AUSTIN, Texas, March 12, 2018 /3BL Media/ –- To raise awareness of the value of water and the impact of the global water crisis on community health, education and economics, the Caterpillar Foundation, together with its global partners, today launched the Value of Water campaign. The Caterpillar Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT), is on a mission to empower 50 million people around the world to rise out of extreme poverty by 2020.
The national nonprofit Living Lands & Waters began its MillionTrees Project in 2007 by collecting and planting acorns. The group harvests the growing saplings and partners with communities and companies like General Motors to meet its ambitious goal – growing 1 million trees across the United States. This year, 27 GM facilities in seven states are taking part, providing more than 25,000 oak trees to employees and their families for Earth Day and Arbor Day plantings.
How one man set out to clean 435 miles of the Mississippi
By Chad Pregracke, founder & president, Living Lands & Waters
Society has unarguably altered the landscape around us in so many ways. As we grow and expand, the impact we leave behind seems to follow suit. I have witnessed firsthand the degradation of some of America’s greatest rivers, and have dedicated my life to cleaning them up. Amongst all the “doom and gloom” in the world today, I can assure you that without a doubt, there is a silver lining that I have found to be true.
Caterpillar is committed to making sustainable progress possible and encourages our employees to get involved in sustainability efforts in their facilities and communities, which is what Caterpillar employees did in Texas and Illinois in April. Employees spent time volunteering to help educate others and improve the environment for Earth Day.