable and meaningful change:
Volunteering in the classroom
Through our GEM4STEAM program (Growing Educational Mentors for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics), Eastman team members are encouraged to volunteer 40 hours per calendar year in the school systems. These mentors facilitate learning for students through tutoring, counseling, substitute teaching, laboratory demonstrations, classroom presentations and academic competitions.