Giving Back

AIM practices green initiatives and is committed to providing goods and services that use our global resources wisely.

Recycling Practices

  • Copy paper
  • Glass, aluminum cans, and plastic
  • Computers and printers
  • Toner cartridges
  • Post-meeting materials such as badge holders and conference publications

Proactive Purchasing Practices

In addition to recycling what we use, we research and utilize philanthropic and innovative tools and services in our day-to-day operations. Our exposition and meeting planners seek out meeting venues that provide green facilities. Our administrators significantly reduce the number of face-to-face board and leadership meetings with online meeting services and hosted webinars, completely eliminating travel. Our scientific and education program directors use innovative web-based technologies to communicate and educate more efficiently to an increasing global audience. Our communications team reduces mailing by providing electronic communications, and purchases from vendors that ensure the paper we use originates from sustainable forests and adhere to strict environmental and socio-economical standards.

Community

AIM embraces the opportunity to give back to our community through employee and company sponsored contributions to local charitable organizations:

  • Adopt-a-Family for the Holiday—Reston Interfaith provides opportunities to adopt a family or families to fulfill their wish lists during the holiday season. Wish lists are designated by each family member and typically include clothes, toys, and personal items.
  • Dress for Success—An office-wide clothing drive for unworn items to donate to this organization devoted to providing professional attire for disadvantaged women
  • Ecumenical Community Helping Others (ECHO)—Any clothes from the office clothing drive that could not be donated to Dress for Success were given to this local community organization dedicated to helping low-income households.
  • Holiday Food Baskets and Gifts—LINK, a food pantry in Herndon, Sterling, and Ashburn, provides holiday food baskets in November and again in December for families identified by schools and social workers. They accept food items, grocery store gift cards, new or used coats, and in December, holiday gifts for children and teens.
  • Movies for Recovering Troops—The American Red Cross office located at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center collects Night at the Movies kits, which include DVDs (new or gently used), popcorn singles, candy bars, and cards for our troops recovering at Walter Reed. These donations are welcome at the holiday season and year-round.
  • Share the Warmth Coat Drive—Bergmann’s Dry Cleaners collects gently worn and new winter coats, dry cleans them for free and donates them to the Salvation Army during the last three weeks of the year. Collection starts the day after Thanksgiving (November 23) and lasts until December 31.
  • Toys for Tots—perennial collection sponsored by the US Marine Corps Reserve. Their mission: Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November, and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.

We provide internship opportunities to local high school and college students. AIM supports the Clean Air Act by encouraging shared transportation and offering employees telecommuting opportunities in an effort to decrease our carbon footprint.