Pratt & Whitney Employees Build Sustainable Communities Through the Green Power Grant Program
In 2015, Pratt & Whitney awarded 12 Green Power Grants, empowering employees across our global sites to engage with their communities and improve their local environments. A summary of a few of those grants is below.
Pratt & Whitney's Green Power Grant program provides grants to employee-led organizations and projects that enhance, protect or preserve the environment, or teach others the importance of doing so. Since the program's inception in 2008, Pratt & Whitney has contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars in our global site communities to causes championed by our employees.
With the help of the Green Power Grant program, employees in West Palm Beach, Florida, participated in two 2015 events supporting Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful, Inc.: the Great American Cleanup, a series of community service projects in celebration of Earth Day; and the International Coastal Cleanup, the world's largest, one-day volunteer effort to clean up the global coastal marine environment.
Breaking The Cycle
Pratt & Whitney awarded a Green Power Grant to "Breaking The Cycle," a free mountain biking program for Connecticut teenagers in recovery from alcohol and substance abuse. The program uses mountain biking to bring positive role models, environmental education and activities into the lives of these teens.
Kids Restore New Zealand
Pratt & Whitney's Christchurch Engine Center in New Zealand was awarded a Green Power Grant to support Kids Restore New Zealand, an organization that coordinates environmental projects led by the planet's largest resource of green power – our kids! In partnership with Air New Zealand Environment Trust, seniors at Hurunui School caught and tagged spotted kiwi pairs in New Zealand's Hawdon Valley, releasing them in the Nina Valley to aid in kiwi conservation.
Bike Walk CT
A Green Power Grant was given to BikeWalkCT to encourage more people to ride their bikes and share the best of Connecticut's business, history and culture. The organization used the grant to start a series of "Discover CT" rides in 2015. Proceeds from the rides are used to make Connecticut a better place to bike and walk.
Friends of the Hockanum River
The Vernon, Connecticut, Greenways team assists the town in maintaining and enhancing more than 30 miles of town trails. Thanks to a Pratt & Whitney Green Power Grant, Vernon Greenways volunteers and the Friends of the Hockanum River rejuvenated an area of concrete underpass along a trail that was covered in graffiti. Middle school art students and local artists spent hundreds of hours painting a 2,500 square foot mural that is now clear coated to prevent future graffiti.
Image 1: West Palm employees and family members help clean up Florida's coastline, volunteering for events to support Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful, Inc.
Image 2: Students and volunteers from Pratt & Whitney's Christchurch, New Zealand, facility carry tagged kiwis to their new habitat. [Photo credit: The Press]
Image 3: Connecticut employees Jeff Thompson and Ron Cormier, above, remove one of many tires found in the Connecticut River during the Source to Sea cleanup.
Image 4: Breaking the Cycle students and mentors enjoying their bike experience on Connecticut trails.
Image 5 & 6: Before and after artwork along the Vernon Greenway in Connecticut. The "after" was done through an art club at a local school, thanks in part to a P&W Green Power Grant.