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.
Cummins South Africa employees decided it was not enough to merely increase recycling in Alexandra Township, an informal settlement of Johannesburg, South Africa, near the Company’s offices in Kelvin.
To really address Alexandra’s problems, they had to look for ways to reduce the area’s population of rats – some the size of small cats.
And the best way to control the rat population, they concluded, was to encourage the growth of the owl population, a natural predator but long considered a symbol of bad luck in South Africa.
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.
Housed in an abandoned factory in the suburbs of Beijing, the Dandelion School is the only middle school in the city created specifically for children from low-income migrant families moving to Beijing to find work.
But with crumbling plumbing and heating systems, and outdated electrical wiring, this beacon of hope was a real challenge to keep going.
Then, employees at Cummins Emission Solutions (CES) in Beijing became involved.
Cummins India employees in Pune are well aware of the congestion along Karve Road. It’s one of the main approaches to the Cummins India facilities in the city and can be jammed with cars, buses, trucks, motorcycles, motorized rickshaws and bicycles, too.
But employees didn’t just complain about the 148,000 vehicles that pass along the road each day. They put their data analysis and problem solving skills to work to make life better in Pune and their project was one of 15 winners recently announced in Cummins’ 2012 Environmental Challenge.
Two years into its partnership with Cummins’ employees, the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation (BCSC) in Columbus, Ind. accomplished what some thought impossible: produce major environmental benefits while saving money.
The school corporation worked with members of the Cummins Distribution Business Unit and students to significantly reduce energy waste. The project is now expected to save BCSC more than $7 million over the next 10 years.
Besides being the preferred dinner for pandas, bamboo is the ecologically preferable source for high-end flooring, soft towels and ...buildings stronger than steel.
Employees at Cummins Research and Technology India (CRTI) in Pune put their engineering skills to work so people in rural areas could have a lower cost alternative for building materials.
The result was an Environmental Challenge winner, receiving special recognition as the Best Technical Project.
Since January 2011, the Cummins Darlington (U.K.) Engine Plant hasn’t sent any waste to a landfill. That’s nothing in more than 16 months. Zero. Nada.
And on top of that, the plant has reduced associated annual operating costs by $159,000.
Darlington achieved its “zero landfill” status by making waste reduction a plant priority, and then using processes, tools and resources – most notably its employees and suppliers – to provide a structured program that delivers results.
The news is good from Padarwadi, but there have been some difficult times, too.
It’s been more than two years since the tiny village in India, accessible only by foot, received a generator converted by engineers at Cummins India to run on oil from a local seed.
The generator powered a small mill to husk the rice that village residents grew so they didn’t have to make hundreds of trips to the nearest town. That town is more than seven miles away round-trip, through mountainous terrain.