SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 29 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- Suntech Power Holdings Co.,
Ltd. (NYSE: STP), one of the world's leading manufacturers of photovoltaic (PV)
cells and modules, today announced its support of The Green Long March
initiative to promote increased understanding of environmental successes and
challenges in China, and encourage sustainable development.
In early 2007, Future Generations and the Beijing Forestry University,
with the support of the State Forestry Administration, launched The Green Long
March -- a nation-wide youth program to encourage environmental conservation
in 22 provinces and 26 national nature preserves in China. 2,000 core
students from 43 Chinese universities formed relay teams to travel by train
and foot along 10 routes through China. Suntech sponsored the Yellow River
route that traced China's second longest river from the western province of
Qinghai to the eastern province of Shandong where the river joins the sea.
The sponsorship provided funding for conservation training, surveys on
conservation initiatives, uniforms and equipment, food, transportation and a
campaign to increase public awareness of the project.
"Educational campaigns such as The Green Long March are vital to
increasing awareness of the environmental challenges that we are facing today,
and encouraging the search for solutions that can lead to sustainable
development," said Dr. Zhengrong Shi, Suntech's chairman and CEO. "The
widespread community involvement in The Green Long March coincides with
Suntech's commitment to promoting broad based initiatives that will help bring
about an environmentally sustainable future."
During the course of The Green Long March, students exchanged
environmental conservation ideas with approximately 75,000 people from
universities, schools, communities and government bureaus. Among its many
activities, the project included the planting of a million trees, and
surveying of hundreds of local environmental successes as well as areas which
need improvement in China. An estimated 9.75 million people were indirectly
impacted through this environmental education campaign.
"We believe that China will play a key role in developing global
environmental protection initiatives and we look forward to continuing to
support programs that encourage conservation of our natural resources," added
The closing ceremony of The Green Long March was held at the Beijing
Forestry University on November 24, 2007 and commemorated the outstanding
environmental activism of the students who spearheaded the march. A
collection of The Green Long March Diaries, media coverage and scientific
essays were published to mark the successful closing of the March.
For further information about The Green Long March please visit
About Future Generations
Future Generations, founded in 1992, is a non-profit educational
institution that teaches and enables a process of equitable and sustainable
community change in four countries: Afghanistan, China, India and Peru. The
process of community change is designed to facilitate three-way partnerships
between communities, government and non-government organizations and to scale-
up successful community-based programs to the regional or national level.
Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. is a leading solar energy company in the
world as measured by both production output and capacity of solar cells and
modules. Suntech provides solar solutions for a green future. Suntech
designs, develops, manufactures, and markets a variety of high quality, cost
effective and environmentally friendly PV cells and modules for electric power
applications in the residential, commercial, industrial, and public utility
sectors. Suntech's majority-owned subsidiary, MSK Corporation is one of the
top-ranked companies in the building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) space.
Suntech's customers are located in various markets worldwide, including key
markets throughout Europe, North America, Japan and China. For more
information, please visit http://www.suntech-power.com .
For more information, please contact:
Investor Relations Manager
Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd.
In the United States:
Sanjay M. Hurry
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