Caterpillar to host summit on repairing damaged landscapes

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Caterpillar Inc. will host business and environmental leaders for a national summit on restoring degraded landscapes Nov. 4 in New York City.

The gathering is expected to unite officials from such diverse fields as banking, engineering, academics, government and the non-profit sector with a goal of outlining steps the various industries can take together to repair damaged ecologies around the world.

“Our deep relationships with a wide range of infrastructure businesses – from traditional construction to sustainable building to agriculture to energy and transportation – put us in a unique position to give this sustainability topic the focus it deserves,” Caterpillar Vice President Karl Weiss said.

The improving of degraded landscapes is an emerging global industry that Caterpillar and other businesses are poised to capitalize on, Caterpillar officials said. The summit is meant to craft strategies to both improve the environment and develop this new line of business.

The meeting has earned Caterpillar praise from officials at the United Nations and from the organization Keeping America Beautiful, who will present Caterpillar with its Vision for America Award after the summit.

The summit is scheduled for Nov. 4 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City.

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