Republic Services partners with
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.
7, 2008 - The
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
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
wing. This new wing will offer exhibits that will be dedicated
environment, including interpretation of its unique ecology, the
and the impact of humankind, hurricanes, and climate change.
The gift was announced at the Museum on
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
and environmental topic.”
exhibit will be housed in the popular
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
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
wing will feature interactive exhibits with a special focus on
rich and fragile ecosystem and how global environmental change
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
children’s area will be expanded to make room for new
interactive water play exhibits.
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.