Canon U.S.A. Celebrates Earth Day 2006
Canon U.S.A. Management and Employees Come Together to Commemorate Earth Day
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., April 21, 2006 - Commemorating Earth Day 2006 and its commitment to a sustainable environment, Canon U.S.A, Inc., will host Earth Day festivities at its Long Island, N.Y., headquarters on Friday, April 21st.
The Canon Earth Day celebration will feature Yellowstone National Park and the Yellowstone Park Foundation (Eyes on Yellowstone is made possible by Canon - an educational and research proram), PBS NATURE series (supported by Canon U.S.A. since 1990), the Canon National Parks Science Scholars Program (the only program that encourages doctoral students to conduct innovative research on scientific problems critical to national parks) and Canon Envirothon (North America’s largest high school environmental education competition).
Organizations that will join Canon U.S.A. management and employees for Earth Day at the company’s headquarters include the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon Center in Oyster Bay, N.Y.; Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium in Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.; and Alley Pond Environmental Center in Douglaston, N.Y.; and the National Environmental Education and Training Foundation (NEETF), based in Washington, D.C.
Canon operations in Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Chicago and Jamesburg, N.J., among other locations, also will commemorate Earth Day with various activities during April.
The Earth Day celebration also will mark the beginning of a new season for the Canon Clean Earth Crew. Through this program, Canon employees volunteer their time for conservation efforts at parks, beaches and nature preserves in communities nationwide. On April 29th, for example, Canon U.S.A. Headquarters employees will be helping to prepare Old Bethpage Village Restoration, a historic 19th century Long Island village, for the spring and summer seasons by pruning trees and painting fencing.
Canon also supports the single largest environmental education event in U.S. history - the National Environmental Education Week, April 16th - 22nd. The weeklong learning event, sponsored by Canon U.S.A. and the NEETF, is expected to involve more than 100,000 teachers and nature educators and more than three million students at 50,000 schools, 400 universities, and zoos, aquariums and nature centers nationwide. Additional information can be found at: www.EEWeek.org.
In addition to the above mentioned programs, Canon participates in the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WasteWise, ENERGY STAR and SmartWays Transport Partnership programs.
Canon’s environmental conservation programs and its recycling and waste reduction programs have been developed in the spirit of the company’s philosophy of kyosei - all people, regardless of race, religion, or culture, harmoniously living and working together into the future.
About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc. delivers consumer, business-to-business, and industrial imaging solutions. The Company is listed as one of Fortune’s Most Admired Companies in America and is rated #35 on the BusinessWeek list of “Top 100 Brands.” Its parent company Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ) is a top patent holder of technology, ranking second overall in the U.S. in 2005, with global revenues of $31.8 billion. For more information, visit www.usa.canon.com.
About Canon U.S.A.’s Environmental Programs and Alliances
An educational and research program, Eyes on Yellowstone is made possible by Canon. Funding for the Yellowstone Park Foundation
(www.ypf.org) assists with the important scientific research and breaks new ground in conservation, endangered species protection and the application of cutting-edge science and technology that is essential to managing park wildlife and ecosystems. Canon technology also is used for education to increase public access to the wonder and magic of one of the most recognizable and popular parks in the world (www.windowsintowonderland.org) and to raise awareness about the importance of environmental protection and conservation.
Canon National Parks Science Scholars Program develops the next generation of scientists working in the fields of conservation, environmental science and park management. It is the first and only program of its kind to encourage doctoral students to conduct innovative research on scientific problems critical to national parks. Established in 1997, the program expanded in 2002 to include students and national parks throughout the Americas. These scientists will learn, discover, invent and create solutions to preserve the national parks in the 21st Century. The program is underwritten and supported by Canon U.S.A. Other collaborating organizations are the American Association for the Advancement of the Science (AAAS) and the National Park Service (USNPS). For more information: www.nature.nps.gov/canonscholarships.
Canon Envirothon is sponsored in partnership with the National Association of Conservation Districts, the U.S. Forest Service and other conservation agencies. Each year, more than 500,000 teenagers throughout North America embark on a year-long learning process that combines in-class curriculum with hands-on field experiences to demonstrate the role people have in important environmental issues. It promotes environmental education through the development of knowledgeable, skilled and dedicated citizens who are willing to work together toward achieving and maintaining a natural balance between the quality of life and the quality of the environment. For more information: www.envirothon.org.
Canon U.S.A. has provided corporate support for the NATURE series since 1990. Produced by Thirteen/WNET New York for PBS, NATURE is public television’s leading showcase for natural history and wildlife films and has won more than 300 honors from the television industry, parent groups, the international wildlife film community, and environmental organizations, including the first award given to a television program by the Sierra Club. This series has raised the environmental consciousness of millions of Americans by celebrating the beauty, diversity and value of the Earth’s species and habitats. For more information: www.pbs.org/wnet/nature.
Partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Canon has partnered with the EPA’s ENERGY STAR program for more than 10 years, designing and qualifying products that prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the federal government. Established in 1992 for energy efficient computers, the ENERGY STAR label has expanded to more than 40 product categories. Canon is one of the leading manufacturers of energy efficient office equipment, and has more than 400 ENERGY STAR-qualified products. Canon has received nine ENERGY STAR awards since 1996. For more information: www.energystar.gov.
WasteWise is a voluntary partnership launched in 1994 that helps organizations find practical methods to reduce municipal solid waste while decreasing impacts on global climate change. Canon has received four Program Champion Awards for implementing a comprehensive waste reduction program and establishing its toner cartridge return program for customers. For more information: www.epa.gov/wastewise.
SmartWay Transport Partnership was launched in 2003 as a voluntary partnership in the transportation industry, with leading freight-haulers, retailers and manufacturers reducing fuel consumption, reducing emissions that affect health and reducing greenhouse gas emissions that affect the environment. Canon is a CHARTER PARTNER. For more information: www.epa.gov/smartway.
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