Education is one of the most vital components of a successful community, and therefore a key focus of our commitment to help build strong local communities. CCNNE has combined our commitment to environmental stewardship with our belief in the importance of education by developing a program that helps local schools bring recycling to life. Our education program started as a simple conversation, and is now sought-out by schools, government and community groups throughout New England. We have taught thousands of individuals about the importance of recycling and how it is done. We make learning hands-on by leading field trips to our facilities to see sustainability in action. With our discussions close to home, our focus is on keeping it local through New England manufacturers, highlighting that something little can go a long way. We’ve shared this program with our associates in the Northeast, as well as with community partners.
CCNNE’s Sustainability Booth showcases the ‘afterlife’ of commodities that typically go into the recycling bin. We explain how the materials are processed and separated. We show who buys the separated commodities, and what the manufacturers do to turn the recycled materials into new products. These recycled commodities range from Coca-Cola cans, plastic bags, plastic bottles, cardboard, and stretch film. Once processed, they become everyday items like New Balance sneakers, The North Face jackets, carpets, Trex decking, game boards, and even back to Coca-Cola packaging!
Teaching at schools allows us to interact with people of all ages. Ranging from elementary schools to colleges. For schools, our focus is what should go into the bin, how the material is processed, and what the material gets into. Keeping it local, showing the name brands involved and highlighting various companies that contribute. We’ve also worked with students on integrating an efficient recycling program for their school and how to create a zero-waste event.
Through public events, this is a great way to reach many people at once. During these discussions, we focus on how to recycle, why to recycle, and the local manufacturing jobs involved in turning that local material into the end product.
The recycling process and the end result, but internally what can be recycled, how it can be recycled. Why businesses have a focus of increasing their internal recycling and connecting it to their triple bottom line.
Another way that we educated local partners and schools is through Production Tours at our bottling facility in Londonderry, NH. If interested in a group tour with your school or organization, please contact Lucia Ouellette at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Besides teaching sustainability, many of our associates have been invited to speak at seminars and colleges on various leadership and business topics. These presentations allow our leadership to speak real-world examples of production, distribution, marketing, and selling within the Northeast market.
Our long-term business relationships with local colleges, and our community connections with schools and youth organizations at all levels created the opportunity to engage with students for a real triple bottom line benefit. We saw the opportunity to extend our reach in sustainability, marketing, training, operations, and community-based activity, while creating meaningful experiences for students in the markets we serve. This, in turn, is helping to make our business stronger with fresh ideas and talent development. These experiences allow students to learn through real-world practice, while enhancing their studies. CCNNE benefits by gaining focus in new business areas, access to potential new leaders, and strengthened relationships within the community. The community benefits through enhanced education experience for its students in socially-responsible areas, and the opportunity to retain graduates with a local company.
Some remarkable internships and projects that we’ve been a part of include:
Updating to efficient LED lighting at our Londonderry Production Center.
Creating Project Ripple at SNHU to provide safe water in water poor countries.
Creating a DIY compost manual using Coca-Cola syrup concentrate barrels.
Creating a YouTube channel and making videos and presentations on spreading recycling information and facts that can be shared with the public.
Teaming up with Champlain College to create a DIY greenhouse out of empty soft drink plastic bottles.
Creating a professional video on our Londonderry, NH Production Center.
Creating and deploying a company-wide employee engagement survey.
Check out our YouTube channel for educational videos!
We believe all children should have the opportunity to reach their full potential. To help enable this, the Coca-Cola system supports local scholarship funds and participates in mentorship and tutoring programs.
The Coca-Cola system has come together to award over $100 million in scholarships through the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and the Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship program.
Through the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, the Coca-Cola Company and bottling partners invest in students who are leaders, both academically and in service to others. Since 1989, The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has awarded $63 million dollars in scholarships to more than 5,700 students.
The Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship program is supported through the Coca-Cola Foundation and has awarded more than $49 million in scholarships to more than 4,000 students who are the first in their immediate families to go to college since the program was founded in 1993.
Additionally, since 1993, CCNNE has been providing scholarships to the children of our associates. Since the program’s inception we’ve awarded over $865,000 to over 215 students.