Norfolk Southern employees to volunteer at Atlanta’s Piedmont Park

ATLANTA — A walk in the park amid Atlanta’s most well-known green space promises to be even more enjoyable because of the sustainability minded efforts of Norfolk Southern Corp. employees this Halloween.

Volunteer employees, family members, and friends will clean up Piedmont Park and improve its walking paths and running tracks. “It’s a way we can come together and give back to the community where we work and also contribute to a healthy environment,” said Esi Waters, manager corporate sustainability.

Located within a half-mile of Norfolk Southern’s office building on Peachtree Street, historic Piedmont Park is a Midtown oasis where employees frequently exercise, relax, and celebrate Atlanta’s culture. Norfolk Southern’s corporate sustainability group will sponsor the volunteer employee event in partnership with the Piedmont Park Conservancy and the Georgia Conservancy.

“Through Norfolk Southern’s ‘Connections Challenge’ campaign, our employees have supported corporate sustainability goals in ways that are personal and that connect with the local community. These include everything from alternative transportation days to adjusting thermostats at home. The Halloweenproject at Piedmont Park is a great opportunity for employees to invite family members and friends to share our vision for corporate sustainability leadership,” Waters said.

“Piedmont Park Conservancy is thrilled to have Norfolk Southern join us as a volunteer partner,” said Kate Kauffman, the conservancy’s vice president development and marketing. “We depend on individuals and groups to help keep the park looking its best. From trash pickup to mulching to planting flowers, every volunteer’s time makes an impact.”

“The Georgia Conservancy is proud to continue our partnership with Norfolk Southern,” said Bryan Schroeder, senior director of stewardship and outreach for the conservancy. “They’re a natural partner for the Georgia Conservancy and have been a great supporter of our conservation programing. Working together to improve one of the finest green spaces in Metro Atlanta makes all the sense in the world.”