Bloomberg 35: Restoring and preserving our environment for future generations

April 21, 2017

Our founder and CEO Mike Bloomberg has long been committed to protecting the environment as an investment in our communities, our children’s future and our business. That ethos is embodied by the thousands of Bloomberg employees who devote their time to causes that create a cleaner and healthier planet.

We celebrate Earth Day with this edition of Bloomberg 35 by featuring some of our environmental non-profit partners and our work together to renew and protect our planet for the future.

Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
It is estimated that up to 50% of the world’s plant species face extinction. Through seed collection, seed banking, discovery of new plant species, and science and conservation research and training, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney scientists are working towards global targets to preserve precious biodiversity and ensure our future.

This year, Bloomberg employees are volunteering with the Gardens’ Community Greening program across New South Wales. This initiative leverages the Gardens’ horticultural expertise to build sustainable, vegetable gardens as a way to revitalize communities of those in most need, including aboriginal groups and disadvantaged youths.

The communal gardens are in subsidized housing neighborhoods to inspire residents with a sense of achievement, belonging and connectedness, resulting in improved social unity and public health in these communities.

Bloomberg has supported the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust since 2008. This year, our employees are volunteering alongside local residents for the Community Greening projects, exchanging life stories and building communal gardens together.

Bloomberg has supported the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust since 2008. This year, our employees are volunteering alongside local residents for the Community Greening projects, exchanging life stories and building communal gardens together.

“I was drawn to the Royal Botanic Gardens because of how they empowered people with a sense of purpose and pride. Their work in reviving neglected outdoor spaces, especially in urban areas, brings people together. We worked side-by-side with the residents of the community we’re serving; it was so rewarding to get to know them and see their commitment in caring for the gardens.” – Andreea Papuc, Sydney News

Donguri No Kai
Nearly 70% of Japan’s land area is covered by forests, yet 80% of these forests are in need of urgent care. Donguri No Kai is an organization committed to protecting and restoring neglected forests throughout Japan, to preserve the natural wildlife in communities.

Bloomberg has supported Donguri No Kai since 2008. Our employees volunteer with friends and family to plant trees and seedlings in mountains across Japan, four times each year. This year, 145 employees have already taken up on this venture.

To celebrate Bloomberg’s 30th year in Japan, 100 employees and their families travelled to Mount Fuji, a World Heritage Site listed by UNESCO, to plant trees and restore the ecosystem of this culturally significant site.

To celebrate Bloomberg’s 30th year in Japan, 100 employees and their families travelled to Mount Fuji, a World Heritage Site listed by UNESCO, to plant trees and restore the ecosystem of this culturally significant site.

“I love that Donguri No Kai is dedicated to the health and preservation of neglected forests. They are doing something for the environment – not just for all of us, but for generations to come.” – Alex Goldhagen, Tokyo Information Systems

 

Clean Ocean Action
Litter and debris in beaches are detrimental to tourism and local economies, but also the marine wildlife and environment. Clean Ocean Action (COA) is a national and New York/New Jersey regional voice in protecting waterways through research, public education, law and citizen action.

Since 2011, Bloomberg has supported COA with more than 300 Bloomberg employees contributing over 1,500 volunteer hours. Employees have volunteered in 27 COA beach clean-ups at coastal locations throughout New York and New Jersey, cleaning beaches and recording data on the debris and litter removed.

Employees in our Global Data group took the volunteer partnership to another level. They utilized their data systems expertise to build a database for COA to better organize and manage all their beach debris data. We recently held a hackathon with Columbia University Data Science students to analyze and interpret trends in COA’s data.

Employees in our Global Data group took the volunteer partnership to another level. They utilized their data systems expertise to build a database for COA to better organize and manage all their beach debris data. We recently held a hackathon with Columbia University Data Science students to analyze and interpret trends in COA’s data.

“One of the most rewarding experiences from my involvement the past two years was presenting our team’s app development and data findings at COA’s Debris Free Sea Conference. I met COA beach cleanup volunteers from other organizations who shared how beneficial our COA data management work was for them – and for future COA volunteers.” – Michael Campellone, Bloomberg Intelligence, New York

Through Mike Bloomberg’s leadership, our company culture and the work of Bloomberg Philanthropies, we are proud of our collective integration of sustainability through our product, people and philanthropy. We recently released our eighth, Impact Report, highlighting our efforts in each of these areas to fight climate change by operating a responsible, sustainable business.


Bloomberg LP was founded 35 years ago and helped revolutionize the financial industry – making it more fair, efficient and dynamic – and that spirit carries through into our philanthropic work. Bloomberg 35 is a series to celebrate our company’s 35th anniversary, by spotlighting 35 non-profit partners throughout the year–as well as the people at Bloomberg who help these organizations reach their goals.