Dell Opens Eco-Learning Center at Headquarters Campus to Celebrate Earth Day
*Facility will serve Dell team members, promote sustainable gardening and
teach healthy eating
*Dell uses tools on Causes.com to ask people to join company in taking
action for the planet; campaign could plant up to 30,000 trees with The
ROUND ROCK, Texas -- April 18, 2013
Dell today announced it is piloting a team member garden and sustainable
living facility on its global headquarters campus. The Dell Eco-Learning
Center, launched in conjunction with Earth Day 2013, will highlight
sustainable landscaping and food cultivation, and serve as a gathering place
for team member fitness activities and seminars on healthy eating.
The center will feature a dozen gardening beds to demonstrate concepts such as
using native flowers for landscaping, growing seasonal herbs and vegetables,
and composting. It will feature sustainable horticulture methods such as drip
irrigation and organic pest control. And team members will use a pavilion for
activities including gardening lectures or yoga classes.
The Dell Eco-Learning Center was championed by Central Texas team member
Jacque Barton, who last year won a “Powering the Possible” contest for the
project by demonstrating how it puts Dell expertise to work where it can do
good for people and the planet. The garden is part of a comprehensive wellness
program at Dell to promote team member health and designed to boost team
member well-being, and improve morale and productivity.
The center will join other environmentally conscious features at Dell’s Round
Rock headquarters. The campus is powered by 100 percent renewable electricity.
Earlier this year, Dell joined the U.S. Department of Energy’s Workplace
Charging Challenge, which seeks to increase the number of employers who offer
electric vehicle charging at work; at its Round Rock campus, Dell owns a
516-panel solar array that fuels its electric vehicle charging station.
Dell is also looking outside its own walls this Earth Day, using tools on
Causes.com and encouraging people to join the company in taking action for the
planet. For every person who pledges to make one small change to their daily
routine — by saving energy or reducing waste — Dell and The Conservation Fund
will reinforce the impact of their commitment by planting a tree in the Upper
Ouachita National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana. The refuge is home to the
threatened Louisiana black bear and other species. Dell and The Conservation
Fund will plant up to 30,000 trees, restoring habitat for wildlife, helping
mediate the effects of floodwaters, and contributing to cleaner air and water.
To learn more about Dell and environmental sustainability, visit
“We are proud of our team members acting around the world to build stronger
workplaces and more sustainable communities. We strive to minimize Dell’s own
environmental impact and to help our customers use technology in ways that
give them the power to do more, more sustainably. We’re excited to join many
others worldwide in taking action for the planet.”
Trisa Thompson, vice president of corporate responsibility, Dell
“As an avid organic gardener, I wanted to share the pleasure and passion I get
from my garden with my coworkers in the Dell community. My hope in creating
this corporate garden and Eco-Learning Center is to invest in the knowledge,
education and diversity of the Central Texas team members by providing
hands-on experience in growing healthy organic soil, nutritious vegetables and
Jacque Barton, services solution architect, Dell
“Every day we learn about the impacts of deforestation in the Amazon or
Indonesia, but it’s felt in the United States, too. We’ve lost more than 24
million acres of healthy forestland across the Gulf Coast. It’s time to turn
that trend around. Thanks to Dell, Causes.com, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service — and the tens of thousands of individuals who support our work to
protect and restore our planet’s forests — we can use technology for good to
deliver real, measurable results on the ground.”
Larry Selzer, president and CEO, The Conservation Fund
Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL) listens to customers and delivers innovative
technology and services that give them the power to do more. Powering the
Possible is Dell’s commitment to put technology and expertise to work where it
can do the most good for people and the planet. Dell is committed to
minimizing the environmental impact of its business operations and creating
new possibilities for its customers to reduce their environmental impact as
well. Learn more at www.dell.com/environment or follow @dell4good.
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Jenny Robertson, 512-728-3575
WPP Team Dell
Jennifer Faulk, 512-691-0446
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