In the UK we have established ecology classes for children as part of our Green Gateway initiative, while our employees regularly get involved in environment-related volunteer activities. To foster cultural exchange we support the UK-Japan Young Scientists Workshops, while we aim to give back to the local community through our involvement with the Historic Royal Palaces.
A renewable solutions provider, the UK Branch of Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V. has since 2011 offered an educational program in the UK called "The Learning Curve" to teach local schoolchildren and community groups about renewable energy technologies and the importance of energy conservation. The program includes facility tours and group activities, and over 1,000 children have already taken part in it.
The Learning Curve received a National Heat Pump Award for Training Excellence in 2012, and in June 2015 a Welwyn Garden City primary school became the first winner of the Mitsubishi Electric Eco School Competition.
The national competition was open to all schools as well as Scouts, Brownies, Guides, Beavers, Cubs, and any other youth groups who are committed to raising environmental awareness in their communities. The Eco-Team and Year 5 from Rowans Primary School successfully addressed the seven challenges set for pupils to secure the top prize of £2,000 worth of environmental resources for their school.
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More than 1000 students from 11 West Lothian schools in Scotland took part in a Green Energy competition to design an energy efficient heat pump in June, 2015. The West Lothian Chamber of Commerce and Mitsubishi Electric held the competition with the aim of supporting young people in developing skills beneficial to their future development.
This competition was designed to help students explore green energy through an understanding of science and technology. Its organizers hope that some of the young people who took part will go on to consider a career in energy-efficient technology industries.
At the event, the Senior Department Manager at Mitsubishi Electric said "The schools project has created a link between Mitsubishi Electric and the local schools in the West Lothian area which is helping to develop the workforce of the future and ensuring students get first-hand experience of manufacturing, environment, and renewables."
The winning project developed by students from Inveralmond Community High School was a heat pump which stores heat gathered from solar power during the summer to melt ice on the roads in winter.
The UK Branch of Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V. announced that it has become the official main partner for Wigan Warriors Community Foundation and a key partner of the Foundation's new I'm a Green Warrior project.
I'm a Green Warrior is a groundbreaking campaign to advance the growth of a greener community and a sustainable future in Wigan. The Warriors Foundation aims to be the spearhead in engaging hundreds of schools, colleges, and businesses along with thousands of individuals to get involved in the renewable energy agenda.
The Warriors Foundation and Mitsubishi Electric share a vision for a more sustainable future. Working with the 'I'm a Green Warrior' project, Maloney Associates, and the Energy Hub, the partnership will help to engage the community in the green agenda and educate young people about the benefits of sustainability.
The partnership will also allow the Foundation to further expand its impressive existing delivery programme while pioneering new projects and having a positive impact on more people in the community than ever before.
Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V. (UK Branch) has again supported the 'UK - Japan Young Scientists Workshop' organised by Clifton Science Trust and held in association with the Babraham Institute and the Kaetsu Centre, at Cambridge University.
In 2012 the workshop brought senior high school students together from across Britain and Japan to research and present on a wide range of topics, and similarly to last year was extended to include students from the Fukushima area which suffered during Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. The student's presentations were again viewed by Lord Rees of Ludlow, President of The Royal Society, Master of Trinity College and Astronomer Royal, who gave some of the closing remarks to the proceedings.
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Historic Royal Palaces is an independent UK-based charity which looks after and maintains the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace and Kew Palace. Although the palaces themselves are owned by The Queen on behalf of the nation, the charity receives no funding from the Government or the Crown, and depends on the support of visitors, members, donors, volunteers and sponsors.
Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V have supported HRP since 2010, initially as part of the re-development of the existing educational programme by funding development for interactive e-learning for schools and other organisations to learn about the palaces. More recently the company has supported the on-going project to create an online digital library from over 75,000 images in the palaces' collections.
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The heating team of Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V. (UK Branch) has recently raised over £10,000 from a special golf event and dinner, for Save the Children's Emergency Fund, which is ready to spring into action whenever there is a crisis or disaster worldwide. The event was part of a special fund-raising programme culminating in a charity hike to Machu Picchu in Peru in October 2012, which involved members of the heating team test their strength and endurance in an 8-day trip involving altitudes of 4,600m (15,000ft).
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Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V. (UK Branch) has donated solar panels to the Akamba Children's Education Fund (ACEF) for installation at the Brainhouse Academy, in Kenya. Situated in Nairobi's Mathare North district, where many residents lack access to electricity, the school was set up by the local community to advance the education and well-being of over 900 vulnerable children in the area.
The school operates in very basic conditions with just two non-flush toilets, no running water, no electricity and no school books, but despite the extreme circumstances all the children are educated and provided with one meal a day. Staff at the school are delighted with the gift and have described the installation of the solar panels as a dream come true.
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