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Green Shoots Program Celebrates Five Year Anniversary with Primary School Children in Shanghai, China

September 14, 2015

Children read the Growing with Green Shoots booklet published by UTC Building & Industrial Systems, covering science, health, safety and environmental protection lessons.
Ross Shuster, President of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, Asia at the Yinxian Primary School Green Shoots Opening Ceremony.
UTC volunteers and Qingpu Yinxian students celebrate the five-year anniversary of UTC's Green Shoots sustainability program.
UTC volunteers share waste management and other key sustainability lessons with the students.

UTC Building & Industrial Systems marked the five year anniversary of its Green Shoots program with more than 200 children at Qingpu Yinxian Primary School in the city of Shanghai. The community outreach initiative combines volunteer school facilities projects and sustainability education lessons for students.  

“At United Technologies we are committed to making the world a better place to live,” said Ross Shuster, president, UTC Building & Industrial Systems Asia. “The Green Shoots program is one example of how United Technologies and its employees improve the world by giving back to the communities in which we operate. I continue to be inspired by the breadth of participation from our employee volunteers in the Green Shoots program.”

There were nearly 80 volunteers at the Shanghai anniversary event, including senior executives and local employees from UTC Building & Industrial Systems as well as UTC Aerospace Systems. The volunteers upgraded the school infrastructure by repainting school walls and replacing deteriorating classroom doors and floors.

“We were very delighted to have volunteers from United Technologies here,” said Zhang Zupei, principal, Qingpu Yinxian Primary School. “We appreciate their efforts to advocate the concept of environmental conservation, which helps cultivate sustainable citizenship in the future, and also brings about learning for the children.”

A Green Shoots library corner was also created by volunteers where students will find new books and resources about environmental stewardship and healthy living habits. In addition, the volunteers conducted classes for children on environmental conservation, sciences, fire and elevator safety.

“As the world’s largest provider of building technologies, UTC Building & Industrial Systems is committed to supporting sustainability,” said Perry Zheng, president, UTC Building & Industrial Systems China. “The Green Shoots program will hopefully encourage our children to recognize this, paving the way for a more prosperous and sustainable China.”

The Green Shoots event at Yinxian Primary School was organized to celebrate the program’s fifth anniversary. To mark the milestone, the volunteers planted five saplings and awarded 20 students with an “Excellent Student Award.”

Launched in 2011, the Green Shoots program brings together United Technologies employee volunteers to support primary education in Asia. The program helps enhance the student learning environment through the building and replacement of educational facilities, library set-up and teaching, with the goal of strengthening children’s awareness of environmental stewardship and safety. Since its launch, more than 4,000 United Technologies employees have volunteered in the Green Shoots program. The program has covered more than 150 primary schools throughout Asia including those in China, India, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Korea and Indonesia and has benefitted more than 18,000 children.