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Immersion Program: Ernst & Young Teaches Sustainability Through Earthwatch Missions

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Their projects help organizations in the region develop economically and environmentally sustainable practices and help our communities reduce their impact on the environment (one of our top priorities for corporate responsibility at Ernst & Young). Mel Steiner, Climate Change and Sustainability Services practices and leader of the 2011 Earthwatch expedition to Brazil, and Leisha John, Americas director of environmental sustainability, offer their thoughts on the benefits of the program.

 

The Ernst & Young Earthwatch Volunteer program sends high performers from across the Americas to Costa Rica and Brazil on a weeklong Earthwatch Institute expedition where they assist with environmental field research and provide skills-based volunteer services to a local organization.

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Their projects help organizations in the region develop economically and environmentally sustainable practices and help our communities reduce their impact on the environment (one of our top priorities for corporate responsibility at Ernst & Young). Mel Steiner, Climate Change and Sustainability Services practices and leader of the 2011 Earthwatch expedition to Brazil, and Leisha John, Americas director of environmental sustainability, offer their thoughts on the benefits of the program.

 

The Ernst & Young Earthwatch Volunteer program sends high performers from across the Americas to Costa Rica and Brazil on a weeklong Earthwatch Institute expedition where they assist with environmental field research and provide skills-based volunteer services to a local organization.

Translating Environmental Volunteer Experience into the Workplace

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Matt Hammer, Financial Services Office Advisory manager from Charlotte, offers a first person account of his experience as an Earthwatch Volunteer program participant in 2010 and team leader in 2011. In a blog posting on Accounting Tomorrow he described the experience: "Initially, I thought volunteering for Earthwatch was just a way to serve a personal interest in the environment…after two trips to Costa Rica, however, I see things differently. I now believe that climate change and sustainability issues affect all of our clients."

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Matt Hammer, Financial Services Office Advisory manager from Charlotte, offers a first person account of his experience as an Earthwatch Volunteer program participant in 2010 and team leader in 2011. In a blog posting on Accounting Tomorrow he described the experience: "Initially, I thought volunteering for Earthwatch was just a way to serve a personal interest in the environment…after two trips to Costa Rica, however, I see things differently. I now believe that climate change and sustainability issues affect all of our clients."

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