HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL – April 14, 2015 – The Collision Repair Education Foundation and AkzoNobel Automotive & Aerospace Coatings have once again partnered to offer the Sustainability Challenge Grant for high schools and colleges with collision repair education programs. In its second year, schools are invited to submit proposals for applying continuous improvement and sustainability principles that improve the processes in the school’s body shop, have a positive impact on the environment and the people working in the shop, or improve the way the shop interacts and impacts the community. The projects should be driven by teams of students with the instructor serving as a mentor for the program. Each winning school will receive funding to introduce their proposed idea into their school and to report on the success of their project. The deadline for applications is Earth Day, April 22, 2015.
In addition to the awards, the program also serves as a way to educate collision repair students across the country about sustainability and its principles and how students could improve and make a positive impact on the environment. The sustainability video series, which is available at the Education Foundation’s website, is one of the available tools for instructors to teach their classes about sustainability.
Clark Plucinski, Collision Repair Education Foundation Executive Director said, “We are honored to once again partner with AkzoNobel on this very important subject matter. The students studying in collision programs today will be the future of our industry, and by getting them thinking about sustainability practices now, it will only make for a better future. Thank you to AkzoNobel for allowing schools to contribute for a better tomorrow.”
About AkzoNobel Automotive & Aerospace Coatings
AkzoNobel is a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals. We supply industries and consumers worldwide with innovative products and are passionate about developing sustainable answers for our customers. Our portfolio includes well-known brands such as Dulux, Sikkens, International and Eka. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we are consistently ranked as one of the leaders in the area of sustainability. With operations in more than 80 countries, our 50,000 people around the world are committed to delivering leading products and technologies to meet the growing demands of our fast-changing world.
AkzoNobel Automotive & Aerospace Coatings is one of the world’s leading suppliers of paints, coatings, film and services for car repair, commercial vehicles, interior and exterior automotive plastic and, aerospace coatings, and specialty finishes for consumer electronics, sports & leisure and cosmetics. It sells coatings and film for original equipment and refinishing applications to bodyshops, aircraft manufacturers, maintenance repair and overhaul, fleet owners, automotive suppliers, major bus and truck producers, contract manufacturers and coatings applicators. Brands include Sikkens®, Schramm®, Lesonal®, Dynacoat®, Wanda®, Sikkens Autocoat® BT, Soliant®, Technicoat®, Aerowave®, Aerobase® and Aerodur®. Operating in more than 60 countries, Automotive & Aerospace Coatings has specialists around the world who understand local markets and can serve local needs. Its state-of-the-art customer services, color and technology solutions include offering technical and logistical support and the delivery of training programs. Internet: www.akzonobel.com/aac