USA: Air conditioning and refrigeration equipment manufacturer Carrier is to make a three-year donation of $3m to US environmental group The Nature Conservancy.
Carrier’s investment will support the group’s Build Healthy Cities initiative, which promotes smart planning and science-based solutions to make the cities of tomorrow resilient, healthy and equitable.
Founded in 1951, The Nature Conservancy has over one million members, and has protected more than 119,000,000 acres of land and thousands of miles of rivers worldwide.
“We at Carrier recognise that we have a responsibility and opportunity to have a positive impact on climate change. In addition to innovating world-class, energy-efficient products and reducing our own carbon footprint, we are thrilled to partner with The Nature Conservancy to join them on our shared focus on sustainability,” said Dave Gitlin, Carrier’s president and CEO. “Working with The Nature Conservancy will allow us to expand our decades-long focus on sustainable urbanisation, while also engaging our employees to help build healthier cities.”
Carrier’s multi-year investment will help cities around the world leverage an innovative combination of man-made and natural infrastructure to become more resilient and ready to navigate a changing climate. The projects that will be funded through the grant span the globe and will include leadership and advocacy, community intervention and youth education. In 2020, The Nature Conservancy and Carrier will focus on employee engagement projects to restore coastal habitats and guard against sea level rise and storm surge in Florida – home to Carrier’s world headquarters, the Center for Intelligent Buildings – as well as global efforts to reforest the San Juan River watershed and protect the quality of drinking water in Shanghai.