Grant Supports Scientific Research Study of Water Quality Changes in Gulf Coast’s Baffin Bay Marine Ecosystem
DALLAS — (BUSINESS WIRE) — June 29, 2017 — Celanese Corporation (NYSE: CE), a global technology and specialty materials company, and an industry leader in environmental stewardship, has announced its continued support of the Gulf Coast’s Baffin Bay Ecosystem Study with a $150,000 grant, as well as serving as an advisory board member to help guide future scientific studies within the Baffin Bay ecosystem. This is the second grant made by Celanese for a total of $300,000 over a six-year period toward marine research and water quality in the Baffin Bay ecosystem.
The Study, led by Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and the Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program, began in 2013 and provides objective, science-based assessments of water quality changes occurring in Baffin Bay, a sensitive marine ecosystem in South Texas which is an inlet of the larger Laguna Madre off the western coast of the Gulf of Mexico.
Over the next three years, the Study plans to:
- Engage community, industry and next-generation stewards in watershed restoration efforts,
- Develop a long-term watershed protection plan, and
- Continue water quality sampling to assess the impact of restoration activities.
“Celanese has a long history of community and corporate involvement in the protection of our natural resources,” said Mark Rohr, Chairman and CEO, Celanese Corp. “We are pleased to continue our support of the critical water quality and testing work being done on Baffin Bay to protect this sensitive ecosystem, and we look forward to the science-based research that will help guide Baffin Bay toward a thriving marine environment.”
“With the support of Celanese we have reached a major milestone by completing four years of water quality sampling on Baffin Bay. This additional support Celanese is providing will help us take the Study to the next level,” said Dr. Michael Wetz, Associate Professor of Marine Biology at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.
“As a result of support from academia and industry, we now have new, science-based information that will help guide research, management and restoration efforts moving forward. The community involvement, including Celanese’s generous support, has been incredible,” said Rae Mooney, project manager at Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program.
Celanese Corporation is a global technology leader in the production of differentiated chemistry solutions and specialty materials used in most major industries and consumer applications. Our two complementary business cores, Acetyl Chain and Materials Solutions, use the full breadth of Celanese’s global chemistry, technology and business expertise to create value for our customers and the corporation. As we partner with our customers to solve their most critical business needs, we strive to make a positive impact on our communities and the world through The Celanese Foundation. Based in Dallas, Celanese currently employs approximately 7,500 employees worldwide and had 2016 net sales of $5.4 billion. For more information about Celanese and our product offerings, visit www.celanese.com or our blog at www.celaneseblog.com.
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About Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi: Offering more than 80 of the most popular degree programs in the state, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi has proudly provided a solid academic reputation, renowned faculty, and highly rated degree programs since 1947. The Island University has earned its spot as the premier, urban doctoral-granting institution in South Texas, supporting a UAS test site, two institutes and more than 40 research centers and labs. Discover your island at http://www.tamucc.edu/.
About the College of Science and Engineering: The College of Science and Engineering is preparing students in an array of life-changing studies such as atmospheric science, software development, genomics, and marine science. Engineering majors are finding solutions to problems using unmanned technologies. Marine scientists are working in the Gulf of Mexico and oceans around the world to identify new species, harmful algal toxins and promote the sustainable use of marine resources. The University is also home to a nationally certified Computer Science program, the Plasma Engineering Research Lab, the nation’s premier Geographic Information Sciences (GIS) program and the Center for Coastal Studies.
About the Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program (CBBEP): The CBBEP is a local non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to researching, restoring and protecting the bays and estuaries of the Texas Coastal Bend, a 515 square mile area of water that includes all bays, estuaries and bayous in the Copano, Aransas, Corpus Christi, Nueces, Baffin and upper Laguna Madre bay systems.
The mission of the CBBEP is the implementation of the Coastal Bend
Bays Plan, which is to protect and restore the health and productivity
of the bays and estuaries while supporting continued economic growth and
public use of the bays. The plan identifies specific actions that will
benefit the bay system and the users of the bays. For more information
about CBBEP, visit