Understanding the ocean that connects our world
Unlike the weather we experience every day, Earth’s climate changes relatively slowly, varying from year to year and over centuries and millennia. The ocean plays a major role in the longer-term changes in the climate system and changing patterns of ocean circulation set up much of the regional variability in climate observed on land.
The inherent complexity of Earth’s changing climate occurring over short-and-long time frames and affecting various regions of the globe differently presents formidable challenges to understanding the future of the planet. Eastman is supporting Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) in developing innovative ways to observe and measure ocean processes. These new instruments will allow scientists to collect data in new places and to deeper depths as they strive to understand the ocean's role in our climate and investigate how our changing planet affects ocean life and water systems.
Bringing ocean science to the classroom
Through our ongoing partnership with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Dobyns-Bennett High School in Kingsport, Tennessee, the company’s global headquarters location, students are being challenged to apply cross-disciplinary learnings to real-world issues and problems in a unique capstone course focused on ocean processes.
By interacting with some of the world’s top ocean scientists on active research projects, students are exposed to experiences that will give them a competitive advantage while continuing their education and entering the workforce. Exposure to a capstone course in ocean processes is a unique experience for students, and Dobyns-Bennett is one of only a few select high schools in the United States offering such a program.
The school also entered its first competitive team in the National Ocean Sciences Bowl — Regional Blue Heron Bowl in Wilmington, North Carolina. The all-female team finished in the top 5 out of 14 teams, competing against North Carolina’s top performing high schools in math and science.
Room to Read
Room to Read, a global nonprofit organization, envisions a world in which all children can pursue a quality education, reach their full potential and contribute to their communities and the world. Eastman shares that same philosophy. In 2016, we began supporting five school libraries in India — Delhi (2), Maharashtra (2), and Telangana (1). The libraries provide a child-friendly learning environment that enables children to develop the skills and habits of reading early in life,encouraging them to become life-long, independent, readers.
Room to Read’s involvement includes ensuring the school has a quality library with books in the children’s local language, as well as teachers/ librarians who are trained in the best practices of library management. Ensuring that families, communities, and governments are all engaged in the transformation of the school and committed to its success is fundamental to the program.
Living better locally
In partnership with Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD), Eastman supports and promotes improved access to healthy, garden-grown foods and sustainable agriculture and forestry in the region of our corporate headquarters.
With numerous programs in place, ASD empowers and educates multiple generations of community members and provides tools needed to fight poverty, revitalize communities, and protect natural resources. This includes a rural food hub, called Appalachian Harvest, that connects farmers to large wholesale markets and distributes local produce from Maryland to Georgia.
On an introductory basis we are beginning to identify areas where our strategic priorities align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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