Konica Minolta Awards Substantial Grant to Promote STEM and Environmental Education

RAMSEY, N.J., May 4, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) today announced that it will be furthering its efforts to promote environmental and STEM education by making an $115,000 donation to the Thielke Arboretum Environmental Education Center.

The donation will help fund the construction of an education center, which will allow for year-round science and environmental programming. The Thielke Arboretum is a wetland forest, with nature trails, gardens, a spring fed pond, and a sparkling brook. The arboretum's eleven acres support many species of trees and plants, the majority of which are native to this area. The planned 1,750ft Environmental Education Center will support an already existing education program that has been in place for years with no shelter during inclement weather, as well as providing facilities for visitors and the many arboretum volunteers.

"As a technology company that aims to create new value for society, Konica Minolta is committed to shaping our nation's future leaders and innovators. That is why we are focused on supporting the needs of today's youth and sparking their interest in learning and STEM," says Kevin Kern, senior vice president, marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions, USA, Inc. "We aspire to make Konica Minolta an institution that makes a significant and positive impact in the world."

"The arboretum holds endless educational opportunities and provides students with hands-on learning in the sciences while teaching the importance of environmental sustainability," says Tom Vielbig, president, Friends of the Glen Rock Arboretum. "With this generous donation from Konica Minolta, we hope to help the Arboretum reach thousands of students and inspire their passion for learning."

The presentation is planned for Tuesday April 28th at 10am at the entrance to the arboretum. The Thielke Arboretum is located at 460 Doremus Avenue, Glen Rock, NJ.

Konica Minolta has made more than a dozen donations to various organizations this year. It has also chosen to support organizations that promote science, technology, engineering, and math programs; education of children; and programs for empowerment through technology.

About Konica Minolta

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. is one of the world's leaders in information management focused on enterprise content, technology optimization and cloud services. Our portfolio of offerings deliver solutions to improve our customers' speed to market, manage technology costs, and facilitate the sharing of information to increase productivity. The All Covered IT Services division offers a range of IT strategy, support, project and cloud computing solutions across all verticals. Konica Minolta has won numerous awards and recognition, including placement in the Leaders Quadrant on the Gartner 2014 Magic Quadrant for Managed Print Services (MPS) and Managed Content Services (MCS). Konica Minolta has been recognized as the #1 Brand for Customer Loyalty in the MFP Office Copier Market by Brand Keys for eight consecutive years. Konica Minolta, Inc. has also been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for three years in a row. For more information, please visit: www.kmbs.konicaminolta.us and follow Konica Minolta on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter @konicaminoltaus.

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CONTACT: Kristina Marchitto, Public Relations Manager Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. +1 201.236.4399 kmarchitto@kmbs.konicaminolta.usSource:Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.