PPG donates $55,000 to COSI for Innovations in Energy project, ongoing support

Funding supports multiyear energy-focused project, general programming expenses

The PPG Industries Foundation has donated $50,000 to COSI, the Center of Science and Industry, located in Columbus, Ohio, to help fund its multiyear Innovations in Energy project, which was developed with assistance from PPG Industries experts. Carl Johnson, PPG North America director of refinish manufacturing based at the company’s Delaware, Ohio, manufacturing plant, spoke on behalf of PPG during the grand opening of COSI’s Innovation Showcase: Innovations in Energy exhibit. Johnson, center, joined Paul W. Bush (left), PPG manager of technical services for flat glass, based at the PPG Glass Business and Discovery Center in Harmar, Pa., and COSI President and CEO David E. Chesebrough, Ed.D., at the grand opening, standing before a home-weatherization display that features energy-efficient PPG glass technology. The PPG Industries Foundation has an ongoing relationship with COSI, donating for nearly 20 years to support the center’s general programming.
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 3, 2011 – The PPG Industries Foundation has donated $50,000 to COSI, the Center of Science and Industry, located in Columbus, to help fund its Innovations in Energy project, along with $5,000 to assist COSI in covering general programming expenses. Additionally, PPG experts assisted in the development of the center’s Innovation Showcase: Innovations in Energy exhibit, which opened in late August 2011.

“We thank PPG and its foundation for supporting the multiyear Innovations in Energy project,” said David E. Chesebrough, Ed.D., president and CEO of COSI. “The Innovation Showcase encourages critical thinking skills and empowers the public to make informed decisions and take personal actions regarding energy use. It also informs visitors about the diverse backgrounds and functions of people working in energy-related careers, especially in the ‘STEM’ fields of science, technology, engineering and math, and encourages middle- and high-school students in particular to pursue these paths.”

The Innovation Showcase exhibit represents the first phase of an “Innovations in Energy” project designed to help bridge the gap in public understanding about energy issues and the systems within which they live. An interactive home weatherization display invites visitors to use a thermal imaging camera to perform a “home energy audit” comparing the energy-efficiency of a wall with a regular window to one with a window including solar-control glass from PPG. Also, a graphic and video in the Innovation Showcase introduce visitors to J.J. Wirth, PPG brand manager, fleet segments, who describes her role and PPG’s involvement in the fields of energy savings and energy generation.

COSI’s Innovations in Energy project team worked with PPG experts and toured PPG research facilities to learn about the company’s “green” glass and coatings technology and to meet PPG scientists, including Chief Technology Officer Charles F. Kahle II.

“PPG and the PPG Industries Foundation are strongly committed to supporting the communities where our employees work and live, especially through educational programs that focus on STEM-related concepts and careers,” said Sue Sloan, executive director of the PPG Industries Foundation. “PPG and its corporate foundation have supported COSI for nearly 20 years with annual grants for general programming, and we are excited to deepen the relationship by funding and assisting with the development of the Innovation Showcase and the overall Innovations in Energy project.”

Established in 1951, the PPG Industries Foundation demonstrates the values of PPG Industries by enhancing the quality of life in communities where the company has a presence. Interests of the foundation, in order of priority, are education, human services, culture and arts, and civic and community affairs. PPG also supports charitable causes by encouraging employees' volunteerism and board service with nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit www.ppgfoundation.com.

About COSI
COSI, the Center of Science and Industry, located in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the most respected science centers in the nation – serving 20 million visitors since 1964. Parents Magazine recently named COSI the No. 1 Science Center in the Country. COSI’s programs and world-class experiences inspire an interest in science and encourage people to want to learn more about their world. Read more at cosi.org.

PPG Industries' vision is to continue to be the world’s leading coatings and specialty products company. Through leadership in innovation, sustainability and color, PPG helps customers in industrial, transportation, consumer products, and construction markets and aftermarkets to enhance more surfaces in more ways than does any other company. Founded in 1883, PPG has global headquarters in Pittsburgh and operates in more than 60 countries around the world. Sales in 2010 were $13.4 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.

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K.C. McCrory
PPG Corporate Communications