On Saturday, September 30, 2017, Axalta Coating Systems (NYSE: AXTA) partnered with Stroud™ Water Research Center to host students from Young Men and Women in Charge (YMWIC) for a day of learning focused on freshwater conservation. The program, which took place at the world-renowned Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania is yet another example of Axalta’s commitment to help nurture the next generation of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) leaders.
YMWIC, a foundation that empowers and prepares economically disadvantaged and historically underrepresented youth to excel and become leaders in STEM careers through academic tutoring, mentoring and financial assistance programs, brought dozens of excited students to the event. During the program, the Stroud Center explained the importance of streamside forests and meadows for stormwater runoff, retention and stream health. Stroud employees examined live freshwater macroinvertebrates as indicators of water health, demonstrated recommendations to improve stream health through riparian plantings, and took students on a hands-on tour around the meadow.
“The Stroud Center is pleased to be able share our science and teach the importance of watershed health at Longwood Gardens,” said Dave Arscott, Ph.D., Executive Director of Stroud Water Research Center. “We are so grateful for Axalta’s commitment to STEM education and the opportunity to connect with a new partner in the community, Young Men and Women in Charge.”
“This is a great opportunity for the YMWIC Scholars to participate in experiments and research on a very important topic, fresh water,” said Richard Roberts, YMWIC President and CEO. “We thank Axalta Coating Systems and the Stroud team for providing our scholars with this valuable enrichment.”
About Stroud Water Research Center
Since 1967, Stroud™ Water Research Center has been focused on one thing — fresh water. We are dedicated to understanding the ecology of streams, rivers, and their watersheds — both pristine and polluted.
About Axalta Coating Systems
Axalta is a leading global company focused solely on coatings and providing customers with innovative, colorful, beautiful and sustainable solutions. From light OEM vehicles, commercial vehicles and refinish applications to electric motors, buildings and pipelines, our coatings are designed to prevent corrosion, increase productivity and enable the materials we coat to last longer. With more than 150 years of experience in the coatings industry, the approximately 13,600 people of Axalta continue to find ways to serve our more than 100,000 customers in 130 countries better every day with the finest coatings, application systems and technology. For more information visit axalta.com and follow us @Axalta on Twitter and on LinkedIn.