Carrier Presents Spirit of Innovation Award
Jan 30, 2003
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Carrier Corporation, the world’s leading manufacturer of heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration systems, presented Chicago Public Schools (CPS) with a U.S. $10,000 Spirit of Innovation Award grant. The award presentation was made during an event hosted for Carrier customers attending the 2003 International Air-Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration (AHR) Expo, in Chicago, Il, U.S.

"It is our pleasure to present Chicago Public Schools with the first $10,000 award under Carrier Corporation’s new Spirit of Innovation Educational Grants Program," said John Mandyck, Carrier’s Vice President of Government and International Relations. "We do this both to commemorate Dr. Willis H. Carrier’s invention of modern air conditioning 100 years ago and to further our longstanding commitment to education."
CPS may use Carrier’s Spirit of Innovation grant to improve the learning environment and promote studies in the heating ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) field. Temperature Equipment Corporation (TEC), a distributor of Carrier HVAC equipment since 1935, both nominated CPS for the Carrier award and has offered a contribution of lab equipment for use in HVAC studies in CPS’ vocational programs. TEC executive management will participate in these programs as well.

This is not the first time that Carrier, TEC and CPS have been partners in education. TEC has provided more than a half million dollars in Carrier commercial HVAC equipment for the new National Teachers Academy of Chicago, which opened in 2002. The Academy’s mission is to increase the supply of well-qualified teachers trained to work in urban settings and to improve the quality of the teaching workforce via distinct teacher training.

Throughout 2003, Carrier will present Spirit of Innovation grants to qualified educational institutions nationwide to: renovate learning spaces devoted to HVAC curriculum; promote Indoor Air Quality in curriculum; acquire equipment for technical trade instructional purposes; procure instructional materials and equipment; underwrite expenses for instructors to obtain specialized training or for students to participate in special learning programs; air-condition or improve indoor air quality in areas of an educational institution that will benefit students and instructors; or establish HVAC trade apprenticeships.

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