Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Covestro, Windstax Partner for Sustainability

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Covestro, Windstax Partner for Sustainability

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Covestro and WindStax have been partnering for months with New Mexican artist Andrea Polli to create an energy-efficient lighting display on Pittsburgh's Rachel Carson Bridge that will be unveiled tonight during the city's Light-Up Night festivities.

But even after the installation goes dark following the holiday season, the two companies will continue to collaborate on initiatives that promote sustainable business practices.

Top executives from each are spearheading a new group, CEOs for Sustainability, that aims to build a cohort of local business leaders who will focus on spreading the benefits of such initiatives to companies throughout the region.

"The intent is to aid businesses regardless of where they are on the sustainability spectrum," said Rebecca Lucore, head of corporate social responsibility and sustainability for Covestro's North and South American regions.

For businesses, sustainability and social responsibility encompass practices that benefit society overall, such as reducing energy consumption and using renewable materials; engaging in corporate philanthropy; and maintaining ethical business standards.

Covestro, a Germany-based firm with its North American headquarters in Robinson, produces specialty plastics used in products including automobile parts, electronics, and construction materials.

Plum-based WindStax makes wind energy power systems.

Jerry MacCleary, president of Covestro's North American region, and Ron Gdovic, founder and chief executive of WindStax, are the founding partners of CEOs for Sustainability.

About 18 regional executives are already involved in the group, said Court Gould, executive director of Sustainable Pittsburgh, a nonprofit working with the effort. He declined to name those that have committed but said they range from large, publicly-held corporations to mom-and-pop enterprises.

For the past six years, Sustainable Pittsburgh has been convening a group of corporate sustainability officers that has grown to 60 members. "What they've taught us is that corporate social responsibility is all about the organizational culture and it begins with the CEO," he said. …

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