April 21, 2021


Heather LeCon


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Celebrating Earth Day All Month Long…and Beyond!


by Heather LeCon

Apr 21, 2021

At Applied Materials, making a positive contribution to the community is at the foundation of our culture. As our president and CEO Gary Dickerson says, “I strongly believe our responsibility as leaders is to leave the world in a better place.”

Applied considers environmental impacts as part of every significant decision we make throughout our business operations. We refer to our sustainability framework as 1x-100x-10,000x, which represents our own operations (1x), how we work with customers and suppliers (100x), and how our technology can be used to advance sustainability on a global scale (10,000x).

During our annual global EarthWorks campaign, which kicked off April 1, employees are encouraged to learn about and take action dedicated to environmental sustainability. EarthWorks focuses on the 1x part of our sustainability framework and allows employees to learn how they can individually create sustainable habits to benefit our environment and planet.

Across the globe, Applied Materials employees are cleaning up trails (following social distancing protocols, of course!), attending workshops about marine science, creating homemade reusable shopping bags, learning about ways they can become climate advocates in their local communities, and more.


While the campaign remains mostly virtual for the second year in a row, that hasn’t dampened our employees’ creativity. From coast to coast in the U.S., throughout Asia and in communities in Israel and Europe, employees are sharing photos of their neighborhood nature walks and backyard vegetable gardens, favorite articles about sustainability, and ideas about how the company can implement more eco-friendly practices.

Earth Day started in 1970 to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide, and has been celebrated each year since then. Join us as we reflect on our stewardship of the planet and take action today—and every day—to Make Possible a Better Future!

Get inspired by visiting Applied’s corporate responsibility webpage and follow us on Twitter @Applied4Good to see how we’re engaging in environmental sustainability and other efforts year-round.

Tags: CSR, EarthWorks, Earth Day, ESG, sustainability, Environment

Heather LeCon

Corporate Communications Specialist


Heather LeCon is a Corporate Communications Specialist who supports strategic internal communications and drives social media at Applied Materials. She contributes to our employee communications app, Applied4You, by driving creative content and providing global program manager training. Heather also manages content creation and publishing for all Applied's corporate social media channels. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations from San Jose State University and started at Applied as a New College Graduate.

Fun fact: She's a world traveler who has visited 10 countries and 13 states. In her free time, Heather loves attending live music concerts, producing and acting in short films and taking weekend trips to Disneyland!

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