Commits $150,000 by 2025 to fund access and education programs for underserved youth
Ahead of Earth Day 2022, Symetra today announced National Park Trust as its first National Environmental Partner. Dedicated to the preservation of the country’s national parks and environmental education, the National Park Trust strives to create a pipeline of future park stewards by connecting children to parks. Symetra has committed $150,000 to the organization through 2025 to fund access and education programs for underserved youth.
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The National Park Trust’s Buddy Bison™ school program connects more than 20,000 students in 40 states each year with parks across the country. More than 80 percent of participating students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, the federal low-income indicator.
“We are proud to partner with the National Park Trust and support inclusive programs that increase access and connectivity to the outdoors for underserved young people. As we approach 52n/a anniversary of Earth Day, we hope that by exposing more children from diverse backgrounds to nature, they will develop a love of nature and a passion for preserving the environment,” said Sharmila Swenson, vice-president Assistant President, Public Affairs.
“We are thrilled and honored to have been selected as Symetra’s first national environmental partner and look forward to our collaboration as students in Title I schools experience the many benefits of the great outdoors. Through our collaboration, we will be able to introduce hundreds of children each year to these wonderful iconic places and teach them about their role as future stewards of our public lands and waters,” said Grace Lee, Executive Director of the National Park Trust. .
Symetra Social Impact
Prioritizing environmental sustainability is one of the key commitments of Symetra’s new corporate social responsibility initiative, Symetra Social Impact. Over the next three years, the program aims to drive transformation in three priority areas – social engagements, sustainability and governance – through eight goals aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
In addition to its partnership with the National Park Trust and its financial commitment, Symetra’s sustainability goals through 2025 include:
Achieve carbon neutrality by 2023. Commit to The Climate Pledge by 2025.
Achieve a 40% reduction in paper consumption by 2025.
Implement new supplier guidelines by 2023.
Launch a new employee sustainability platform in 2022.
Earth Day at Symetra
National Park Trust Executive Director Grace Lee will join Symetra employees for a special Earth Day virtual event on Wednesday, April 20. Employees will learn more about the National Park Trust, including opportunities to volunteer with the Buddy Bison Program. Additionally, they will receive a hands-on tutorial on Benevity’s Missions, a goal-based engagement software platform that connects employees to Symetra’s global sustainability work and provides access to a rich array of environmental content and the ability to track individual sustainability efforts.
Symetra Financial Corporation is a diversified financial services company based in Bellevue, Washington. In business since 1957, Symetra provides employee benefits, annuities and life insurance through a national network of benefits advisors, financial institutions, independent financial professionals and insurance producers. ‘assurance. For more information, visit www.symetra.com.
About the National Park Trust
National Park Trust is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting our national parks. The Park Trust is preserving parks today and creating the park stewards of tomorrow by acquiring the missing pieces of our national parks. The mission of the National Park Trust is to preserve parks today and create park stewards for tomorrow. Since 1983, the Park Trust has acquired the missing pieces of our national parks, benefiting 51 national park sites. Our national youth education initiatives, including our national Buddy Bison and Kids to Parks Day programs, train future park stewards, partnering with more than 300 Title I schools each year. We believe that our public parks, our lands and our waters should be cared for, enjoyed and preserved by all for present and future generations. Learn more about parktrust.org.