Clean the World and Las Vegas Sands partner with Saint Joseph’s University in Macau to continue research on a natural solution to climate change

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Overlooking the mangroves

The Drop by Drop project, a collaboration between the Clean the World Foundation and Las Vegas Sands, is reinvesting capital from Sands’ water management savings into innovative projects supporting water champions in its local areas.

Clean Up the World Foundation, a global health leader dedicated to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and global sustainability, in partnership with Sands of Las Vegas (NYSE: LVS), selected the University of Saint Joseph Macao (USJ), Institute of Science and the Environment as a 2021 recipient for the Drop By Drop project. The Drip project, a collaboration between the Clean the World Foundation and Sands, is reinvesting capital from Sands’ water management economies into innovative projects supporting water champions in its local regions.

The University of Saint Joseph Macao, recipient of the Drop by Drop project, will continue its research on improving the quality of local water by using plants native to wetlands, in particular mangroves, as a natural solution to climate change. . Through the research, USJ plans to study and assess existing coastal wetlands and other wetlands for their contribution to carbon sequestration and storage in Macau. Additionally, the University will plant around 500 wetland seedlings to help invigorate part of the wetland ecosystem.

In addition, USJ will conduct community awareness campaigns to promote nature-based solutions to tackle climate change. In addition, USJ plans to engage more than 3,000 Macau students and local stakeholders in taking concrete steps to better adapt Macau to the impacts of climate change. The project is managed by USJ researcher Karen Tagulao.

“This second cycle of Clean the World and Sands support through the Drop by Drop project will allow us to take our research further, this time focusing more on the role of mangroves as a natural solution to climate change. . adaptation and mitigation, ”said Karen Tagulao, professor and researcher at USJ. “We aim to have a significant impact on the local community through our outreach program. “

Clean the World Foundation and Sands launched the Drop by Drop project at the end of 2019, and since then the initiative has completed 12 field campaigns to analyze water quality in mangrove-free areas, a facilitated 1,180 community participants in “Nature-Based Solutions for Water Quality in Macau”, supervised 30 educational field trips to see the mangroves, conducted four open lectures and an exhibition for the scientific community and the general public, and grew 180 mangrove plants in cultivation for water pollution absorption experiments.

“USJ has been an exceptional partner, and our continued investment in this research demonstrates our belief that its results will have a lasting impact,” said Katarina Tesarova, Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer at Sands. “The USJ team has inspired both the local community and our team members to understand how Macau’s mangroves and wetlands can provide a nature-based solution to pressing environmental challenges. “

USJ was re-selected for the grant based on the project’s alignment with the main priorities of the Drop by Drop project which include revitalizing ecosystems by safeguarding and restoring aquatic ecosystems; leverage technologies to create innovative and efficient water solutions; increase resilience by strengthening community responses to floods, droughts and water-related risks; and engage communities on the vital importance of water.

“We are extremely pleased to support USJ in this important research,” said Shawn Seipler, Chairman of the Board of the Clean the World Foundation. “The mission of the Drop by Drop project is being fulfilled as sustainable solutions to the planet’s greatest challenges are discovered. ”

For more information on the Drop by Drop project, please visit: http://cleantheworldfoundation.org/dropbydrop.

About the Clean the World Foundation

Clean the World Foundation is a non-profit international development and global health organization that runs hygiene-focused emergency relief initiatives and WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) education programs, targeting communities vulnerable in the United States and around the world. Clean the World Foundation is the non-profit 501 (c) (3) of the Clean the World social enterprise, responsible for the distribution of all soaps and hygiene kits both nationally and globally in as part of many of its comprehensive WASH programs. Clean the World Foundation engages volunteers, donors and other results-oriented organizations across the world to provide hygiene supplies and an education program to support its global health programs. Since 2009, Clean the World Foundation has helped more than 10 million people through its global WASH programs. A copy of the official registration and financial information of Clean the World Foundation can be obtained from the Consumer Services Division by visiting https://www.fdacs.gov/ConsumerServices. For more information, visit us online: https://www.cleantheworldfoundation.org.

About Sands (NYSE: LVS)

Las Vegas Sands is the world’s leading developer and operator of world-class integrated resorts. We provide unparalleled economic benefits to the communities in which we operate. Sands created the Integrated Resort complex based on Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE). Our industry-leading integrated resorts make substantial contributions to our host communities, including growth in leisure and business tourism, sustained job creation, and continued financial opportunities for small and medium-sized businesses. local medium-sized enterprises. Our properties include The Venetian seaside resort and Sand exposure in Las Vegas, the iconic Sands of Marina Bay in Singapore. Thanks to a majority stake in Sables China Ltd., we have developed the largest portfolio of properties on the Cotai Strip in Macau, including Venetian Macau, The place and Four Seasons Macao Hotel, The Londoner Macau and Parisian Macau, as good as Macau sands on the Macau Peninsula. Sands is committed to being a good corporate citizen, anchored in the fundamental principles of service to people, communities and the planet. We provide a great working environment for our team members around the world, generate social impact through the The sands care community engagement and charitable giving program and leader in environmental performance through award-winning program Sands ECO360 global sustainability agenda. For more information, please visit http://www.sands.com.

About Saint Joseph University

Saint Joseph University is a multicultural Catholic university in Macau, China. Founded in 1996 and inspired by the best universities in Europe, the University is now a hub for international collaboration and ranks among the top 50 in the world for quality education (Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2021). Students at Saint Joseph’s University, in all degree programs, are trained in ethical leadership, environmental stewardship, and creative problem-solving. Through the University’s Institute of Science and Environment, local ecosystems are studied in a global context leading to research, public education, policy consultation and interdisciplinary partnerships that contribute to development. sustainability of Macau and the surrounding region.

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