Evergreen Packaging Announced Student Sustainability Leadership Winners

Who is Evergreen Packaging?

Evergreen Packaging
Evergreen Packaging is a global leader in packaging solutions. The company is headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, and has production sites in over 30 countries worldwide. It is a publicly traded company, and its shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange. The main production products include paperboard, corrugated board, and paper-based packaging. The business has a long history of innovation, and its paper products are used by some of the biggest brands in the world. It is a company that uses sustainable practices with all its products being made of recycled materials. This packaging company is a world leader in the beverage paperboard package carton manufacturing industry used for a lot of beverages and food packaging. Evergreen runs a program called Sustainability Leadership Scholarship and it has recently announced the winners.

The Sustainability Leadership Scholarship Program
This program is a year-long course that provides participants with the knowledge and skills to become effective leaders in sustainability. Designed for individuals who want to make a difference in the world and are interested in learning more about the company’s sustainable practices and the subsequent benefits, the program is very popular.

Participants will gain an understanding of the commitment to the sustainability of the company and learn the latest in trends. The applicants will have the opportunity to network with other like-minded individuals. Once the program is completed, participants will be equipped with the knowledge to make a positive impact on Evergreen’s sustainability efforts.

To focus on sustainability, the company promotes community engagement that involves economic, social, financial, and environmental considerations.

In total, six students throughout the country were selected for their dedication and community leadership efforts. Each winner will receive a scholarship along with the company awarding $4,000 in grants. The program was intended for high school and college students whose parents or guardians are employees of the US based company. The criteria to be eligible also requested that those students have shown sustainability leadership within their community or school.

What Evergreen Packaging’s Scholarship Program Aims to Do
Evergreen Packaging’s CEO and President – John Rooney said that the company’s key focus was to promote a positive future for the planet and its people. He said they believe that encouraging the youth to perform great things in their communities was critical to achieving that goal and this is what their scholarship program aims to do. He added further that whether these young people were volunteering with the elderly or putting their effort to create community gardens, they were playing an important role in making a positive impact in their locality.

The scholarship program chose six students from across the country for displaying exceptional community leadership and dedication.

At the college level, Maria Roufaeil from Olmsted Falls, Ohio won first place. Roufaeil leaded work on her college’s Memory Garden. She assisted in writing a grant proposal for the garden and designed and donated to the building of the space.

Hayden Bailey from Athens, Georgia came second. Bailey supervised several gardens in her community that supplies fresh produce for food pantries throughout Athens. The award for third place went to Kylie Upthegrove from Turlock, California. Upthegrove was part of a month-long research project and studied metal pollutes in Montana waterways, and how they may be infecting the local wildlife.

Among high school students, Memphis-based Srilakshmi Velrajan won first place. Velrajan was extremely involved in the school’s biological garden, and the farm-to-fork fellowship at a local park – developing environmental awareness in Memphis. In second place was Kaya Griffin from Pine Bluff, Arkansas. She gave back to her community by volunteering in a court as a teen “jury” member. Korey Huskonen from Olmsted Falls, Ohio came third. He led his school’s “Here’s to your future” project, helping fellow pupils navigate the college application process and interact with working professionals.

To read more about Evergreen Packaging’s scholarship program and our packaging solutions please visit our corporate site.

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