At its heart, chemistry is a question of transformation-from one state to another, one moment to the next, creating new possibilities. Education has the same effect, enabling growth, development and innovations for a brighter future.
That's why we focus so intently on supporting educational initiatives in the communities where we live and work. Through the unique partnerships we build, we strive to open a world of opportunities for children in our hometowns.
Even a little help can have a profound impact on the education of a student. That's the driving belief behind the CF Industries Classroom Minigrant Program.
Our unique program supports education and improves agricultural and environmental literacy in the communities where we operate fertilizer distribution warehouses and terminals. We award minigrants to educators who find innovative ways to incorporate agriculture or the environment into classroom projects, with priority placed on projects that focus on water quality education. The grants average around $300 each, with larger grants awarded to projects that involve multiple classes or a large group of students.
Teachers have received minigrants to take their students on field trips, perform water testing, purchase instruments to test precision farming techniques and for hundreds of other projects.
To inquire whether your school qualifies for participation in this program, contact Tom Mollet.
Supporting Excellence in Farmer Education
A brighter future depends on the steps we take today to take care of our planet and how well we teach those who come after us to do the same. In 2014, we found a unique opportunity to do both.
In a first of its kind undertaking for our industry, we donated $600,000 – the net proceeds from the sale of a large block of carbon credits to Chevrolet – to the National FFA Foundation to support excellence in farmer education and fertilizer best management practices.
CF generated the carbon credits by voluntarily implementing nitrous oxide abatement technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We began implementing the abatement technologies in 2008.
For nearly two decades, we have sponsored ChemFriends Expo, an annual event held in Ascension Parish, Louisiana, during National Chemistry Week to raise awareness of science and chemistry. In 2014, the event drew more than 1,800 sixth-graders, as well as community members. Our community outreach also includes teacher appreciation initiatives at five schools and support for Teach for America instructors.