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The Caterpillar Foundation today presented a $10,000 grant to the Winston-Salem Sustainability Resource Center to support the center’s Block by Block home energy-efficiency program.

Rusty Davis, the operations manager for Caterpillar Axle Manufacturing Winston-Salem, said the grant reflects Caterpillar’s corporate commitment to sustainability. "We have made every effort to construct a facility in Winston-Salem that has minimal impact on the environment, and now daily operations focus on sustainable efforts in resource conservation including use of water-reducing fixtures, occupancy sensors and geothermal heating and cooling," Davis said.

"We are proud to be members of this community and to be a proactive investor in the Winston-Salem Sustainability Resource Center, which shares our commitment to making sustainable progress possible."

The Block by Block program is an initiative to retrofit homes to be energy efficient, one block at a time. The program is a collaborative effort with neighborhood organizations to provide outreach, educational workshops, installation of weatherization kits, technical support for homeowners and monitoring of energy consumption, with a goal of creating a series of “green blocks” that demonstrate the benefits of energy efficiency.

Peter Marsh, the chairman of the board for the resource center, said, “Speaking on behalf of the board of directors, our advisory board, our leaders, the higher education institutions that partner with us and the interns that work so hard on our sustainability projects, we are extremely grateful to the Caterpillar Foundation for its commitment to this facet of the community’s quality of life efforts.

“We are also grateful to the city of Winston-Salem and the Community Sustainability Program Committee for entrusting the center with important energy efficiency projects, environmental initiatives, and green economic development research. The funds will go a long way toward supporting these projects.”

This is the second grant the center has received within the past 30 days. Last month, the Duke Energy Foundation presented a $2,500 grant to the resource center, as a follow-up to the $10,000 start-up grant it presented in 2010. The grant is for general support, said Jimmy Flythe, the East Region Director of Government and Community Relations for Duke Energy Carolinas.

“One of the core focus areas for the Duke Energy Foundation is environment and energy efficiency,” Flythe said. “The resource center has been successful in helping consumers conserve energy and other resources, which is having a positive impact on the environment as well as improving the lives of those it helps.”

The Winston-Salem Sustainability Resource Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity working in collaboration with the city of Winston-Salem and local academic institutions to assist the community with the adoption of sustainability measures through targeted research, access to vetted and reviewed information, appropriate referrals to additional resources, and low- or no-cost advisory services. For more information about the resource center, visit www.wssrc.org.

 

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