News | November 23, 2021
Las Vegas Sands and the Clean the World Foundation, a leader in global health dedicated to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) and global sustainability, have announced the 2021 Drop by Drop Project grant recipients. The Project will fund work by The University of Saint Joseph Macao (USJ), Institute of Science and Environment to provide nature-based solutions to climate change and by Conservation International Singapore to develop a virtual learning series to engage young children on the importance of protecting the ocean and nature.
Sands and Clean the World developed the Drop by Drop Project in 2019 to reinvest capital from Sands’ water stewardship savings into innovative projects supporting water champions in its local regions. Funding from the Drop by Drop Project aims to increase local water resiliency, reinvigorate ecosystems, incubate new water solutions and engage the community. Since that time, Drop by Drop has supported several accomplishments, including creating water-based solutions for a clean and safer Macao using wetland ecosystems as a nature-based solution for climate change adaptation and mitigation, fabricating a river plastic collection device, launching teacher training programs and developing a marine conservation virtual learning series.
“Because of Sands’ high-impact water conservation programs, these grant recipients are receiving critical funding to advance important research,” said Shawn Seipler, Chairman of the Board, Clean the World Foundation. “We are excited to see their findings and the solutions to local challenges that arise from their work.”
This Drop by Drop grant is the second for the USJ Institute of Science and Environment to continue research pertaining to local wetlands, with special focus on mangroves. This grant is the first for Conservation International Singapore, which is aiming to further its efforts around inspiring and empowering future generations of Singaporeans to develop an appreciation of marine environments and take action for nature.
“Both USJ and Conservation International are true champions of their causes,” said Katarina Tesarova, senior vice president and Chief Sustainability Officer at Sands. “Each organization is driving substantive change in their communities through local engagement on water stewardship and ecosystem health. We believe each project can make significant impact on the community.”
Sands’ partnership with Clean the World on the Drop by Drop Project is part of its comprehensive Sands ECO360 global sustainability program that encapsulates efforts to ensure the long-term environmental health of its regions as sustainable tourism destinations by practicing responsible development and reducing impact on the natural environment.
For more information on The Drop by Drop Project, please visit: http://cleantheworldfoundation.org/dropbydrop.