Recycle with clean points

Project name:

Recycle with a Clean Point

Project location: 

Dominican Republic 

Sub-focus area: 

Recycling

In 2012, AES Dominicana developed the “Recycle with Clean Points” environmental program by their local power plants. The program seeks to increase awareness about the importance of recycling plastic and paper by promoting a culture centered on the 3Rs (reduce, reuse and recycle) and help people become agents of environmental change.

Impact

32 education centers with a total population of 33,105 plus 135,000 indirect family beneficiaries

Partners:

AES Dominicana Foundation in collaboration with the department of social management and environmental management, Haina Pro Development Board (PADESHA), the Haina City Council, the Haina Educational District, Importadora M & F and the Center for Agroforestry Development (CEDAF)

The project not only deals with recycling but also covers the final destination of waste. Initially it started in the communities of Bajos de Haina and Boca Chica with the Haina Recicla educational contest, where 32 educational centers participated and received training on the 3Rs. Given the program’s success, it was replicated in the community of Los Mina as part of the social projects of the construction of the combined cycle with excellent results. The resources generated by recycling are used by the communities in community actions. Facilitators of the program include volunteer employees of AES Dominicano, who took the training on the 3R’s (reduce, reuse and recycle) to the educational centers, leaving the environmental delegates of the program conformed.

Bison recovery program

Project name:

Bison Recovery Program

Project location: 

Mexico 

Sub-focus area: 

Biodiversity

AES México implemented a comprehensive reintroduction program of the American bison into their former habitat in Mexico where they are in danger of extinction. The program consists of creating a pure-breed conservation herd in the country, which will help to restore the ecological balance in this habitat bordering Mexico and the United States.

Impact:

The program began in 2020 with 19 American bison and the herd has grown 50% in less than one year

Partners:

The Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature (FMCN), the Mexican Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) through the General Wildlife Direction, and the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (CONANP)

Sea turtle protection program

Project name:

Sea turtle protection program

Project location: 

El Salvador

Sub-focus area: 

Biodiversity

Since 2011, AES El Salvador has supported initiatives for the protection of the endangered olive ridley sea turtles. Every year, the team donates thousands of eggs for incubation in corrals, or nesting sites, which are prepared by their team of AES volunteers. Later, project collaborators and families participate in the release of the hatchlings. To date, 270 volunteers from AES El Salvador companies have participated in these activities.

Impact

Donation of 45 thousand eggs for incubation in the corrals prepared 

Partners:

Employee volunteers

Reforestation in Brazil

Project name:

Mãos na Mata Program

Project location: 

Brazil 

Sub-focus area: 

Biodiversity

The preservation of reservoir edges is much more than a legal obligation for AES Brasil. Through “Mãos na Mata”, in partnership with SOS Mata Atlântica, we promote reforestation activities and actions through the establishment of partnerships with other organizations. In this program, we assign the planting area, the seedlings and the management expertise of our environmental technicians and count on the investments of our partners to multiply the scale and the positive impacts in the recovery areas.

Impact:

To date AES has reforested 4,200 hectares

Our average annual reforestation is 243 hectares

Partners:

SOS Mata Atlântica

Our nursery at the Promissão hydroelectric power plant produces about 1 million seedlings annually and are used in “Mãos na Mata”, AES Brasil compensatory plantations and for seedling donation to locals. In 2019, the reforestation program supported the environmental literacy program of the state government of São Paulo, providing 56,000 seedlings and technical support. In this project, students from the public network visit the surroundings of the reservoirs and participate in environmental education actions, with each student even planting their own seedling.

Partnering for the environment

Project name:

Partnering for the environment

Project location: 

Brazil 

Sub-focus area: 

Education

The Geração+ Program aims to promote students’ creativity and leadership through social and environmental challenges related to natural resources, contributing to the creation of solutions that positively impact communities. The project trains public elementary school teachers to address concepts and values of sustainability in four categories: energy, fauna and flora, waste management and leisure and safety and. For each category, participants develop research activities that strengthen reading, writing, artistic expression, observation and critical sense skills. 

Impact:

Since 2019 the program has benefited 5,856 students and 409 teachers in 10 cities of São Paulo, Brazil

Partners:

Municipal Department of Education, LaFabbrica Brasil and AES Brasil Volunteers 

Trees for Indy and Indy free Tree Day

Project name:

Trees for Indy and Indy Free Tree Day  

Project location: 

Indiana, U.S.   

Sub-focus area: 

Green spaces  

Trees for Indy program, a partnership of IPL, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc., and DPW/Indy Parks, works to significantly increase plantings of public trees in Indianapolis and surrounding IPL service areas, provide care to those trees to enhance their longevity, and educate the public about the importance of trees to our quality of life.

IPL celebrates Arbor Day each year with the annual Indy Free Tree event to support ongoing sustainability efforts. At the event, 1,000 free trees are available to the community on a first-come, first-served basis. IPL encourages those receiving free trees to plant smart with utilities in mind and follow IPL’s Right Tree, Right Place planting guidelines. 

Impact:

Trees for Indy has planted more than 15,000 trees in the Indianapolis area since 1990

Indy Free Tree has worked with community partners on Arbor Day to give away 11,000 trees since 2008

Partners:

  • Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. 
  • DPW/Indy Parks,  
  • City of Indianapolis/Marion County Tree Board 
  • Hoosier Heartland Resource Conservation and Development Council 
  • Woody Warehouse Nursery