Detroit, Mich.,
12
August
2014
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05:01 PM
Europe/Amsterdam

MPC Employees Share Environmental Protection Message in Detroit

Summary

About 50 volunteers from the Marathon Petroleum Company (MPC) refinery in Detroit, Mich., shared the importance of protecting the environment and ways to do so with nearly 1,220 preschool through eighth-grade students this year.

About 50 volunteers from the Marathon Petroleum Company (MPC) refinery in Detroit, Mich., shared the importance of protecting the environment and ways to do so with nearly 1,220 preschool through eighth-grade students this year.

It was all part of an initiative organized by Anant Patel, a Wayne State University student then serving in a co-op role with the refinery’s environmental group. Patel began planning the two-day activity by contacting Allendale Elementary, Mark Twain Elementary and the Matrix Simpson Center. He was joined by 10 to 20 volunteers from the refinery at each presentation, which lasted from five to 20 minutes, depending on the age of the audience.

“Our primary message was ways in which they can help protect the environment in their day-to-day lives, both at home and at school,” notes Patel. “Even the youngest student can understand how to turn off a water faucet or a lamp when not in use, and how littering affects all of us.”

After the presentations, each student received a gift bag containing sunflower seeds, water bottles, pencils, erasers, stickers and labels carrying the “recycle” message. Students and teachers alike enjoyed the presentations, according to Patel.

“After learning where we were from, the kids wanted to know more about the refinery, such as what the refinery does and how its products are used,” he explains. “Some were excited to realize they pass by the refinery every day. Now they know who we are, what we do and that we are committed to environmental protection.”