Cummins’ 2013 Environmental Challenge sets GHG Reduction Record

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Cummins 2013 Environmental Challenge sets GHG reduction record

Cummins employees in Shanghai, China, and local farmers store excess straw in shelters designed to grow and harvest mushrooms as part of the Golden Straw project.
Posted: Mar. 20, 2014

Cummins’ Environmental Challenge reduced a record amount of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2013.

More than 11,000 employees invested more than 60,000 hours in community service projects entered in the 2013 Challenge, reducing 19,000 tons of GHGs – more than four times the reduction from the 2012 Challenge.

The GHG reduction is equivalent to taking 3,950 vehicles off the road for a year, conserving 2 million gallons of gasoline.

“The 2013 Challenge demonstrated how great teamwork and collaboration on projects can result in meaningful environmental benefits for our communities,” said Lisa Yoder, Vice President – Integrated Supply Chain and the executive sponsor of the Environmental Challenge.

The Environmental Challenge was created in 2009 as a competition among the Company’s Community Involvement Teams (CITs) to determine the community service projects that had the greatest environmental impact.

Fifteen projects each year are awarded $10,000 grants from The Cummins Foundation that can be used by the not-for-profit of the winning CIT’s choice.

The fifteen winners in 2013 included six projects from India, five projects from China, two from Mexico and one each from Korea and the United Kingdom. For a complete list, see below.

Three projects were singled out in 2013 for special recognition:

  • The Golden Straw Project – This project by employees in Shanghai, China, encouraged the reuse of straw as an organic fertilizer rather than burning it, reducing air pollution and increasing income for local farmers.
  • Eco Water System Project – This project by employees in Xiangyang, China, promoted safe and sustainable drinking water at a local middle school through the development of a water purification system. The project also increased awareness about the importance of water conservation.
  • Community Partnership for Environmental Care – This project by employees in Cheonan, Korea, used Six Sigma business problem solving skills to help create a new process for developing partnerships between businesses and city government to keep a local stream clean.

Corporate responsibility is a core value at Cummins, calling for the Company and its employees to serve and improve the communities where Cummins does business.

Sustainability Report – Environmental Challenge Winners List

Project Name Location Description
Watershed Management and Reducing Deforestation Manjarsumbha, India Cummins employees worked with a local village to improve access to water, and develop a biogas alternative to wood-burning stoves.
Water Conservation by Transforming Used Oil to Biodiesel San Luis Potosi, Mexico The project raised awareness on the importance of water conservation and the negative effects of mismanaging used vegetable oil.
“Catch Them Young” – Creating Environmental Awareness Among Schoolchildren Across India Employees created awareness among 200,000 students in 600 schools across India on the importance of preserving the environment.
Eco Water System Project Xiangyang, China This project promoted safe and sustainable drinking water at a local middle school through development of water purification system. The project also created awareness on the importance of water conservation.
Golden Straw Project Shanghai, China The project encouraged the reuse of straw as an organic fertilizer rather than burning it, reducing air pollution and increasing income for local farmers.
Protecting the Largest Water Source of the Yangtze River Xiangyang City, China Cummins employees worked with community partners using Six Sigma tools to protect the Han River, raising awareness and planting trees to reduce carbon emissions and conserve soil and water.
Model Village Nandal Transformation Phaltan, India The project implemented improvements at Nandal Village, including watershed management technology that serves as a permanent solution to ensure sustained availability of drinking and irrigation water.
Community Partnership for Environmental Care Program Cheonan, Korea The project used Six Sigma tools to create a new process for local businesses to join with the government in protecting a local stream.
Zero Garbage initiative in Baner Ward, Pune Pune, India Employees replicated the “Zero Garbage” model in another ward of the city, establishing a waste segregation and collection mechanism to keep garbage out of a landfill.
Towards Water Neutrality Around Kothrud, Pune Plant Pune, India This project achieved water neutrality at the Kothrud plant to help maintain water bodies in Pune and facilitate water conservation in the community, as well as within Cummins.
Chinese Future Water Saving in School Project Wuxi, China Cummins employees spread best practices for water conservation to schoolchildren, who in turn can influence their families, and reached tens of thousands of people in the community.
Create Safe and Healthy Environment for Elderly Pune, India Employees created a healthier environment at an elderly home by promoting water and energy conservation, in addition to developing an organic vegetable garden and installing a smokeless cooking stove.
Clean Energy Solutions for Farming Communities Stamford, U.K. Employees designed a micro-grid solution to help a local farm generate electricity using renewable energy and an energy-efficient generator to reduce the farm’s carbon footprint.
Clean Lakes, Green Communities Wuhan, China Employees addressed water pollution in Taizi Lake, including collecting and analyzing samples for water quality, as well as forming an action plan to target the pollution source.
Park Morales Environment Education Program San Luis Potosi, Mexico This project improved water conditions at the Park Morales lake through a filter system that treats 6,000 cubic meters of water each week, and educated the community on the importance of environmental balance.

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