Xylem Hosts Second Annual “Make Your Mark 30 Day Challenge”

Xylem Hosts Second Annual “Make Your Mark 30 Day Challenge”

More than 190 events held around the world, encouraging employees to volunteer and raising awareness of water and environmental issues

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 8:00am

RYE BROOK, N.Y., May 9, 2018 /3BL Media/ – In celebration of World Water Day on March 22 and Earth Day on April 22, Xylem (NYSE:XYL) hosted the second annual Make Your Mark 30 Day Challenge, a month-long event that encourages employees to engage in efforts to solve global and local water and environmental issues. The 30 Day Challenge is a signature event of Xylem Watermark, the company’s corporate citizenship platform aimed at providing and protecting safe water resources in communities in need and educating people about water issues. This year, 1,700 employees volunteered in more than 190 water-related activities across 93 Xylem sites, including leading students through water presentations and water monitoring, and building water towers in communities that lack access to clean drinking water.

To launch this year’s event, Xylem Watermark sponsored employee-led events with global nonprofit partner EarthEcho International as part of the EarthEcho Water Challenge on World Water Day. Xylem volunteers conducted water education programs and water monitoring activities with students in schools and local youth organizations worldwide. These events introduce young people to their local water resources and allow them to contribute to our understanding of water quality around the world.

March 22, 2018 also marked the launch of the Xylem Watermark-sponsored EarthEcho Water Challenge Ambassadors program, positioning 20 young environmental leaders in the U.S. to protect water resources in their local communities. The Water Challenge Ambassadors will increase knowledge of local water resources throughout their communities by leading water quality monitoring events and water restoration and conservation programs. 

Another one of Xylem’s global nonprofit partners, Planet Water Foundation, deployed 24 community-based AquaTowers on World Water Day as part of this year’s Project 24. Now in its fourth year, Project 24 is recognized as an important event platform that raises awareness of the global water crisis by mobilizing leading companies and citizens to deliver clean, safe water and hygiene education programs in 24 communities. This year, the 24-hour event took place in communities within Cambodia, India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Puerto Rico. Xylem, Inc. continues as the lead partner on the initiative with support for one community in each of the five countries.

Over the course of the 30 Day Challenge, Xylem volunteers logged over 8,000 hours in water-related activities all over the world, including these global efforts with Xylem’s nonprofit partners and activities in their local communities:

  • In Zagreb, Croatia, approximately 75 volunteers gathered by Jarun Lake and walked around 5 km of lake shores to clean up the surrounding area.
  • In Guelph, Ontario, Xylem volunteers carried 4-liter jugs of water on a 5 km route to bring attention to the issues of water scarcity in many countries around the world. The group walked around the city, ending at the Guelph Food Bank where they donated their jugs of water.
  • In Shanghai, 60 Xylem employees visited Nanhui Kwai Yuen Farm for a tree planting activity.
  • In Milford, Ohio, Xylem employees celebrated World Water Day with a water monitoring event at a local elementary school, educating students about clean water detection and practices.
  • In Moscow, Xylem volunteers participated in a cleanup activity in their area to celebrate the 30 Day Challenge, cleaning their community of litter and trash.

“The Make Your Mark 30 Day Challenge is an opportunity for our employees to make their mark, raising awareness of global water issues, creating a real impact on their communities, and inspiring the next generation of leaders,” said Joseph Vesey, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. “Together, we are solving water.”

About Xylem

Xylem (XYL) is a leading global water technology company committed to developing innovative technology solutions to the world’s water challenges. The Company’s products and services move, treat, analyze, monitor and return water to the environment in public utility, industrial, residential and commercial building services settings. Xylem also provides a leading portfolio of smart metering, network technologies and advanced infrastructure analytics solutions for water, electric and gas utilities. The Company’s more than 16,500 employees bring broad applications expertise with a strong focus on identifying comprehensive, sustainable solutions. Headquartered in Rye Brook, New York with 2017 revenue of $4.7 billion, Xylem does business in more than 150 countries through a number of market-leading product brands.

The name Xylem is derived from classical Greek and is the tissue that transports water in plants, highlighting the engineering efficiency of our water-centric business by linking it with the best water transportation of all – that which occurs in nature. For more information, please visit us at www.xylem.com.

About Xylem Watermark

Xylem Watermark, Xylem’s corporate citizenship program, provides and protects safe water resources for many of the world’s most vulnerable communities and educates individuals around the globe about water issues. This social commitment reflects Xylem’s ethos of valuing the “triple bottom-line:” financial, environmental and social. The company firmly believes in the notion of doing well by doing good, and dedicates resources to initiatives that demonstrate its commitment.

Xylem Watermark was founded in 2008 and, with its six nonprofit partners, has provided clean water and sanitation solutions to over three million people in 25 countries. Xylem launched its first Global Month of Service in October 2016 to provide a focused time to inspire employees to get involved and bring the mission of Xylem Watermark to their communities. In 2017, Xylem Watermark launched the Make Your Mark 30 Day Challenge to engage employees in solving global and local water issues in ways about which they are passionate.

To learn more about Xylem Watermark, please visit http://www.xylemwatermark.com.


Michael C. Fields
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