Phoenix, AZ (PressExposure) June 09, 2009 -- Discount Cab presented Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona with a check for more than $8,200 on June 2 to help advance the Phoenix non-profitâs environmental initiatives.
The stateâs largest taxi company, Discount Cab donated one dollar for every cab ride it made on Earth Day and earmarked the proceeds for a Habitat for Humanity environmental initiative.
With Glendale Vice Mayor Manny Martinez and Councilman David Goulet in attendance, Discount Cab presented the check in front of the first Platinum-certified LEED affordable home in Arizona, which was built in Glendale by Habitat for Humanity.
âWeâre the largest Toyota Prius taxi fleet in the country so our commitment to green goes deeper than the paint on our taxis,â said Discount Cab CEO Craig Hughes. âDonating to Habitat for Humanity was our way of supporting another Phoenix-based organization committed to a more environmentally friendly way of life.â
Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona, an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, is an independent, locally run, nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization. Habitat builds affordable housing for low-income families in need of adequate shelter.
âHabitat for Humanity Central Arizona is pleased to have been chosen as the recipient of the proceeds from Discount Cabâs Earth Day fundraising project,â said Roger Schwierjohn, president and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona. âWe congratulate them on their 25th anniversary and commend them for being environmentally conscious leaders in their industry. This donation will allow Habitat the ability to continue its affordable green building initiative.â
Also on Earth Day, Discount Cab announced that it would install $500,000 worth of solar panels on its Glendale headquarters, allowing it to generate the majority of its own electricity.
It capped a year that saw the introduction of the Prius taxi and the companyâs announcement that it had reduced its carbon dioxide emissions by 800 tons while saving 80,000 gallons of gas. The company expects to reduce emissions by 4,000 tons and save at least 400,000 gallons of gas this year.
The Habitat for Humanity charitable contribution is part of a larger vision of community involvement for Discount Cab, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The company also subsidizes the cost of bus passes for its employees, built its Glendale headquarters to be energy efficient and through its âFree Ride Backâ program, which helps remove inebriated drivers from the road, estimates that it has donated more than $100,000 in free cab rides.
âArizona has been great to us for 25 years now,â Hughes said. âThese programs are our way of giving back to a community that has given us so much.â