Formare students receive the visit of the Industrial Operations Manager

Foto Eurípedes Valadao

At 37 years of age, the Industrial Operations Manager of the Luiz Antônio unit, Eurípedes Valadão Jr., has dedicated more than half of his life to International Paper. A total of 19 years of work, making him an expert when the subject is pulp and paper production. In his almost two decades of work, there is at least five years where he has dedicated himself to activities with the Formare students, sharing experience and providing guidance. At the end of July, Valadão, as he is called by his colleagues at IP, took part in one more edition of Formare Chat.

He was trained as an engineer, Valadão joined IP when he was 18, and built a long-lasting path of professional growth. That is what he talked about with Formare students, who are in the process of making a decision about their career. “I tried to show them, based on my story, some of the potential paths so that they understand how the dynamics of professional life work,” he explains.

ALL KINDS OF DOUBTS – Personal and career choices are a recurring theme in the meetings between executives and students, who take the opportunity to clarify doubts, taking the utmost advantage of the examples and guidance conveyed through life experiences of those who have learned a lot from their mistakes and achievements in life. “Students asked me about the difficulties I faced in my career and my personal choices. I feel that they ask that because they want to know which path they should take to put their future on the right track.”

At the end of the conversation, the executives that take part in the Formare Chat always leave the students with a message for them to keep up their studies and be successful in their journey. With Valadão it was no different. “Don’t give up on your dreams, if your current dreams are too distant, change your dream and readapt so that you can fulfill them little by little. When fulfilling a dream, look for another and remember that the only thing we take from life are our experiences,” he says.

Guardians of the Water awards schools in Rio Verde, state of Goiás

Winning projects include produce gardens and water collection for reuse in the school environment

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Representantes das escolas acompanham anúncio dos vencedores do “Guardiões das Águas”

On August 22, three schools in Rio Verde, state of Goiás celebrated the “Guardians of the Water” award received. The award is an initiative of the International Paper Institute to recognize the best projects related to the rational use of water resources. This year was the turn for this municipality in Goiás to actively participate in the initiatives involving educators in Elementary school. Project authors awarded received respectively R$ 2,000; R$ 1,500 and R$ 1,000. Each school received R$ 8,000.

The big winners in 2016 were EMEF Monte Alegre with the project Water: awareness for preservation; EMEFTI Professor Waldyr Emrich Portilho received second place, with Drop of Water; and third place for EMEF Professor Francisco Joaquim de Paiva, with Water: the crystal jewel. They all have in common that they wish to build produce gardens and invest in water reuse storage systems such as cisterns. A benefit for the entire community, in addition to working with awareness through lectures, newsletters, among other initiatives focused on educational initiatives, such as saving water (see below).

THE AWARD WILL BE CONVERTED INTO IMPROVEMENTS – EMEF Monte Alegre, whose project will recognize springs near the schools and reforesting freshwater bodies, shall invest part of the prize received to buy seedlings. EMEFTI Waldyr Emrich Portilho plants on expanding the project outside the school, encouraging parents and students to save household water. The institution will also award the student that saves more water awarding them with a bicycle. EMEF Professor Joaquim Francisco de Paiva plans to carry out a number of awareness initiatives at school. The result will be presented during the school fair at the end of the school year.

Social Responsibility and Sustainability Manager of International Paper, Gláucia Faria, announced the winners at the Department of Education of Rio Verde. The award ceremony concludes the awareness cycle with began in the first half of the year in the city, with the exhibition Linha d’Água (Water Line) and with theatrical presentation Espaço Mundi. “Each of the initiatives sought to involve the school community to reflect upon correct water use, turning students and teachers into multipliers of more sustainable initiatives related to our natural resources,” stated Gláucia.


1st place EMEF Monte Alegre

ouroProject: Water: Awareness for preservation
Responsible for the project: Aline Bilbio Peres (Pedagogical Coordinator)
Initiatives: Recognizing springs close to the school, reforesting fresh water bodies, ecological horseback riding and building a cistern for water reuse. Visits, lectures, theatre plays for the community and a produce garden at school.
Prize use: Build the cistern and produce garden, awareness campaigns materials and seedlings for reforestation.



2º EMEFTI Professor Waldyr Emrich Portilho


Project: Drop of Water
Responsible for the project: Andrea Cristina Cabral (Coordinator of artistic and sports activities)
Initiatives: Marches, music, newsletter, newspaper to promote project initiatives, visits, lectures, produce garden at school and awarding a bicycle to the student that saves the most water and donation of cisterns to store drinking water.
Prize use: Produce garden, buy a bicycle, water storage cisterns, adjusting taps and bathroom flushing mechanisms at school


3rd place EMEF Prof. Francisco Joaquim de Paiva    


Project: Water, the Crystal Jewel
Responsible for the project: Neusa Amélia Oliveira Cabral (Teacher)
Initiatives: Build a cistern to reuse water, build and maintain a garden with tires, in addition to school activities for awareness and end-of-year exhibition to present accomplishments.
Prize use: Build the produce garden and cistern.






Environmental issues: Brazilians bet on technology as a solution

Water and air pollution are major concern; trust in government to is low


The concern with the environment and recovery of natural resources has been the major challenge in this century. The tone of the debate is to bring government and the population together for concrete actions that promote sustainable development, as well as foster awareness through education, under social and environmental responsibility. In face of so much to be done, what do Brazilians fear most in relation to environmental problems?

Market Analysis Institute was looking for these answers and found that air, water pollution and automobile gas emissions, as well as the scarcity of drinking water are among the main concerns. However, if on the one side, global leaders discuss an environmental agenda, it is precisely the government sector, in Brazil, which holds the lowest rate of reliability—just 10%—for executing initiatives that would change that scenario. For those heard in the research, NGOs, third sector entities and economic groups are the main articulation, awareness and transformation measure agents as a benefit to society. In each one of those sectors, the reliability rate exceeds 50%.

Survey data shows that climate change/global warming and the decrease of natural resources are also among the main causes to be treated by environmental recovery.

When asked about individual responsibilities in relation to climate change, there is a small margin of difference in recognizing their responsibility as a citizen for their attitudes that impact the environment. Of the total, 52% completely agree (19%) or partially agree (33%) that their attitudes are destructive, while 47% completely disagree (25%) or partially disagree (22%) that they cause an impact to the environment.

To revert the situation, technology is mentioned by 60% of the respondents as the major ally of the initiatives that promote climate change. Technology solutions are seen, however, as facilitators of behavioral changes in a way that they don’t require major individual efforts.

Respondents’ conclusion is very much in line with that adopted by Brazil, based on the agreements executed during COP21, to invest in clean technologies to beat the climate and environmental challenges.

To learn more about the research, please click here.