Whenever Martha Cecilia Mejía plants a tree, she thinks of her four young granddaughters. She has been teaching them to care for the planet’s future at an early age. So, when Mejía, Media and Analyst Relations Manager at Hewlett Packard – Latin America Region, visited EARTH’s Guácimo campus recently, she was excited to contribute hands-on to the “HP Forest: Oxygen from Costa Rica to the World” project.She shared the experience with a unique group of Latin American bloggers traveling Costa Rica with HP in the company’s first such event in the region. The bloggers came from Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Chile, Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Argentina, Panama and other countries. HP chose to invite them to Costa Rica not only to raise awareness for the company’s research and development lab in the country which employees about 7,500 people in Costa Rica, but also because of the HP Forest at EARTH. “Part of the interest was to bring the bloggers here and to connect with nature and to show that we’re very focused on corporate social responsibility,” Mejía commented.
Indeed, on the EARTH campus, HP volunteers have planted more than 12,000 trees since the project began in 2008—the equivalent of taking 77 cars off the road for a year. The funds HP has given with not only help EARTH to practice good forest stewardship, they also contribute directly to financing student scholarships. Mejía says she wants to do even more.
In turn, the bloggers spread the word through their personal websites, Twitter, Foursquare and other media. We thank our new friends for spreading the word!
Check out highlights from their posts below:
(Please note that these are rough translations from Spanish into English.)
Andrea Cummins (Argentina), “Geek’s Room”:
“We had a marvelous experience at EARTH University with #HPBlggrs”
Hiddekel Morrison (Dominican Republic) @ingmorisson:
“EARTH UNIVERSITY #CostaRica is one of the most important in the world, it shows how leadership can contribute.”
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