FARMINGTON, Conn., March 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Carrier Corp., a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), was honored recently with the Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity's first-ever Community Ambassadors Award. The organization recognized Carrier for its 10th corporate house sponsorship as well as its ongoing support. Carrier further supported the Hartford affiliate by donating 10 heating systems installed in new Habitat houses in 2007. "Carrier has paved the way for other companies as it has raised the bar on corporate giving and community service," said Hartford Habitat's Executive Director Michael J. Brett. "We are pleased to present them with the first Community Ambassadors Award." Carrier President Geraud Darnis accepted the award which was presented at Habitat's Board of Directors Annual Meeting in Hartford on Feb. 28. "This is a distinct honor for Carrier," said Darnis. "As part of our corporate commitment to social responsibility, we continuously seek opportunities to improve the communities where Carrier's employees and customers live and work. We feel privileged to have supported Habitat's efforts in the Greater Hartford community over the past decade and look forward to a strong partnership long into the future." A long-time partner of Habitat for Humanity, Carrier has donated more than $3 million in cash and equipment and built more than 100 homes on three continents. The company has enabled its employees to volunteer upwards of 26,000 hours with Habitat for Humanity affiliates around the world. "At Carrier, our purpose is to make the world a better place to live by creating a comfortable, productive and healthy environment," said Darnis. "We do that with our innovative products that are energy efficient and environmentally sound. We also fulfill our purpose through the actions of Carrier employees in their communities." Carrier supports organizations, such as Habitat for Humanity, that promote the use of green building practices and environmental sustainability in urban centers. It is in this spirit that Carrier helped the Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity incorporate green building practices into its homes in 2006. The Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity continues to design homes that meet ecologically sound building standards through the use of recycled materials, renewable resources and energy efficiency. About Carrier Corp. Carrier Corp., headquartered in Farmington, Conn., is the world's largest provider of heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions. With 2007 revenues of $14.6 billion, Carrier has approximately 43,000 employees worldwide and operations in more than 170 countries. Carrier is part of United Technologies Corp., a Hartford, Connecticut-based provider of products and services to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide. Visit www.carrier.com for more information.
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