Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of articles highlighting Cummins’ 2014 Environmental Challenge winners. Follow us on Twitter @Cummins or sign up to receive our monthly e-newsletter to be notified of new articles. For more information on the Environmental Challenge, see the bottom of this article.
Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of articles highlighting Cummins’ 2014 Environmental Challenge winners. Follow us on Twitter @Cummins or sign up to receive our monthly e-newsletter to be notified of new articles. For more information on the Environmental Challenge, see the bottom of this article.
Indiana’s largest beer and wine distributor has announced it will convert 85 percent of its heavy duty truck fleet to Cummins Westport engines fueled by compressed natural gas.
The Monarch Beverage Company is partnering with Cummins and several other companies on the project, which will include an on-site compressed natural gas fueling station to be completed by March, 2013.
Major infrastructure upgrades can be very capital intensive, and the Jamestown Engine Plant (JEP) in western New York hadn’t seen many over the last 40 years. All that changed in 2012, however, including the plant’s approach to energy use.
The Cummins campus in Guarulhos, Brazil, is near several major highways and São Paulo’s international airport. Traffic in the area is frequently bumper-to-bumper. Green space is limited.
But over the past three years, nearly 800 Cummins employees have planted some 5,000 trees in the area. Not only has their work helped beautify the city, the air is cleaner, dust has been reduced and temperatures are down in some areas.
Kent Roberts has a very personal connection to preserving a 5-acre parcel of oak trees and other vegetation in Mineral Point, Wis. where the Community Involvement Team at Cummins Emission Solutions has been working for the past three years.
The park-like area, known as an oak savanna, is named for his former teacher who started the preservation effort.
Three hours later, he was back working the phone again, trying to find generators for desperate customers in New York and New Jersey left powerless by the mammoth storm.
When Cummins decided to expand its operations in Africa in 2010, it made sure Corporate Responsibility was included in the planning. The results are already paying off.
Over the past year, Cummins employees helped a leprosarium in Ghana. In South Africa, they revitalized parklands in Johannesburg, cleaned beaches in Cape Town and sponsored a blood drive in Kelvin. And in South Africa and Kenya, employees developed five gardens with storm water collection systems at centers for disadvantaged children and the elderly.
At certain times, the donations of clothing and household goods would come in so fast to the Sans Souci community thrift store in Columbus, Ind. that stacks of bags and boxes would extend nearly to the ceiling of the shop’s warehouse.
“We would get hit with a lot of donations and we couldn’t process them fast enough,” said Sheryl Adams, executive director of the not-for-profit. “It was like a bottleneck at all times.”