Today, the United Nations estimates much of the world’s land is highly degraded.25% LAND
And over half of all wetlands have
Soil restoration increases carbon storage capacity.1 to 3 BILLION TONS annually
That translates into eliminating carbon emissions3.5 to 11 BILLION TONS
And helping to address climate change.
Caterpillar is working actively with stakeholders to find collaborative and innovative solutions to restoring our planet’s natural resources. One of these collaborations, a summit of experts and leaders in engineering, construction, finance and environmentalism, resulted in a white paper on natural infrastructure restoration and ways to catalyze its development and expansion.
A key product stewardship goal at Caterpillar is to leverage technology and innovation to improve sustainability of our products, services and solutions for our customers. This also means using our products to help conserve the environment.
Cat® machines are not the only way we help support natural infrastructure restoration. The Caterpillar Foundation supports environmental programs that focus on restoring natural infrastructure while improving the quality of life as it relates to poverty. Areas of focus include:
New Jersey Beach Restoration
Hurricane Sandy. Hurricane Joaquin. Winter storm Janus. Together, these storms caused more $30 billion in financial, social and environmental damage on the New Jersey shoreline. We’ve worked with Great Lakes Dredge and Dock (GLDD) on a $56 million project to restore the beach at Egg Harbor inlet in Ocean City, New Jersey.
Pennsylvania Mine Reclamation
Elk County, Pennsylvania, was the site of strip mining and hardwood logging for nearly a century with little to no environmental regulation. This left a degraded landscape and a highly contaminated water source. Cat® customer Berner Construction helped restore the Bennett Branch of the Sinnemahoning stream and return it to grazing land for the state’s wild elk population.
Florida Lake Cleanup
After years of use and damage inflicted by Hurricane Wilma in 2005, canal banks around South Florida’s Lake Okeechobee were badly eroded. This jeopardized the lake’s biodiversity, water quality and ability to provide fresh water to 8.1 million Florida residents. With the help of Caterpillar technologies and the support of Cat® dealer Kelly Tractor, Dickerson Florida helped the canal conform to its eroded condition, making it wider and better managing flooding.
Washington Estuary Clearance
In Ellensburg, Washington, Morgan & Son Earthmoving depends on Cat® equipment to rebuild and decommission old logging roads. The significance? Proper maintenance of these roads is critical to prevent erosion into creeks and estuaries that the state’s prized salmon and steelhead trout use as spawning beds.