Commitment to Sustainable Communities Drives Veolia's Support of Environmental Initiatives
“Resourcing the World” – Veolia’s global purpose – begins at home. That’s why Veolia is committed to assisting local efforts to protect, conserve and cultivate appreciation for our natural resources. The company provided over $115,000 in funding to environmental programs this year in New York and is excited to recognize the impact of its contributions in motion.
“There are so many things we can do individually and together to be good stewards of the environment. At Veolia, we’re always looking for opportunities to partner with our neighbors in ways that can have a positive and lasting impact,” said Chris Graziano, Veolia’s Vice President and General Manager of New York Operations.
Veolia provides high-quality water to 500,000 customers in Rockland, Westchester and Putnam counties in New York. Its charitable contributions program funds environmental initiatives that strengthen the long-term sustainability of these communities. Here’s a snapshot of five environmental programs that received Veolia’s support in 2023:
NY/NJ Trail Conference: Conservation dog program
Veolia's contribution to the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference's Conservation Dog program helps train dogs to locate invasive species (orchids, tree fungus, vines, etc.). They’re also trained to locate several animal species, like turtles and rabbits, that serve as bellwethers for high-quality water and a healthy ecosystem. This program is improving Westchester and Rockand’s ability to effectively survey box and wood turtles, and manage their preferred habitats.
Keep Rockland Beautiful: Community cleanups
Our support of Keep Rockland Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup campaign helps this agency maintain a robust schedule of community cleanups aimed at stemming pollution by removing tons of debris from our streets, parks and waterways. The agency is a longtime champion for keeping trash out of storm drains and ensuring the integrity of the grounds surrounding our reservoirs and tributaries.
Westchester County Parks Foundation: Trails Without Limits program
Everyone deserves access to the restorative qualities of nature. This belief made Veolia’s sponsorship of the Westchester Parks Foundation's Trails Without Limits program a natural fit. Launched at Saxon Woods Park in White Plains, the program enables individuals living with disabilities to use hiking trails across Westchester County with specially designed all-terrain trackchairs.
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rockland: Environmental initiatives
Sharing a deep-rooted commitment to sustainability, the Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Rockland directs Veolia’s contributions toward several environmental initiatives including its horticultural lab, Youth For Climate Change and stormwater education programs. Veolia’s sponsorship of the organization has helped CCE grow its annual Sustainability Walk and Showcase, which focuses on raising local awareness of the county’s environmental groups and services.
Humane Society of the Hudson Valley: Turtles of Western Highway
Veolia proudly stands behind a team of local volunteers dedicated to ensuring safe road-crossing for migrating turtles in May and June. The sponsorship funds the purchase of the supplies needed to safely stop traffic, rescue and release baby turtles from busy roadways like Western Highway in Orangeburg.
About Veolia North America: A subsidiary of Veolia group, Veolia North America (VNA) offers a full spectrum of water, waste and energy management services, including water and wastewater treatment, commercial and hazardous waste collection and disposal, energy consulting and resource recovery. VNA helps commercial, industrial, healthcare, higher education and municipality customers throughout North America. Headquartered in Boston, Mass., Veolia North America has more than 10,000 employees working at more than 350 locations across the continent.
About Veolia Group: Veolia Group aims to become the benchmark company for ecological transformation. Present on five continents with nearly 213,000 employees, the Group designs and deploys useful, practical solutions for the management of water, waste and energy that are contributing to a radical turnaround of the current situation. Through its three complementary activities, Veolia helps to develop access to resources, to preserve available resources and to renew them. In 2022, the Veolia group provided 111 million inhabitants with drinking water and 97 million with sanitation, produced 44 terawatt hours of energy and recovered 61 million tons of waste. Veolia Environnement (Paris Euronext: VIE) achieved consolidated revenue of 42.885 billion euros in 2022. www.veolia.com