Class I Briefs: CN, NSWritten by Carolina Worrell, Senior Editor
CN announces $100,000 donation to Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS). Also, Norfolk Southern’s (NS) Atlanta headquarters wins U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Chrysalis Award in the “New Construction Transformation” category.
CN on Nov. 29 announced a donation of $100,000 to STARS, a charitable, non-profit organization that provides life-saving services in remote areas of western Canada.
According to the Class I, CN’s donation will “contribute to fund STARS’ ongoing operational needs in Saskatchewan, providing direct support to communities and stakeholders along CN’s network in Saskatchewan, where many CN employees live and work.”
“The service STARS provides often means the difference between life and death for those in urgent need. We, at CN, are proud to support the efforts of this outstanding team. As a former Board member of STARS, I understand the important role this organization plays in the lives of so many communities, including Saskatchewan. I encourage all companies with a presence in Saskatchewan to donate generously to this incredible organization,” said CN President and CEO Tracy Robinson who presented the donation Nov. 29 at the Canadian Western Agribition, a livestock show in Regina, Saskatchewan.
“We can’t begin to express our gratitude for this generous gift from CN,” said STARS President and CEO Andrea Robertson. “With their support, they are riding along with us on every mission. This gift makes it possible for us to be there for the next patient who needs us, possibly even someone you know, work with, or a family member.”
Separately, NS recently announced that it has been awarded a Chrysalis Award from USGBC in the “New Construction Transformation” category for the sustainable design and construction of its midtown Atlanta headquarters. NS was one of 12 USGBC Project Award Finalists across multiple categories.
USGBC’s Georgia chapter created the Chrysalis Awards, which were held this year on Nov. 15 at the corporate headquarters of Interface, Inc. in Atlanta, to “broaden the conversation between the green building industry and our green community” with the goal of “recognizing the people and projects that represent the breadth of what sustainability means–from a high-performance building to an urban farm feeding a neighborhood, to a material with a low carbon footprint, to a thriving green team within a company.”
More than 80 attendees from across Georgia and the region, including Chief Transformation Officer Annie Adams and other NS team members, attended the annual event.
In addition to NS, Chrysalis Awards were given to leaders across Georgia communities and industries “engaging in extraordinary work, driving innovation, and accelerating knowledge exchange around a diversity of sustainability strategies.”
Earlier this year, USGBC awarded NS’s headquarters with LEED® Gold certification for its design and construction, which includes sustainable site development, water conservation, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), developed by the USGBC, is “the most widely used green building rating system in the world and an international symbol of excellence.” Most notably, NS says, the railroad earned all possible points for the “Water Efficiency” category, which recognizes significant indoor and outdoor water use reduction.