Dr. Clayton Christensen to Headline IDEAcademy 2017

Education   Empowerment   Economic Development

Eastman is honored to welcome the architect of and the world's foremost authority on disruptive innovation – Dr. Clayton Christensen – as the keynote speaker for IDEAcademy 2017. Slated for Sept. 11-12, IDEAcademy is a free, multi-day event featuring thought leaders in the world of innovation and leadership. The theme of this year’s event – “Think. Again.” – opens the forum to a variety of topics and messages and will challenge attendees to consider different perspectives to drive innovative thought and collaboration. While the event is free, pre-registration is required. Learn More

Farm to table

Education   Environment   Empowerment   Economic Development

Eastman Foundation is a corporate partner for Appalachian Sustainable Development, a nonprofit organization that promotes improved access to healthy, garden-grown foods and sustainable agriculture and forestry in areas of Virginia and Tennessee. Currently, ASD supports nine programs that empower farmers and promote sustainability efforts. Eastman Foundation also participates in the ASD’s “Rooted in Appalachia” program by hosting a weekly farmers market at its Tennessee operations and corporate campus. Learn More

Understanding the ocean that connects our world

Empowerment   Economic Development

Because the ocean and ocean life are fundamental to our climate and weather systems, Eastman Foundation is supporting Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) in developing innovative ways to observe and measure ocean processes. These new instruments will allow scientists to collect data in new places and to deeper depths as they strive to understand the ocean's role in our climate and investigate how our changing planet affects ocean life and water systems. Learn More

Winning with ocean science

Education   Environment   Empowerment

At the company's global headquarters in East Tennessee, students at Dobyns-Bennett High School are being challenged to apply cross-disciplinary learnings to real world issues and problems in a unique capstone course. Most recently, the school's first team took home fifth place at the National Ocean Sciences Bowl Regional Competition in Wilmington, NC. What makes this team unique? The Dobyns-Bennett team is made up of four young ladies that set a great example of the importance of equipping girls in STEAM curriculum to develop a diverse workforce. Learn More

Empowering future leaders through Design Education

Education   Empowerment   Economic Development

The Eastman Foundation and the Eastman Innovation Lab are investing in Aether Global Education, a nonprofit, think tank focused on transformative learning through design education. Eastman Foundation understands the collective value of public-private partnerships is exponential and invests in those that can improve communities around the world. Aether's project based approach of exposing future leaders to real world problem solving across cultures and geographies combined with their support of improving quality of life compliments Eastman Foundation's commitment to delivering value to our global community. Learn More

Clemson Engineers for Developing Countries

Education   Environment   Empowerment   Economic Development

Clemson Engineers for Developing Countries (CEDC) is a student-led service learning initiative from Clemson University that works with local communities in rural Haiti to develop engineering solutions that improve quality of life. Eastman Foundation is proud to partner with this organization, both through financial support and by sharing employee expertise as mentors to CEDC students.

The Eastman Foundation is offering a matching gift opportunity for our partnership with CEDC in 2016. Help Eastman Foundation and CEDC create viable and meaningful change.

Life Skills and Garden Beds

Education   Environment   Empowerment   Economic Development

The sound of hammers, the smell of fertile soil, and the promise of a bountiful harvest filled the air at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kingsport’s Eastman Center as seven raised garden beds came to life. Made possible by the Eastman Foundation and Appalachian Sustainable Development’s Learning Landscapes program, the raised garden beds support the Boys & Girls Club health and life skills program area. The project provides a tremendous opportunity not only for Club members to get active outdoors but also to learn about gardening and the plants they grow. They will also be able to enjoy the fresh food and flowers that result from their efforts. The impact of educating and inspiring healthy habits can expand beyond Club members to influence healthy habits for their families and the broader community. Learn More