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The Structure Tone Organization is dedicated to every local community it serves. Recently, Structure Tone NYC has worked with Make-A-Wish to make a child's dream room. Employees frequently volunteer, fundraise, and engage in community-focused events.
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Community Engagement

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Giving Back: EcoRise

Math, science, art, technology, even fitness—you name it, and there’s a curriculum for it. But after years of working with disadvantaged youth in the US and abroad, Gina LaMotte, the founder of EcoRise, noticed a severe gap in available content for teachers on sustainability topics. Now, 10 years later, Gina heads the Austin, Texas-based nonprofit which aids teachers in over 500 schools across the nation in educating students of all ages on sustainable design and social entrepreneurship.

Unique in subject and method, EcoRise’s one-of-a kind curriculum aims to engrain sustainable behavior in today’s youth to create lasting and meaningful change tomorrow. The program is project-based, so students are constantly encouraged to take risks and step outside their comfort zones. “Unlike in conventional classrooms, EcoRise students take an active role in their own learning,” says LaMotte. “For us, the classroom is a space where young people exercise innovative thinking, develop leadership skills and create sustainable solutions for the real issues they see in their communities.”

This project-based strategy certainly paid off for one Texas school district when a group of 7th- and 8thgrade students decided to take a closer look at their campus’ water consumption. Through careful analysis, the students discovered their school’s outdoor irrigation system was operating for too long and at inefficient times during the day. They came up with an adapted watering schedule that would save the district thousands of gallons of water—and dollars—and sent their proposal to the district’s facilities director. Floored by the students’ proposal, the director replied saying not only would he implement the students’ suggestions on their campus, but he would reevaluate the water usage at all the campuses in his district. “There’s a level of boldness and idealism that young people have which allows them to imagine new approaches to the issues we face as a society,’’ LaMotte says. “If we don’t unleash these ideas, we’ve missed a huge opportunity.”

EcoRise provides a different experience for teachers as well. Everyone in the organization has a background in education and, therefore, truly understands what it means to work in a school system. Most educators are not sustainability experts, so providing excellent support and teacher-friendly resources is essential to the EcoRise goal. “Comradery is one of our top organizational values,’’ says LaMotte. “We build that bond with our teachers to help them create the change they’ve always envisioned in their classrooms.”

Since its start in 2008, EcoRise has grown from serving one public high school in Austin to serving nearly 100,000 students to date—and they’re not slowing down anytime soon. This year, EcoRise is making their first big splash in NYC, and Structure Tone has joined them as a gold partner. This is also the first summer that teacher ambassadors will be trained in teacher support at host locations, and Structure Tone’s New York headquarters is hosting the first sessions in the city. As trained ambassadors,  these teachers will be fully equipped to help teachers in their own communities and extend the organization’s reach even further. For LaMotte and EcoRise, it’s all about placing students at the center of social and sustainable behavior change. “The opportunity to redesign every system we rely upon is a huge, creative and fun challenge. Our mission is to inspire these young people to face it head-on.”

October 23, 2018

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US organizations we support
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International organizations we support
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Steps for charity
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Non-profit organizations supported by STO Holiday Giving Back

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Donated to local charities

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Bags full of toys donated in Toy Drives.

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Pairs of jeans worn to raise $1,430 for multiple charities

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Bags of groceries collected, plus a $10,000 donation

We’re a family-oriented company, built on a fundamental commitment to create permanent, positive impact in the communities where we live and work.

Since our founding, creating lasting and positive impact in the communities we work in has been an essential part of our core responsibility and values. Employees frequently volunteer, participate in fundraisers, and engage in other community-focused events. We support, encourage and recognize our employees’ brilliant efforts to help address causes and improve our communities.

We are so proud of our employees’ efforts from chairing major events to raising desperately needed funds for surgery, to building a new playground, and working with high school students interested in construction and engineering careers. Staff throughout our organization invest their time and resources to make an essential and lasting difference in people’s lives.

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Structure Tone’s annual golf classic to support kids with cerebral palsy brings together Dublin’s construction community to play golf and raise money annually for a selected child. The money raised goes towards treating their condition and making it possible to travel to the Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri for a life-changing surgery called “selective dorsal rhizotomy,” or SDR. Each year 32 teams compete, with more clients, consultants and employees supporting the post-golf evening event, including a live auction hosted by Structure Tone’s Richard Hemming. To date, the golf classic has raised over €200,000, all of which has gone directly to each child’s family to help fund their SDR quest.

January 19, 2018

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Structure Tone is a sponsor and long-time supporter of the Annual Race Against MS at Belmont Park. The New York City–Southern New York Chapter of the National MS Society is committed to helping the 10,000 people living with multiple sclerosis in the five boroughs and Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Orange and Sullivan Counties to move their lives forward. The chapter raises funds locally to support the Society’s critical research initiatives and to provide hundreds of comprehensive support services and educational programs for people living with MS and their families and friends. STO NY, the NY Real Estate community and NY MS chapter teamed up to honor Jean Savitsky of MoMA and raise over $400,000! Well done everyone, especially the event’s committee chair, our own Jim Donaghy. 

July 25, 2018

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11 volunteers from our Pavarini Northeast team donated their time on a Saturday morning to work with Habitat for Humanity. The volunteers helped frame out an historic church being converted into condos. Once completed, the new condos will be home to two deserving families. 

August 8, 2018

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Structure Tone participated in the third annual Keystone Property Group’s Rubber Ducky Regatta benefiting the Community Soup Kitchen and Outreach Center (CSK). For the past 33 years, CSK has been serving breakfast and lunch to those in need. Our NJ office took part in this unique fundraising event and their Castaway-themed ducky won “Best Dressed.” More importantly, the races raised over $6K – way to go, NJ!  

July 25, 2018

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Giving blood takes less than 15 minutes and is a vital way to give back. Our Boston, Woodbridge and Dallas offices participated in local blood drives to support Massachusetts General, Community Blood Services and Carter BloodCare, respectively. In total, 49 pints of blood were drawn. We not only donated blood, we saved a LIFE! 

January 18, 2018

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Friends of Saint Dominic’s is the foundation arm of Saint Dominic’s Family Services, a 140-year-old nonprofit human services agency dedicated to aiding the disabled, disadvantaged or vocationally challenged. Throughout the year and across our organization, Structure Tone supports the Friends of St. Dominic’s through an annual fundraising dinner, golf outing and various toy drives. The Business & Labor Awards Dinner, is attended by over 1,100 business and labor-union leaders and executives in the construction, development and real estate industries and raises over $1.2 million each year. The 2018 dinner honorees were John DeLollis, Executive Director, Association of Wall-Ceiling and Carpentry Industries of New York; Lorenzo Vascotto, Managing Director, VVA; and Susan Boyle, Managing Partner, HLW. 

February 15, 2018

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