Astronaut, Portland High School Students Team Up at Workshop To Solve Local Environmental Problems

  Astronaut, Portland High School Students Team Up at Workshop To Solve Local
  Environmental Problems

Bayer Corporation-Sponsored Event Part of Portland World Environment Day Youth
Programs

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- June 5, 2013

Dr. Mae Jemison, astronaut, educator and environmental sustainability advocate
led teams of Portland Public Schools high school students during an
experiential, hands-on workshop entitled, “Food, Water and the Environment:
What’s the Connection?” today at Roosevelt High School.

For the sixth year in a row, Bayer has been the official sponsor of the North
American World Environment Day (WED) youth activities, including the workshop.
More than 70 Portland ninth, 10^th, 11^th and 12^th-graders from Roosevelt,
Jefferson, Grant and Lincoln High Schools participated in the workshop.
Portland was named earlier this year by the United Nations Environment
Programme (UNEP) as the official 2013 North American WED host city.

Based on Dr. Jemison’s The Earth We Share™ experiential  curriculum, the
students learned the vital importance water plays in our everyday lives and
how to decrease the amount of food we waste daily. The students tackled an
array of key local and regional environmental challenges and discovered the
critical interplay between food, water and biodiversity, energy, health,
recreation, the economy, education and urban living. As they developed
solutions to address these challenges, the students consulted with experts
from Bayer, UNEP, Nike, InFocus, City of Portland’s Bureau of Environmental
Services and other Portland-based industry, education, environment, regional
government and non-governmental organizations.

"As UNEP’s longtime partner, Bayer is once again very proud and honored to
bring Dr. Jemison and her engaging and environmental literacy building
workshop to Portland high school students as part of World Environment Day
celebrations,” said Lauren Trocano, Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility,
Bayer Corporation. “We understand that to achieve a truly sustainable world we
must begin by educating today's youth early on about their role in protecting
the planet and its various ecosystems and that is what the workshop is all
about.”

“This year’s WED theme of ‘Reducing your foodprint,’ is designed to introduce
students to the impact their food choices have on the environment, and we hope
that the knowledge they acquire will empower them to make informed decisions
in their own lives,” added Amy Fraenkel, Director of UNEP’s Regional Office
for North America. “By making students aware of these kinds of environmental
challenges through workshops like Dr. Jemison’s, we are giving them the
information and the tools they will need to address these challenges as
tomorrow’s leaders.”

“Understanding of the environment is a key component of science literacy. And
fundamental to building science literacy skills is engaging students in
observation, inquiry, and critical thinking. And this workshop, just like all
of the science education projects Bayer and Iwork on promotes this hands-on
approach," said Jemison, who also serves as national spokesperson for Bayer's
Making Science Make Sense® program. “As they work to discover solutions, the
students learn about and address problems faced by communities in our country
and around the world - food and water waste that drains natural resources and
are major contributors to negative, unsustainable impacts on all aspects of
everyday life, from hygiene and health to agriculture, transportation,
recreation and energy.”

International Children’s Painting Competition Exhibition Opens

In addition to the workshop, Bayer and UNEP are sponsoring the sixth annual
North American exhibition of the International Children’s Painting Competition
on the Environment which opened today and is free to the public.

Held at Portland State University’s Native American Student and Community
Center, the 50-piece exhibition features the top North American and Portland
winners’ artwork. The paintings were selected from 708 submissions received
from students in 17 U.S. states and the District of Columbia and three
Canadian provinces.

The exhibition will run from June 5 through October 31, 2013.

The Earth We Share™ is a trademark of The Dorothy Jemison Foundation for
Excellence.

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About Bayer Corporation and Making Science Make Sense®

Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health
care, agriculture and high-tech materials. As an inventor company, it sets
trends in research-intensive areas. Bayer’s products and services are designed
to benefit people and improve the quality of life. At the same time, the Group
aims to create value through innovation, growth and high earning power. Bayer
is committed to the principles of sustainable development and acts as a
socially and ethically responsible corporate citizen. In fiscal 2012, the
Group employed 110,500 people and had sales of €39.8 billion. In North
America, Bayer had 2012 net sales of €9,576 million ($12,257 million) and
employed 15,300 at year-end. For more information, go to www.bayerus.com.

Making Science Make Sense® (MSMS) is Bayer’s company-wide initiative that
advances science literacy through hands-on, inquiry-based science education,
employee volunteerism and a public education campaign. Currently, 12 Bayer
sites around the U.S. operate local MSMS programs, which together represent a
national volunteer corps of more than 1,000 employees.

About the United Nations Environment Programme and World Environment Day

Established in 1972 following the United Nation’s Conference on the Human
Environment, UNEP’s mission is to provide leadership and encourage partnership
in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations
and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of
future generations. World Environment Day is one of the principal vehicles
through which the United Nations stimulates world-wide awareness of the
environment and enhances political attention and action. With thousands of
events in the six UNEP regions, World Environment Day is considered the
largest environmental event of its kind.

About the UNEP Regional Office for North America

The mission of UNEP's Regional Office for North America (RONA), which is
located in Washington, D.C. and comprises Canada and the United States, is: to
build support in the region for UNEP's work; to promote effective responses to
international environmental challenges; and to foster cooperation on
environmental issues between North America and the broader international
community. To achieve this mission, RONA’s strategy is to promote
collaboration between UNEP and all sectors of North American society,
including U.S. and Canadian governmental institutions, the private sector and
civil society groups, and to provide UNEP with North American perspectives.
For more information on UNEP RONA, go to: www.unep.org/rona.

About Bayer and UNEP

Bayer AG is the first company in the world to forge a long-term partnership
with UNEP in the area of youth and environment. The partners first began
cooperating on youth environmental projects in Asia in the late 1990s. In
2004, Bayer and UNEP signed a framework agreement to globalize this
partnership. The partners have jointly organized a dozen environmental
projects for young people around the world, including the TUNZA International
Youth and Children’s Conference, regional youth networks, the Bayer Young
Environmental Envoy Program, the International Children’s Painting
Competition, the photo competition Ecology in Focus in Eastern Europe and
TUNZA Magazine. In addition, Bayer Corporation in the United States supports
UNEP’s World Environment Day activities in North America. Further information
on the partnership between UNEP and Bayer is available on the Internet at:
www.unep.bayer.com.

About the Dorothy Jemison Foundation for Excellence (DJF)

DJF, a non-profit 501(c)3 foundation, emphasizes building critical thinking
skills, experiential teaching methods, science literacy, and integrated
approaches to learning and individual responsibility in achieving excellence.
DJF programs include; TEWS residential and day camps (that have been held
throughout the U.S., Europe, and Africa), Women of Color in Flight, and
Reality Leads Fantasy celebrations. Its premier program, The Earth We Share
(TEWS) international science camp seeks to increase middle school and
secondary school student’s science literacy and problem solving skills, build
knowledge of the impact of science, mathematics and technology on society,
increase understanding of societal and environmental impact on science
endeavors, and enhance teacher skills in experiential education. DJF is
currently working with Los Angeles Unified School District and NASA on
TEWS-Space Race to train over 300 teachers and impact up to 6000 students in
science literacy. DJF was named after and based on the teachings of Dr. Mae
Jemison’s mother, Mrs. Dorothy Jemison, a teacher in the Chicago Public
Schools for over 25 years. For more information, please go to:
www.tews-spacerace.org.

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known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors could lead to
material differences between the actual future results, financial situation,
development or performance of the company and the estimates given here. These
factors include those discussed in Bayer’s public reports which are available
on the Bayer website at www.bayer.com. The company assumes no liability
whatsoever to update these forward-looking statements or to conform  them to
future events or developments.

Contact:

Bayer Corporation
Lauren Trocano, 412-777-5200
lauren.trocano@bayer.com
 
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