PPG donates $55,000 to the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) for new Energy Explorers exhibition, ongoing support

Funding supports ongoing development of energy-focused exhibit, general expenses

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 11, 2013 – The PPG Industries Foundation has donated $50,000 to COSI, the Center of Science and Industry, located in Columbus, in support of its new Energy Explorers exhibition area, along with $5,000 to assist COSI in covering general programming expenses.

“PPG is a long-time supporter of COSI and STEM education partners and we are appreciative of that support,” said David E. Chesebrough, Ed.D., president and CEO of COSI. “The additional funding has helped COSI enhance the Energy Explorers exhibition area, which engages visitors in hands-on activities demonstrating how individuals use energy and how their individual choices regarding energy impact the world around them.”

PPG has supported COSI since 1992, providing $5,000 annually and an additional $50,000 in 2010 and again this year for two phases of COSI’s energy exhibit work: Innovations in Energy, a temporary exhibition, and the Energy Explorers exhibition. Energy and Environment is one of four strategic areas of focus for COSI. Innovations in Energy focused on bridging the gap in public understanding about energy issues and the systems in which they live, while Energy Explorers focuses on consumer choices around home energy consumption, transportation, purchasing and products.

The new exhibition incorporates much of the content of the Innovations in Energy exhibition and engages visitors in activities about the impact of their choices by highlighting issues such as how energy is measured, energy systems and the grid, innovations in energy and technology, global energy use compared to the U.S. and current energy news. Overall, the project aims to motivate people to alter their behavior in ways that will lead to a more sustainable world and to increase awareness of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers in the energy sector.

“PPG and the PPG Industries Foundation are strongly dedicated to supporting educational programs that impact communities where our employees work and live and that provide resources to help create a more sustainable world,” said Sue Sloan, executive director, PPG Industries Foundation. “COSI’s focus on educating the public about today’s energy issues and the STEM-related careers in energy is of utmost importance to PPG, as we strive to create sustainable products and minimize our environmental footprint.”

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 — engaging more than 30 million people through both onsite and offsite programs since 1964. Parents Magazine named COSI the #1 Science Center in the Country. COSI’s programs and world-class experiences inspire an interest in science encouraging 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 nearly 70 countries around the world. Sales in 2012 were $15.2 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol:PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com and follow @PPGIndustries on Twitter.

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K.C. McCrory
PPG Corporate Communications