Volunteers Plant 300 Trees at Environmental Complex

When talented, young Dow employees from around the world assembled in Texas recently to train, network, and otherwise grow their careers, they left behind a growing legacy to their time spent in the Lone Star State.

More than 200 employee volunteers spent a Saturday morning at John Hargrove Environmental Complex in Pearland, Texas, planting more than 300 trees and improving the aesthetics at the 30-acre complex, which includes a recycling center, wastewater treatment plant, two miles of walking trails and a soon-to-open nature education center.

“The volunteers were able to accomplish so much in just a few short hours,” said Andrew Miller, executive director of Keep Pearland Beautiful. “The impact these volunteers made will benefit our community for decades.”

The work done at Pearland was one of more than 30 Keep America Beautiful projects scheduled for 2016 that will harness the efforts of more than 1,000 Dow volunteers. This is Dow’s ninth year as a national sponsor for the Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup, the nation’s largest community improvement program.

As a national sponsor, Dow seeks to continually expand both the breadth and reach of Great American Cleanup initiatives through increased employee volunteerism and continued growth in community involvement. Dow sites across the U.S. collaborate with local organizations and volunteers in cleanup, recycling, beautification, and education initiatives to improve their communities through sustainable solutions for a cleaner and greener tomorrow.

So it was only natural that a Keep America Beautiful project became part of the experience for employees gathering in Texas as part of Dow’s Propel to Excel talent development program. Propel to Excel provides people in their first few years of employment an opportunity to understand Dow culture, including a commitment to community well-being, by enabling economic development, sustainability, and education leading to socially healthy and resilient communities.