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Communication:Environmental Communication with Stakeholders
–Communication with Local Communities–

Supporting young scientists and technical innovation for sustainable development

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Two award recipients, Austin Kingsley Russell (left) and Cory Nicholson Owan (right), with Robert Whitehouse, Ricoh’s Director, Environmental and Recycle Business Management, at the presentation ceremony. Two award recipients, Austin Kingsley Russell (left) and Cory Nicholson Owan (right), with Robert Whitehouse, Ricoh’s Director, Environmental and Recycle Business Management, at the presentation ceremony.

Ricoh Americas Corporation (RAC), the Group's regional headquarters for the Americas, is a special prize sponsor at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), the world's largest pre-college science and technology competition. Since its launch in 2005, RAC has annually presented the Ricoh Sustainable Development Award, along with scholarship, to impressive research projects for potential contribution to Triple Bottom Line (economic, environmental and social) development that will help build a sustainable society. RAC also offers imaging equipment used by contestants and award presenters during the six-day international competition.

At the 2012 Intel ISEF, the eighth Ricoh award was provided to two high school students who were selected out of more than 1,550 finalists representing 68 countries and territories. The two recipients, Cory Nicholson Owan and Austin Kingsley Russell, were recognized for their outstanding technical innovations in "Solar Powered Compression Air Stirling Engine" and "Far-Field Wireless Power Transmission," respectively. The winners were honored at the award presentation ceremony held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, PA on May 17, 2012.

Since 2005 Ricoh has recognized 20 students and presented scholarship to them.

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Three-In-One Program

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Students from schools participating in the RTH environmental projects, with RTH President, Julian Students from schools participating in the RTH environmental projects, with RTH President, Julian
Fryett (back row, center)

Ricoh (Thailand) Ltd. (RTH), a sales subsidiary, organized a “Three- In-One Program”* to support environmental activities in elementary schools. In the program, participating elementary schools selected their own themes and engaged in environmental communication activities under the chosen themes, with the involvement of local communities. The top-performing participants were awarded a grant for their activities. Environmentally concerned local citizens cooperated in the program by serving as judges.
Seven elementary schools in Bangkok and inland areas, bringing together over 9,800 students, participated in the program with a wide variety of activities. One of these activities was a waterway cleanup project where students and local citizens cleaned up waterways near the school using microbiological water purifying pellets that the students had created. Other projects included collecting and sorting recyclable waste and donating the proceeds from the sales to temples; an exhibition for local citizens of art works made from waste materials; and making organic fertilizer for use in the school. These projects were subject to periodic progress evaluation by the program judges. Based on the results of the final review in December 2009, Klongmakarmted School received the first prize for two activities: an exhibition of craft works made from waste paper and its community awareness raising activities. A total of 65,000 baht was awarded to the top four prize winners.

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