Dow's commitment to the protection of people and the environment is the common thread that runs through everything we do. From habitat conservation projects to wildlife protection to recycling, Texas Operations demonstrates this commitment in many ways:
Dow and The Nature Conservancy
Working Together to Value Nature
The collaboration between Dow and The Nature Conservancy demonstrates that protecting nature can be both a global business strategy and a company priority. By combining our resources and expertise, we are integrating the value of nature into Dow's business decision-making.
Dow Texas Operations in Freeport has been named the first pilot site this ground-breaking initiative.
Scientists, engineers, and economists from both organizations are working together to analyze the various services that nature provides to our operations and the community. Those ecosystem services include water, land, air, oceans and a variety of plant and animal life. The work involves validating tools and models that can assign a value to these services in order to support Dow's decision-making when it comes to designing, constructing and operating its manufacturing sites. Results from this collaboration will be peer-reviewed and published for the benefit of other companies and the scientific and economic communities.
Keep Texas Beautiful Award
In early 2012, Dow Texas Operations was very proud to be named the winner of the Ebby Halliday & Maurice Acers Business/Industry, National award from Keep Texas Beautiful. It recognizes businesses with sound environmental principles supporting the Keep Texas Beautiful mission - to make Texas the cleanest, most beautiful state in the nation. A full list of winners and award descriptions, as well as information about the conference can be found at www.ktb.org.
Black Skimmer Open House
On one day each year, Dow Texas Operations opens the gate to its facility to enable community members to have the rare opportunity of viewing one of the largest nesting colonies of black skimmers on the U.S. Gulf Coast. The skimmers, who now number in the hundreds, have been using the oyster shell parking lot in the heart of the manufacturing plant since the 1960s. This year's Black Skimmer Open House will be held June 23, 2012 from 9 a.m. to noon. Anyone interested in attending should arrive at the Dow A-41 Gate located on FM 523, approximately one mile south of the intersection of Highway 332 and FM 523. A bus will shuttle visitors to the location of the colony. For more information about the Dow Black Skimmer Open House, visitors can contact Gabriella Cone at 979-238-4159.
Texas Operations Wildlife Support Team
Dow employees with an interest in nature work on various environmental projects both on and off site to improve local habitat and support biodiversity. This includes hosting an annual open house for the public to view a colony of black skimmers that resides on-site, participating in regular clean-up activities at a local nature preserve and providing suggestions for wildlife management on site.
Each year, Dow employees and their families contribute their time as volunteers to help with the Coastal Expo. This free, all-ages event at the annual Freeport Fishin' Fiesta event teaches children and adults about coastal ecosystems and environmental conservation. The volunteers help visitors see and touch various sea creatures, view a glass-bottom stream, solve a mysterious fish kill, learn what washes up on the Texas coast, fish for live catfish and more.
Texas Trash Off
As part of its sponsorship of Keep America Beautiful, Dow Texas Operations provides funding and volunteers for several annual city-wide clean-up events in the Brazosport area. From tree-planting to trash removal, Dow employees work hard to help their communities be more sustainable and beautiful.
E-Waste Recycling Day
As part of Texas Recycles Day, Dow Texas Operations sponsored a household electronics recycling event which resulted in more than 50,000 pounds of electronic waste (televisions, computers, printers, cell phones, etc.) being brought in for proper recycling and disposal. Not only does this save space in landfills, but it also prevents these items from being dumped into local waterways, ditches and fields. Dow volunteers help out by unloading and cataloging the items.
Spring and Fall Beach Clean ups
Dow Texas Operations employees have volunteered for many years to keep our local beaches clean, which is a great expression of environmental stewardship in the community. Since the first Adopt-a-Beach Cleanup in 1986, volunteers have picked up more than 7,500 tons of trash from our Texas beaches, statewide.
Sea Center Texas
Dow Texas Operations is one of the founding members of Sea Center Texas – one of Texas' most success fish hatcheries and environmental education centers. In addition to providing Sea Center with a continual supply of water for their aquariums and fish hatchery Dow also provides mature brood fish for its operations. Many of the popular aquarium's volunteers are Dow retirees or employees. The Sea Center Texas is open to the public, free of charge, and in 2011 they celebrated their one millionth visitor.
Wildlife Habitat Certification
In 2011 Dow Texas Operations received international recognition for its contributions to wildlife habitat conservation with Wildlife at WorkSM certification from the Wildlife Habitat Council. The certification recognizes Dow's commitment to environmental stewardship and increasing native biodiversity.