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From a Wilmington Trust press release: Wilmington Trust ad campaign salutes Delaware children as "our greatest asset."

Wilmington, Del., July 5, 2000 -- Billboards featuring Delaware children will begin to appear this week in Kent and Sussex counties as Wilmington Trust launches a new community advertising campaign in southern Delaware. The billboards will go up in Bridgeville, Georgetown, Laurel, Lewes, and Townsend.

"These billboards  ... are designed to reinforce the value we place on relationships, our commitment to the communities we serve, and our recognition that children are our greatest asset."

NEWS RELEASE   from Green Delaware     August 29, 2000

Wilmington Trust Company pollutes Wilmington's rivers

Green Delaware continues "Corporate Responsibility" campaign Wed. August 30th

On Aug. 30, from 11:45 to 1:00, Green Delaware will hand out leaflets at Wilmington Trust Company's headquarters on Rodney Square, asking the bank's customers and employees to "hold it " during rainy weather, until Wilmington's polluting sewer system is fixed.  Signs will say:

"Bank Pollutes our Rivers," "Can we Trust Wilmington Trust?"

Every bathroom in Wilmington, including those at Wilmington Trust, flushes into the same pipes which carry rainwater.  When it rains, these pipes flow directly into the Brandywine and Christina Rivers through 38 "Combined Sewer Overflows."  These polluted rivers are used for fishing, wading, swimming, and boating.   The City government is proposing to partially clean up only 11 of the 38 overflows within 19 years.  (Mayor James Sills admits that the plan is "inadequate," but according to his special assistant Tom Noyes, the City does not intend to offer a better proposal.)

Green Delaware is calling on Wilmington Trust, a long-time Wilmington institution and "DuPont Family Bank," to do it's share to clean up Wilmington.  We have these suggestions for Wilmington Trust: (1) ask employees and customers to "hold it" during rain, (2) lock bathrooms during rain, (3) install portable toilets for use during rain, and (4) install holding tanks so sewage can be stored, and released after the rain."

Green Delaware's Corporate Responsibility Campaign

Major employers in Wilmington have added thousands of jobs during the administration of Mayor Jim Sills.  In the last 3 years alone, Sills has run up a surplus of 32 million dollars, while diverting about 6 million dollars/year from his Water and Sewer Fund to operating 
expenses..  Meanwhile, the City refuses to stop dumping sewage into our rivers.  State legislation to prohibit sewer overflows by Jan 1, 2008 has broad support.  The key part of the bill requires that the overflows be eliminated, not just reduced.   Green Delaware is asking Wilmington's major employers to use their enormous influence to help get this bill passed when the state legislature re-convenes in January.  In the meanwhile, Green Delaware asks them to put in portable toilets for employee use during rainy weather, and take other measures.  Targets of the campaign include DuPont, MBNA, State of Del., Wilmington Trust, Amtrak, 1st USA, and others.

Alan Muller, Executive Director of Green Delaware, commented: "We hope we can trust Wilmington Trust to do the right thing."  "We have asked for a meeting with Wilmington Trust President Robert Harra."

For more information on Green Delaware's corporate responsibility campaign contact:  Alan Muller 302.834.3466

Look for more details in upcoming Green Delaware News. (C) Alan Muller


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