Taking part in Odebrecht Environmental’s Look Alive Project, students from municipal schools in Santa Gertrudes, SP, collect cooking oil

Environmental Education

Environmental education initiatives are adapted to the context of each site where operations are carried out. One such initiative is the Environmental Education Program (PEA), held in Salvador, Bahia. In 2015, the Program had 6,211 participants.

The PEA is subdivided into three initiatives: the Waste Management Program (Proger); the Ecotrail, focused on Members and students and carried out in the Atlantic Forest area owned by Odebrecht, and Prospera, specifically aimed at enabling teachers to develop educational, sustainability and environmental preservation projects.

“We have to maintain our standards of sustainability, which are a very important part of the Odebrecht brand. If we continue to preserve the environment and support the development of communities near our projects, we will be one of the most highly respected organizations in the world in the next few years”

Member of Odebrecht Angola

Other initiatives

In the activities coordinated by the Odebrecht Foundation in the Southern Bahia Lowlands, environmental education is the main part of the curricula for students at the Rural Family Schools and Youth House. Environmental education is also part of the Spring Recovery program carried out by the Land Conservation Organization (OCT), an entity associated with the Odebrecht Foundation, among smallholders in the region.

The Look Alive Program, an initiative of Odebrecht Ambiental, encourages Client-users to correctly dispose of used cooking oil, preventing its introduction into sewer systems.

The Forest Factory, carried out jointly by Braskem and Odebrecht Ambiental, supports environmentally responsible communities that promote the expansion, recovery and maintenance of green areas, as well as integrated environmental education. In 2015, projects in São Paulo, Bahia and Rio de Janeiro involved the production of 116,000 seedlings, of which 39,000 were planted and monitored; the training of 1,000 people and raising awareness among 16,739 people about the value of forests.

Odebrecht Sustainable Development Award

Created in 2008 in Brazil, the Award was held in 2015 in ten more countries, motivating students, professors and research coordinators to propose solutions for sustainable development.

The website www.premioodebrecht.com contains information and the results of the Prize in 2015 and previous years.

Since its creation, this initiative has received more than 800 entries in Brazil. Among these, the authors of the 40 winning projects received awards totaling BRL 2.4 million. In 2015, in all the countries participating, 670 projects were submitted by 2,493 students, supervised by 674 professors from 420 institutions of higher educations