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Bayer Plants Trees With Chartiers Valley Intermediate School Students, Provides Free Environmental Education Materials
Date:11/12/2007

Company Brings Global U.N. Environmental Initiative to Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Reaffirming its commitment to sustainability and social responsibility, today Bayer employee-volunteers and Chartiers Valley Intermediate School third-graders rolled up their sleeves, grabbed their spades and planted trees on the school's campus, as the company announced that it has joined the United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) Plant for the Planet: The Billion Tree Campaign.

This announcement by Bayer marks the local commitment to the company's global pledge to UNEP's 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. Also, 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.

In addition, through its local Making Science Make Sense(R) (MSMS) program, Bayer is providing free environmental education CDs to Chartiers Valley Intermediate School students and teachers. 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?"

"Making Science Make Sense is about providing students with the kind of quality hands-on, inquiry-based science education that builds science literacy," said Dr. Attila Molnar, President and CEO, Bayer Corporation. "With the Billion Tree Campaign, we at Bayer are able to help students 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
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