Trane Technologies, an Ireland-based manufacturer of refrigeration and air conditioning products and technologies, has announced a commitment of $100 million and five hundred thousand volunteer hours over ten years in support of efforts to improve student access to STEM education, support healthy classrooms, and promote skills building for green careers.
The Sustainable Futures corporate citizenship strategy will focus on ensuring healthy learning environments and access to healthy food, accelerating student success through early STEM education programs and childhood literacy initiatives, and strengthening career pathways by exposing students and adults to STEM and green careers. To that end, the company awarded a three-year, $1 million grant to Project Scientist, a collaboration through which Trane employees will mentor eight hundred girls between the ages of 4 and 12 each year, and a $1 million grant to Project Drawdown in support of Climate Solutions 101, a free six-part video series for educators, students, and others that includes online materials and conversations with global climate thought leaders.
In addition, grants totaling $515,000 were awarded to the National Society of Black Engineers to increase math and science proficiency among third- through fifth-grade students; REDEEM Detroit, in support of programming that introduces at-risk students to good-paying careers in the trades; and the Urban League of Central Carolinas, in support of its HVAC-certification program.
The company also will leverage its Thermo King We Move Food initiative, which includes partnerships with Feeding America and community food pantries, to improve classroom environments and provide underserved students with access to healthy food.
“Our focus is to help young people gain exposure, support and resources to realize brighter futures,” said Marcia Avedon, Trane Technologies’ chief human resources, marketing, and communications officer. “This strategy will mobilize our company’s resources, unique expertise, and the talents of our team members to build greater visibility and pathways to green and STEM careers, particularly for underrepresented groups.”