DuPont and four-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion Jeff Gordon today announced that DuPont will partner with customers and make an initial donation of more than 30 innovative products and services worth nearly $750,000 to help rebuild homes and businesses in tornado-ravaged Greensburg, Kansas. The donation also includes funding for two Habitat for Humanity homes.
The town was leveled by one of the largest tornados in U.S. history in 2007. Very few structures remained in the aftermath of the deadly EF5 tornado and more than 1,500 people, who were displaced, are waiting to return to their homes. Greensburg residents are rebuilding their town using sustainable materials.
"DuPont employees and customers have come together to help the families in Greensburg. We cannot possibly imagine what this community has suffered, but we can help. We care about protecting lives, we care about building homes and we care about safeguarding communities," says Tom Schuler, vice president and general manager of DuPont Building Innovations. "We are pleased to support the people of Greensburg with sustainable products that will help make a difference in the renewal of the town."
The materials, which include key end-use products from DuPont customers, will provide a number of benefits to homeowners in Greensburg for safety and energy efficiency, using sustainable materials for both inside and outside their homes.
"DuPont’s involvement in Greensburg marks a great partnership for the city. I look forward to continued support from them as we rebuild our sustainable city," says Steve Hewitt, Greensburg city administrator.
"DuPont’s leadership in creating quality products and their generous contributions are making it possible for the Habitat organization to offer affordable homeownership as a hands-up solution in the Greensburg community. We are tremendously grateful to DuPont and their business partners for their leadership and support," says Linda Stewart, executive director, Wichita Habitat for Humanity, Inc.
Among the DuPont products provided are: the full line of DuPont Tyvek Weatherization Systems including DuPont Tyvek Homewrap and Tyvek AtticWrap; DuPont Corian and DuPont Zodiaq surfaces; DuPont SentryGlas interlayers; and the DuPont StormRoom with Kevlar. DuPont also is donating DuPont RealTouch laminate flooring, DuPont Garden Products and DuPont Air Filtration products, among others.
Key DuPont customer donations include: Mohawk Smartstrand carpet with DuPont Sorona renewably sourced polymer and Johnson Controls air conditioning systems using energy efficient, non-ozone-depleting DuPont Suva 410-A refrigerant.
Inspired by Greensburg residents' desire to rebuild "green," Planet Green television network is chronicling the rebuilding of Greensburg. The epic docu-series is a mixture of compelling human stories and building and engineering. GREENSBURG will premiere on Planet Green on June 15 at 9:00 PM ET/PT and will air every Sunday for 12 additional weeks. The series will document the story of a community coming together and the enormous scope of rebuilding a small city. The 13-part series also is the subject of featured programming on the Discovery Communications, Inc. sister networks Discovery Channel, Science Channel and TLC.
DuPont has broadened its sustainability commitments beyond internal footprint reduction to include market-driven targets for both revenue and research and development investment. The goals are tied directly to business growth, specifically to the development of safer and environmentally improved new products for key global markets.