Cummins’ Environmental Challenge Posts Another Successful Year

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Cummins Environmental Challenge Posts Another Successful
Cummins employees in Yangquan, China, installed 150 cook stoves in their community to address the health problem caused by inefficient stoves.

 

For a sixth year in a row, Cummins employees demonstrated their passion for the environment through the Company’s 2014 Environmental Challenge. The numbers say it all.

More than 13,500 employees working on 62 teams in 17 countries removed an estimated 22,370 tons of greenhouse gas (GHGs), a record amount equivalent to taking 4,709 vehicles off the road each year.

Employees donated more than 63,000 hours, planted more than 82,000 trees and diverted more than 8,000 tons of garbage from landfills.

About 55 percent of the Challenge projects had at least some educational component, reaching more than 250,000 children and adults.

About 16 percent of the 2014 Challenge projects involved water conservation or protection. Projects in the Challenge conserved or made fit for use about 3.6 billion gallons of water, enough to fill 5,500 Olympic size swimming pools.

The Environmental Challenge is a friendly, global competition where Cummins employees take their skills into the community to address environmental issues.

Community service projects are evaluated based on their level of employee engagement, environmental impact and ingenuity. The winning projects receive up to $10,000 each for the charitable or non-governmental organization of their choice.

Here’s a quick look at three of the 19 global project winners:

  • The Community Involvement Team (CIT) at Cummins Generator Technologies (CGT) in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, raised awareness about the benefits of waste management and recycling in nearby La Pila. CGT’s project, “Zero Waste Management,” established a framework for a public waste collection service and promoted waste responsibility through a public campaign called “I am responsible for my waste.”
  • Employees at Cummins’ Megasite in Phaltan, India, home to eight Company plants, worked to improve access to water in villages near the site. They installed rain harvesting systems, fixed leaks, implemented drip irrigation and built two dams to manage water for nine nearby villages.
  • Cummins employees in Yangquan, China, meanwhile, addressed indoor air pollution caused by inefficient cook stoves. The employees installed cleaner, more efficient cook stoves in 150 homes and urged residents to use cleaner burning fuel.

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