"For decades, Canon has been committed to maintaining a sustainable environment and creating a better world for generations to come," said Joe Adachi, president and CEO, Canon U.S.A. "This summer, as we commence the annual Canon Envirothon, we encourage our partners and friends around the country to embrace the spirit of Kyosei, which reminds us to promote harmonious relations among communities and create a peaceful coexistence with the natural environment."
Whether you live in an urban area, rural region or in the suburbs, here is a list of tips to help you discover the great outdoors with your family and friends:
- Take advantage of the great outdoors: Whether you enjoy hiking, swimming, bird watching, star gazing, horseback riding, camping or just sitting under a tree and watching the world go by, national recreation areas offer something for everyone. The national park system has been called “America’s Best Idea.” You can visit most national parks for free.
- Enjoy public gardens: Public gardens include botanical gardens, display gardens, sculpture gardens, arboreta and college campuses. Many offer educational and recreational programs for visitors and also conduct important scientific research. Public gardens offer people young and old a pleasurable way to enjoy nature.
- Do-it-yourself backyard zoo: Creating a wildlife-friendly yard (or even a balcony) is easy to do and a fun activity for the whole family. Take note of the wildlife that currently visits your yard and research their habitat and needs. Install natural food, plants and water sources your wildlife guests will need.
Canon Envirothon is one of North America's largest high school environmental education competitions. The 2011 Canon Envirothon will take place July 24 -July 29 at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada. The program consists of winning teams from participating states and Canadian provinces, competing for recognition and scholarships by demonstrating their knowledge of environmental science and natural resource management.
Canon U.S.A. is an ardent supporter of environmental and community enrichment campaigns. For decades, Canon U.S.A. has supported a variety of programs, including the Canon Envirothon, Yellowstone Park Foundation, PBS/Nature Series and the Arbor Day Foundation. Canon works in voluntary partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to design products that meet the high standards of its ENERGY STAR® program. Similarly, Canon collaborates with the EPA's WasteWise and SmartWay Transportation Partnerships to reduce the impact of municipal solid waste and transportation activities. As one of the first companies to collect and recycle used copier toner cartridges, Canon U.S.A.'s Generation Green initiative combines the Company's latest environmentally conscious printer products and solutions, promoting paper saving technology, minimized product packaging and energy saving measures.