WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - Feb 27, 2013) - 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 revitalization.
"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 network.
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.