STAMFORD, Conn. -- More than 30 volunteers from Stamford's Viridian Energy recently returned from a service trip in rural Indonesia.
The 34 associates and staff "succeeded in improving access to clean water and renewable energy for the people of the Gedepahala region on the island of Java," according to a news release from Viridian. But the members returning said that "despite their attempts at selflessness" they returned home "feeling they had gained far more than they had given," according to the release.
“We gave the resources that were valuable to us – our time, talent, muscle – and in exchange we got life lessons, perspectives, and a deeper understanding of what it means to be a good neighbor on this Earth we share,” said Michael Fallquist, founder and chief executive officer of Viridian Energy, in the release. “These gifts certainly help the communities we serve but also make us better people. We are grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow.”
The Viridian team, in partnership with Conservation International and Goal Zero in and around the Gede-Pangrango National Park, helped plant more than 1,000 trees, repaired four kilometers of piping, installed solar panels and performed a dozen other tasks while in the region, according to the release.
The projects were designed by CI, Goal Zero, and Viridian to "initiate ripples of change that build into a sustainable global ecosystem," representatives said in the release.
“We push for change in the world because we can and because we must,” said Cami Boehme, SVP of Marketing and Brand Strategy, in the release. “We work everyday to make a difference because it is our unique opportunity in the world. And the beauty of it is that our efforts, however small, have returned a world of wonder, gratitude, growth and prosperity back to us. Even more importantly, they have created a ripple effect of change among the people in Indonesia.”
Those interested in learning more about Viridian Energy and its sustainability initiatives can visit the group's website.