Jun 10, 2005

Seagate Unveils Butterfly Garden at Ang Mo Kio Manufacturing Facility to Provide Urban Habitat for Native Species

Seagate's butterfly garden at its Ang Mo Kio disc drive manufacturing facility is living proof that it is possible for companies to provide and cultivate natural habitats for native species, even in a highly-industrialized environment.

The Seagate Butterfly Garden officially opened today was constructed in close consultation with the Nature Society (Singapore) (NSS), and aims to provide a home and habitat for native butterflies that would otherwise find it hard to survive in an urbanized environment. Seagate is the first in the industry to launch such an environmental project at an industrial estate.

"At Seagate, we conduct our business in environmentally and socially responsible ways through our Global Citizenship program to deliver a positive impact in the communities in which we operate," said Jim Chirico, senior vice president and general manager of Seagate's Asia operations. "Not only do such practices help protect the environment, they also create a better workplace for the satisfaction of our employees. The Seagate Butterfly Garden is just one simple but effective measure."

"Today's event is the launch of a partnership in the truest sense of the word," said Dr Shawn Lum, vice president of NSS, who officiated the opening of the butterfly garden with Chirico. "Seagate is working with an NGO to help maintain nature in Singapore to benefit the local communities and we hope that more of such gardens will proliferate across our island. Such projects can eventually pave the way for more local and global environmental projects."

For the design and construction of the garden, Seagate engaged the services of NSS who advised the planting of such food plants as common Asystasia, Singapore Rhododendron, lime, curry, wild cinnamon, Crownflower, Stringbush, Snakeweed and Weeping Willow to attract butterflies to the garden. According to NSS, a well-maintained and good-sized garden can potentially attract up to 20 native butterfly species.

As an extension of Seagate's environmental effort, the company is also sponsoring Mayflower Primary School, Yangzheng Primary School, Marsiling Primary School and Si Ling Primary School with similar butterfly gardens at the schools' premises. These gardens will be maintained by students and will serve as outdoor classrooms for the study and appreciation of nature conservation as part of the schools' science and community involvement curriculum.

"There's no better way to educate students on local ecologies than through the hands-on interaction and involvement of their very own butterfly gardens in their schools," Chirico added.

The schools are chosen based on their keen interest in nature conservation and their close proximity to Seagate's manufacturing operations at Ang Mo Kio and Woodlands.

Seagate's sponsorship includes the purchase of butterfly-attracting plants and raw materials, as well as fees paid out to NSS for consultation services rendered for the design and construction of the garden.

Seagate's environmental conservation effort is part of the company's Global Citizenship program that guides how the organization conducts its business in ways that will help minimize the negative impact on the environment. The company constantly develops or improves upon manufacturing processes that help conserve energy, reduce hazardous and solid wastes, as well as reducing lead content in the products.

The manufacture of all Seagate products, including the 10 new storage product offerings announced today, complies with the guidelines set out in the company's Global Citizenship program. The company's Global Citizenship program can be found at http://www.seagate.com/newsinfo/citizenship/index.html.

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