Formare students visit higher learning institution

Invitation extended by a Volunteer Educator gave the young students the chance to talk with university students

On June 8, Formare students at Três Lagoas (MS) gave a presentation at the 1st Academic, Cultural and Sports Week of Business Administration and Accounting Sciences at the Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul. The event, held at the Campus II amphitheater at the University, discussed topics on innovation, motivation and the job market.

The students were invited by Otávio Rodrigues, a Business Administration student from UFMS and a Formare Volunteer Educator. “The event needed something unusual, which is different from university startup projects. My idea initially was to bring the students to attend the talks, but then I suggested that they more effectively participate in the Academic Week,” he explains.

The Formare students gave a presentation on “The History of Startups,” following the theme chosen for the day’s debates. It was the first time that they had ever given a presentation for a larger number of people.

As the basis for the content that would be taught, Rodrigues says that the project’s first module discussed topics related to “Teamwork Relations,” with the aim of advising them on attitudes and verbal communication during presentations.

The university students thought that the students’ organization and performance was amazing, including new concepts on the topic. “There was a lot of participation from the students and the young people from Formare were able to deal very well with these situations,” says Otávio.

Other Volunteer Educators were able to attend the students’ presentation and were proud of this experience. “It exceeded our expectations, since we always place a lot of trust in them,” says the Volunteer Educator in closing.

Former Formare IP student achieves Yellow Belt certification

Jediel Sabino was part of the Project’s first class in 2010 and now she is a chemical engineer

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At 24 and with seven years spent as an IP employee, Jediel Sabino is an example for the new Formare classes. Hired by IP in 2010, after graduating from Fomare, he began his career at the company as a lab assistant and was a Technician I and II before becoming a Caustification Panel and lime oven operator.

During these seven years, Jediel received a degree in Chemical Engineering from Faculdade Municipal Professor Franco Montoro, in Mogi Guaçu, and enhanced his career. This year, he received Yellow Belt certification, given to professionals who undergo “Six Sigma” methodology training to improve processes at the company.

The certificate – Getting a Yellow Belt requires specific training and submission of a project. To achieve certification, Jediel proposed a project to save on chemicals in the recovery process, reducing the PH of grits (waste from pulp and paper manufacturing).

“The idea came from an environmental need to control the PH in byproducts generated in the caustification process. With the implementation of the improvement plan, we saw savings of BRL 16,000 per month in chemical product losses, in addition to improving environmental targets,” he explains.

The importance of Formare – As a student in the first Formare IP class, Jediel says that having taken part in the classes was fundamental for him to be able to more clearly build his career. He mostly took advantage of the guidance he received from more experienced professionals. “Formare showed me what my life would be like at a company. This really helped me to establish a career plan, to make decisions about my education,” says the former student, who has already participated as a Volunteer Educator in Project classes.

Making it happen – With his experience of having gone through Formare and become an IP professional, Jediel reinforces the importance of continual learning to build a professional life, with room for new achievements and growth. “You have to be willing to learn, to be curious and to seize opportunities to get answers to all of your questions. All knowledge, no matter how simple it may be, results in major gains when applied,” he says.

Brazil goes up in sustainability ranking

According to the Environmental Performance Index for 2016, Brazil improved in the air quality category.

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Published every two years, the “Environmental Performance Index” assesses the performance of 180 countries in relation to policies geared towards sustainability and well-being. At the last edition (2016), Brazil jumped from 77th place to 46th, boosted by improved air quality.

The report is the result of a partnership between Yale and Columbia universities in the USA and analyzes countries using nine macro criteria: agriculture, health impacts, air quality, water and sanitation, water resources, forests, climate and energy, fisheries and biodiversity. The countries that are best positioned in the ranking have scores of close to 100, the highest score possible.

The top 10 countries in the 2016 ranking were: Finland (90.68 points), Iceland (90.51 points), Sweden (90.43 points), Denmark (89.21 points), Slovenia (88.98 points), Spain (88.91 points), Portugal (88.63 points), Estonia (88.59 points), Malta (88.48 points) and France (88.20 points).

Each of the nine indicators has a different weight. Yet one interesting thing that came up for this edition in relation to the ranking published in 2014, has to do with air quality: in 2013, deaths as a result of water quality were greater than deaths caused by problems connected to air quality. This situation turned around two years later.

According to the report, urban industrial development, along with greater exposure of the population to motorized transport, has resulted in greater impacts to respiratory health, constituting a global phenomenon that is not restricted to certain countries. And it is precisely in the air quality category that Brazil stood out the most. Nevertheless, the report shows that one of the biggest challenges in the world today is balancing economic development with global targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Caring for forests: a long job for Brazil

If the air quality category caused the country to climb 31 positions in the ranking, the forest preservation category places Brazil at 83rd. This shows that there is still much work to be done in this area, mobilizing the government and private sector in actions geared towards mitigating environmental impacts and preserving forest resources.

At International Paper, initiatives geared towards sustainability include preserving one hectare of native forest for every three hectares of planted eucalyptus forests. In fact, these planted forests are used to make wood and paper that is certified by FSC and Cerflor, independent institutions that assess the sustainability of the pulp and paper sector.  Moreover, 95% of water used in production is treated before being returned to the environment. This work shows the company’s concern  with reducing environmental impacts as much as possible.

Source: http://epi.yale.edu/sites/default/files/2016EPI_Full_Report_opt.pdf

Take part in the Environmental Education Program (EEP)

Registration is open for the EEP at Luiz Antônio and Mogi Guaçu for the 2nd semester of 2017

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The Environmental Education Program is aimed at working with some of the myths about Pulp and Paper production. A maximum of 60 students are allowed during each visit, where they learn more about IP and take part in fun games geared towards teaching them to respect plant and animal life.

Last year, activities covered the production process and environmental conservation initiatives, involving a total of 3,161 people.

This year, the EEP is aimed at raising awareness in the academic community about crops and the manufacture of pulp and paper, offering a reflection on the sustainability of the production process. Paper produced by IP follows the strictest environmental certification standards, which require sustainable management of planted forests in order to preserve hectares of active forest.

The program, which started in 1993, seeks to supplement the environmental education provided in schools, with its target audience being teachers and students at the elementary and middle school levels.

Visits take place weekly at the following International Paper units:

Mogi Guaçu Unit

Location: Horto Mogi (Rodovia SP 340, Km 171 – Mogi Guaçu/SP)

Days: Every Monday and Tuesday

Times: From 8 AM to 12 PM or from 1 PM to 5 PM.

To schedule a visit, contract Tomás Fernandes or Maitê Silva.
(19) 3861-8955 and (19) 3861-8311
E-mail: tomas.fernandes@ipaper.com and maite.silva@ipaper.com

 

Luiz Antônio Unit

Location: Environmental Education Center (Rodovia SP 255, Km 41.2 – Estrada Ribeirão Preto-Araraquara)

Days: Every Wednesday

Times: From 8 AM to 11 AM or from 1 PM to 4PM.

To schedule a visit, contact Júlia Valadares or Sabrina Tenello.
(16) 3986-9076 and (16) 3986-9076
E-mail: julia.valadares@ipaper.com and sabrina.tenello@ipaper.com

World Environment Day is celebrated on June 5

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In 1972, the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment was held on June 5, in Stockholm, Sweden. At that time, this date was established by the United Nations (UN) as “World Environment Day,” aimed at promoting environmental conservation around the world.

“The protection and improvement of the human environment is a major issue which affects the well-being of peoples and economic development throughout the world; it is the urgent desire of the peoples of the whole world and the duty of all Governments.”- Stockholm Declaration on the human environment – 1972

At that same conference, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) was created, alerting peoples and nations to rational use of natural resources, within a proposal for sustainable development. The organization’s headquarters is in Nairobi, Kenya. In Brazil, the institution has had offices in Brasilia (DF) since 2004 with the goal of serving local demands, in addition to publicizing relevant topics on the global and regional agenda.

Learn about the environmentally-related International Paper Institute initiatives:

– Environmental Education Program (EEP): aimed at promoting open dialog with elementary and middle school students and teachers in the communities where International Paper operates. Topics discussed include: myths and facts related to pulp and paper production, local plant and animal life, planted forests, recycled paper and other matters.

– Formare IP: launched at the Institute in 2010, the project offers young people from in socially vulnerable situations professional education courses recognized by the Ministry of Education (MEC), with certificates issued by the Federal University of Technology – Paraná (UTFPR). Over nine months, students attend practical and theoretical classes at International Paper units in Mogi Guaçu (SP), Luiz Antônio (SP) and Três Lagoas (MS). Classes are given by Volunteer Educators (VEs) and young people rely on support from 50 tutors who are IP leaders.

 – Guardians of the Water: the initiative began in 2008 in the Luiz Antônio (SP) region and, since then, its mission has been to inform participants and raise awareness of rational water use, in addition to fostering conservation practices.

 – Supportive Beekeeping: held since 2011 in the Mogi Guaçu and Luiz Antônio regions, both located in São Paulo. The goal is to encourage multiple uses of eucalyptus forests planted by International Paper, allowing local beekeepers to set up hives and bee boxes needed for honey production and, therefore, giving them a source of income from the sale of honey produced.

– Nature and Body: aimed at restoring and instilling, in young students in the city of Três Lagoas (MS), some regional cultural customs, such as planting of community gardens. In addition to improving the access of participants and their families to healthy and balanced diets, young students concepts of spread environmental conservation and sustainable development in their own local community.

– Social and Environmental Education (SEE): the initiative, which is completing 42 years in the Mogi Guaçu region this year, holds an essay contest for 5th and 9th graders and high school seniors as well as a literary contest for teachers in the municipalities of Estiva Gerbi (SP), Mogi Mirim (SP) and Mogi Guaçu (SP).

– Guardians of the Green Partner Project: held since 2008 at the Sowing the Future tree nursery, located in the city of Guatapará (SP), the initiative trains socially vulnerable young people ages 14 to 17 to act as nursery workers.

See the winning schools in the Guardians of the Water 2017 call for projects

Winning projects include construction of cisterns, planting of saplings and informative marches on the topic.

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The “Guardians of the Water” award is an International Paper Institute initiative that asks participants to create educational projects related to rational use of water resources inside and outside of school.

This year, it was the Luiz Antônio region’s turn to actively participate in actions, involving educators at the elementary and middle school levels, with each winning school receiving up to BRL 7,000 to make their projects a reality. On June 14, the winners will visit the International Paper factory in Luiz Antônio to attend a celebratory coffee and start implementing the winning projects.

Below are the winning schools in the Guardians of the Water 2017 for each municipality:

ALTINÓPOLIS/SP

EMEFR Professora Carmem Miguel Vicari

 

Person responsible for the project: Gilmara Alves Arantes do Nascimento (Educational Coordinator)

Main initiatives: Build a cistern to collect rainwater and raise participant awareness through educational activities held at the school, such as musical performances, talks and models, in addition to students putting together folders and posters.

GUATAPARÁ/SP

EMEF Andrea Sertori Sandrin

 

Person responsible for the project: Rita de Cássia Azevedo (Elementary School Teacher)

Main initiatives: Change water valves and faucets to reduce water consumption at the school, build a system to reuse drinking fountain water to irrigate the school garden, publicize information in the community through a march and revitalize green areas on Avenida Jacarandás and plant native saplings in the Nossa Senhora Aparecida district.

LUIZ ANTÔNIO/SP

EMEF Professora Helena Maria Luiz de Mello

 

Person responsible for the project: Margarete Carvalhaes de Jesus Janini (Middle School Teacher)

Main initiatives: Build a cistern to collect rainwater that will be used to water a community garden already installed at the school. In addition, the school is also proposing development of this topic with students during the entire year as well as repair of some public spaces at the school.

 

 

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EMEF Marcílio Bondesan

 

Person responsible for the project: Ana Paula Baldini Vieira de Souza (Educational Aide)

Main initiatives: Build a cistern to collect rainwater to be implemented at the school and show the community how to build a mini cistern for the home. There will also be a student presentation of the “Letter from the Future” text and each classroom will develop a project related to this theme to present at the end of the year.

The importance of nutrition and healthy eating habits in Brazil

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In Brasília, in early May, the Centre of Excellence against Hunger – a partnership between the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Brazilian government – held a workshop on nutrition.

Guest researchers are held debates on eating standards and the dizzying rise in ultra-processed food in Brazil. According to the Michele Lessa, who represented the Ministry of Health at the debate, this topic is currently the biggest public health challenge in the country, since it is related to an increase in obesity and chronic non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

It was mentioned at the conference that the damage of an unbalanced diet has an enormous impact, especially in low income communities; however, regions with a high rate of development are also not immune to this problem.

It is believed that heart disease, cancer and diabetes account for over half of the deaths in Brazil and unhealthy eating habits are the main causes for growth in these illnesses in society.

The debate was not only aimed at reflecting on the quality of food, but also on the significant results that Brazilian nutrition is showing in fighting malnutrition and other challenges today, such as obesity and excessive weight.

During the event, the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) discussed research in Brazil on biofortification – a natural genetic evolution technique that raise the micronutrient content in zucchini, rice, beans, cowpeas, cassava, corn, sweet potatoes and wheat and which could improve the quality of the Brazilian diet.

At the workshop, the director of the Centre of Excellence against Hunger, Daniel Balaban, highlighted the importance of sharing experiences and lessons learned with other countries, to therefore find solutions to these problems that the country is experiencing.

Institute based on current topics – One of the programs at International Paper Institute discussing the theme of healthy eating is Nature and Body. The program, which started in 2013 in the city of Três Lagoas (MS), is aimed at restoring cultural standards in order to raise awareness and engage young people with healthy and sustainable practices.

The program carries out activities with 6th to 9th grade students, who discover the importance of a healthy diet and enjoy a community garden located at the school. These young people therefore become protagonists in conserving and growing plants.

For 2017, the project plans to expand the gardens installed at participating institutions in order to grow production and distribution to the local community and other schools in the region.

The program works with proposals aimed at reflecting on the environment and food sustainability around the world. This work contributes to these young people’s education as well as to the environmental conservation of the planet.

Guardians of the Water approaches dengue prevention through storytelling

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From May 22 to June 2, International Paper Institute is promoting the second phase of the “Guardians of the Water” project, with “A Kingdom without Dengue,” an interactive show. The initiative brings together a puppet show, music and information for the school communities in the cities of Guatapará, Altinópolis, São Simão and Luiz Antônio (SP).

The project’s second stage features actions to raise awareness among public school students and teachers regarding conscientious use of water resources. However, this year the “Guardians of the Water” went one step further, by showing that saving and storing water requires responsibility and special care. This prevents Aedes aegypti, the mosquito that transmits dengue, zika and chikungunya from using standing water to proliferate.

The “A Kingdom without Dengue” show is based on the book of the same name by Alda de Miranda, illustrated by Ricardo Girotto. The narrative shows a village free of illnesses that is invaded by a big villain: the Aedes aegypti mosquito.

IIP expects the play to directly reach 3,000 children ages 3 to 10.

See the show times for each city:

 Guatapará

May 22, 11 AM to 2:30 PM, at Escola Vera Lucia – Rua dos Ypês, nº495 – Centro
May 23, 10 AM to 2:30 PM, at Escola Andréia Sertori – Rua José Linares Neto, nº 139 – Centro
May 24, 10 AM, at Escola Guiomar Milluzzi – Rua Mamoru Hirakawa, nº 591 – Bairro Mombuca

Altinópolis

Location: Centro Social Urbano de Altinópolis (CSU) – Av. Marginal, s/n.

May 24, at 2:30 PM: for students at Escola Ana Lucia.
May 25, at 9:30 AM: for students at Escola Alayde and Escola Carmem Miguel.
May 25, at 2:30 PM: for students at Escola Ermelinda.
May 26, at 9:30 AM and 2:30 PM: for students at Escola Trossel.

São Simão

May 29, at 11:00 AM and 2:30 PM: Escola Historiador Fausto Pires de Oliveira – Av. Ver. Vitorio Fernando Lizarelli, nº 1039 – Jd. João Furtado.
May 30, at 11:00 AM and 2:30 PM: Escola Marcílio Bondesan – Rua José Silveira, nº 376 – Bairro Bento Quirino.
May 31, at 10:00 AM: Escola Profª Yolanda Jorge – Rua México nº 868 – Jd. das Américas.

Luiz Antônio

Location: Anfiteatro Municipal – Rua Alagoas, nº52 – Jardim Santa Luzia.
May 31, at 2:30 PM: for students at Escola Professora Helena Maria Luiz de Mello.
June 1, at 9:00 AM and 2:30 PM: for students at Escola Professora Zilda Aparecida Marinho Seixas, Escola Aracy Carneiro de Mesquita, CEMEI Egidio Rosatti and CEMEI Josimeire Borges Alves.
June 2, at 9:00 AM: for students at Escola Roberto Brayn, CEMEI Irineu Silva and CEMEI Aurea da Silva Pedroza.

IP Institute publishes report on activities

Programs coordinated by IIP benefitted over 28,500 people in 2016

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In late April, International Paper Institute released its 2016 activities report. In total, 28,574 people benefitted from projects carried out by IIP and its partners in 14 cities. For the sake of comparison, the number of people impacted by initiatives is more than twice the estimated population of the city of Luiz Antonio (SP), which currently has around 13,703 inhabitants, according to the IBGE.

IIP in numbers – Over the course of a year, 24 actions were carried out in 10 projects coordinated by the Institute. Together, the initiatives totaled BRL 1.2 million in investments in the Corporate Social Responsibility area, showing IIP’s commitment to the social and educational development of children and adolescents. See some of these projects:

EEP – The goal of the Environmental Education Program (EEP) is to hold a dialog with Primary School teachers and students to demystify issues related to sustainability in paper production. During school visits to units, topics are covered that include the importance of planted forests in preserving native flora and fauna as well as IP initiatives to recycle and treat effluents. In 2016, the EEP benefitted 3,161 people, among students and teachers.

Formare – Since 2010, the IP Formare School Project has already prepared over 250 young people to take their first steps in the labor market. Every year, 50 adolescents – 20 from the city of Mogi Guaçu (SP), 20 from Luiz Antônio (SP) and the surrounding region and 10 from Três Lagoas (MS) – are selected for a 9 month course at the IP units.

In addition to attending classes given by IP professionals who act as Volunteer Educators (VEs), these young people receive advice on their studies and careers. They also learn about the pulp and paper industry. Last year, 248 people took part in Formare activities.

Guardians of the Water – Aimed at getting people to think about conscientious use of water resources, the Guardians of the Water project has been around since 2008, mobilizing basic education students and teachers while also extending activities to the community. In 2016, initiatives took place in the city of Rio Verde (GO) and were split into three phases: the first was “Waterline,” which included a talk by sailor Amyr Klink with public school students and a photo exhibition of Klink’s expeditions. This phase impacted 4,047 people.

The second phase, “Espaço Mundi,” brought the “Dr. Drop against Waste” show to the community, benefitting 4,966 people. The play, which used an inflatable set in the shape of a half globe, covers situations related with wasting water.

The initiative ended in the third phase with IIP awarding the best projects to reduce water consumption proposed by the schools. Altogether, the three phases of implementing Guardians of the Water impacted 10,225 school community members in Rio Verde.

Supportive Beekeeping – In 2016, honey production in planted forests in Mogi Guaçu and Luiz Antônio reached 15 tons, nearly twice as much as produced in 2015 (8.4 tons). Last year, IIP hired a consulting firm to provide guidance to clandestine beekeepers so that they could operate within safety norms, inviting them to join the project.

Nature and Body – The project, developed in the city of Três Lagoas, brought a community garden to 300 students ages 12 to 16. They had the chance to visit a rural settlement before they started planting vegetables and leafy greens in school gardens.

SEE – The Essay and Literary Contests of the Social and Environmental Education Project (SEE) involved 449 people, among junior high school teachers and students in (5th and 9th grade). Based on the UN theme of “2016, international year of pulses,” the participants wrote about healthy eating. However, prior to the contest, teachers took part in workshops to bring the topic to the classroom for a debate.

Book City – The IIP program to foster reading benefitted 12,974 people in 2016 and ended a seven-year cycle, after visiting the cities of Mogi Guaçu (SP), Três Lagoas (MS), Ribeirão Preto (SP), Suzano (SP), Paulínia (SP), Franco da Rocha (SP), Itapeva (SP), Rio Verde (GO) and Manaus (AM).

Read the full report on IIP Activities.

 

IIP celebrates “Beekeeper Day”

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International Paper Institute prepared a special action for Beekeper Day, celebrated on May 22: distributing honey produced in ‘s planted forests, through the “Supportive Beekeeping” project, to workers at all of the company’s units in Brazil.

To honor the work of beekeepers, students put together packages with honey packets that will be delivered from May to along with an informative folder containing interesting facts about this date. In Mogi Guaçu (SP), Três Lagoas (MS) and Luiz Antônio (SP), these gifts will be handed out by the students. While at the packaging units, internal employees, designated as IP Institute “focal points”, will hand them out.

The honey was produced from last year’s harvest by the Association of Beekeepers of and the Region , which has been an

The “Supportive Beekeeping” project is aimed at using IP’s planted eucalyptus forests to produce and sell honey. A total of over 70 tons of honey have already been produced. The goal is also to expand development of production and contribute to generating income for local beekeepers.

Celebrating “Beekeeper Day” means celebrating how these workers care for bee , as well as a rich and healthy food. This is recognition of this

History of the date – Celebrated on May , Beekeeper Day pays homage to St. , considered the patron saint of all beekeepers as well as of those who work with the production of honey and its byproducts.

Brazilian beekeeping goes back to around when Father imported European bee colonies from Portugal, setting them up at beach, in .

Upon finding that these bees were having problems adapting as a result of the tropical climate, professor travelled to Africa with the support of the Ministry of queens, which were used in an apiary in , .

During this time, bees from hives were released, with the African bees crossing with the European bees that were already in the country. At that time, the study of new management techniques had not been widely explored. However, over time, the remaining beekeepers began to expand production methods.

After holding symposiums and congresses that brought together producers and researchers, beekeeping became a very important agricultural industry.

In the Brazilian Beekeeping Federation was founded, resulting in the first Brazilian congress in this industry, held three years later.

In Brazil ranked 4th among the world’s largest honey exporters. In the country was ranked 8th, according to data from the Brazilian Association of Honey Exporters .