Carbon reduction solutions for new day care center

NORTON, UK, July 14, 2009 -- Environmental engineering company and water expert MWH is providing assistance and funding for carbon reduction solutions at a new children's day center in Norton, near Stockton-on-Tees...

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NORTON, UK, July 14, 2009 -- Environmental engineering company and water expert MWH is providing assistance and funding for carbon reduction solutions, including a wind turbine, at a new children's day center in Norton, near Stockton-on-Tees.

Pennwell web 300 180The center is being built by the Daisy Chain charity and will be a new facility for children with autism and their families. The money has been donated from MWH's Carbon Care Fund and is being used to assist Daisy Chain in constructing an environmentally sustainable building.

Matt Simpson, project manager for Daisy Chain explains: "MWH has helped us before, donating £1,000 to our original appeal, so when we approached them again we didn't know what to expect. We were absolutely delighted when they agreed to donate a further £15,000 -- it will make a big difference to us.

"The money is being used on 'green' aspects of the project, with the MWH funding and advice helping us to develop and install a wind turbine, solar panels and a rainwater harvesting system, all of which will help reduce the building's carbon footprint."

Nick Small, based in MWH's Sunderland office has been heavily involved in the project, he comments: "Daisy Chain is a great charity doing really good work, so when an appeal to staff was made to suggest projects that could benefit from a donation from the newly-established Carbon Care Fund, I put their day center project forward.

"Staff from MWH's Sunderland office along with staff from AAG Swepco, an MWH supply partner, are providing technical and construction support to the project. This is a shining example of how a global organization can make a real difference to the communities in which we work."

The Daisy Chain Day Center is scheduled to open at the end of September. It will incorporate a sensory soft play area, and an IT suite, alongside an area for arts and crafts and conference facilities. As well as being available to children with autism and their families the facilities will also be available to any social or community group, school body and professional organization on request.

MWH has created a Carbon Care Fund to support environmental community projects with an emphasis on carbon reduction. The fund has been created by donating £25 for each tonne of carbon generated by MWH in the UK, providing a significant sum of money to support such initiatives. The company's staff have been invited to submit environmental projects for potential donation, with Daisy Chain one of the largest beneficiaries so far.

MWH is a private, employee-owned firm that provides water, wastewater, energy, natural resource, program management, consulting and construction services to industrial, municipal, utility and government clients in Europe, the Americas, Middle East, India, Asia and the Pacific Rim.

Daisy Chain is a unique charity established to address the needs of both children with autism and their families. This is done through the provision of a range of services and activities from the 5.5-acre farm in Stockton-on-Tees where the charity is based.

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