NS: Giving Back and Going Green

Dec 1, 2015 8:05 AM ET

On a late fall weekend, more than 30 Norfolk Southern employees, family members, and friends joined efforts in Midtown Atlanta for a “hands on, gloves on” day sprucing up the walking paths and running tracks at Piedmont Park.

NS partnered with the Piedmont Park Conservancy and the Georgia Conservancy on the cleanup, an example of employee volunteerism and the railroad’s commitment to the communities it serves. The park, an urban oasis of green space less than a half-mile from NS’ Goode Building, is used by many employees to picnic, walk, jog, and enjoy the outdoors.

NS’ financial support – through the Norfolk Southern Foundation – has helped the Georgia Conservancy conserve more than 27,000 acres of beautiful places in Georgia. Over the past few years, the Foundation has donated $15,000 to the Georgia Conservancy and $20,000 to Piedmont Park.

The railroad’s corporate sustainability group organized the cleanup. “We really appreciate all of the employees who pitched in to make this a success,” said Esi Waters, manager corporate sustainability. “Piedmont Park is a great resource for the people who live in Atlanta, and it means a lot for our people to come out on a Saturday to help keep the park green and clean. It shows the world that Norfolk Southern is doing its part to make our communities better places to live and work.”

Learn more about Norfolk Southern’s community involvement: http://nssustainability.com/community/helping.php