For immediate release: January 15, 2014
Contact: Nicole Rosenleaf Ritter, Communications Manager, Project WET Foundation | 406-585-4115 | email
Bozeman, Montana—The Project WET Foundation has recognized Heidi Paul's nearly two decades of service with its first Water Education Leadership Award.
Paul is executive vice-president of corporate affairs for Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA) and was chair of the Board of Directors of the Project WET Foundation from 2005 through 2013. She was honored for helping the Project WET Foundation educate 40 million people about water resources, while creating a model for corporate engagement.
"As the Foundation's chair, Heidi has challenged the Board and staff to think big and go beyond ourselves, while also staying true to our mission, vision and core beliefs," said Dennis Nelson, president and CEO of Project WET. "Her counsel has helped the Project WET Foundation lead the way in teaching children, youth and educators about water, healthy hydration and stewardship."
Heidi was first introduced to Project WET when an employee in Maine began to use Project WET materials to teach communities about the water cycle in the early 1990s. Paul liked how people responded to the information and expanded the relationship between Project WET and NWNA. That paved the way for Nestlé employees worldwide to use Project WET to engage in volunteer service promoting water stewardship in their own communities. In the last year alone, more than 1,000 Nestlé and Nestlé Waters employees worldwide participated in Project WET water education activities.
Nelson said that Heidi's support of Project WET in the United States and around the world "not only reflects her own dedication to service but also highlights Nestlé Waters' commitment to helping people understand water for the greater good of all people."
The incoming chair of the Project WET Foundation Board of Directors, Intel Corporation's Corporate Water Programs Manager Tom Cooper, called Heidi Paul "a role model for nonprofit leadership and corporate social responsibility."
"Heidi's work with the Project WET Foundation has helped the organization to grow and develop from its incorporation as a 501(c)(3) in 2005 right up through today, when Project WET's water education activities can be found in more than 60 countries around the world," Cooper added.
Nelson presented the award, a water-themed sculpture by American artist Rik Sargent, during the Project WET Foundation Board of Directors meeting in December. The sculpture, commissioned by conservationist Valerie Gates for the Project WET Foundation, represents Project WET and its mission of water education.
Paul will continue to serve on the Project WET Foundation Board of Directors as a member.
About the Project WET Foundation: Since 1984, the Project WET Foundation has been dedicated to reaching children, parents, teachers and community members with action-oriented water education to enable every child to understand and value water, ensuring a sustainable future. Project WET ("WET" stands for "Water Education for Teachers") is active in all 50 U.S. states and more than 65 countries worldwide.
About Nestlé Waters North America: As the third largest beverage company by volume in the U.S., Nestlé Waters North America provides people with an unrivaled portfolio of healthy beverages. Among them are natural spring water brands Poland Spring ®, Deer Park® and Arrowhead®. Its national purified brand is Nestlé® Pure Life®. International brands include Perrier® and S.Pellegrino®. The company's line of ready-to-drink teas now includes Nestea®, Sweet Leaf® and Tradewinds®. Based in Stamford, Connecticut with 7,500 employees nationwide, Nestle Waters strives to reduce its environmental footprint, improve recycling rates in North America and create shared value in those communities where it has operations.