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Wheelabrator to live stream 20th annual Environmental Symposium

HAMPTON, N.H. — May 1, 2014 — Renewable energy provider Wheelabrator Technologies will provide live online video coverage of its annual youth environmental summit for the first time in the 20-year history of the company’s flagship community engagement program.

Over the past two decades, Wheelabrator’s Symposium for Environment and Education has inspired more than 3,000 middle school students throughout the U.S. to create innovative solutions to environmental issues. This year’s Symposium is slated for May 5-8 in Sunrise, Fla.

In all, 150 students from 15 schools in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Florida will gather to present their projects to a panel of Wheelabrator employees, educators and environmental experts. A first for the Symposium series, each team presentation will be made available online, enabling schools, family members, friends, and community and business leaders to watch the presentations unfold live Tuesday, May 6.

Interested spectators can view the school presentations by logging on to Wheelabrator’s website.

Following is a schedule of student presentations:

- Friendship Preparatory Academy in Baltimore, Md. — 8:00 a.m. to 8:35 a.m.

- Westglades Middle School in Parkland, Fla. — 8:35 a.m. to 9:10 a.m.

- Park City Magnet School in Bridgeport, Conn. — 9:10 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

- Lawton Chiles Middle Academy in Lakeland, Fla. — 9:45 a.m. to 10:20 a.m.

- Peekskill Middle School in Peekskill, N.Y. — 10:30 a.m. to 11:05 a.m.

- FDR Middle School in Bristol, Pa. — 11:05 a.m. to 11:40 a.m.

- McNicol Middle School in Hollywood, Fla. — 11:40 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

- Lisbon Central School in Lisbon, Conn. — 1:15 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. **via Skype

- New River Middle School in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. — 1:50 p.m. to 2:25 p.m.

- Green Street Academy in Baltimore, Md. — 2:25 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

- West Deptford Middle School in West Deptford, N.J. — 3:00 p.m. to 3:35 p.m.

- Morrisville Intermediate School in Morrisville, Pa. — 3:45 p.m. to 4:20 p.m.

- Millbury Memorial Jr./Sr. High School in Millbury, Mass. — 4:20 p.m. to 4:55 p.m.

- W.E. Waters Middle School in Portsmouth, Va. — 4:55 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

- Sawgrass Springs Middle School in Coral Springs, Fla. — 5:30 p.m. to 6:05 p.m.

The 20th annual Wheelabrator Symposium for Environment and Education will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sunrise - Sawgrass Mills.

This year, the Wheelabrator Symposium is focusing on the theme of “Connecting to the Oceans” through a special educational partnership with third-generation ocean explorer Fabien Cousteau, first grandson of legendary explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau. The theme is designed to engage students in research, scientific study and community projects, linking the quality of the local environment to the health of the seas around us.

As part of the partnership, students will follow Cousteau and his team during Mission 31, a month-long research mission June 1 to July 2 in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary aboard Aquarius, the only underwater marine habitat and lab in the world. Students will also be able to participate in online science sessions on ocean conservation led by renowned scientists. Cousteau will be the keynote speaker at the Symposium’s 20th anniversary celebration.

ABOUT WHEELABRATOR TECHNOLOGIES INC.

A wholly owned subsidiary of Waste Management, Wheelabrator Technologies Inc. is a leader in the safe and environmentally sound conversion of municipal solid waste and other renewable waste fuels into clean energy. Wheelabrator owns or operates 17 waste-to-energy facilities that provide safe waste disposal for towns and cities across the U.S. Wheelabrator also operates four independent power plants designed to generate electricity using an assortment of fuels, including waste wood, waste coal, and natural gas. In addition to producing electricity, some of these facilities also produce steam sold to nearby government and commercial establishments. Wheelabrator’s 21 facilities have a combined electric generating capacity of 853 megawatts, enough energy to power more than 900,000 homes. To learn more, visit www.wheelabratortechnologies.com or tweet us.

ABOUT WASTE MANAGEMENT

Waste Management, Inc., based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal services. It is also a leading developer, operator and owner of waste-to-energy and landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United States. The company’s customers include residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers throughout North America. To learn more information about Waste Management visit www.wm.com or www.thinkgreen.com.