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Community Outreach

2011-2013

Food Bank Holiday food drive: November 2012 to December 2012

Torrent Laboratory conducted a holiday food drive for Second Harvest food bank, which serves families located in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Employees donated money to Second Harvest Food Bank, and Torrent Laboratory matched the donations.

Local School Science Fair Projects

Torrent Laboratory worked with a local student at Magnolia Science Academy on a science fair project exploring the use of ground sesame powder leaves to remove heavy metal contamination in drinking water, particularly in regards to third-world countries. This student was awarded a silver medal from the 21st International Environmental Project Olympiad, which is one of the highest honors awarded for student science fair projects.

Torrent Laboratory worked with another local student on a science fair project evaluating the efficacy of stain-removing laundry sticks on a variety of stains on an assortment of different fabrics. This student was awarded second-place in the school-wide science fair.

2010

Habitat For Humanity

Torrent Laboratory volunteered its analytical services of air, soil & water testing, for the development of the low income housing project in San Jose, CA area. Torrent provided free analytical services for the two development projects and offered "at cost" services for a third project.

Children's Hospital (Oakland) and Milpitas Unified School District

Torrent sponsored a walkathon benefiting nationally recognized Children's hospital of Oakland and Milpitas Unified School district.

Los Gatos High School

Torrent laboratory is helping the students of Los Gatos High School understand, learn and measure the air pollution resulting from single driver car usage! Students are performing these studies to measure the air pollution on the different days and times to learn the eco-impact of the "earth un-friendly" behavior of the humans!

Low Income, Under - Privileged School Children

Torrent has proved its commitment to help a school that consists of predominantly low income, under- privileged students by helping the students in science projects that involve determining the ecological impact of some of the "re-cycling" activities near their school.

2000 -2009

Torrent Laboratory has consistently sponsored Walkathons for the past 10 years that help provide much needed funds for a variety of noble causes including:

  • American Cancer Society
  • Milpitas School District
  • American heart Association
  • Milpitas Police Department
  • BAPS Charities (International Non Profit Organization whose mission is to provide disaster relief at the global level)

Various Middle and High School Projects

Torrent has made a commitment to provide students laboratory access so that they can see science in action. Torrent encourages these "young scientists" to come up with meaningful science projects to help themselves learn about biology and life sciences and their applications in the "real" world. Torrent is committed to fostering an understanding with these young people regarding how science can positively impact their own communities. A list of projects with which Torrent laboratory has assisted individuals and groups of middle and high school students are:

  • International project involving drinking water contamination in developing country
  • Hazardous elements in Lip-Sticks
  • Hazardous elements in Perfumes
  • Air quality around dense industrial areas
  • Lead content of soil near school yard
  • Impact of different "Carpet cleaners"

Torrent Laboratory provides laboratory analysis services to community organizations throughout California, where environmental sustainability is a priority. We work with some of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most innovative companies and non-profit organizations focused on environmental issues today. 

Guadalupe River Project

Torrent provided its expertise and laboratory analysis services to the Guadalupe River Project, a joint development of the San Jose Redevelopment Agency with the US Army Corps of Engineers and Santa Clara Valley Water District. The $350 million project, completed in 2005, was aimed at protecting Downtown San Jose from future floods and providing an educational and recreational gathering place for the community.

Before the project, Guadalupe River Park was nearly inaccessible and surrounded by blighted neighborhoods as well as aging industrial developments with contaminated soils. Today, the park boasts over 130 developed acres, including hiking and biking trails, open space, a water play area and picnic areas. Torrent provided services at a special non-profit rate. We are committed to ongoing support for Guadalupe River Park & Gardens in order to help educate the public about environmental issues.

Helping Young Scientists

Torrent is a champion of quality education for today’s youth. Particularly in the area of science, Torrent has extended opportunities to local area high schools by inviting students for ‘intern projects’ at company headquarters and in the field. Guided by our professional staff, they learn fundamental principles of laboratory analysis as they perform hands-on projects including sampling, testing and analysis. 

At a recent high school Science Fair, a team of our young scientists created a ‘Carpet Cleaner Lab’ and won 1st place among 50 entries from ten Bay Area high schools.

 

Email us at communityoutreach@torrentlab.com with your project ideas.