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Bayer Awards Making Science Make Sense Grant to Girl Scouts

Company Brings Global U.N. Environment Initiative to Northern New Jersey, Planting Trees and Providing Free Environmental Education Activities

MORRISTOWN, N.J., Nov. 18, 2007 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Reaffirming its commitment to sustainability and social responsibility, today Bayer employee-volunteers and Girl Scouts from troops in Washington Township and Parsippany rolled up their sleeves, grabbed their spades and planted 10 trees at Lake Rickabear, owned and operated by Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey, as the company announced that it has awarded a new $19,000 Making Science Make Sense(R) (MSMS) grant to the Girl Scouts and that it has joined the United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) Plant for the Planet: The Billion Tree Campaign.

The MSMS grant to the Girl Scouts will underwrite three 2008 "Super Science Fun Days," aimed at increasing girls' self-confidence in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. The special daylong workshops are designed to develop critical thinking skills through hands-on experiences, like creating a catapult or hovercraft, exploring the world of fiber optics and optical illusions, or studying their own DNA.

In addition, through its local MSMS program, Bayer is providing free environmental education CDs to the Girl Scouts. The CDs feature fun facts about trees and the environment, hands-on science activities and several MSMS audio series segments, like "Why do leaves change colors?" and "Why do pruned trees grow fuller?"

The tree planting and environmental education materials distribution also marks Bayer's local commitment to the company's global pledge to the United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) Plant for the Planet: The Billion Tree Campaign, which strives to combat climate change by encouraging individuals and organizations to plant at least one billion trees around the world by the end of 2007. Earlier this spring, Bayer AG in Germany pledged to help plant trees in Nairobi and Bayer Corporation in the United States pledged $100,000 from the Bayer Foundation to the National Arbor Day Foundation to help plant 100,000 trees in an effort to reforest America's national parks damaged by fire, drought, disease and disaster.

"Making Science Make Sense is about providing students with the kind of quality experiential science education that builds science literacy," said Eric First, Health of Global Technology and Innovation, Bayer Consumer Care. "With our new Girl Scout partnership locally and the Billion Tree Campaign globally, we at Bayer are able to help these girls make the connection between science literacy and climate, while reinforcing the notion that everyone has a responsibility when it comes to environmental protection -- from the largest companies like Bayer that are working to develop innovative and environmentally sound products and practices, to private citizens who can help by carpooling, shutting off light switches, and in this case, planting trees."

The impact of trees on climate is well documented. For example, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, one acre of forest absorbs six tons of carbon dioxide and puts out four tons of oxygen, enough to meet the annual needs of 18 people. In addition, the net cooling effect of a young, healthy tree is equivalent to 10 room-size air conditioners operating 20 hours a day.

"Trees are vital to a healthy community, and planting trees today not only helps us leave a legacy for future generations of Girl Scouts, but helps us meet our mission of making the world a better place by empowering today's Girl Scouts with the STEM knowledge and skills necessary to change it," said Mary-Ann Lewis, Outdoor Program Director for Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey. "For this, we are extremely grateful to Bayer and its strong support of our Super Science Fun Day."

Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey, the largest council in New Jersey, serving 37,462 girls ages 5-17 in 160 municipalities including all of Bergen, Morris, Passaic, and Sussex Counties and the northern half of Warren County, offers many programs to foster a love of math, science and technology. By participating in this tree planting, girls will learn about the importance of stewardship for the land and the role trees play in conservation and preservation.

About Making Science Make Sense in Morristown

Making Science Make Sense (MSMS) is a company-wide initiative designed to advance science literacy through hands-on, inquiry-based science learning, employee volunteerism and public education. The Bayer Consumer Care site in Morristown, NJ is one of 12 company locations throughout the country that offer local MSMS programs, which together feature a national volunteer corps of more than 1,000 employees.

Over the past several years, Bayer Consumer Care scientists have worked side by side with teachers in school districts including Dover, Cedar Knolls, Chester, Hanover, Morristown, Roxbury and Whippany. In 2006, more than 250 third graders at North Dover Elementary School and Academy Elementary School in Dover, N.J. put their science textbooks aside for a special hands-on lesson in mixing and solutions from MSMS volunteers. When they are not conducting experiments in the classroom, Bayer volunteers serve as judges at school science fairs and speak at Career Day events.

With a strong commitment to science education, Bayer Consumer Care has also sponsored the Morris Museum's Outreach Program since 2000. This program brings science, history and art programs to students across NJ to children who are unable to attend the Museum. The museum's outreach educator engages children in discussion, easy-to-handle objects and activities that support classroom science curriculums. For the past five years, Bayer has also sponsored the Morris Museum's Portable Planetarium program, which travels to almost 100 schools in Northern and Central New Jersey throughout the school year.

About Bayer Corporation

Bayer Corporation, headquartered in Pittsburgh, is a subsidiary of Bayer AG, an international health care, nutrition and innovative materials group based in Leverkusen, Germany. In North America, Bayer had 2006 net sales of 7.8 billion euros and employed 17,200 at year end. Bayer's three subgroups, Bayer HealthCare, Bayer CropScience and Bayer MaterialScience, improve people's lives through a broad range of essential products that help diagnose, prevent and treat diseases; protect crops and enhance yields; and advance automobile safety and durability. To download Bayer's Sustainable Development Report, visit

About United Nations Environment Programme

Established in 1972 following the United Nation's Conference on the Human Environment, UNEP's mission is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.

About Bayer and UNEP

Bayer Corporation's joining the Billion Tree Campaign in the United States is part of the company's global commitment to environmental protection, the Billion Tree Campaign and UNEP.

Bayer AG is the first company in the world to forge a long-term partnership with UNEP in the area of youth and environment. The partners first began cooperating on youth environmental projects in Asia in the late 1990s. In 2004, Bayer and UNEP signed a framework agreement to globalize this partnership, which, in August this year, was extended by another three years. The partners have jointly organized a dozen environmental projects for young people around the world, including the TUNZA International Youth Conference, the Young Environmental Envoys Program, Eco-Minds Youth Environmental Forum and the International Children's Painting Competition held in conjunction with World Environment Day. Bayer Corporation in the United States supports UNEP's World Environment Day activities in North America. Further information on the partnership between UNEP and Bayer is available on the Internet at:

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