Just in time for Earth Day on April 22nd, 2011 the summer education company iD Tech Camps, along with its iD Teen Academies, has so far committed over $11,000 to the Arbor Day Foundation. This translates into the planting of 11,000 trees to date – and it’s just the beginning. The iD One Camper One Tree initiative will donate one dollar to plant a tree for every camper this summer, with the goal of planting 20,000 trees by the end of the season.
iD Tech Camps will tangibly help the environment this summer by eliminating approximately 550 tons of CO2, 44,000 pounds of ozone and 33,000 pounds of small particulate matter from the air. How? iD Tech Camps and its iD Teen Academies, industry leaders in summer technology education, have so far committed to planting 11,000 trees – one for every camper attending their programs in 2011. The programs teach technology skills in everything from video game design to iPhone app development to Maya 3D animation, training students to think independently and apply their knowledge to real-world situations.
Since nothing is more real-world than the world itself, the programs also promote a philosophy of conservation. iD students learn green practices from camp – such as always turning off computers and monitors when they’re not in use – and even incorporate green concepts into the final projects they complete for each weeklong session. Past student projects have included digital comic books like The Recycler, made with Adobe Photoshop and Wacom pen-tablets, as well as green-themed arcade and platform games created with Clickteam Multimedia Fusion 2 Developer and Photoshop.
iD Tech Camps has adopted a long term vision for making the company greener each season. They promote recycling out at each of their camps, and have even created a carpool app—conserving precious fuel for parents who want to share rides—especially important today with gas prices rising above $4 a gallon.
This year marks the pilot season of One Camper One Tree, a new iD initiative that donates one dollar for every student that attends an iD program. In partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation, iD will use the money to plant trees – one camper, one dollar, one tree. With over $11,000 already committed, iD is well on its way to reaching its 20,000 tree goal for the summer.
“We’re leading kids into the future, giving them the tech skills they need to succeed,” explains iD Tech Camps CEO Pete Ingram-Cauchi. “There’s smart, and then there’s green smart. The students of iD Tech Camps and iD Teen Academies are both. It’s not that hard to do the right thing. It’s kind of crazy that more companies don’t take the little extra effort to make a difference.”
If iD’s One Camper One Tree initiative reaches its goal of planting 20,000 trees, that amounts to an additional 450 tons of CO2 removed from the atmosphere, 36,000 fewer pounds of ozone and 27,000 fewer pounds of small particulate matter. Mr. Ingram-Cauchi has plans to incorporate more camps into the program—ultimately trying to plant one million trees by 2015. Smart indeed.