Volkswagen Group of America Receives Bridge Builders Award
Partners for Livable Communities Honors Achievement at Annual Awards
WASHINGTON, DC -- (Marketwire) -- 02/27/13 -- Partners for Livable
Communities has honored Volkswagen Group of America with the Bridge
Builders Award at its annual awards ceremony, A Celebration of Vision
& Community Spirit, at the Fairfax at Embassy Row in Washington, D.C.
Volkswagen Group of America is recognized for its pioneering
commitment to sustainability in the automobile and manufacturing
industries, as well as its cooperative public-private partnership
with the City of Chattanooga towards sustainable action and economic
"The Volkswagen Group of America is truly a beacon in the sustainable
manufacturing movement," said Partners President Bob McNulty. "Their
hard work in making the Chattanooga assembly plant eco-friendly, in
addition to the public-private partnership with the city of
Chattanooga, is what defines a bridge builder: overcoming differences
to make the greater Chattanooga community a better place to live."
In 2008, the same year that Volkswagen became a corporate citizen of
Chattanooga, construction began on a new automotive plant that
currently employs more than 3,200 regional residents. Three years
later, this plant became the first automotive assembly plant in the
world to receive the LEED Platinum Certification from the U.S. Green
Buildings Council -- the highest such certification. Volkswagen has
further demonstrated its commitment to sustainability with the
addition of a solar farm to the Chattanooga plant. As the largest
solar park of any U.S. auto plant, the farm provides 9.5 megawatts,
or 12.5%, of the plant's energy. With steps such as these, Volkswagen
is surely on its way to realizing the goal of becoming the world's
most sustainable automaker in the next five years.
"To us, sustainability is doing business in a way that is good for
the people, the planet, and profits. And Volkswagen of America is
doing just that," said Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers, 2008 recipient of
the Bridge Builders Award. "Volkswagen of America is a leading model
for public-private partnerships investing and creating sustainable
action in the United States."
Volkswagen's commitment to sustainability is
just one facet of its
views on corporate social responsibility. As an organizational
contribution to sustainability, Volkswagen strives to go above and
beyond traditional compliance -- seeking to prevent risks, ensure
timely identification of growth opportunities, and face economic,
ecological, and social challenges at all levels of development. Its
corporate social responsibility is also highlighted in the remarkable
public-private partnership between Volkswagen and the City of
Chattanooga. This partnership is a leading model for collaboration to
invest in sustainable action and economic growth. The joint effort
has played a central role in Chattanooga's vision for revitalization,
with an emphasis on a clean and healthy environment.
About Volkswagen Group of America
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of
Volkswagen AG, one of the world's leading automobile manufacturers
and the largest carmaker in Europe. It operates a manufacturing plant
in Chattanooga, Tennessee and houses the U.S. operations of a
worldwide family of distinguished and exciting brands including Audi,
Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini and Volkswagen, as well as VW Credit,
Inc. Founded in 1955, the company's headquarters are in Herndon, Va.,
and Volkswagen Group of America brings to the U.S. vehicles that
marry the science of engineering and the art of styling, with the
goal of offering attractive, safe, and environmentally sound
automobiles that are competitive and set world standards in their
respective classes. The company has approximately 5,900 employees in
the United States and sells its vehicles through a 960-strong dealer
About Partners for Livable Communities
Partners for Livable Communities is a non-profit leadership
organization working to improve the livability of communities by
promoting quality of life, economic development, and social equity.
Since its founding in 1977, Partners has helped communities set a
common vision for the future, discover and use new resources for
community and economic development, and build public/private
coalitions to further their goals.
Partners promotes livable communities through technical assistance,
leadership training, workshops, charettes, research and publications.
More than 1,200 individuals and groups from local, state, national,
international, public and private and media organizations make up
Partners' resource network and share innovative ideas on livability
and community improvement.
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