PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 30, 2009- Veolia Energy North America, a leading provider of sustainable energy services and facility operations and management solutions, announced today its continued support of the Annual Louis Braille Awards, now in their 49th year.
The 49th Annual Louis Braille Awards are held by the Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ASB), a private non-profit organization created to promote self-esteem, independence and self-determination in people who are blind or visually impaired.
"This generous donation for our annual awards event underscores Veolia Energy's commitment as both our long-standing energy provider and a valued partner in our efforts to meet the needs of the community we serve," said Patricia C. Johnson, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Associated Services for the Blind. "With Veolia, we have the peace of mind that comes from working with a partner who fully understands our needs and reflects the mission of our organization."
The Annual Awards are held in honor of Louis Braille, the blind Frenchman whose system of raised dots gave blind people around the world the ability to read.With 2009 marking the 200th birthday of Louis Braille, the week of January 26th is also being recognized as Braille Literacy Week.
"We are excited at the opportunity to continue our support for the Associated Services for the Blind through our contribution to this meaningful event," said Kevin Brown, SVP of Veolia Energy North America's Central Region and a member of ASB's Board of Directors since 2006."We appreciate the opportunity to both give back to the community and expand the ways in which we can support our partners."
ASB is located in the heart of Center City Philadelphia.Steam from Veolia Energy's district energy system is utilized for heating ASB's offices, classrooms, common areas and recording facilities.
District energy plays an integral role in the infrastructure of the City of Philadelphia.The network of underground steam pipes, owned, operated and maintained by Veolia Energy, totals about 30 miles in length and encompasses an area of approximately 4.5 square miles.
A subsidiary of Veolia Environnement, Veolia Energy owns and operates the largest portfolio of district energy (heating and cooling) networks in the United States.Veolia Energy serves customers throughout the Continental USA and has a national reach and capability.In Philadelphia, Veolia Energy serves more than 300 customers in the central business district, heating and cooling approximately 100 million square feet of customer space. Since its inception, Veolia Energy has focused on energy and environmental optimization. It meets customer expectations by delivering customized, end-to-end solutions to ensure efficient energy supply, including management of heating and cooling systems, energy plant engineering and maintenance services, and facility operations and management services for a wide range of industries.These environmentally-responsible energy services help customers reduce their carbon footprint through increased energy efficiency.With nearly 320,000 employees globally, Veolia Environnement reported revenue of $48 billion in 2007.
About Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ASB)
Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ASB) is a private non-profit organization created to promote self-esteem, independence and self-determination in people who are blind or visually impaired. ASB accomplishes this by providing support through education, training and resources, as well as through community action and public education, serving as a voice and advocate for the rights of all people who are blind or visually impaired.
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