Taking an interest, this employee made it happen
When you write a big company, who reads it? If you’re lucky, Keith McGuinness does.
Julie Nofsinger wrote a letter to Duke Energy’s real estate team a few years ago about property located at one of our 3,200 substations.
Would the company work with a local garden association on a community garden project?
McGuinness knew the site well. The 0.22 acres the garden group was interested in held no future plans for the company. He decided to take action – just like many employees, who are helping communities throughout our regions.
Today, underneath a large transmission power line, tomatoes, peppers, squash and cucumbers are just a few of the plants growing. It’s a nice outlet for neighbors, whose shady yards made growing vegetables difficult.
Launched in June 2015, the 36 plots at the garden are fully subscribed – and neighbors are waiting for openings.
McGuinness says he hopes the company can work with other community groups on similar projects.
“Every piece of property is not the same, and every project might not be the right fit for the company,” he said. “But there is no reason why we can’t do more projects like this.”
Besides a dose of goodwill, Duke Energy also benefits since the group clears the underbrush around the site, helping Duke Energy avoid future landscaping needs.