Winston-Salem and Building Construction Products North Carolina Plants Team up with the Caterpillar Foundation

A recent investment from the Caterpillar Foundation will enable U.S. Green Building Council - North Carolina Chapter (USGBC NC) to engage more schools across the state in sustainability activities as part of a Green Schools Environmental Stewardship Competition. The competition also has a solid history of success. Five middle and high schools competed in the third annual competition, which culminated in an awards ceremony in April. An enhanced feature of the 2013-2014 competition will be increased prize money for winning schools to improve their learning environment. The 2013-2014 competition will begin with sustainability projects on the Green Apple Day of Service, which is a nationwide effort to raise awareness of where we learn matters.

"The Environmental Stewardship Competition enlightens students of future career opportunities in the field of sustainability," said Emily Scofield, executive director of USGBC NC. "Thanks to the generous grant from the Caterpillar Foundation, we will be able to empower more students, parents and faculty across the state."

"We're proud to be an active leader in communities where we live and work. We believe the most successful companies will be those that integrate sustainability into their core businesses. Caterpillar facilities in Winston-Salem as well as Clayton, Sanford and Cary helped make this investment in the USGBC NC a reality because the program teaches children - perhaps even future Caterpillar employees - the importance of sustainability," said Matthew Johnson, business manager at Caterpillar's Winston-Salem plant.

Some of the highlights of past Environmental Stewardship Competitions include:

  • Schools participating in the 2011 Competition reduced energy consumption by an average of 10 percent, with one school achieving a 17 percent reduction, resulting in an $18,000 savings for the school district.
  • Schools recycled more than 400 pounds of waste per 100 students in a five-month period.
  • Other projects improved indoor air quality and water savings.
  • Student conservation activities at school carried over to behavioral changes in their homes.

USGBC NC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the mission of transforming the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life. As part of this mission, USGBC NC advocates for green schools for all students within a generation. Green schools provide students with a healthier and more productive learning environment, and opportunities to learn about environmental stewardship. USGBC NC has more than 800 members and serves all 100 counties in the state.

Caterpillar Inc. supports the philanthropic efforts of the Caterpillar Foundation. Founded in 1952, the Caterpillar Foundation has contributed more than $550 million to help make sustainable progress possible around the world by providing program support in the areas of environmental sustainability, access to education and basic human needs. To learn more about the global impact of the Caterpillar Foundation, please visit www.caterpillar.com/foundation.