At Honeywell, we are committed to supporting our local fire and police departments. The Buffalo Research Lab’s emergency response team frequently participates with local police, fire, rescue and other emergency services in drills designed to test and improve our emergency planning.
Science and Math Education
The employees of Honeywell’s Buffalo Research Lab have actively supported science and math education programs for more than 50 years. Since 2010, Honeywell has awarded full scholarships to 10 Buffalo Public School teachers to attend Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The teachers participated in 45 hours of classroom, laboratory and training time, focused on science and space exploration.
For more than 20 years, Honeywell has supported the Western New York Chapter of the International Chemistry Olympiad, hosted locally in the Buffalo region by Canisius College. The International Chemistry Olympiad is a local, national, and international competition sponsored in the U.S. by the American Chemical Society. It is designed to stimulate and promote achievement in high school chemistry, as well as recognize outstanding students in order to encourage their interest in chemistry education at a formative time in their intellectual development. Each year, employees of the Buffalo Research Lab serve as mentors to about 75 area high school students and help them to prepare for local and national exams.
Honeywell sponsors FMA Live! performances for middle school students across the country, including a performance for more than 300 students at Buffalo’s Southside Elementary School. The award-winning science education program, created by Honeywell and NASA, is designed to inspire middle school students to pursue studies in science, technology, engineering and math. Since its inception in 2004, FMA Live! has traveled 92,700 miles across 48 U.S. states and Canada, reaching 297,300 students at 844 schools.
Habitat and Conservation
Recently, Honeywell employees and family members joined a number of other volunteers to clean the Red Jacket Riverfront Park in South Buffalo as part of the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper’s Shoreline Sweep event. Volunteers also participate in the annual Seneca Babcock Community Cleanup.
In 2013, Honeywell was awarded the Buffalo Business First 2013 Manufacturing Award for Community Involvement. Through Honeywell’s corporate citizenship initiative, Honeywell Hometown Solutions, our company builds programs that deliver results we can quantify: one community, one home, one teacher and one student at a time. Our efforts focus on five areas: science and math education, housing and shelter, habitat and conservation, family safety and security and humanitarian relief. To learn more about Honeywell’s community involvement efforts, visit Honeywell Hometown Solutions.
Honeywell has been working with South Buffalo Development (SBD) under the jurisdiction of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to restore the former Buffalo Color Corporation’s manufacturing site along the Buffalo River. Allied Chemical, a predecessor company to Honeywell, formerly owned the site and sold it to Buffalo Color in 1977.
In early May 2011, SBD completed the demolition of all buildings that will not be reused as part of the redevelopment. Most of the site has now been remediated and covered with clean soil and grass seed. The new Heritage Discovery Center has opened at 100 Lee Street, which includes the Western Railway Historical Society, the Steel Plant Museum and public space for community organizations. The restoration of the site also encourages further development throughout the broader Elk Street corridor and South Buffalo Brownfield Opportunity Area.
Honeywell also is part of a unique public-private partnership, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the DEC, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, that is working together to restore the Buffalo River. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has completed the first phase of a major dredging project and the partnership is scheduled to begin phase two in 2013.