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Republic Services partners with Museum of Discovery and Science to create a “Recycling Exhibit” as part of the Museum’s $20 million Capital Campaign.

Republic Services, Inc. "Green" Exhibit will be featured in the Museum's expansion.

February 7, 2008 - The Museum of Discovery and Science announced a $1 million gift from Republic Services, Inc. to the Museum’s capital campaign. The gift will fund a new 1,500 square foot recycling “Green” exhibit. The exhibit will help educate visitors on the importance of recycling, waste disposal, and the purpose and science behind landfills.

Kim L. Cavendish, Museum president/CEO said, “I am extremely pleased that Republic Services has committed this generous gift to the Museum’s capital expansion and renewal campaign. The new exhibit will help the Museum promote “Green” during a time when climate change is a global concern.”

This generous commitment is a great boost to the Museum’s three-year, $20 million capital campaign to fund an expansion of the Museum that will effectively double its public space. The expansion plan includes a 27,000-square-foot
EcoDiscovery Center wing. This new wing will offer exhibits that will be dedicated primarily to Florida’s environment, including interpretation of its unique ecology, the Everglades, and the impact of humankind, hurricanes, and climate change.

The gift was announced at the Museum on
Wednesday, February 6, 2008 by Jim O’Connor, Chairman and CEO of Republic Services, Inc.  Mr. O’Connor said “In 2008 Republic Services is celebrating its 10-year anniversary as a public company.  Our gift is both a way to say ‘thank you’ to the local community and invest in our children and the environment. Our goal with this partnership is to help educate our youngest citizens about recycling and proper solid waste management as a civic and environmental topic.”  The “Green” exhibit will be housed in the popular Discovery Center children’s area located on the first floor of the Museum.

The Museum’s “Building New Pathways to Discovery” campaign is being jointly chaired by the following distinguished community leaders: Tom Angelo, Esq. of Angelo and Banta, P.A.; Keith Koenig, President of City Furniture; Terry Stiles, Chairman/CEO of Stiles Corporation; and Jon Ferrando, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the
Museum of Discovery and Science. To date, over $13.5 million has been raised in support of the project.

Since the “new” Museum of Discovery and Science opened in 1992, nearly 7 million people have been entertained and educated with interactive and immersive exhibits, engaging educational programs, larger-than-life films in the AutoNation® IMAX® Theater, and a live animal collection. The new
EcoDiscovery Center wing will feature interactive exhibits with a special focus on the Everglades’ rich and fragile ecosystem and how global environmental change is affecting Florida, as well as an iconic indoor/outdoor fresh water otter habitat. Other highlights include a simulated airboat ride through the Everglades and a high wire gravity bicycle. The expansion will also include laboratory/classrooms that will increase the Museum’s capacity for classes, camps, and school programs.

Construction of a new Visitor Pavilion will begin in February 2008, opening up the existing lobby area for programming. The popular “
Discovery Center” children’s area will be expanded to make room for new interactive water play exhibits.

ABOUT REPUBLIC SERVICES

Republic Services, Inc. is a leading provider of services in the domestic solid waste industry, providing non-hazardous solid waste collection services for commercial, industrial, municipal, and residential customers through 135 collection companies in 21 states. Republic owns or operates 93 transfer stations, 59 solid waste landfills and 33 recycling facilities. Republic serves millions of residential customers under terms of contracts with more than 1,200 municipalities for waste collection and residential services. Republic also serves some commercial customers throughout our expansive service area. The total number of residential and commercial customers that Republic has is approximately 5.5 million.

Since incorporation, Republic Services has been committed to the essential components of integrated solid waste management services: collection, recycling, composting, transfer and disposal. Each division of Republic Services is dedicated to preserving the environment while providing the most cost-effective programs for solid waste collection and disposal.

 



 



 

 
 






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