MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., February 16, 2012…Just a few days following the 110th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh’s birth, the Lindbergh Foundation announced that FedEx Corp. has joined the Aviation Green Alliance as a Founding Member.
“We are thrilled that FedEx Corp. will be memorialized as one of our elite group of Aviation Green Alliance Founding Members,” said Lindbergh Foundation chairman and CEO Larry Williams. Williams went on to note that, while Charles Lindbergh started his aviation career by carrying mail and packages, he probably never dreamed of the global reach in delivery services achieved by FedEx. “I am confident that both Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh would be enormously proud to have such a prestigious organization--especially one which has done so much for aviation as well as the environment--supporting this vital Foundation program .”
Williams explained that in recent years, the aviation industry--including manufacturing, corporate operators and individuals-- has come under intense pressure to address aviation emissions, noise, efficiency and other environmental concerns. To address these issues, the Lindbergh Foundation launched the Aviation Green Alliance to support and encourage those who are committed to proactively addressing aviation and environmental challenges.
“FedEx Corp. strives to be an environmental leader in the transportation industry. Through the integration of responsible environmental practices into our daily operations, we have seen the positive effects of technological innovations and solutions on the environment and on our business. FedEx is excited to be a part of the Aviation Green Alliance and support the development of more innovation that will guide environmental stewardship for the industry,” said Mitch Jackson, vice president of Environmental Affairs and Sustainability, FedEx Corp.
The Aviation Green Alliance was established to create multiple platforms for members to share strategies, findings, progress, and ideas related to aviation’s environmental challenges. “With the Lindbergh Foundation’s mission and history deeply rooted in aviation, we felt it was the Foundation’s responsibility to step forward and lead a grassroots rally to support tangible, measurable, and sustainable environmental progress by the aviation industry,” said Williams. “We hope other like-minded individuals and companies—leaders like Bombardier Aerospace, Cessna, Hawker Beechcraft Jeppesen and now FedEx — will come forward and help Lindbergh Foundation’s Aviation Green Alliance lead the way.”
About The Lindbergh Foundation
The Lindbergh Foundation is a public 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, based in Anoka, Minnesota, which focuses on technological breakthroughs to address significant aviation-environmental issues. The Lindbergh Foundation also values individual initiative and accomplishments. Its programs are devoted to supporting, honoring, and educating individuals, through three major programs: the annual Lindbergh Award, presented to individuals for significant contributions toward balancing nature and scientific innovation in their work; the Lindbergh Grants program, which provides grants in amounts up to $10,580 (the cost of building the Spirit of St. Louis in 1927) for research or education projects that will make important contributions to the technology/environment balance; and a variety of educational events including the new Aviation Green Alliance.9