We’re inspired by fellow innovators, fellow dreamers, fellow think-outside-the-boxers. So when we heard about Lava Mae, a San Francisco-based program designed to deliver showers to the city’s homeless population via mobile buses, we hopped onboard to see how we could help. (Full disclosure: because plumbing happens to be one of our specialties, it wasn’t too difficult of a decision.)
The old city buses, received through a donation program, were retrofitted with KOHLER products, from showers to sinks to toilets to grab bars.
Why showers? “We believe that hygiene brings dignity, and dignity opens up opportunity,” founder Doniece Sandoval says in the program’s launch video.
This team is believing in better with each corner turned, neighborhood reached and pit stop made. We weren’t about to let this opportunity pass us by.
Learn more about Lava Mae’s journey here.
10,000 euro, saved.
It’s hard to believe, but Gérard Mathieu has been riding his bike to and from work (x2, for lunch with his wife) since he started at Kohler in September 1974.
For this Director of Europe/Middle East Faucet Operations, the daily rides of 16 kilometers – or about 10 miles – started because his wife Christiane needed their shared car to get to work. Rather than purchase another gas-guzzling vehicle, Mathieu decided to strap on a helmet and get a wheelin’.
Forty years and only five falls later, he’s still putting it in gear.
The new attraction at the Quassy Amusement Park & Waterpark in Middlebury, Connecticut, isn’t an adrenaline-pumping coaster or a twisting-and-turning water slide; it’s the park’s remodeled restrooms. The mission: to dramatically reduce water usage amidst the park’s growing attendance.
A winter revamp of the main restrooms left the 3.5 gallon per flush (gpf) toilets behind in favor of our 1.28 gpf models and included an upgrade to more water-efficient urinals, too.
That’s something we’ll wait in line for.
Put it in park, Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson. Our new fleet of tractor trailers can out-perform even these NASCAR heavyweights thanks to cutting-edge automatic transmissions that are…actually better for the environment?
The innovative technology automatically shifts gears based on the truck’s fuel efficiency and power needs, meaning vehicles are running as efficiently as possible and drivers can stay focused on the road.
Associates from our India Faucet Operations (IFO) in Jhagadia recently branched out from their traditional workdays to spruce up the facility’s sustainability factor (as well as its landscaping).
Nearly 100 associates teamed up to plant 150 trees on World Environment Day, an annual event organized by the United Nations to foster global environmental awareness and encourage more sustainable actions.
We strive for smart design and exceptional quality. We want our customers to equate the KOHLER® brand with reliable, long-lasting, efficient products, and so before we send them to the market, we test them…a lot.
It’s quite the aquatic conundrum: our test lab needs to use water to ensure we’re delivering the best products to our customers, but we’re also committed to conserving our resources. What’s a test lab to do?
As Lab Supervisor Tony Reis will tell you, it’s all about the little things: “We’re minimizing water usage through whatever means we can find.”
An attention to detail and a thirst for more sustainable practices is leading Wisconsin Faucet Operations to overflow with water savings. With the installation of both a water-recovery system and conductivity meters, WFO is seeing an annual savings of nearly 40 percent of their water use, but it didn’t just happen overnight.
Sustainability is in Christian Wagner’s genes…and inside, on top of and around his home. A training specialist at Kohler Mira in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, U.K., Wagner’s eco-focus began when he was a child, spurring from his father’s efforts to reduce energy consumption while living in the humid tropics of Malaysia.
Like father, like son.
Wagner’s current dwellings – a house he renovated in Cheltenham and one he built on an island off the West coast of Scotland – all but have the word sustainability etched into their floorboards.