InterGen is committed to contributing positively to the quality of life in the communities, societies and cultures where we operate. As a community partner, InterGen believes that our community responsibility begins where our employees live and work. At all InterGen facilities, our employees are encouraged to participate in activities designed to benefit the local community.
Below are a few examples of InterGen’s community involvement:
PARTNERING WITH LOCAL SCHOOLS IN MEXICALI, MEXICO
Six miles from the U.S. border in a region known worldwide for its manufacturing and assembly plants, La Rosita is among the cleanest power generation facilities in Mexico. Each of its four combustion units is equipped with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology, a system that reduces nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions, while continuous emissions monitors and multiple ambient air quality stations ensure environmental compliance.
We also invested $20 million in a state of-the-art sewage treatment facility that safely treats wastewater from the local City of Mexicali and supplies treated cooling water for the plant.
InterGen has been an active partner with two local elementary schools near Mexicali, installing or upgrading water, air conditioning and electrical systems, and buying wash stands, sinks, water coolers, computers and video equipment – even a new school bus.
Managed through La Rosita’s Sustainable Development Program and guided by employees, our contributions have grown to include the conversion of a local medical clinic into a 24-hour facility, a new ambulance for the community, and funding to build a much-needed fire station.
BUILDING HOMES FOR DESERVING FAMILIES IN BOSTON
With the help of InterGen employees from the Burlington office, Habitat for Humanity built a new home for a deserving family. Over two days 30 employees cut lumber, hammered floors and raised walls near InterGen’s Burlington headquarters.
The home is now occupied by a single mother and her three children. Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that works to strengthen families and communities through affordable homeownership opportunities.
INTERGEN NATURE RESERVE PROTECTS SPECIES
During the construction of InterGen's Rocksavage Power Station in 1998 in Runcorn, England, an environmental survey found evidence of a protected species – the Great Crested Newt – on the site. In order to protect the newt and all other naturally occurring species, and to maximise the potential of the land for wildlife, the site (with the exception of the operational areas) was converted into a nature reserve.
The plant and animal communities that occur naturally and historically on the sandstone hill at the head of the Mersey Estuary where Rocksavage sits were identified and their development encouraged. Some ponds were retained and several more constructed, which has attracted many species of plants and animals.
Rocksavage hosts a number of ecological courses which are arranged by the Cheshire Active Naturalists Group (CAN).
A trail camera has been set up to monitor mammals. Foxes, rabbits and badgers have all been spotted.