Submitted by: Phil Riebel 08/15/2012
Sappi engages local communities on sustainability.
August 8, 2012
Sappi Fine Paper North America today announced it will be hosting the first annual 2012 Green Community Day, a fun, informative and activity-packed day held on August 11, 2012 at the Sappi Westbrook paper mill. Aimed at educating local residents on how they can positively impact the environment, Sappi's Green Community Day will invite the community to participate in hands-on activities and interactive displays for the entire family.
Who: Sappi Fine Paper North America, Westbrook and the surrounding communities What: 2012 Sappi Fine Paper Green Community Day When: Saturday, August 11, 2012 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Where: Sappi's Westbrook Paper Mill 300 Warren Street Westbrook, ME 04092
*Please note, free parking for the event is available across the street by the Sappi Technology Center
"As a manufacturing company, it's important for Sappi to constantly be thinking about ways we can minimize our impact on the environment," says Laura Thompson, Ph.D., Director of Technical Marketing and Sustainable Development, Sappi Fine Paper North America. "We also recognize that our sphere of influence extends beyond our mill gates - with suppliers and customers across the supply chain - and within our local communities. With this event, and thanks to the collaboration of our co-sponsors, we are hoping to share our knowledge and help educate the community on sustainable practices, large and small, that everyone can implement into their everyday lives."
2012 Green Community Day Highlights
Event Stations Description Sponsor
Recycling Shredfest Confidential Bring your waste paper for free confidential shredding of your documents. Casella (Pine Tree Waste) Sneaker Recycling Bring in your old sneakers to have them recycled into running tracks. The Scarborough High School ECOS Club and Nike Electronics Recycling Education Learn what everyone should know about end-of-life electronics. eWaste Alternatives
Education Kid's Bike Rodeo Learn the "Rules of the Road" in a fun, safe, informative environment. Kids must bring their own bicycles, helmets, and a parent to sign a waiver. The Bicycle Coalition of Maine Tree Seedlings See how important trees are to the environment and plant your own to make a difference. Sappi Forestry Bone Marrow Registry Learn about bone marrow donation and how you can help save a life. DKMS ME Chip Take advantage of this comprehensive child identification and protection tool. The Grand Lodge of Maine Stream Management Understand the effect a stream's course can have on stream flow, waterfalls and pools by reconfiguring a model stream with miniature trucks. Sustainable Forestry Initiative
Arts & Crafts Paper Making and Crafts Find out how paper is made, and make your own bookmarks and other crafts. Sappi Fine Paper North America Bird House Building Learn how to build a bird house for your feathered friends. Lowe's Make Recycled Paper Beads Turn unwanted paper into fun fashion accessories. The Girl Scouts
Food Human Powered Milkshakes Make your own milkshakes using a human powered bicycle milkshake machine. The Community Bike Center Food Vendors Buy lunch and a percentage of the proceeds will be donated to The Center for Grieving Children. Panera Bread, Hoggy's Market, and North East Ice Cream in conjunction with The Center for Grieving Children and Kohl's
Safety Smoke House and Ladder Truck Discover how quickly a room can fill with smoke and practice crawling out to safety in this demonstration with local firefighters. Westbrook Fire Department
Additional activities include face painting, technology demonstrations, wildlife information, and volunteer opportunities. Free recycling facilities will be available on-site to help keep personal documents, CD's, used sneakers, eyeglasses and other electronics out of the waste stream and turn them around to be reused or recycled.
Attendees can also enter to win raffle prizes and giveaways including VISA gift cards the day of the event. Collect raffle tickets at vendor and informational booths, which will be drawn at 1:30 p.m.
Admission to the 2012 Green Community Day is free and open to the public with one non-perishable food item. All food collected will be directly donated to local food pantries.
Co-sponsors for the Sappi Green Community Day include: Casella (Pine Tree Waste), Hannaford Supermarkets, Poland Spring Water, Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse, Hoggy's Market and Panera Bread.
Our employees at Westbrook Mill, South Portland, and The Technology Center have been actively involved in organizing this event and look forward to the surrounding communities to join them and enjoy the day. Please visit www.sappigreencommunityday.com for more information.
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About Sappi Fine Paper North America
Sappi Fine Paper North America, known for innovation and quality, is a preeminent North American producer of coated fine and release papers and market pulp headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. Its coated fine papers, with highly recognized brand names such as McCoy, Opus, Somerset and Flo, are used in premium magazines, catalogs, books and high-end print advertising. The company is also the world's leading supplier of release papers for the automotive, fashion and engineered films industries, including the globally recognized Ultracast brand. Sappi's release papers provide the surface aesthetics for synthetic fabrics used in footwear, clothing, upholstery and accessories, as well as the textures for decorative laminates found in kitchens, baths, flooring and other decorative surfaces. An integrated pulp and paper producer, with state-of-the-art pulp mills, Sappi is the third largest seller of hardwood pulp in North America.
Sappi Fine Paper North America is a subsidiary of Sappi Limited, a global company headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, with manufacturing operations on four continents in eight countries, sales offices in 35 countries, and customers in over 100 countries around the world. For more information, visit: www.sappi.com/na .
Source: Sappi Fine Paper North America
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