In 2016, more than 17,000 Cummins employees in 23 countries participated in the Environmental Challenge, making our communities cleaner, healthier and safer places to live. This is a wonderful acknowledgement to the culture of Cummins, and the personal efforts of all participants to the sustainability of our planet.
The Power Systems Business is one of Cummins’ four complementary businesses that includes the design, manufacture, sale and support of diesel and gas generator sets and related power equipment. Employees in the Power Systems Business contributed to six global winning projects and one special recognition project in last year’s Environmental Challenge.
“Being part of the Environmental Challenge provides an opportunity to work with people from different backgrounds and cultures to deliver innovative ideas that, in some cases, are life-changing projects in our communities,” said Gary Johansen, Executive Director, Power Systems Engineering. “These projects showcased what the Power of Cummins can achieve with our people and products to deliver impactful and innovative solutions.”
Once again, the projects delivered substantial benefits to the environment and our community partners. Overall, the global impact was 17,000 metric tons of materials recycled, 14 billion kiloliters of water conserved and 12,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas reduced. All projects supported Cummins’ mission statement objective of demanding everything we do leads to a cleaner, healthier, safer environment.
Congratulations to the winning projects from the Power Systems Business and across the company. Each global winner will receive $10,000 to donate to a community partner organization.
The Power Systems Business global winning projects are:
- E-Waste – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (Pune, India)
- Journey of Mulikwadi towards a Model Village (Phaltan, India)
- Khadakwasla Dam Rejuvenation Project Shows the Way (Pune, India)
- Sustained Afforestation (Pune, India)
- Sustained Zero Garbage Efforts at Katraj (Pune, India)
- Making People’s Lives Better by Conserving Natural Resources (Ahmednagar and Ranjangaon, India)
Special recognition for best use of technical skills went to:
- Green Lake (Wuhan, China)
Photo 1: As part of the ecosystem development around the Khadakwasla Dam in India, Cummins employees planted 4,000 trees. The dam project also provided 750 million gallons (one-month supply) of potable water to 5.9 million citizens of Pune city by de-silting the dam; the nutrient-rich silt, in turn, was used by farmers to increase yields.
Photo 2: By facilitating e-waste collection sites around Pune, India, Cummins employees helped recover 20,200 kilograms of waste and 52 metric tons of CO2. Without established e-waste recycling mechanisms, this toxic waste either ends up in landfills or waterways.
Photo 3: A Manjarsumba villager uses vermicomposting, a technique which is safer than chemical fertilizer and increases agricultural productivity. Cummins is helping the village with natural resource conservation and other rural development initiatives.