Volunteer efforts part of national build by Delta employees in six U.S. cities
NEW YORK, Sept. 16, 2009 – Delta Air Lines employees from the New York City area on Wednesday will roll up their sleeves to help Habitat for Humanity – New York City raise the affiliate’s first “green” roof. The roof—constructed with 2,400 square feet of greenery—will reduce environmental impact and lower utility costs for residents of the 50-unit, low-income Fox-Leggett Co-op Apartments in the South Bronx. In addition to volunteer support, Delta is providing financial support to the project.
“Delta people have a long tradition of supporting the communities where they live and work, with more than one million hours of service donated to Habitat for Humanity in the last decade,” said Ed Bastian, president of Delta Air Lines. “Raising an innovative green roof in New York is particularly fitting as we make investments to become New York’s leading airline. This year alone we have announced plans to create a domestic hub at LaGuardia Airport and invested heavily in New York charities and sponsorships, including becoming the official airline of the New York Yankees and the Mets.”
The green roof build will accompany the construction of five homes beginning on the same day in five U.S. cities—Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis and Minneapolis/St. Paul. Each project will highlight special features for Delta or Habitat, including an energy-efficient and handicap-accessible home in Memphis; a pedestrian-friendly home in Minneapolis and a home built in Cincinnati entirely from proceeds of Delta’s in-flight recycling program.
“We are very appreciative of the support that Delta employees have provided to Habitat for Humanity,” said Jonathan Reckford, chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity International. “They have improved many lives because of their involvement in building projects around the world. We are grateful for their partnership.”
Since making a strategic decision to build New York into a hub earlier this decade, Delta has made major investments across the tri-state region, boosting its economic impact to more than $13 billion annually. Along with adding more than 30 new international routes at JFK, Delta has created more than 2,000 jobs across the state and completed more than $70 million in facility upgrades at JFK’s Terminals 2 and 3.
“Delta volunteers are accomplishing a double good deed today, helping to create desperately needed affordable homes for families and installing a green roof that will help our families save money and live healthier lives,” said Josh Lockwood, executive director of Habitat for Humanity – New York City. “We thank Delta and its dedicated volunteers for their hard work today and for their longtime commitment to Habitat’s mission here, throughout the nation and around the world.”
About Habitat for Humanity – New York City
Habitat for Humanity – New York City transforms lives and the city by building quality homes for families in need and by uniting all New Yorkers around the cause of affordable housing. With the help of thousands of volunteers every year, Habitat–NYC has built more than 180 affordable homes in the five boroughs of New York City. Learn more at www.habitatnyc.org  .
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built more than 300,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.5 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org  .
About Delta Air Lines
Delta Air Lines is the world’s No. 1 airline. From its hubs in Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-JFK, Salt Lake City, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Amsterdam and Tokyo-Narita, Delta, its Northwest subsidiary and Delta Connection carriers offer service to 360 destinations in 64 countries and serve more than 170 million passengers each year. Delta’s marketing alliances allow customers to earn and redeem either SkyMiles or WorldPerks on more than 16,000 daily flights offered by SkyTeam and other partners. Delta’s more than 70,000 employees worldwide are reshaping the aviation industry as the only U.S. airline to offer a full global network. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes, check bags and flight status at delta.com .