Partnership enables 1,500 urban teens to work in green jobs and connect with nature
Washington, DC (PRWEB) July 02, 2012 -- More than 1,500 urban teens will work in paid green jobs and connect with nature this summer thanks in part to a renewed partnership between the Student Conservation Association (SCA) and Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA).
SCA President Dale Penny today announced a two-year $250,000 agreement under which Nestlé Waters will support conservation employment programs in D.C and 20 cities across the U.S. The initiatives will provide diverse participants with a paycheck and career skills while they make improvements to improve local parks.
“Nestlé Waters’ commitment to sustainability and focus on community make this a model partnership,” Penny states. “Together, we’re providing teens with opportunity and protecting our natural resources to ensure a better future for all.”
SCA, commemorating 55 years as a national leader in youth service and stewardship, pioneered community-based conservation programs to engage underrepresented constituencies in the outdoors, create a more inclusive conservation workforce, and ensure all American citizens experience their public lands. Heidi Paul, Nestlé Waters’ Vice President of Corporate Affairs, notes the organizations share a great deal of common ground.
“Like Nestlé Waters, SCA is a strong advocate for sustainable communities and healthy, active youth,” Paul says. “That makes this a powerful partnership. We are proud to support the next generation of conservation leaders and an organization that is dedicated to their stewardship.”
In addition to investing in SCA programs, Nestlé Waters North America employee volunteers will join with SCA’s young conservation leaders to make improvements to Coyote Point Recreation Area in San Mateo in a joint community service project on Saturday, July 21st.
About Nestlé Waters North America’s Corporate Citizenship
Nestlé Waters North America is built on the premise that success lies in being a responsible leader by creating value for consumers, communities, employees and other key stakeholders. We describe this as Creating Shared Value – a fundamental way of doing business. Our Corporate Citizenship goals in the areas of water, sustainability and community are pursued within a framework of Creating Shared Value.
About Nestlé Waters North America
With 36-years of experience with healthful hydration in the bottled water segment, Nestlé Waters produces six regional spring water brands in the U.S., distributes three international bottled water brands and produces NESTLÉ® PURE LIFE®, its nationally distributed purified bottled water. Sales for Nestlé Waters North America topped $4 billion in 2011. The company's dedication to quality, employee development, seeking to bring shared value to communities, and its commitments to environmental stewardship, especially in the areas of water use, energy and packaging, has led Nestlé Waters to the number one bottled water position in the U.S.
About the Student Conservation Association
The Student Conservation Association SCA is the only national organization that develops tomorrow's conservation leaders by providing high school and college students with service opportunities in all 50 states, from urban communities to national parks and forests. Since 1957, SCA’s hands-on practice of conservation service has helped to develop a new generation of conservation leaders, inspire lifelong stewardship, and save the planet. SCA is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, DC with offices in Boise, ID, Charlestown, NH, Oakland, CA, Pittsburgh, PA, and Seattle, WA. For further information, visit http://www.thesca.org