As a responsible local neighbor and a global company committed to sustainability, Eastman is committed to conserve and protect natural resources, including wildlife habitats.
Land in or adjacent to protected areas
As part of Eastman’s risk assessment and evaluation process for new facilities, consideration is given to the potential impacts to the existence of local and regional sensitivities such as wetlands and wildlife habitat.
Examples of Eastman’s sponsorships of local ecosystems include:
- Balok River Adoption Program, Kuantan Malaysia
- Our facility at Newport, South Wales, leases Gwent Wildlife Trust 31 hectares of fields to manage as a Nature Reserve, known as Great Traston Meadows.
- Eastman Foundation supports The Nature Conservancy. The funds that Eastman Foundation has donated help fund The Nature Conservancy’s acquisition of a preserve in Shady Valley, Tennessee, which supports at least 26 rare plants and animals.
Eastman is not aware of any significant impacts on biodiversity in 2021. Since the 1960s, Eastman has partnered with the Academy of Natural Sciences to study the rivers upstream and downstream of our major United States manufacturing sites, Two of the most extensive of these river studies are focused around the Kingsport, Tennessee and Longview, Texas sites. The Academy conducted a Sabine River study in 2015 and is scheduled to complete a Holston River study in 2018.
Habitats protected or restored
At Eastman, we understand our activities, products and services can have an impact on biodiversity. So we’re always engaged, looking for ways to partner with our communities, industry and organizations to put programs in place that ensure we protect, preserve and restore the natural habitats that surround us.
Kingsport, Tennessee Headquarters
Conservation Camp — Keep Kingsport Beautiful: Hosted on the Eastman Campus, local 4th grade students had the opportunity to participate in learning activities that increased awareness around environmental issues.
New Green Spaces: in 2022, Eastman planted over 200 trees to serve both as a visual screen for our near neighbors as well as a new habitat for increased biodiversity. The species of trees were selected specifically for their ability to host a range of butterfly and moth caterpillars. In addition, the corporate campus has begun two pollinator gardens within its landscape.
Holston River Study: On a regular basis since the 1960s, Eastman has commissioned the world-renowned, Philadelphia-based Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University to study the rivers upstream and downstream of our major United States manufacturing sites, to ensure that our operations are not negatively impacting the environment. Two of the most extensive of these river studies are focused around the Kingsport, Tennessee, and Longview, Texas, sites.
Longview, Texas Nature Center: our Texas Operations Nature Center is recognized as a Conservation Certification Silver site through the Wildlife Habitat Council, for a long-standing environmental education program that provides sitebased outdoor classrooms, a demonstration forest, stream, observation beehive and an amphitheater.
Newport, South Wales Gwent Wildlife Trust: our facility at Newport, South Wales, leases Gwent Wildlife Trust 31 hectares of fields to manage as a Nature Reserve, known as Great Traston Meadows. The trust is a charity dedicated to nurturing and restoring wildlife and is part of a network of wildlife trusts across the United Kingdom.
Operation Clean Sweep® Blue Program. Eastman has enhanced our internal reporting to better capture data associated with pellet, flake and powder containment loss. We are pleased to report that there have been no reportable plastic pellet losses to the environment outside company-operated facilities since our baseline year of 2021.
Eastman strategies and plans related to biodiversity
As a responsible local neighbor and a global company committed to sustainability, Eastman is committed to conserve and protect natural resources. We will continue to work through partnerships with groups such as The Nature Conservancy, Gwent Wildlife Trust, Academy of Natural Sciences, Wildlife Habitat Council, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and other groups who share our drive and commitment to preserve and protect natural resources.