At Trane Technologies, we understand that the choices we make today have a huge impact on our planet tomorrow. As we boldly challenge what’s possible for a sustainable world, our ultimate goal is to put more into society than we take out. One way we do that is through our corporate citizenship strategy, and actively sharing our innovation and expertise to deliver resources we know our communities need.
In 2021, we launched a new corporate citizenship strategy aimed at activating our unique expertise and resources in ways that position us to make the greatest impact possible: as a climate company, as a STEM leader, and as an organization deeply invested in sustainability. That was the genesis of our new citizenship strategy, Sustainable Futures.
Our Sustainable Futures strategy utilizes the company’s strongest resources in order to uplift and engage students from communities that are underrepresented in our industry, so they can eventually drive change for our planet.
According to the United Nations, education enables upward socioeconomic mobility, helps reduce inequality and is a key to escaping poverty. However, as of 2020 only 6 in 10 young people complete secondary school. And, as recently as 2015, more than 55% of children in school lacked the minimum required proficiency in reading and math.
We’re dedicated to supporting these amazing students because we know that their passion and creativity are critical in the fight for a healthy and equitable planet. Today, many children around the world lack basic resources to excel in school and in life. They are missing necessities like healthy food to fuel their bodies and clean air that promotes a healthy learning environment.
Through Sustainable Futures, we’re supporting students’ educational journey in three essential ways. First, we want to make sure their basic needs for good learning are met in their classrooms. We’re using our solutions and expertise as a global climate innovator to optimize indoor environmental quality, and improve students’ access to healthy foods.
We are also accelerating student success with early introduction to STEM and sustainability concepts that we believe will improve basic skills and foster a lifelong love of STEM. Later along the development continuum, we’re supporting entry into STEM and sustainability careers by providing hands-on experiences that improve perception, comfort and familiarity within those fields. By reaching students at multiple academic intersections, we hope to educate, inspire and engage them in this vital work now—so it can change their future and ours.