Emery Oleochemicals Cincinnati kick starts its BioSwale project in conjunction with recent International Earth Day Celebrations

26 Apr 2012 - Gathering bright and early, about 50 team members and honored guests met alongside of the Mill Creek for Emery Oleochemical Cincinnati’s International Earth Day celebrations.

The day’s activities began with Dave Couchot, Director of Manufacturing, North America, welcome address to attendees in which he talked about the history of Earth Day and the importance of protecting the environment with projects such as the Bio-Swale.

Following Dave’s address, team members geared up for the planting of perennial flowers and shrubs; officially kicking off the company’s ‘Bio-Swale’ project. Located on the East Side of the plant, the bio-swale is a type of storm water filtration system that uses natural means, including vegetation and soil, to filter contaminants being conveyed in the water. The project is scheduled for completion sometime mid this year.

In encouraging participation and awareness amongst the young ones, a poster competition for the children of employees of Emery Oleochemicals Cincinnati was also organized. Children from Kindergarten – 12th Grade were asked to design posters that best demonstrated “What does recycling mean to me and what can I do to recycle or protect the environment?” A total of 13 entries were received in two categories (Kindergarten – 6th Grade and 7th Grade – 12th Grade). The winner of the 7th - 12th Grade group and overall winner of the iPad 2 was Chelsea Lawrence daughter of Melissa Lawrence. The winner of the Kindergarten - 6th Grade group and a $100 VISA gift card was Tatum Rogers, daughter of Craig Brabender. All other participants will be receiving a gift card to Graters.

The International Earth Day is celebrated in more than 175 countries every year, drawing the participation of more than 1 billion - making it the largest civic observance in the world.

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